Scarecrows in the Park – Enjoy a walk through the Children’s Garden to see this year’s scarecrows with the theme of “Book Characters.” Visitors can vote on their favorite for the duration of the event. For more information and how to submit a scarecrow into the competition, please visit www.lakespark.org. Hours: M-W 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Th-S 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Halloween Express – Come ride the train to and see all our spooky Halloween decorations. Train Museum hours vary and free to visit. Tickets are $6 per person ages 6 and above, and $2 per child ages 1-5. Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 6-9 p.m., S-S 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Pumpkin Patch – Pumpkin sales, hayrides, concessions, and more! Prices vary – Hayrides & concessions on weekends only. Hours: M-F 6-9 p.m., S-S 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Parking fees are required 7 Days a week. Park open-6 p.m. $1 per hour or $5 per day. 6-9 p.m. $3 per vehicle
Come out Friday from 6 – 8 pm for the AnnualBarktober Fest event at Gulf Coast Town Center. Bring the family and your fur-babies. Whether you decide to stay and decorate a pumpkin or grab your free “to go” pumpkin and decorating kit (while supplies last), be sure to enter your pumpkin in the pumpkin decorating contest. Live entertainment, games, stilt walkers, vendors, pet costume contest and more! Pet kissing booth, featuring one of Gulf Coast Humane Society’s puppy brand ambassadors, benefits Gulf Coast Humane Society. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ENTER THE PET COSTUME CONTEST!
To officially launch our newly redesigned splash pad, Collier County Domestic Animal Services and Pampered Pet Resorts together are throwing a combination launch party and ice cream social. On Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm, this FREE event is open to everyone! And our splash pad will be open for dogs to play free! Free ice cream treats for our two-legged friends are provided by Royal Scoop. Free doggie treat bags for our 4-legged friends, Collier County Domestic Animal Services will be here with some adorable, adoptable canines. Our Splash Pad Pup will also be available for fun & photo ops.
Come out Saturday night to Wa-Ke Hatchee Park and Recreation Center from 5 – 9 p.m for their Movie & Party in the Park. The feature will be the Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus“, as well as a costume contest, scarecrow competition, food trucks, and more. The costume contest begins at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 7 p.m. Bring your own seating and join us for the fun!
Start your engines. Roar Offshore Powerboat Races is back for 2021. Roar Offshore is the final stop of the APBA (American Power Boat Association) National Championship series. Roar Offshore will once again be held on Fort Myers Beach, and will be in the Championship Race for 2021, crowning Offshore Champions in 14 classes. In 2019 the inaugural Roar Offshore had 68 race teams compete from around the world, the largest boat count seen in almost two decades. The fun runs all weekend long, Friday and Saturday. For more information and schedule, visit www.roaroffshore.com. FREE to watch!
Come out to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium for the Friendly Forest Fall Festival. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, crafts and activities, guided wet walks, photo areas, animal shows and planetarium shows on both Saturday and Sunday! Fun for the whole family! $10 adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and FREE for members!
Join the City of Cape Coral Special Events for another night of great entertainment, food, vendors, and motorcycles on SE 47th Terrace (from Coronado Pkwy to Vincennes Blvd.) The City of Cape Coral has been hosting Bike Night for over a decade! Whether you’re a hardcore biker or not, you’ll have a blast! The fun starts at 5 pm, the bike contest at 6 pm, music starts at 6:30 pm. Get there early! For complete event details, visit www.ccbikenight.com
Join the Local Ladies Social Network on Sunday for the Fall Fest Vendor & Craft Fairfrom 10 am-3 pm. Vendors, crafts, art, food trucks & more! We’re having a costume parade at this event for children 12 & under starting at 12 pm. Prizes for top 3 most creative costumes. We will have some FREE Halloween games for the kids to play, as well. Pet Costume Contest At 1:30 pm. Prizes for top 3 costumes. Come out to Laishley Park and enjoy this family fun event!
2021 2nd Annual Fall Adventure Festival and Haunted Maze at Springtime Farms Adventure Park. Open for the entire month of October with OVER 30 ACTIVITIES INCLUDED WITH THE ALL DAY PASS. Tickets are available at the gate, ages 2 and under are free. 300 animals that you can hold, touch and feed (food to feed the animals is included.) Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Two 70 Foot Jumping Pillows, 7 Large Water Slides, Haunted Maze, Haunted Trail, Haunted Hay Ride, Butterfly Experience, Bird Aviary, a Scavenger Hunt, and more. FREE PARKING. Fall Fest Hours: October 1-31 Open 7 days a Week: Monday – Friday 9 am-5 pm (No Food Trucks, Vendors, Hay Ride or Water Slides During the week); Saturday – Sunday 9 am-5 pm (Food Trucks, Vendors, Hay Ride Weekends only); Haunted Night on the Farm: October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30. Friday – Saturday 7 pm-10 pm (Flashlight Nights) Everyone entering the farm must fill out our online Waiver before visiting. For a faster check-in, please fill out the waiver HERE before visiting.
Farmer Mike’s 7th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Mazes runs from OCTOBER 1st – OCTOBER 31st (ONLY Friday-Sunday.) Festival activities and attractions will be open Friday at 5 pm through Sunday at 5 pm. Our N’Season Restaurant we will be smoking some fresh BBG and baking off sweet fall treats for you!!! We have a bunch of AWESOME FUN Vendors that will be out with us on the weekends! Bounce houses & Bounce Pad for the kids Sand & Tire Pit Fun Hay maze Crafts Pick your Own Pumpkins Pick your Own Sunflowers Pedal Bikes & Track Family Friendly and Haunted Corn Mazes. This year we have doubled our Pumpkin Patch size to make sure there will be more than you can pick. You can walk into the field and pick your own pumpkin this year right off of the vine! Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY for all attractions this season. We have limited the number of tickets available each night to reduce wait times. Tickets are available in 30-minute slots, for those of you not wanting to wait in line, we are again offering our SKIP THE LINE FAST PASS OPTION.
The Fifth Annual Millennial Oktoberfest will feature Live Music, Oktoberfest Brews made right in Downtown Fort Myers. Steinhoisting Competitions, Authentic German Food, German Fusion Food, Huge Outdoor Beer Pavilion, Bounce Houses, Axe Throwing, Frozen Pumpkin Cider, Cocktails, BYO Tent/Chair Picnic Area and so much more! Make plans to come out and have a blast Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Millenial Brewing. Free parking, free entry, and always pet and family-friendly!
Sarasota is well known for its white sandy beaches and beautiful architecture. This popular Craft Festival, in conjunction with the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, has garnered crowds of fine craft lovers each year. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing, and much more. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend.
Come out to SOUTHERN FRESH FARMS for their annual FALL FESTIVAL every Saturday and Sunday in October PUMPKINS, Farmers Market, Hay Rides, Animals, Food Trucks, Vendors and FUN for the entire family! FREE ADMISSION and PARKING.
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest 2021 concludes on Fort Myers Beach Sept. 24-26. Join us for free shows and intimate performances at laid-back beach bars, pools, and restaurants. Don’t miss headliner Jimmie Allen performing at Pink Shell Beach Resort on Sept. 26. Tickets are available exclusively in the Island Hopper App. Get the complete schedule of performances and the locations here.
Watch the best Motorcycle police in the COUNTRY face-off on the extreme training courses at the 32nd Annual Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo Bike Fest. It’s free to watch! Bring the kids out to Rockstar Harley-Davidson and enjoy FREE bounce houses and games! Vendors & Food trucks on-site! Purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a 2018 Custom Harley Davidson. (Bike Customized by Cartel Baggers Ft Lauderdale)
Kids ages 5 – 16 are invited to join in the Yacht Club‘s 25th Annual Fishing Derbyon Saturday. Due to the popularity of the event, we will have 2 time slots this year, 8 am & 10 am. Check-in will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Once checked in, we will have complimentary breakfast for participants and a quick angler education before we start the tournament. The cost is just $8 per child and includes breakfast and a free rod and reel for each participant. Advanced registration is required and time slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Bait will be provided (frozen shrimp). For more information and to register, call the Yacht Club at 239-574-0806. Spots are limited.
Ave Maria’s Hometown Hops event is sponsored by The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce. Come out on Saturday from 12 noon to 8:30 pm for this FREE event! Live Music by Ben Allen Band, Back Country Boys, other local artists, and dance performances, specialty and dessert food trucks, contests, kids activities and more! Bring your lawn chairs! *No coolers allowed in the event.
FREE Admission – FREE Parking! Doors open at NOON at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda! The Southwest Wedding & Event Expo will feature many of Southwest Florida’s premier wedding vendors and venues. This bridal show features an exciting bridal and & tuxedo fashion show, V.I.B (Very Important Bride) gift bags, thousands of dollars worth of door prizes, a photo booth, plenty of yummy food, and so much more!
This weekend, the seventh annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest kicks off in the tropical setting of Captiva Island. Nearly 80 singer-songwriters from around the country will perform more than 100 shows. Join us for free shows, open-air island venues, and intimate performances. Find out the schedule of who is playing at which locations on Sanibel by clicking here. Performances all weekend long, starting Friday night and happening Saturday and Sunday, too! While most of the festival performances are free, a few exclusive ticketed shows are available on the official festival app under the schedule tab.
The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month, from 6 – 10 pm, as local and regional musicians line the streets for Music Walk. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. FREE to attend!
Make creativity part of your family routine the 3rd Saturday of each month during Family Art Lab! Drop in at Alliance for the Arts for FREE, hands-on family fun from 10 am to 12 noon. Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world. Come ready to imagine and create! After the fun, peruse local produce and products at our GreenMarket. Recommended for ages five and older, but all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.
Since its inception, thePunta Gorda Craft Fair continues to grow and highlight the talents of many unique crafters, providing the area with one of its most enjoyable summer traditions. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters while enjoying the charming streets of Punta Gorda. FREE to attend, this craft festival is both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm each day. You have not experienced a charming downtown location until you’ve visited this beautiful area, rich in history and charm.
THAT’S A PROMISE WE AS A COUNTRY MADE 20 YEARS AGO. To commemorate the 20th anniversary and honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks, here are 5 things around SWFL that you can do to help show your unwavering support on 9/11.
The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the Cape Coral Fire and Police Honor Guards, a moment of silence, an invocation, and remarks from Mayor John Gunter, Police Chief Tony Sizemore, and Fire Chief Ryan Lamb.
The ceremony will end with attendees staking 2,977 American flags, each with a name of a victim of the attacks, in the front lawn of City Hall to honor their memory and reaffirming that “We Will Never Forget.” The ceremony is free and open to the public.
“We invite the community to join us as we commemorate the events from 20 years ago and remember those we lost and honor those who with dignity and courage made the ultimate sacrifice to help others,” said Fire Chief Ryan Lamb.
The Southwest Florida community is invited to join first responders and public officials at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in downtown Fort Myers for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that will mark the 20th year since the terrorist attack. The event will be atCaloosa Sound Convention Center, 1374 Monroe St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. It’s free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m.
An array of agencies and organizations – including law enforcement, fire, public safety and airlines – will conduct the ceremony, which is expected to last about 90 minutes. The remembrance ceremony includes a national colors presentation, patriotic music and the reading of names of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Brief comments from officials will be made, including Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson, Fort Myers Councilman Johnny Streets, Lee County Commission Chairman Kevin Ruane and Florida State Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka.
The group of volunteers and first responders who are planning the event want to allow the community to “remember our heroes – the ones who served, the ones who are still serving and the ones who paid the ultimate price,” said Chief Tracy McMillion of the Fort Myers Fire Department who also serves as vice-chairman of the Lee County Fire Chiefs’ Association.
The event begins at 6:30 pm with a flyover by Air Force veteran and pilot, Major Jessica Sterns, followed by a brief invocation/prayer. This ceremony is brief as there is no seating and social distancing will be practiced.
Complementary white luminaries, which may be personalized, and flameless candles will be provided free of charge throughout the evening. The luminaries will be placed around the memorial and will remain lit throughout the night.
For attendees at the candlelight remembrance this evening, there is additional parking 1/4 mile west of the Freedom Park entrance at the Iberia Bank building on the corner of Goodlette Frank and Golden Gate Parkway. Please consider bringing water and a chair as refreshments and seating are not provided.
The Shell Factory and Nature Park is honored to host a Celebration of the American Spirit in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Located at 16554 N. Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers, the event will start at 11:00 a.m. with a remembrance ceremony beginning at 12:16 p.m., the exact time air traffic was grounded in the U.S.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the lives of the victims and emergency responders whom we lost on that tragic day 20 years ago,” Pam Cronin said.
NBC2 News Anchor Peter Busch will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Other special appearances include: the Lee County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad division, the LCSO Honor Guard performing TAPS, Cape Coral Fire Department fire trucks, the Patriot Riders of America motorcycle club, the Hero Jeep, the Military Museum Bus, and live music from the Pure Country Band.
Highlights of the 9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony include firsthand testimonials from those who were there and comments from the leadership of our local police, fire and sheriff departments.
Featuring Public Programs (free): Gulf Theater: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; Museum Atrium: 9/11 Remembrance Exhibit 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Documentary: 102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA 1:00 PM Showings in the Gulf Theater. *Included with admission fee. First Responders receive free admission on September 11.