Save the dates



Friday, 4th:  Art Walk, 6 pm

Sunday, 6th:  Sunday Funday the Butterfly Estates, 10 am

Friday, 18th:  Music Walk, 6 pm

Monday, 21st – Thursday, 24th:  Island Hopper Songwriter Festival in the River District

Friday, 25th – Sunday, 27th:  Fort Myers Home Remodel Show

Friday, 25th:  Rockin’ the Patio; ‘The Trips’, 6 pm

Saturday, 26th:  Car Cruise-In, 4 pm

Saturday, 26th:  Butterfly Gardening at the Butterfly Estates, 11 am

Saturday, 26th:  Rockin’ the Patio; ‘Memphis 56′, 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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Island Hopper

Second Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival Returns & Comes to the River District!

The second annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns September 17th through the 27th with dozens of star-studded performers set to play against the tropical backdrop of Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, and for the first time; historic downtown Fort Myers in Southwest Florida.

Singer-songwriters who have penned No. 1 hits for such artists as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, and Lee Ann Womack will perform at multiple venues from September 17-27. Presented by BMI, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1, and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of the songwriters in intimate island settings. As you hop from island to island, all venues are easily accessible, and within walking distance.

Special this year will be great performances in the River District from September 21st through the 24th!  For full event information, schedules, and locations, please visit:

Please click here to see a video from the 2014 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest:

Cornog Plaza

Fort Myers Home Remodel Show

The Fort Myers Home Remodel Show comes to Harborside Event Center

Inspiration Starts Here! Just in time for all of your: remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and patios plus so much more. Shop, compare and save for 3 days only!

For more information, please visit:

Cornog Plaza

Great Activities at Cornog Plaza

Cornog Plaza at the downtown library offers great events all month long, including:

Game Cart: Monday – Saturday during library hours; show your fun side and let the good times roll with lawn dice & dominoes, try your hand at some 80′s & 90′s board games or a friendly game of chess.

Giant Chess: Monday – Saturday during library hours; available for all ages on the plaza under the shade structure.

For more information, please visit:

Go Fund Me

Want to See a New RDA Website?

While the RDA and the events we produce for the River District continue to grow, so does the need to further enhance making sure you know about them! As the non-profit merchants association within the River District, we strive to use our dollars to create the events you enjoy.

You’ve all seen the limitations with our current site and know it’s past time for a new one. With that, the RDA is currently in development of a new, comprehensive site that will be better geared towards event attendees, merchants, and residents of the River District. The new site will include a host of new features, increased compatibility, and greater user functions. While we look forward to this, we also recognize the cost associated with it. To help in minimizing that and allow us to continue using our resources in creating great events and programs, we have created a Go Fund Me account and would ask any interested followers to consider making a tax-deductible donation to help defray this expense.

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.



Mystery Walk Launch!


Historic Fort Myers River District