A brunch crawl and a spelling bee(r)

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - THE GO GUIDE - Ben Crandell

This is one of those week­ends when down­town Fort Lauderdale — in the heart of car-de­pen­dent South Florida — of­fers a re­minder of what a great walk­ing city it is in the (roughly) 5K be­tween the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts and the Elbo Room for the Drink­ing Arts.

This is es­pe­cially true on Sun­day, when the Broward Cen­ter will host one end of the Rev­o­lu­tion Live Sun­day Jazz Brunch, the free, monthly live-mu­sic gather­ing that stretches east along the shady banks of the New River, per­fect for a pic­nic (plenty of ven­dors of­fer nosh­ing and sip­ping del­i­ca­cies), the Sun­day pa­per or a snooze. The Jazz Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit FortLaud­erdale.gov.

From the eastern edge of the Jazz Brunch, the brick-lined River­walk of­fers a path to the 31st Get daily up­dates on South Florida en­ter­tain­ment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twit­ter at @Ben Crandell an­nual Las Olas Art Fair, with more than 300 artists turn­ing the city’s touristy thor­ough­fare into a tree-lined mall from the tun­nel at U.S. 1 to the small bridge at Southeast 12th Av­enue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day. Visit ArtFes­ti­val.com.

Along the way, you can check out some of the new down­town spots that have opened in the past year, such as the sunny, brunch­friendly Del Frisco’s (DelFriscos­grille.com/fort-lauderdale), the beau­ti­ful Boathouse at the River­side (Face­book.com/River­sideBoathouse) and the bois­ter­ous ta­que­ria El Camino (Face­book.com/ElCaminoFtLaud­erdale). A bit far­ther east you’ll find Sushi Shack (ILoveSushiShack.com) and Kim


Fort Lauderdale-based jazz gui­tarist Randy Bernsen will re­con­nect with the mu­sic of Jaco Pas­to­rius dur­ing a free per­for­mance with Jonathan Joseph's Weather Un­der­ground 4:30-6 p.m. Sun­day on Lin­coln Road as part of the South Beach Jazz Fes­ti­val.

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