Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District Releases Virtual Programming

Fort Lauderdale's treasure trove of culture keeps audiences engaged with a score of digital exhibits, lectures, and more. 

New River Inn. Image courtesy of Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District.

With social distancing in place, the partners at Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District are ensuring that everyone is still able to discover the many cultural treasures that the district has to offer. For those looking for a fun “escape,” there is a trove of of enchanting virtual experiences are available to view from the comfort of home: a virtual tour of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, feel-good playlists from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, live stream programming from Historic Stranahan House Museum, lectures on History Fort Lauderdale’s YouTube page, and a virtual tour of the “Happy!” exhibition at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Explore the whimsical, beautiful and historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens through the Virtual and Vintage Tour. Enjoy a virtual tour of the house, oral history by late Bonnet House owner Evelyn Bartlett and Irene Hart (who as a child lived at and near the Bonnet House), and extended clips from the Bartletts’ home movies. You can even view footage of Frederic Bartlett walking with Frank Lloyd Wright!

Whether you are across the globe from Fort Lauderdale or right in The District’s backyard, you have access to the exciting opportunities presented by Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District partners

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Get your groove on or relax to your heart’s content with Broward Center for the Performing Arts, right in your own living room! Check out the delightful playlists ― featuring beloved artists and award-winning performances ― that the Broward Center has created.

Historic Stranahan House Museum

This is a wonderful time to discover Historic Stranahan House Museum ― through live stream! Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., Stranahan House will present its “Live from Fort Lauderdale” live stream series. Known as the birthplace of Fort Lauderdale, the Stranahan House was built in 1901 and is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. It has served as a trading post, post office, town hall, and home to Frank Stranahan (known as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father) and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan (the area’s first schoolteacher).

While staying home, you can also try baking tasty Orange Cookies. The original recipe, which Stranahan House has shared, was originally published by the Woman’s Club in the Fort Lauderdale Sentinel on March 14, 1924. See the recipe here.

History Fort Lauderdale

Bringing history to life, History Fort Lauderdale has created an entire series of lectures, located on its YouTube page, from prominent authors, historians and civic leaders that highlight the challenges, achievements, and discoveries of the past that shape the Fort Lauderdale area’s present and will inform its future. They share the stories of Fort Lauderdale’s diverse community.

NSU Art Museum’s “Happy” Exhibition. Image courtesy of Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Experience “Happy!” through a virtual tour of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. “Happy!” is a new exhibition of contemporary works produced by artists who aim to emotionally engage the viewer. Pick a piece that interests you, and then share its meaning and how it makes you feel with a friend or loved one. Or, create your own masterpiece that captures what makes you “Happy!” and share your work of art at #DotheDistrict. Start a conversation!

Riverside Hotel

While spending time inside, you can try making this refreshing White Sangria recipe that Riverside Hotel shared. It makes a great brunch cocktail! See the recipe and watch the video here.

Plunge Beach Resort

On Friday, April 24, Plunge Beach Resort will be hosting its Plunge into the Arts Virtual Open House with Interdisciplinary Artist Dave Rosenthal at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Rosenthal combines his unique fine art photography and music composition skills into unified art pieces that explore and uncover the impact of how our visual and auditory senses contribute to our emotional experience and perception of art. Bring your favorite cocktail or glass of wine for a toast and group screenshot. Headphone or earbuds recommended for the best experience. Attendees must register via Eventbrite to receive a secure link to the online event.

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