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Riverwalk Fall Festival Gives Fort Lauderdale Residents Yet Another Reason To Look Forward To Cooler Weather

Saying farewell to summer isn't so sad when there’s a new fall festival to look forward to. 

The first-ever Riverwalk Fall Festival will take place at Esplanade Park on Sept. 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature fall-themed carnival games, face painting, live music and more. 

Vendors and food trucks will be on-site, and the festival is free for everyone (including well-behaved pets on a leash). Organizers anticipate the Fall Festival becoming an annual event.

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School of Rock Coral Springs and School of Rock West Broward will perform during the afternoon’s festivities. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

Cristina Hudson, events manager for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, said she wanted to host an event along Riverwalk during a time when the area tends to get quiet.

“[V]acations are over, kids are back to school, and everyone is ready for the blistering summer heat to subside,” she said. “We were looking to remind everyone that the Riverwalk is here year round for everyone to enjoy.”

Hudson said she hopes the event will draw people to the area who may not have been aware of all that the Riverwalk district has to offer.

As a family-friendly event for locals and vacationers, the Fall Festival will offer games and activities for both children and parents.

“Our goal for this event is to bring families down to the Riverwalk for an afternoon of good, wholesome fun,” she said.

Esplanade Park; 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale