5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

Art, beach party, music, parks, seafood, and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

Music Walk

The Fort Myers River District comes alive with Music Walk on the third Friday of the month, from 6 – 10 pm, as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public.

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Sarasota Shrimp & Music Festival

Calling All Seafood Lovers! The 3-Day Sarasota Shrimp & Music Festival kicks off FRIDAY at 4 PM at JD Hamel Park. Admission is free! SATURDAY (11 AM-10 PM) and SUNDAY (11 AM-6 PM). There are plenty of chairs provided, or you can bring your own if you prefer. They also offer seating under the large festival tent. This event is FREE and open to the public. Enjoy fresh seafood, iive music and fun!

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Charlotte County Kids to Parks Day

Come and join Charlotte County Parks and Recreation on Saturday morning from 9 am – 12 noon as we roll out all of the fun activities kids can find throughout our parks during the Kids To Parks Day, part of our REC2U Mobile Program! There will be outdoor games and activities. Recreation Specialists will be there to help facilitate them all. Come out and enjoy the outdoors, music and games. Free to the public.

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Family Art Labs

Make creativity part of your family routine on 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 a.m. 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! Details for each program will be posted as soon as they are available. Recommended for ages five and older, but all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Family Art Labs are free and open to the public, but a $10 suggested family donation keeps programming affordable and accessible.

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Venice Beach Party

Join us at Venice Beach on Saturday from 3 – 8 pm for this FREE event, the 2022 Venice Beach Party and enjoy food and drink trucks from a variety of establishments. Beer and wine will be available. Gulf Shores Realty will be giving away free custom t-shirts to the first 1,500 people in line at its booth starting at 3 pm. Dance in the sand to live music by Sarasota Steel Pan Band at 3 pm and Karate in the Garage at 6 pm. Park downtown and ride the free trolley from Centennial Park. Chairs and blankets are welcome. No coolers and no pets, please. Rain or shine!

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 13 – 15)

Dance party, full moon, Irish music, movie, yappy hour and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

Yappy Hour 

You’re invited to bring your friends and canine companions EVERY month to Yappy Hour at Bell Tower on Friday night from 6 pm – 8 pm in Center Court. Mingle with fellow dog lovers at this exclusive FUNdraising event benefiting Gulf Coast Humane Society. Sip, snack, and stroll our beautiful shops. Many of our retailers will also have special Yappy Hour surprises for both you and your furry friends. We can’t wait to see you and your fur babies for a fantastic evening of fun, friendship, and giving back to our local community. It’s time to get unleashed and pawty!

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80’s Mix Tape Retro Party

Curate Entertainment and DJ Malik will keep you moving all night long at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater to a retro party with the best pop hits of the 80’s. Wear your best 80’s outfit, big hair optional. Admission is only $10 per person. Enjoy multiple food trucks, a cash bar, plus 80’s movies on the big screen.

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Day of Celtic Music

Fishermen’s Village will present the 2nd annual “A Day of Celtic Music” on Saturday from 12 noon-8 pm. Admission and parking are FREE. Visitors will experience authentic Celtic musicians from all over the country, joining together to bring this fun, interactive event to fruition. This year’s Day of Celtic Music has been expanded to include evening hours. Event organizers announced the 2022 event headliner will be the Seven Nations Band featuring Kirk McLeod, with three performances in center court between 6-9 pm.

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Movie in the Park

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department’s Free Movie in the Park series continues at Jaycee Park! EVENT SCHEDULE on Saturday night: 7 pm – Food Trucks Arrive: Pryceless Island Grill & Kimmy’s Ice Cream Treats and Fun Mobile Arrives. 7:50 pm – Giveaway winners announced. 8 pm – The Rise of Skywalker on the big screen. Get there early to enjoy dinner from our on-site food truck, grab a good spot & have a chance at our giveaways! For more information, call (239) 573-3128. 

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FULL MOON NIGHT HIKE

Come walk under the full moon Sunday night at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. Watch the sky for bats, listen for owls, try and find a constellation! This walk starts just after sunset, so wear closed-toed shoes, and check the weather to make sure you’re prepared for cold, rain, or mosquitoes. Night Hikes are an educational, nighttime experience with minimal flashlight use, and while they can be a wonderful experience for all ages, they may not be appropriate for very young children. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Ages: 6-Adult $15 Per Person, starts at 8 pm.

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 6 – 8)

Art, beer, crafts, movies, music and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

Sarasota Blues & BBQ Festival

If relaxing, having fun, enjoying good food and listening to great live music over the weekend ’The Plan’– we have exactly what you need at the Premiere of the Sarasota Blues & BBQ Festival at the Fairgrounds in Sarasota. The fun and relaxation begin Friday evening 4 pm-10 pm and continue Saturday 11 am-10 pm and Sunday 11 am-6 pm. Ticket Price $15 Fri and Sat, Sunday is just $5. Enjoy delectable foods from a diverse menu of barbeque and meat dishes (along with vegetarian and seafood of course) all cooked fresh on-site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Select from a diversity of side dishes and of course – awesome desserts! Liquid refreshment includes selections of alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and fruit drinks, along with sodas and bottled water. During breaks between performances, enjoy time shopping a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items.

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Art Walk

Downtown Fort Myers lights up ARTistically the first Friday of every month during Art Walk! We have lined the streets with local and regional artists selling and displaying their one-of-a-kind works of art with many different styles being represented. Over 40 artists will be there demonstrating and selling their work from 6 – 10 pm, Come down and support local artists!

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Rock, Blues & Brews Festival

Come out Saturday to the Veterans Park and Recreation Center and enjoy Rock, Blues & Brews Festival, presented by the Lehigh Acres Rotary Club. Free admission. Family-friendly. 5 LIVE BANDS starting at Noon. Several food vendors. Beer, Wine, soda, and water. NO COOLERS ALLOWED. Bands include Hit N Runn, Deep Freyed Blues, Shore Nuff, Southern Sophistocats, and Checker’d Past. Bring a chair or a blanket. Opens at 11 am, music starts at 12 noon and runs until 10 pm.

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Movie in the Park

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department’s Free Movie in the Park series continues at Jaycee Park! EVENT SCHEDULE on Saturday night: 7 pm – Food Trucks Arrive: Brooke’s Nugget Wagon & Kimmy’s Ice Cream Treats and Fun Mobile Arrives. 7:50 pm – Giveaway winners announced. 8 pm – The Rise of Skywalker on the big screen. Get there early to enjoy dinner from our on-site food truck, grab a good spot & have a chance at our giveaways! For more information, call (239) 573-3128. 

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Legends Concert Series

Maxwell Mortgage Team “LEGENDS CONCERT SERIES” benefitting The Fallen Officers. The “Legends” of music meet the “Legends” of our First Responders, Military, Veterans and Law Enforcement! SATURDAY NIGHT at Sugden Regional Park – listen to the sounds of BOB SEGER & THE EAGLES! 6 PM-9:30 PM. General Admission: $22.44- Must bring your own chairs! Gates open at 4:30 pm. Music Starts at 6 pm! COME EARLY! Food Trucks will be all set and ready to go by 4:30 pm. These tickets are to support The Fallen Officers which supports the Robert L. Zore Foundation! You must have a ticket to enter the park. RAIN OR SHINE, THE SHOW GOES ON! 

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (April 29 – May 1)

Concert, fair, food, rodeo, veterans, and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

SW Florida Ag Festival & Rodeo

It’s the 1st Annual SW Florida Ag Festival & Rodeo. Two nights of Wild Rodeo action & a jam-packed family festival, both at the Collier Fairgrounds! Rodeo both nights, with gates opening at 5:30 pm. Rodeo start time each night is 7:30 pm. Our Festival & Farmer’s market on Saturday is open from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm! Festival & Market also includes the Children’s Fun Zone! Bounce Houses, Obstacle Courses, Rock Climbing Walls, Giant Slides, Bungee Sling, Mechanical Bull & more! Come hungry & thirsty, we’ll have plenty of unique food vendors & adult beverages. Tickets: Rodeo general admission $25. Kids 5 and under FREE! Festival Tickets: Ages 6-12 $10. Ages 13 & up $15. Kids 5 & under FREE! For more info or advanced tickets, call 205 790-3452.

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Spring Fair at Fenway South

The Spring Fair at Fenway South — thru May 8! All the rides, shows, games and food you love!! Thrilling new state fair rides, plus a huge kiddie park! Fabulous FREE shows included with admission, and of course, all your favorite fair food!! You’ll be amazed by our high-flying Pirate Thrill Show, award-winning Magic, Illusion, and Hypnotist Shows, Racing Pigs, Petting Zoo, Transforming Robot Car, and more GREAT family entertainment — all included FREE with admission! Find all the info you need, a full entertainment schedule, and HUGE SAVINGS at www.fairatfenway.com!! Tickets are just $10 per person, with 2-for-1 coupons available online.

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Concert in the Park

Join the City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department for a FREE Concert in the Park on Saturday night from 5 – 8 pm at Four Freedoms Park. Bring a date, a group of friends, or even fly solo if you enjoy live music, dinner, drinks, and a breathtaking sunset! Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. BYOB (21+) Music starts at approximately 5:30 pm, but get there early to enjoy dinner from our on-site food trucks Nickle City Red Hots and Rita’s Italian Ice! For more information, call (239) 573-3128 or visit www.capeconcerts.com.

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Honor Flight Mission #22, Welcome Home Celebration

Please join Collier-Lee Honor Flight in greeting 85 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veterans, as they return from their trip to Washington, D.C. with this Welcome Home Celebration! FREE admission and FREE parking! We gather at the American Airlines terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport. Bring your family and friends! Arrive early and get a good spot. By far the most Patriotic Event you will ever participate in.

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Taste of the Beach

The 26th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held on Sunday at Salty Sam’s Marina. Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Beef Entree, Best Seafood Entree, Best Chicken Entree, Best Vegetarian/Vegan, Best Dessert, Best Decorated Booth, and People’s Choice. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Food will be served until it runs out or at 4:00 p.m. The event will also include vendors, live music and our famous server competition. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets will be $1.00 each, with a $5 average food serving price.

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (April 22 – 24)

Fairs, festivals, fundraisers, music, vehicles and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

Spring Fair at Fenway South

The Spring Fair at Fenway South — three big weekends from April 22 – May 8! All the rides, shows, games and food you love!! Thrilling new state fair rides, plus a huge kiddie park! Fabulous FREE shows included with admission, and of course, all your favorite fair food!! You’ll be amazed by our high-flying Pirate Thrill Show, award-winning Magic, Illusion, and Hypnotist Shows, Racing Pigs, Petting Zoo, Transforming Robot Car, and more GREAT family entertainment — all included FREE with admission! Find all the info you need, a full entertainment schedule, and HUGE SAVINGS at www.fairatfenway.com!! Tickets are just $10 per person, with 2-for-1 coupons available online.

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Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration is our annual festival that is fun for all ages! Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium will have educational talks, speakers, nature cartooning with Doug MacGregor, nature crafts, a planetarium, and animal shows! Do you know what CNCP and Earth Day have in common? They both were founded in 1970! Come out to your local 52-year nature center and the only planetarium between Miami and Bradenton! Members are FREE, Non-Members: Adults: $10 • Children: $5. Planetarium Shows (Every hour on the half-hour starting at 10:30 and the last show at 3:30) 11:15 am and 2:15 pm. Museum Tours, Crafts and Activities All-Day! Join the fun this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

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Rock The Arches Music Festival

The 3rd Annual Rock The Arches Music Festival event on Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm is a 1960s-style music festival at the Lani Kai Island Resort. This is a FREE fund-raising music festival for Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches, Inc, to help bring awareness and help resurrect the legendary Arches of Fort Myers Beach. There’s no cost to attend this dual-stage benefit concert. Come enjoy the music, food, fun, raffles, and more, featuring 12 Musical acts from the area. Our music lineup includes recording artists and up-and-coming acts all hand-selected, from country, rock, heavy metal, punk, blues, and reggae music. This is Restore Fort Myers Beach Arches, Inc’s last push for funding in our attempt to construct a Commemorative Arch in Lee County’s Bowditch Point Regional Park. The new Arch is being partially constructed with materials saved from the original Fort Myers Beach Arches 1924-1978. https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/walkthearches/.

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SAVE OUR PLANET EARTH DAY JAMBOREE

The SAVE OUR PLANET – EARTH DAY JAMBOREE is a family-friendly, big-tent, non-partisan Earth Day Commemoration at Cambier Park from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday. The celebration features leading nonprofits, agencies, city & county officials, schools & universities, green businesses, with beer sales and vegan food trucks, entertainment, speakers, and videos on stage. For more info, visit the event website www.saveourplanetnaples.com/

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FREE & OPEN CRUISE-IN

The SWFL CORVETTE CLUB is celebrating our 40th Anniversary and SALUTING ALL Active, Guard, & Reserve Servicemembers and ALL Service Veterans with this FREE & OPEN Cruise-In. This FREE, fun, family-friendly event at BELL TOWER SHOPS is from 9 am – 2 pm this Saturday. Presenting the SWFL Military Museum & Library’s MOBILE MILITARY MUSEUM, providing music by Tom’s Traveling Tunes, holding a 50/50 Raffle (drawing at 1:45 pm and must be present to win), and offering door prizes (drawing at 1 pm and must be present to win).

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (May 20 – 22)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (April 15 – 17)

Cardboard boats, Easter egg hunts, hot air balloons, touch-a-truck, and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

South West FL Balloon Festival

Hot air balloons return to South West Florida with this Balloon Festival! Hot air balloons (weather permitting), food vendors, retail vendors and more! Gates open @ 5 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday / no entry is permitted after 7 pm. Just $20 covers parking and entry to the festival for everyone in the vehicle. Event takes place at the former Naples – Ft. Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs. For more information, visit www.balloonglowtour.com

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Cardboard Boat Regatta

Come and Cheer on Your Favorite at the annual Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta. The event is this Saturday at Seahawk Park. Viewing is 9:30 am; races begin at 11 am. Fourteen challengers will compete in multiple Categories & Events, including Most Dramatic Sinking and Peoples’ Choice Awards. Votes will be tallied by Lee County Board of Elections. Food Trucks will provide Hot Dogs, BBQ, Pizza & Shaved Ice, as well as Water, Soda, and Beer. Live Music by Hit & Run. Cape Coral Police Marine will provide swimmer support, along with EMTs, too! Bleacher seating is available, but bring a beach chair & sunblock. Parking is a $5.00 donation.

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Touch a Truck – Easter Edition

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates is hosting the sixth annual family-friendly ‘Touch-a-Truck’ Fort Myers on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. This special Easter edition will have 10,000 easter eggs to hunt along with pictures with the Easter Bunny! Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on experience with their favorite trucks and vehicles, plus interaction with those who drive them. Children will be able to be as if they were the true professional behind the wheel. Featured vehicles will include emergency service, law enforcement, military, public service, and local commercial businesses. Tickets can be purchased online prior to the event for $8 at  https://buy.stripe.com/fZe7tQc6j2nC1z2145 or the day of event for $10. Adults and Children under 1 are free.

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Easter Egg-xtravaganza

Our annual Easter egg hunt is BACK! This Saturday at 11 AM, join us at PG Social House for our annual event. There is NO registration, NO fee to sign up, it is a FREE event, but if you are willing and able to contribute, we would love for you to make a donation to St.Jude’s. We will host a book signing, by Melissa Parker for “The Adventures of Cisco & Max”, we will have an egg-dye station (please BYOE (bring your own eggs)), live music, and lots of F-U-N!

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Easter Sunday Funday

Celebrate Easter with us at The Shell Factory! Fun for ALL ages to enjoy! Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm – FREE Easter Candy Trail in the Nature Park 10 am-12 noon. Sunday Fun Day Festival Begins at 12 noon – 4 pm. Games, prizes, plus much more!

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

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