Save the dates


Friday, 5th:  Art Walk, 6 pm

Friday, 5th:  Art of the HeART:  SBDAC, All Month

Saturday, 6th:  KIDding Around at Edison Ford, 10 am

Saturday, 6th:  Family Art & Music Time at Cornog Plaza, 4 pm

Sunday, 7th:  Sunday Funday at the Butterfly Estates, 10 am

Saturday, 13th:  Rockin’ the Patio:  Summer Concert Series at Patio de Leon, 6 pm

Friday, 19th:  Teen Author & Talent Night at Cornog Plaza, 6 pm

Friday, 19th:  Music Walk, 6 pm

Saturday, 20th:  Dad’s Are Superheroes Storytime & Crafts at Cornog Plaza, 9:15 am

Sunday, 21st:  Father’s Day in the River District

Sunday, 21st:  The Longest Day Extravaganza, Patio de Leon, All Day Long

Saturday, 27th:  Downtown Car Cruise-In, 4 pm

Saturday, 27th:  Rockin’ the Patio:  Summer Concert Series at Patio de Leon, 6 pm


Thursday’s:  Downtown Farmers Market*:  Centennial Park; 7:00 am

River District Alliance News:  Don’t forget to look through the monthly update on downtown issues to know!  Click on the Information tab above for the full monthly newsletter and other useful River District Information..



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Art of HeART Opening June 5th

In its annual juried exhibition SBDAC invites artists to explore both the physiological heart as well as art that speaks to what is at the core of their being. Art should be procative, examining passion, essence, heartbreak, love, and loss. Pieces submitted to the exhibition should fit the call to artists and the artist statements submitted should serve to explain how those pieces fit the call to artists and the artist statements submitted should serve to explain how those pieces fit.

The exhibition will run through June 25th. For more information, please visit:

The Longest Day, June 21st

The River District Alliance proudly supports Wear The Fund’s benefit for The Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Wear The Fund is an apparel company which gives a percentage of wholesale and retail sales back to non-profit organizations. Wear The Fund will be hosting “The Longest Day”, a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, for the third year in a row. The event will be in the heart of Downtown Fort Myers at Patio De Leon with raffles, kid activities, food, drink, and live music all day!

The Longest Day is held annually on the Summer Solstice, June 21st; the longest day of the year. The date falls on Father’s Day, making this event even more special. The celebration begins at Starbucks at 6am.  Purchase of an event t-shirt entitles guests to a goody bag and special perks at participating River District businesses. The shirts will be on sale for $10 at several locations, so pick one up and join the fun!

The event will run until 10PM, so Dad can still sleep in and have breakfast in bed. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy a day in the River District and support a worthy cause.

For more information, please contact: or 239-362-2401

Father’s Day Weekend in the River District

Special to the River District for Father’s Day are three great programs for Dad:

Cornog Plaza: Dad’s are Superheroes, Storytime, & Crafts courtesy of the Lee County Library on Saturday, June 20th at 9:15 am. For more information, please visit:

Edison Ford Estates: Celebrate Father’s Day on June 21st with FREE admission for Dads all day long at Edison Ford. Dad’s FREE admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, museum and Edison Research Lab. For more information, please visit:

Pure Fort Myers: Fathers cruise FREE with Pure Fort Myers with a full price child or spouse ticket. Take a break and enjoy a relaxing experience on the river with your family. Fathers and their families will be able to enjoy this special cruise discount on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st. For more information, please visit:

Freedom Fest

Freedom Fest July Fourth Celebration

The RDA is underway with planning an exciting Freedom Fest 2015! The event this year is so big, it even has it’s own website. Visit for a full event schedule, sponsorship, vendor, and performer contact information, and more.

The event this year begins with a block party starting at 12 noon, and full schedule of events throughout the rest of the day, culminating in the amazing riverside fireworks show!

Sponsorship form, as well as vendor and performer applications can also be downloaded by following the “Information” tab above.

Follow us on Facebook for more information, and be sure to visit

Butterfly Estates

Sunday Funday at the Butterfly Estates

The first Sunday of every month the Butterfly Estates’ Non Profit Organization, The Florida Native Butterfly Society, opens its doors to the public with free admission. The purpose is to expose as many people as possible to the importance of Florida’s incredible butterflies. The program is intended to inspire guests to plant butterfly gardens to support and increase natural populations. Enjoy many new vendors every month, kids projects and activities. For more information, please visit:

Note: If the Butterfly Estates lot is full there is free extra parking across Fowler Street at The Constitutional Building.

Passport Parking

Passport Parking in the River District

As season begins it’s a good time to review the recently implemented Passport Parking program throughout core downtown at all meters.

Guests to downtown who park at meters can download the Passport Parking app or can call 239-790-4675 to register. With this users can pay for parking with their phone or call from the numbered meter and pay via credit card.
Text messages and alerts can be enabled through this app, receipts sent, and guests will be able to extend their metered time from their phone.

Informational rack cards are available at the CRA (1400 Jackson Street) or at Denison Parking (2123 First Street).


River District Map & Directory

Seasonally updated River District Maps are now available! Map includes general area and merchant locations with contact information. Printed maps are available throughout River District establishments, or from the Community Redevelopment Agency at 1400 Jackson Street.

For a pintable map, please look under “Information.”


2015 Art Walk Collector Image

The 2015 Art Walk series comes with new exhibits and excitement throughout the galleries and River District! The collector image featuring the art of Unit A’s Marcus Jansen is also available.

Look for the Fort Myers Art Walk information table, where you can sign up as a Fort Myers Art Walk Patron and receive the 2015 Art Walk Collector’s button, poster or tee shirt.

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Art Walk Announces 2014/2015 Season Sponsorships & Discount Agreements

Opportunities for sponsorship beginning at only $10.00 and Merchant Member Discount Agreements are now available!

Sponsorship forms and Discount Agreements can be printed under Information.



Mystery Walk Launch!


Historic Fort Myers River District