The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival returns for its sixth year. Join us in JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota. Bring along your family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. The 3-dayevent begins Friday night with festivities running 4 – 10 pm. The event continues Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. General admission is FREE!
The Punta Gorda Craft Festival continues to grow and highlight the talents of many unique crafters, providing the area with one of its most enjoyable winter traditions. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters while enjoying the charming streets of Punta Gorda. This 2-day event is both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm and is FREE to attend.
Get ready for another year of Bacon Jamfestivities at Centennial Park! Bacon Jam is a kid-friendly food and music festival that features a variety of creative, bacon-based dishes from local restaurants in SWFL. Each restaurant at this event will serve one item dedicated to bacon. Live music from talented bands from around the area will be performing on the main stage all day. Featured Performers: ANGIE (Making their live debut), The Freecoasters And Anything But Human from Dallas, Texas. Tickets will be $5 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. Event is Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm.
The 3rd Annual Fort Myers Seafood & Music Festival is being held on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers. Festivities begin Friday evening 4pm-10pm and continue Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. General admission is FREE. Enjoy foods cooked fresh on-site (seafood, meat, vegetarian) with a variety of side dishes and of course – desserts! Seafood is from Florida’s coastal waters, a sustainable and renewable resource. For drinks, choose from alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and fruit drinks. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals in partnership with the Fort Myers River District Alliance.
The premier boat show in Charlotte County at the Charlotte County Fair Grounds features hundreds of boats from all the major dealers, plus loads of marine accessories and services. Boats are spread outdoors throughout the fairgrounds with accessory booths inside the exhibition hall. Visit the new Be In The Know Zone, where you can get lots of valuable boating info and learn fishing tips and tricks from local charter captain Fishin’ Frank. Admission: $5 Adults / Kids 15 and under FREE. Parking: FREE. Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM.
Whether you are an art collector, need artwork for your home or office, or merely wish to support the arts, join us for the 8th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival. Watch as the artwork brought to Sarasota by the local, regional and national artisans transforms JD Hamel Park into an extraordinary, unique outdoor gallery of original handmade art. This palette of spectacular creations includes works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Discuss with the artists the option of commissioning a unique piece of art made specifically for you or your company! Open Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Admission is FREE.
This car and truck show is located in the heart of diverse shopping and restaurants in the Gulf Coast Town Center making it a fun day for the whole family. 2 Best of Shows in 56 Classes, Plus 26 Overall Best of Show Trophies & 2 Club Participations. This show is on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. Vehicle registration time 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. Awards presented at 3 P.M. A portion of proceeds will be donated to local charities. REGISTRATION DETAILS: $25 Pre-Registration, $30 Day of Show (cash only). To register your vehicle, visit premiumcarshows.com/wppremium
The 4th Annual Candlelight Christmas Carols at Cambier Park will be held on Friday. Last year we had over 500 carolers, illuminating the park with candles, singing popular Christmas carols led by local musicians. It is a joyful and fun occasion for couples, families, and anyone interested in enjoying the sounds of the season.The event is FREE and open to all who wish to participate regardless of religious affiliation. Lyric sheets and electric candles will be provided free of charge. Schedule: 5:30 PM Pre Caroling, Food and Beverages; 6:30 – 8 PM Caroling.
The Bonita Holiday Fair‘s got rides and games for all ages, plus great family entertainment included with admission! Award-winning magic and illusion shows, racing pigs, a full petting zoo, a live wolf exhibit, and SANTA! And of course, all your favorite fair food! Open nightly, except for Christmas Eve, through Sunday, January 2. At the old track, corner of Old 41 and Bonita Beach Road. Info, hours, a full entertainment schedule, and online-only ticket deals at www.BonitaHolidayFair.com!
Enjoy Christmas Festat Springtime Farms Adventure Park every day from Saturday, December 18 – January 2. Enjoy Pictures with Santa, a Christmas Maze, Christmas Hay Ride ($5 Extra), Two 70 foot Jumping Pillows, Two 24 Foot Inflatable Slides, Pedal Kart Track, Petting Farm (Food Included to Feed the Animals), Butterfly Garden, Bird Aviary. Hold Chickens, Turkey, Ducks, Geese, Feed Parakeets, Guinea Pigs, Bunny’s, Goats, Llamas and much more! $12 All Day Passes includes food to feed the Animals, the Christmas Maze and Activities. 2 and younger are free. Seniors and Military Discount of $2.
This FREE, family-friendly event features a boat parade, photos with Santa, local food trucks, entertainment and a FREE movie in the park. Saturday, from 4 – 9 PM, come out to Four Freedoms Park and enjoy this annual tradition. You can also watch as the boats line up in Bimini Basin for the parade, which first passes by the park’s beach before heading down various canals in South Cape Coral. Starting at dusk, the movie Santa Clause (1994) will be shown on the big screen following the boat parade! Be sure to wear your Santa hats and join us in getting into the holiday spirit!
Pack your lawn chair and blankets for a merry little movie night at Alliance for the Arts! This outdoor double feature on Sunday night will feature Elf at 6 p.m. and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 8 p.m. Tickets are required, and are $10 for Alliance members or $12 for non-members. Children ages 4 and under are free. Gates open at 5 p.m. Coolers are prohibited – the Alliance will have Coasting Donuts and Sweeny’s Weenies onsite for some delicious fun! Adult beverages are available for purchase through Vibes and Spice. Please purchase tickets in advance at ArtInLee.org/DoubleFeature.
See the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in a whole new light during Gardens Aglow! Acres of gardens decorated with a spectacle of holiday lights! The gardens decorated with thousands of lights make the perfect family holiday outing. This is a walk-through holiday experience that is stroller and wheelchair-accessible. Designed to be fun and safe for all. Hallmarks of this event: -Breathtaking lights throughout our entire gardens -Roast S’Mores over an open fire -Buy Hot Cocoa to warm your hands as you wander in wonder -Sing Christmas carols to spread holiday cheer -Explore our expanding garden & sculpture collection. This event will be held from 6 – 9 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Last admission @ 8:15 PM).
Celebrate the season with Santa at Veterans Park and Recreation Center during the Winter Wonderland! Come join us for a magical day on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm with Santa; writing letters, arts & crafts, games, photo booth, ugly sweater contest, tree lighting and so much more! Just $5 per child.
The Winter Arts and Crafts Show is taking place at Venice Community Center, Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Local vendors, Holiday gifts, Food concessions on site. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. Free admission!
5th Avenue South will be hosting the 48th annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony! This signature holiday event will feature live music, live art performances, festive food offerings, and activities for all ages! There will be a Living Nativity by the First Church of the Nazarene, Skating Rink, table dining on 5th, live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus!! This FREE family event is TWO DAYS, Friday from 5 – 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm.
Come out to Charlotte County Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and eat some of the best smoked mullet! Mullet Fest 2021 will have a mullet smoke-off competition, cast net throwing competition, live music, local arts & crafts and much more. Our mission is to bring the community together to support the local fishery and artists. Our event will also raise funds for a local conservation organization. $5 Entry at the gate.
Cape Coral’s annual Holiday Festival of Lightswill be on Saturday night from 4 – 10 pm. The fun happens along Cape Coral Parkway from SE 15th Avenue to Candia Street. The opening ceremony begins at 5:45 pm and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at Big John’s Plaza at 6:15 p.m. to officially kick off Cape Coral’s holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Pictures with Santa will follow immediately after the lighting until 9:45 p.m. Next to Santa, the 15-Ton Snow Slide is one of the biggest attractions. Kids have a blast throughout the evening sliding down the slope, located adjacent to the Winn-Dixie parking lot on Cape Coral Parkway. There are three performance stages with local entertainers and dance troupes performing throughout the night. The Candy Cane Park FREE Kids Area has inflatables located on the east end of the event adjacent to Wendy’s. FREE Tiny Tot’s Train Ride on Vincennes Boulevard. And there is more……
This Friday night, come out between 5 – 9 pm and enjoy more than 200,000 holiday lights in musical synchronicity at the annual ‘Tween Waters Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The colorful lighting of a majestic, 30-foot Christmas tree at the threshold to the Gulf of Mexico. Live holiday music. Spectacular fireworks show on the beach. Laser lights. Even real snow falling from the palm trees. All attended by a thousand or more holiday-loving folks — grandparents, parents, children, and grandkids. And get this: it’s all yours to enjoy FREE at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island. The Official Beach Resort of Captiva Island — and its parent corporation, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — extends a hearty and heartfelt thank you to all of our guests, past and present, local and from around the world. This annual event is FREE and open to the public.
Parents, bring your kids to have their stockings filled with goodies at South Cape Businesses on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Holiday attire – even pjs – are encouraged! Visit during The South Cape Business Gift-or-Treat to get candy, trinkets, OR one of the many great treats of higher value – like gift cards to awesome local places. A free, family-friendly event!Please bring a canned good when you visit the official photo booth, located at South Cape Hub. Donations will benefit the Cape Coral Caring Center. Limo bus transport for kids & their parents will be provided by Zak’s Jewelry.Snap pics of your kids at the official Photo Booth for a unique holiday picture with Santa!
Join us both Saturday and Sundayfrom 10 am – 5 pm at the Naples Uptown Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival! Festival is on 10th St S from Central Ave to 5th Ave South (Tamiami Trail.) The location is in the visually stunning setting of The Naples Design District. The Naples Design District is a destination in the heart of Naples featuring high-end shopping, restaurants, and emerging businesses. Juried artists hailing from across the country will showcase their fine art, transforming The Naples Design District into a spectacular art festival experience. The Festival is proudly presented by United Arts Council.
Come Celebrate the Holiday’s with us on Saturday night from 5 – 8 pm and get a jump on your Christmas list at the annual Boca Grande Chamber Christmas Walk. Our mission is to bring the community “safely” together and support the local shops and artists. Just follow the luminary lit sidewalks of Historic Downtown Boca Grande and visit the wonderful shops staying open late with great sales. We will have ourselves a Merry Time with a visit from Santa Claus, live Music by Obe Gonzalez, along with hand-selected complimentary Wine and Beer and delicious light hors d’oeuvres by Scarpa’s Coastal! SO COME ON OUT TO BOCA GRANDE TO KICK-OFF THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS. We are also collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Kids Needs, a local charity making sure all the kids have a great Christmas.
Enjoy the Sarasota Military Relics Show on Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm at theSarasota County Farm Bureau Pavilion. FREE admission. Antique Firearms World War 2 or earlier will be allowed. LIVE AMMUNITION OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. A snack bar will be open with Hot Dogs and drinks. This is a smoke free facility. A smoking area and bathroom facilities will be available just outside the Pavilion.