35th Anniversary – Call to Artists

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2023, and to mark the occasion, Riverwalk invites artists to share their view of the Riverwalk.

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork of all mediums are invited to participate in the competition, including but not limited to watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, charcoal, mixed media, drawing and gouache. The winning artwork will grace the cover of a future issue of Go Riverwalk Magazine.

Artists, no matter where they live, are invited to submit their original artwork by Monday, October 2, 2023, to the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale office at 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 201, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The artwork must depict Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk.

The competition will be judged by a local juried panel. The winner will be notified in October and will be required to be photographed and interviewed for a story in Go Riverwalk Magazine.

Each submission must have attached to the artwork:

  • Title of artwork
  • Full name of artist
  • Address of artist (street address, city, state, ZIP code)
  • Email address
  • Daytime/cell phone number

“Riverwalk has celebrated notable anniversaries in the past by asking artists to share their depictions of Riverwalk,” says Genia Duncan Ellis, President/CEO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. “We want to help celebrate our organization’s 35th anniversary in a similar way this year.”

For more information contact Amy Mahon at 954-468-1541 ext. 206.

Sunday Jazz Brunch

The Sunday Jazz Brunch is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. This free, live outdoor concert series features the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the music on three different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Well-behaved leashed pets are also welcome to attend Sunday Jazz Brunch. There is plenty of room to set up chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to experience the fabulous entertainment. Event goers can also stroll along the historic brick-lined walkway to enjoy live music while browsing items from local merchants and enjoying food from area restaurants.

Click here for more information.

5th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce the 5th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival Presented by Grille 401 on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 11am  to 5pm at Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  The festival is a free celebration of the local South Florida Seafood Industry and highlights some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood restaurants as they serve up fresh stone crab claws and an array of select seafood dishes starting at only $5.  Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day of great food, drinks, live music, games (including the crowd-favorite hermit crab races), prizes and more! View the 2015 Video from our partner The Media Lab.

This year Riverwalk’s Craft Beer Garden will be sponsored by Funky Buddha! Pre-paid tickets for the beer garden will be available on December 1st – January 15th for the early bird price of $20 for unlimited tastings from Funky Buddha and other local breweries. Beer Garden tickets at the event will be $25.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale would like to thank the following sponsors – Grille 401 (Presenting Sponsor), JM Lexus, Premier BeverageFinster Murphy’s Seafood, Go Riverwalk Magazine, The Media Lab, Big 105.9FM and Eye on South Florida.

Additional sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available by contacting Cristina Hudson at cristina@goriverwalk.com or (954) 468-1541 ext. 205.

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5th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival
Esplanade Park
Saturday, January 16, 2015

11am  – 5pm

Riverwalk Fall Festival

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Join us at Esplanade Park on Saturday, September 19th as we say goodbye to the summer and welcome fall fun at the inaugural Riverwalk Fall Festival. Spend the day with fall carnival themed games, activities and competitions. The Coral Springs School of Rock   and the School of Rock West Broward  will be performing live. An assortment of vendors and food trucks will also be on site for your enjoyment.

This FREE event is open to all ages and well-behaved pets too (on leash). Feel free to bring along your lawn chairs to enjoy this afternoon of fun.**No outside alcoholic beverages or coolers allowed**

Thank you to our sponsors and partners:
iHeart Media & Big 105.9 FM, The Good Pie Company, Coral Springs School of Rock, School of Rock West Broward, The Media Lab, Eye on South Florida, Sheehan Buick GMC , Dizzy Doodle Face Painting , Catabella Express , Margarethe Sorensen Make-Up Artistry and Go Riverwalk Magazine


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For more information about sponsorship or vendor opportunities contact Cristina Hudson at (954) 468-1541, ext. 205, or cristina@goriverwalk.com


Riverwalk Fall Festival
September 19th, 12-5pm
Esplanade Park

RiverWalk on Water Battle for the Paddle

Riverwalk is proud to be a part of the Third Annual RiverWalk on Water Battle for the Paddle, paddleboard challenge. On Sunday, May 31st, 2015 teams of paddlers will compete in a series of fun stand up paddle challenges to take come the coveted traveling “paddle” trophy.

No need to be an expert or even an experienced paddleboarder to compete. For more information or to REGISTER A TEAM contact Josh Vajda at 954.789.9008 or info@precisionpaddleboards.com


Riverwalk 2014 Tribute Video Highlights

The Downtown crowd gathered as Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale honored Lisa Scott­-Founds, President and CEO of the Winterfest, Inc. for her role in the growth and development of Riverwalk Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale at the Riverwalk Annual Tribute in the spring of 2014.

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  • Eye on South Florida VIDEO

“Through the growing success of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and her personal contributions of time and leadership to both civic and charitable organizations, Lisa Scott-Founds has ensured that Fort Lauderdale is known as a great city, and by extension, our Riverwalk and Downtown have been showcased,” said Courtney Callahan Crush, chairman of the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale board of directors. “She leads by example and we are most fortunate to be able to honor her at our 14th Annual Riverwalk Tribute.”

Anniversary LogoGenia Duncan Ellis, President and CEO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, added: “Lisa’s contributions to the Riverwalk District and to Downtown Fort Lauderdale span the past two decades and her commitment to the City is demonstrated through her tireless advocacy and leadership on behalf of the Winterfest Boat Parade, as well as her involvement in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Lisa’s passion for our City and its betterment is unparalleled and we are a better City for her involvement.”

Lisa Scott­-Founds began her career with Winterfest in 1995 as their Corporate and Community Relations Manager. She was named Executive Director in April, 1996. Her love of Winterfest was nurtured by childhood parade memories with her family and by volunteering after her college years. As a Fort Lauderdale native, Lisa’s holiday connection with Winterfest catapulted her desire to produce this South Florida tradition. Under her direction, Winterfest has grown into an internationally recognized event, which has earned the title “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.”

Riverwalk Dodgeball League

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Lauderdale are proud to partner with WAKA Social Sports to offer the new Riverwalk Dodgeball League. The games begin on Monday, February 25, and run through Monday, March 25, 2013. Games will be held Mondays during season at Huizenga Plaza. Players must be 21 years of age by the scheduled first week of games to join.

Have you been looking for a great opportunity to meet new friends? Here’s your chance – dodgeball, friendship and fun for only $39! Come support the Riverwalk mission and get involved in all the wackiness while enjoying the downtown area. The Riverwalk Dodgeball League promises to be unique by offering special, “fun” rules geared towards players that want to let loose, have some fun, and focus on supporting a local non-profit organization.

WAKA uses only Rhino Skin super-soft dodgeballs for outdoor dodgeball leagues. We will play by the NADA (National Amateur Dodgeball Association) rules with a few local modifications. The official “watering hole” for the Riverwalk Dodgeball League will be Briny’s Riverfront Pub.

To register, visit: http://www.kickball.com/season/flriverwalkwinter2013

– Feb 14th: General registration closes.
– Feb 18th: Captains meeting at the Briny 7:15pm. Season Kickoff Party at Briny’s Riverfront Pub 8pm.
– Feb 25th: Season begins.

– Feb 25th: Week 1-Best team Theme
– Mar 4th: Week 2-Mad Hatter Night
– Mar 11th: Week 3-Inside Out Night
– Mar 25th: Week 4-Team Performance
**note, dates may change due to circumstances beyond our control.