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September Kicks Off a Unique, Exciting Cultural Season

Published on Aug 25, 2020 by Riverwalk Arts Entertainment District

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This year, the kick-off to the cultural season will look a bit different in South Florida with both exciting in-person and virtual cultural events. With so many things to do in Fort Lauderdale this September, Riverwalk A&E District Fort Lauderdale is pleased to offer everything from Historic Stranahan House’s virtual History Happy Hour, to Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ virtual and in-person classes, to History Fort Lauderdale’s in-person walking tours. If you’re a local resident or visitor to South Florida, you can rest assured that you will find something at The District in September to peak your interest. Read on to learn about just a few of September’s offerings.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is hosting a Zoom highlight tour ― “Look at Me! Portraiture from the Renaissance to the Selfie” ― given by art historian and TV personality Rock Ruggiero and NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The tour will visit contemporary portraits in the museum’s current collection exhibition “Transitions and Transformations,” featuring Elaine de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Zanele Muholi, and others. It’s free for members, and $5 for non-members. Register here.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 25, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is offering its family special, allowing in-person free admission for children aged 17 and under with an accompanying adult. It includes the never-before-offered, self-guided house tour app and full access to the grounds. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Visit for more information on available tours, the health and safety standards being implemented for safety, and to purchase tickets.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 6:30–7:30 p.m., Historic Stranahan House is bringing back its History Happy Hour, virtually, focusing on the “Lost Restaurants of Fort Lauderdale.” Todd Bothel, author and historian, will lead this dynamic talk about some of the area’s most iconic restaurants, the way they shaped today’s culinary scene, and some of the recipes that made them famous. Click here for tickets or click here for more information.

With in-person and virtual options available, fall classes for kids, teens and adults will begin in September at Broward Center for the Performing Arts! Children and teens can dive into advanced acting, singing, and dancing; plus a “Fame Jr.” class, which includes both performance and production disciplines. Adult acting-monologue building, and adult Broadway dance classes will also be available. All classes will be held in accordance with CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines.

A fun-filled, in-person way to learn about Fort Lauderdale’s past is through History Fort Lauderdale’s docent-led tours or a Walking Tour of Fort Lauderdale. History Fort Lauderdale is CDC compliant and meets safety guidelines for social distancing. Daily tours/docent-guided tours are offered daily at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Walking tours are available upon special request. History Fort Lauderdale is open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. General admission is $7–$15. Click here to reserve a tour or call (954) 463-4431 for more information.

Arts and culture will always be here ― whether in-person or virtually ― thanks to The District. Pick your favorite event or activity for September, and share your experiences with us at #DoTheDistrict!

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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit Copyright 2020 ® Riverwalk a&e. All Rights Reserved.