🌞 A barrel of monkeys in Fort Lauderdale 🙈 🙊 🐒


Goooood morning... Fort Lauderdale 🌞

Enjoy the best of this week's breakdown:

  • Tortuga Festival is back - will you survive?
  • Free museum, free music, and more
  • Wait... what? There are monkeys in Fort Lauderdale (read below)

You Won't Want To Miss This Week:

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>> Thursday is the return of Sunny Days and Starry Nights - free museum admission every first Thursday of the month at the NSU Art Museum. This partnership with Broward Health has allowed the Museum to couple Starry Nights with Sunny Days, offering visitors a full day of free admission to the Museum from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy all-day 2 for 1 happy hour in the Museum Café. (Free)

>> Also on Thursday night, if you see closed streets and packs of colored shirts running by in downtown, it is the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run. With a focus on having fun, getting healthy, and boosting company morale, the run has been organized and running for over three decades here in South Florida.($$)

>> On Friday night, it is Friday Night Sound Waves down as Las Olas Oceanside Park listening to the country rock songs of Tim Charron. Starts at 6:30pm. (Free)

>> Saturday it is the Take Me To The River Festival at Tarpon River Brewing. This year they will be celebrating their 4-year anniversary (whoa, what a last 4 years it has been!) with beer, BBQ, and a music line-up of 5 different bands. (Free)

>> Saturday is also the date for the next Beach Cleanup with MODS. This has been a favorite event of the Acton Academy team as we love doing good work out in the beautiful environment of Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (6503 N Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004 – park entrance fees will be waived for cleanup participants). (Free)

Featured Fort Lauderdale

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

You might have heard of this little music event coming up... the Tortuga Music Festival. 😉

For those of you curious (or maybe already planning to attend) Visit Fort Lauderdale has created your Survival Guide to the 3-Day Event.

So... You Think You Know Fort Lauderdale?

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

Monkeys in Fort Lauderdale?

Sort of. Over in Dania Beach near the airport, a family (a school, a tribe, a gaggle, a barrel of monkeys? 🤷‍♂️) has been delighting visitors for XX.

You can read more in this AP article or on the Dania Beach Vervet Project.

Travelers are often surprised to see the monkeys. They squeal in delight and grab their cellphones, hoping for photos. Vervets are gray and black with a greenish tinge, helping them blend into the trees. Males typically grow to 2 feet (0.6 meters) and 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms); females reach 18 inches (0.5 meters) and 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms). They live about 20 years.


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Have a budding entrepreneur between the ages of 5 and 14?

Children - bring your ideas!

Parents and friends - bring your dollars!

Limited spots for children to register and participate, but open to all for supporting the next generation of businesses.

The specific theme for this event will be "Ocean-friendly and Ocean-themed", inspired by World Oceans Day which will be celebrated at MODS earlier that week on June 8th.


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Flotsam & Jetsam

Each we come across tidbits, tips, and tools that are too good to not share, but they don't exactly fit in the "Fort Lauderdale" category. So inspired by the FTL's close connection to the sea... let's see if any of this floats your boat.

Riddle for you*:

Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?

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