June kicks off summer, as well as many exciting events and activities at Riverwalk A&E District Fort Lauderdale. From celebrating Dad on Father’s Day at the Bonnet House, to performances of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and to “The Island Imprint” exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale, there are so many things to do in Fort Lauderdale this month. Whether you’re a South Florida local or a visitor to the area, it’s important to check out The District’s June calendar of events. Following is just a sample of what’s coming up in June:
A great way to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month is to visit History Fort Lauderdale’s exhibit “The Island Imprint: A History of the Caribbean Community in Broward County,” on view Saturday, June 1–Saturday, June 29. It traces the Caribbean community’s roots through a variety of fine art mediums, historical news clippings, memorabilia and artifacts. Open daily; check website for hours of operation. Free with general museum admission.
Guests will partake in sampling delicious wine and small bites at the Thursday, June 6, 6–8 p.m. “Art of Wine & Food: Rose All Day with Special Guest Misty Eyez” at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Michael Lohwasser from Jackson Family Wines will present a variety of Rose wines. Guests can also meet entertainer and guest pourer Misty Eyez. $40 per person; $30 for members at the Patron level and above.
“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” will take the stage at Broward Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, June 13–Sunday, June 30 during matinee and evening performances. Based on the smash-hit movie, it’s the story of the adventure of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. $47–$60 per ticket.
Everyone can celebrate those special Dads in their lives at “Father’s Day at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens” on Sunday, June 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Dads get in free with one full paid adult admission, and explore the Bonnet House, which takes guests back in time to the 1930s and 1940s; as well as stroll through the property’s beautiful nature trails and botanical gardens. $20, free parking, Dads are free with one adult admission.
The lecture “A Sense of Pride: Transdermal: Across the Skin with Ashley Kerr” on Tuesday, June 18, noon–1:30 p.m. at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, features artist Ashley Kerr. She will explore the plurality of gender and identity, and the intersection of painting and sculpture. Free.
An exciting morning of pioneer activities and crafts awaits at Historic Stranahan House Museum’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Attendees can participate in activities such as lemonade-making, old-fashioned laundry and more. Free.
The winning adaptation of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” will come to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ stage Tuesday, June 25–Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. The Greek gods are ruining Percy Jackson’s life, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. $29.50–$85 per ticket.
Those looking to get away can check out the Stay, Play & Ride Package, a three-day/two-night getaway, available now through Sept. 30. It’s a wonderful way to explore The District’s cultural attractions, opt to ride the Brightline train for the day, hop aboard the Sun Trolley, receive great shopping savings and stay at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas.
Start off your summer right by enjoying The District’s activities in June! #DoTheDistrict by checking out June’s calendar of events.