Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Calendar of Events in Ft. Lauderdale

Click here to download a pdf version of the 2016-2017 calendar


Cruisin’ Down the River

Cruisin’ Down the River: Prohibition Era – The History of Fort Lauderdale’s Rum Runners. Guests attending Bonnet House’s “Cruisin’ Down The River” program will travel the New River in style. Experience a boat ride aboard the famous “Carrie B” paddlewheel boat to learn about the fascinating history of Fort Lauderdale’s legendary rum runners. Featured speaker will be Stephen Draft, former Bonnet House curator, and exciting live music by the Gold Coast Banjo Band. Hear whimsical tales about the history of Fort Lauderdale’s New River.

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Two glasses of wine included.
$45 Members / $55 Non-members

 For more information, please call (954) 653-1554
Cruise embarkation begins at 4:45pm at the following address:
440 North New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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Welcome Center Rotating Exhibits
Ongoing exhibition featuring a variety of works from our Bonnet House Fine Artists available for purchase.


Birding Classes

Classes begin September 18.
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Art Workshops

Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Calligraphy, Drawing & Basket Weaving Workshops at Bonnet House!
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Orchid Care Classes

Learn how to care for your orchids on the beautiful Bonnet House Estate.
February 11, 18 & 25, 2017
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Bonnet House Alliance Events

Bonnet House Alliance is a group that volunteers & presents fundraising events for Bonnet House. Luncheons & periodic meetings provide camaraderie and a way to get personally involved. You may join the Alliance for free with a paid membership at any level.

Click here for information and complete schedule of Alliance events, meetings and socials.


Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival
Featuring the 10th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale

 Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2016
9:00am – 4:00pm

Orchids, Exotics, Fruit Trees, Butterfly Garden Plants, Gourmet Food, Libations, Garden Art, Lectures, Orchid Displays, Cooking Demos, Farmer’s Market and Much More!
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Specialty Tours

Orchid Greenhouse Tours
  Offered the second Tuesday of each month from 11am – 12pm $20 per person

Our greenhouses and display house hold approximately 1,200 plants in various stages of development. Our Bonnet House Orchid Curator will show you around our greenhouses and discuss how our orchids are bred and cultivated (including our impressive seedling program).  A treat for orchid enthusiasts and novices! This tour is offered in groups of 15 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations available, pre-registration is required.

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for Orchid Greenhouse Tours or call (954) 703-2606.

Behind the Scenes Tours
Offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month December – April from 2pm – 3pm
$20 per person
(Does not include main house tour)

Visitors will participate in a VIP experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.  Take a sneak peek inside normally-closed areas of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters. Tours are led by our seasoned Bonnet House docents and will be offered for only $20 per person. Visitors will enjoy rooms not seen on our other tours. This tour is offered in groups of 10 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations available, pre-registration required.

Please note, the ability to climb stairs is necessary to fully participate in the tour. A video presentation at ground level will accommodate those guests unable to climb stairs.

 For Behind the Scenes Tours call (954) 703-2606


Concerts Under the Stars

Presented by The Haller Foundation
Enjoy live performances on the beautiful Bonnet House Veranda with complimentary wine, cookies and coffee. These magical evenings take place once a month on Thursday evenings January through April.
January 19, February 16, March 16 and April 6, 2017.

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Making New Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit

Making New Impressions is a juried art competition, art sale and cocktail party. All of the art work selected for the competition is for sale and 50% of the proceeds benefit Bonnet House and its education programs.
Lavish opening reception Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6pm.
Exhibition runs through April 30, 2017.
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 Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. Support for the educational programs is provided in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.