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The District’s “AMayzing” Events Inspire & Invigorate

Published on Apr 24, 2019 by Riverwalk Arts Entertainment District

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May is a delightful time to visit Riverwalk A&E Fort Lauderdale, whether you’re celebrating a special event like Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend or more. There is so much to do in Fort Lauderdale, and The District is offering an endless calendar of events in May. Perhaps you’d like to treat that special mom in your life with the Stay, Play & Ride Package; attend a Macy Gray concert, learn about Fort Lauderdale’s intriguing history while enjoying small bites and cocktails, and more. Whether you’re a South Florida resident or visiting from afar, The District is offering fun-filled activities in May, with just a sampling listed below.

A wonderful way to experience Fort Lauderdale in May is through the Stay, Play & Ride Package, a three-day/two-night getaway). Whether you’d like to give mom a great getaway or enjoy the package yourself, it’s a fantastic escape.

On Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m., Macy Gray will take the stage at Parker Playhouse. An R&B, jazz and soul singer; songwriter, musician, record producer, and actress ― Macy Gray has sold over 25 million records worldwide. $33–$63 per ticket.

Another musical must-see is Rocktopia on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 p.m., at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Five world-class vocalists — backed by a full symphony orchestra, rock band and choir — merge iconic 20th century rock with the classical compositions. This multimedia extravaganza is returning direct from Broadway. $30–$75 per ticket.

Now through Sunday, May 19, you can see “William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions,” which Forbes magazine called “an unparalleled collection.” It’s on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday–Sunday (check website for hours of operation). Free–$12.

What better time is there to learn about Fort Lauderdale’s history than happy hour? During Historic Stranahan House Museum’s Tuesday, May 21 History Happy Hour from 5:30–7:30 p.m., guests can meet new friends while enjoying light bites and cocktails in an outdoor setting along the New River.  $15–$20 per person. To RSVP or for more information, call (954) 524-4736 or email

Take a trip back in time through daily docent guided tours of History Fort Lauderdale, daily throughout May at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Walking tours available upon special request. The tours include exploration of the History Museum of Fort Lauderdale, situated in the 1905 New River Inn; the 1907 Pioneer House Museum, and the 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse Museum. Free–$15. Call (954) 463-4431 or email for more information.

Another way to discover Fort Lauderdale’s history is during Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ guided house tours

9 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesdays–Sundays (check website for tour times). This house, built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is situated on 35 acres of native barrier island ecosystem. Walk where ancient Tequesta Indians, early European settlers, and shipwrecked sailors once roamed; see one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S., spot some wildlife and enjoy much more. Free–$20, free parking.

Visit The District this May, and experience unlimited culture within the beauty of Fort Lauderdale. #DoTheDistrict by checking out May’s calendar of events.

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