Save the dates


Friday, 3rd:  Art Walk, 6pm

Saturday, 4th:  River District Freedom Fest!  Block party starts at noon, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Sunday, 5th:  Sunday Funday at the Butterfly Estates, 10 a.m.

Friday, 10th:  Rockin’ the Patio, ‘The Trips’, 6 pm.

Friday, 17th:  Music Walk, 6 pm.

Friday, 24th:  Rockin’ the Patio, ‘High Five Friday’, 6 pm.

Saturday, 25th:  CANCELLED:  Car Cruise-In

Saturday, 25th:  Rockin’ the Patio, ‘Memphis 56′, 6 pm.

Friday, 31st:  Rockin’ the Patio, ‘Bad Bandits’, 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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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.

Cornog Plaza

New Events 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.

Circus on the Green: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm; a pop-up circus of tunnels and tents for families to enjoy.

Jazz Lunch: Thursdays, July 2 – August 27, 12 pm – 1 pm; enjoy some of Fort Myers’ most exciting jazz musicians who will be performing weekly on this Thursday event.

For more information, please visit:

Freedom Fest

Freedom Fest 2015

Freedom Fest 2015 was a success in the River District!  Both an event and festival, the annual July 4th celebration had something for the whole family.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, including:  Chico’s, City of Fort Myers, Legacy Harbour, Kearns Restaurant Group, 21st Century Oncology, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Mission BBQ, Beasley Broadcasting, Shamrock Bail Bonds, and many other who helped.

Special thank you also to the committee, board members, and volunteers who worked to make this family friendly free event happen in the River District.

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.



Mystery Walk Launch!


Historic Fort Myers River District