All you need is love in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District! February brings an array of enticing activities for all ages and interests, for locals and visitors. From a “Midnight in Paris & New York” opening reception in honor of artist William Glackens at NSU Art Museum, to a Concert Under the Stars at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, to a Harry Potter book lovers’ party at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, The District’s partners are presenting a month full of lovely events for loved ones, family and friends to enjoy together.
Calling all Hogwarts aficionados! On Thursday, Feb. 1, from 5:30–8:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Historical Society will offer the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary and Book Night at the Museum. In partnership with the local Harry Potter book club, the museum will present a special tour and study hall, featuring local fantastic beasts and butterbeer mixology. $100 VIP, $25 adult, $20 member, $10 student, children 6 and under free.
What could be more romantic that Paris and New York? Offering an intriguing look at the rapidly changing societies in these cities at the turn of the century, and life in the new modern city, is the “Midnight in Paris & New York” opening reception at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, Feb. 3, 6–8 p.m. The exhibition is a unique look at William Glackens and his contemporaries, and features drawings and paintings by American and European artists. $25 per person; free for Museum members.
A new musical comedy straight from Broadway, “Disaster!” will be on stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, Feb. 8–Sunday, Feb. 18, matinee and evening performances. Presented by SlowBurn Theater, “Disaster!” is set in 1979 in New York, where the hottest A-listers enjoy a night of boogie fever, which quickly changes to panic. $45 per ticket.
On Thursday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Florida Grand Opera will present “Salome,” Richard Strauss’ bizarre brew or eroticism and religion, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Each program is accompanied by a pre-show lecture an hour before curtain call, with a talk-back session immediately following the performance. $21–$200 per ticket.
February is a tempting time to experience “Salome: Engaging the Senses.” On Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Broward Center for Performing Arts’ Porter Riverview Ballroom, Broward Center Art Ambassador Lyn Farmer will offer a pre-concert presentation highlighting visual art, architecture, literature, food and wine. Attendees will sample new vintages. Complimentary to “Salome” ticket holders.
A beautiful starlight night listening to exquisite music … the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will set the scene for the Feb. 15, 7–9 p.m. “Concert Under the Stars” featuring the Florida Atlantic University program artists, performing solo and chamber music. Complimentary wine, cookies and coffee will be served. Tickets start at $40.
It’s a lovely time for tea at the Historic Stranahan House Museum! On Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., Frank and Ivy Stranahan will transport guests to Fort Lauderdale circa 1901 for a celebratory tea party, commemorating the birth of Ivy, Fort Lauderdale’s first schoolteacher and “First Lady.” This Victorian Tea Party will feature hors d’oeuvres and tea. $25 per person; advance reservations required.
The month of love is an alluring time to visit The District — the perfect place to make beautiful memories!