There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday month than with a visit to The District, located along the scenic New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This month, there are plenty of free events happening, along with some unique opportunities to enjoy and learn about the city via water. And, if this election season has you craving some laughs, then check out The Capitol Steps, an irreverent look at today’s political headlines, at the Broward Center. Whether you choose a night of art, tales or spirits, you will want to don your red, white and blue and head over to The District for an all-American good time!

To enjoy other great events and happenings taking place in July, check out the ones we have selected for you, or visit for a complete listing.

July  Highlights
Free First Thursday Starry Nights, Presented by PNC Bank  NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale 5:00pm–8:00pm Free
Cruisin’ Down the River: Wine and Whimsical Tales Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Kelly’s Landing Seafood Restaurant 
5:00pm $55, $45 for members
May 19 Art of Wine and Food Series: Pick a Peck of PinotsNSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale 6:00pm–8:00pm $40; $25 for members at Patron level & above
The Capitol Steps: “What to Expect When You’re Electing” Broward Center for the Performing Arts 7:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 3:00pm matinee Saturday and Sunday $39
River Ghost Tours
Historic Stranahan House Museum
$25 per person
Most Sunday evenings, you can enjoy fascinating stories of Fort Lauderdale's history while you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway on a Water Taxi! Hear the tales of residents who are no longer living and some urban legends. Tour includes 30 minutes inside the Historic Stranahan House Museum and an hourlong boat ride on the New River. Private tours are available for groups. Advance registration is required by 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more >
The District’s Heritage Tours
With The District’s Heritage Tours, you can explore two of three historical heritage sites while using the Water Taxi to navigate through the city’s waterways, hopping on and off as you wish throughout the day. You will also enjoy special discounts and offers from area restaurants and merchants, plus heritage site gift shops; and a $300 savings book from The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall. The tours are especially priced for adults and children, and available now through Sept. 30, 2016.
Florida Grand Opera’s 75th Season Preview
In celebration of FGO’s 75th continuous year of bringing the finest opera to South Florida, a season has been designed with something for everyone. Each of the operas will resonate with a variety of communities. The season will feature the traditional period productions and begin with an audience favorite, “Carmen” (Dec. 1 & Dec. 3, 2016). Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (Feb. 9 & Feb. 11, 2017), presents a tale of universal human truths, and returns to the Broward Center’s stages after a 17-year absence. Culminating the 2016–2017 season will be Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” (“A Masked Ball”) (May 11 & May 13, 2017), the story of a king who is conspired against and, ultimately, betrayed by his most trusted friend. There are two kinds of people: those who love opera and those who don’t yet know they do! Learn more >
Broward Center for the Performing Arts was chosen by its readers as the “Best Theater for the Arts” by the New Times Broward and Palm Beach edition. Click here to see the full article.
When was George Bizet’s famous opera “Carmen” first performed?
a. 1875
b. 1929
c. 1766
d. 2001
Answer this trivia question correctly on The District’s Facebook page and be eligible to win two Orchestra Level seats for Florida Grand Opera’s performance of "Carmen," playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 1 & 3, 2016. The winner will be drawn on Friday, July 29 and contacted through a private message on Facebook.

Florida Grand Opera’s “Carmen”: No opera is more requested. No opera is so anticipated. And no opera is more beloved than “Carmen”! Carmen, the fiery gypsy cigarette girl, gets any man she wants — and then gets rid of him when a better one comes along. When she sets her sights on Corporal Don José, he doesn’t stand a chance. He’s smitten and gives up everything — his career, his mother, even the girl he’s going to marry — to be with the sultry siren. For a while, they revel in passion. But then, Carmen meets a famous matador and dumps Don José in a heartbeat. This time, though, she has finally pushed a man too far! This traditional presentation is filled with characters you’ll love and music you’ll never forget. Each program is accompanied by a pre-show lecture an hour before curtain with a talk-back session immediately following the performance.
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