Arts & crafts, car shows, fairs, festivals, yappy hour and more.
Making weekend plans? Check out these 5 things to do this weekend inSWFL:
Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair
Our first Friday is always the most exciting of the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair! 4 – 6 pm (on Friday only) – FREE Gate Entry; 5 – 6 pm – FREE Rides. Gates open at 4 pm. Adult Tickets: $10, Child (6-12) tickets: $5. If you can’t make it on Friday, the fair continues on until March 7th. **Active Military & Veterans – Free Admission only – must present military ID card. As always, all the fun happens at the Lee County Civic Center. For more information, daily gate & ride specials, or information on what we are doing to keep the fair safe, visit us at www.swflcfair.com
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter and Fathoms Restaurant invite you to join us between 5:30 and 7:30 pm for our monthly Yappy Hour. This is an opportunity for the community and their pets to enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment, drinks, 50/50 Raffle and more. Proceeds always benefit the Animal Shelter.
Come out Saturdayand Sunday for the 55th Annual celebration of the Sabal Palm tree at Barron Park in LaBelle with the Swamp Cabbage Festival. Good Food, Good Music, and a Good Time for all! The fun starts at 9 am and runs until 5 pm. Best of all it is FREE to attend!
This charity car show, benefiting the Cape Coral Caring Center, is for FREE family fun! Happening on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, there will be a DJ playing 50’s and 60’s music, food, 50/50 drawings, a church bake sale and great door prizes. There will be vendors and information booths for the charity and church sponsor. Goody bags and dash plaques to the first 100 show vehicles. Show is open to any and all cars and trucks. Have fun mingling with other car collectors and people who love cars, great music, food and good clean fun!
Enjoy Ave Maria this weekend at the Arts & Crafts Festival. FREE event and FREE parking from 10 am – 4 pm both days! Sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it among the various array of artists and crafters participating in the festival. There will be LIVE music from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday is the weekly Farmers Market from 9 AM – 2 PM. For event information, call (239) 352-3903
Making weekend plans? Check out these 5 things to do this weekend inSWFL:
Lovers Key Boat Show, Market and Seafood Fest
Come on out for the Lovers Key Boat Show, Market and Seafood Fest! This event is FREE to attend and runs from 9 am to 4 pm this Friday through Sunday. Broiled, steamed, and fried grouper, snapper, crab, lobster, and more – and prepared plates such as paella, and hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries, homemade ice cream, and waffles will join our beer tent and our market place filled with home goods, artwork, clothing and jewelry, and nautical themed wares. Some of the finest boats local dealers have to offer at show prices! Proceeds benefit Friends of Lovers Key and community efforts of Bonita Springs Rotary Club.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter and Fathoms Restaurant invite you to join us Friday between 5:30 and 7:30 pm for our monthly Yappy Hour. This is an opportunity for the community and their pets to enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment, drinks, 50/50 Raffle and more. Event is FREE to attend and fun for the whole family!
Saturday will be a fun day full of great live music, great chili, and over 50 craft beers to experience at the 10th Annual Chili, Beer, & Blues Fest. This event from 11 am to 6 pm is now being held at City Marketplace in Downtown Punta Gorda. Live music featuring Deb & the Dynamics and Mike Imbasaciani & his BluezRockerz. General Admission tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at gate, kids under 12 are free. Tickets are required for chili, beer and other food: value $1 each.
GulfShore Mustang Club of SWFL presents the 9th Annual Stangs vs. Vettes, Head to Head Challenge. FREE to attend, $20 to register your car on the day of the show. Most Cars Win! $2000 in cash prizes. $1,000 to the host club with the most cars (Mustangs or Corvettes), $500 to the 2nd place host club (Mustangs or Corvettes) & 2 additional $250 cash prizes for club participation for one Mustang Club & one Corvette Club. Saturday from 12 – 4 pm at Bell Tower Shops.
The Shell Factory & Nature Parkare hosting the 19th annual Gumbo Fest on Sunday from11 am to 6 pm. Authentic Cajun Food Vendors, Drinks, Live Entertainment (headliner) Dwayne Doopsie & The Hellraisers! $5000 Reverse Raffle plus more! A Full Day of Entertainment! Free Admission! All proceeds to benefit The Nature Park Environmental Educational Foundation 501(c)3. For more info, call Mary at 239-995-2141 x 110 or visit our website www.shellfactory.com
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) and Fathom’s Restaurant invite you to join them on Friday, November 23rd, between 5 and 7 pm for their monthly Yappy Hour.
This is an opportunity for pets and their owners to begin the holidays and enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment. To commemorate the evening, photos of pets with Santa will be available courtesy of Al Larson Photography for a minimal donation for the shelter.
Fathom’s Restaurant and Bar will be providing beer and wine. This is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization who receive all proceeds. CCAS merchandise will be available for sale and a 50/50 raffle will be held during the evening. Attendees at the evening festivities will also enjoy live music.
Yappy Hour is an ongoing event held the last Friday each month. Each month will have a different theme to be enjoyed by attendees with their pets.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter. It will be located at 325 SW 2nd Ave., a 4.6-acre site next to Sun Splash Family Waterpark.
As a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, the organization is dedicated to engaging a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment.
The shelter will provide a safe place where animals will receive the care they need and remain until they are placed in a qualified, forever home. More information on the Shelter can be found at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com.
Your Mother’s Day gift is on the house. Brunch is free of charge for mothers accompanied by at least one child on Sunday, May 13 at Gather, Fathoms and the French Press, Cape Coral’s premier waterfront dining spots.
Moms eat free from a special brunch menu throughout the day at Gather, on 5971 Silver King Blvd., and at Fathoms, on 5785 Cape Harbour Drive.
Brunch will also be served at no cost to moms from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the French Press on 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, where reservations are required. Call 239-542-0212 to save a spot for your mom.
A special delight also awaits at Gather, where a reservation-only “wineday” Wednesday tasting is set for May 23. Enjoy six wines and assorted cheeses for just $25 from 5-6:30 p.m. Call 673-9939 for reservations.
So much excitement is planned for May that the restaurants will need time to recover. Fathoms and French Press will be closed Mondays from June 4 until Sept. 24. But fans of all three restaurants can keep up with happenings online at fathomsrestaurant.com,thefrenchpressfl.com and gathercape.com.
About Gather, Fathoms, the French Press and Hoffman Group Holdings
With decades of experience, Hoffman Group Holdings LLC (HGH) is a hospitality company that owns Gather at Tarpon Point Marina and Fathoms Restaurant & Bar and The French Press at Cape Harbour Marina. The mission of HGH is to continue to grow as one of the most competitive and performance driven companies, with respect and support to the Cape Coral and Southwest Florida community. Timothy and Meredith Hoffman, in partnership with Chef Benjamin Voisin and Valeria Zanella Voisin, are the leading minds behind this group of highly acclaimed eating establishments. Timothy and Meredith own also Montpelier Plantation & Beach, a Relais & Chateaux property in Nevis, West Indies.