A brunch crawl and a spelling bee(r)
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.