Save the dates


Sunday, 24th:  Tribute to America’s Heroes

Monday, 25th:  Memorial Day at Edison Ford


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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Memorial Day at Edison Ford

Every Memorial Day the Edison & Ford Winter Estates honors veterans and their families with free admission from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., which includes a self-guided audio tour.  Veterans and their families will enjoy an audio tour of the winter homes and gardens of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, the botanical laboratory, antique car collections and hundreds of inventions in the Edison Ford Museum.

Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission. Current servicemen and women may also gain free admission by presenting an active military ID

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