Save the dates

October:  Friday, 17th:  Music Walk

Saturday, 18th:  Zombicon*

Saturday, 25th:  Car Cruise-In

November:  Saturday 1st:  Taste of Lee* & Pink Heals*

Sunday 2nd:  Streets Alive*

Friday 7th:  Art Walk

Saturday 8th:  Bike Night

Tuesday 11th:  Veterans Day Parade (2 pm – 4 pm)

Thursday 13th – 16th:  42nd Annual Boat Show*

Saturday 15th:  Downtown Art Fair

Friday 21st:  Music Walk

Saturday 22nd:  Car Cruise-In

Saturday 29th:  Holiday Stroll & Christmas in the Park*

Don’t miss the weekly Gardner’s Park Pop-Up Bazaar*, 3-8 pm!

* Indicates a Non-RDA Event

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day Parade 2014

For the first time in more than 40 years, downtown Fort Myers will see the return of a Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday, November 11th at 2:00 pm.

Details will be available on the Veterans Day Program under Information shortly.

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Saturday Art Fair Returns in November, December & January

The annual Saturday Art Fair begins again this November, and is looking for vibrant, accomplished artists and crafters to set up in Downtown to sell the works they create.

For more detail, please download the vendor prospectus under Information.


Holidays in the River District

The RDA board is excited to be underway this year with expanding holiday decorations throughout the River District. Unlike earlier years when multiple storefronts along First Street and others were unoccupied, awnings were draped with garland and bows to distract from the vacancies. Today, we now have a vibrant and near completely occupied First Street and core commercial area. Recognizing this, we will be decorating additional light poles this year in place of decorating the awnings.

However, realizing the charm the decorated awnings add, the board has arranged with our holiday decorating firm to provide the standard commercial grade garland, LED lighting, and bows as was previously done directly to merchants or property owners at our cost.

The cost at our price is $95.00 for nine (9’) feet, or roughly six (6’) feet with draping. This cost includes commercial grade products, installation, inspections three times weekly with replacement as needed of damaged items, and removal.

Sponsorships are also welcome to assist with expanding light pole decorations throughout the River District. Sponsorship cost: $125 per pole.

Decorations will be installed mid November and removed after January 1st.

For more detail please see Holiday Decorations and Holiday Awning Decorations announcements under Information.


Bike Night Sponsorships Now Available

The 2014-2015 Bike Nights return this November 8th in the River District. 2015 dates are January 10th, March 14th, & May 9th.

For sponsorship details please download the Bike Night Sponsorships prospectus under Information.

Gardners Park

Gardner’s Park Pop-Up Bazaar

A soon-to-be tradition has in Gardner’s Park with the start of a weekly bazaar.
Baked goods, fruits & veggies, flea market items, arts, crafts, and many other items are anticipated to be a part of the event.

Scheduled for every Friday, year round, the bazaar will enhance the offerings within the River District and create a driven concentration of shoppers to experience the charm of Gardner’s Park.  Non-RDA event.


When: Fridays, 3 PM – 8 PM.
Where: Second & Fowler
Contact: Patsy; 239-561-3663



Downtown Art Walk Wins $15,000 Grant

For the third year in a row, Art Walk is pleased to announce winning a $15,000 Arts &     Attraction grant from the   Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Visitor and Convention Bureau.

The grant recognizes this monthly event as a fixture in the River District social scene.  The funding may be used for marketing and advertising of both the event and the galleries included within it.   In its sixth year, Art Walk draws between 3,000 – 5,000 attendees during season and 1,000 – 3,000 attendees off-season.

This monthly event brings social activity to downtown and a tremendous positive financial impact for our merchants.   Art Walk is funded through monthly dues from River District galleries, art partners, and sponsors.



Fort Myers Freedom Fest 2014