Save the dates


Friday, 31st:  Rockin’ the Patio, ‘Bad Bandits’, 6 pm.


Sunday, 2nd:  Sunday Funday the Butterfly Estates, 10 am

Sunday, 2nd:  The BIG Backpack Event at Harborside Event Center, 10 am

Friday, 7th:  Bubble Wands at the Cornog Plaza, 10 am

Friday, 7th:  Art Walk, 6 pm

Friday, 7th:  Southwest Florida Critical Mass Picnic & Ride, 5:30 pm

Friday, 21st:  Music Walk, 6 pm

Saturday, 22nd:  Car Cruise-In, 4 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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Big Backpack

The BIG Backpack Event

Courtesy of the Multicultural Centre, enjoy live multicultural youth entertainment on the main stage that includes hip hop, salsa, Irish step dance and more!  Kids will enjoy face painting, book mobile giveaways, vendors, and more, including free haircuts and fingerprinting (first come first serve, while supplies last).  The first 2,000 or more children age 5-12 will receive free backpacks and school supplies or while supplies last.  Children must be present with parents or guardians to receive the free supplies.  For more information, please 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.

Cornog Plaza

August 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.

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

Jazz Lunch: Thursdays, August 6 – 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:

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