Top 5 things to do in Fort Myers, Cape Coral this weekend

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Looking for some entertainment in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida?

Here are five fun things to do this weekend and beyond, including rocker John Fogerty and an outdoor screening of the movie "Jumanji"

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1. John Fogerty

John Fogerty performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in 2019
John Fogerty performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in 2019

The rock legend plays this fundraising concert for Fort Myers nonprofit The Charity Pro’s, along with Foreigner and recent “American Idol” semifinalist Casey Bishop. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will sing his Creedence Clearwater Revival hits and also songs from his solo career. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. $79-$149. Plus $25 for parking on site. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or

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2. Estero Movie in the Park: “Jumanji”

Watch the 1995 fantasy-adventure movie about a board game that opens a door to a magical jungle world — and releases a man trapped inside for decades (Robin Williams). 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Free. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for the outdoor movie. Estero Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. 533-1470

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3. Big Ol’ Bonfire

Russell Dickerson
Russell Dickerson

Russell Dickerson headlines this country-music concert that includes food, drinks and two opening acts: Ben Gallaher and another act to be announced. Presented by the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department. Gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. $20-$75. Sun Splash Festival Grounds, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

4. Coconut Point Art Festival

The 11th annual art fest returns to the Estero shopping center. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21. Free. Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero.

5. “The Tempest”

Prospero (John McKerrow) and his daughter Miranda (Isabel Isenhower) in Lab Theater's "The Tempest."
Prospero (John McKerrow) and his daughter Miranda (Isabel Isenhower) in Lab Theater's "The Tempest."

Last chance to see Shakespeare’s classic story of magic, betrayal, jealousy, an exiled sorcerer and a shipwreck on a remote island. Now through Saturday, Nov. 20. $30. Masks and either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 218-0481 or


Fair at Fenway South: Last chance to visit the family-friendly fair at JetBlue Park. The annual event features carnival rides, food trucks, games of skill, pony rides, the Barnyard Petting Corral and live shows. Now through Sunday, Nov. 21. Admission is $10 at the gate (or $5 online with a two-for-one coupon available on the website). All shows are free with admission. Rides cost extra. JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, south Fort Myers.

“A Piece of My Heart”: A true drama based on six women who went to Vietnam: Five nurses and a country singer booked to entertain the troops. The story follows the young women before, during and after their tour. Now through Sunday, Nov. 21. $27-$29. Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or

Hot Keys & G Strings: Pianist Brian Gurl and violinist Carolann Evans play classical music and more in a cabaret setting. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21. $25-$35. Players Circle Theater at The Shell Factory, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 800-3292 or

Flower Show: The Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council holds its biennial flower show with horticultural exhibits and guest speakers. 1-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19-20. Free. Berne Davis Botanical Garden, 2166 Virginia Avenue, Fort Myers. 332-4942 or

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood: Critically acclaimed West Palm Beach indie-rock/surf-rock band whose songs include “Swim,” “Miranda” and “I’m Not Ready.” Plus opening acts Yr. Glow and Kyle Anne. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Show time not listed. $12. Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral. 549-7542 or

Music Walk: Downtown Fort Myers comes alive with music at this monthly celebration with bands in the streets and inside the bars and venues. 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Free. Music Walk takes place on the third Friday of each month. Downtown Fort Myers.

Bonita Fest: This free outdoor concert features two local cover bands: Johnny Rogers Country Classics and headliners Iconic. The festival also includes food from Bonita restaurants, beer and margaritas. 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Free admission, but a $5 donation is encouraged. Net proceeds will support charities, scholarships and community service programs funded by the Rotary Club of Bonita Naples Foundation. Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged. No coolers or pets allowed. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra
The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra

“Gaelic Symphony”: The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra performs Amy Beach’s “Symphony in E Minor” (otherwise known as “Gaelic Symphony”), along with Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture” and Reena Esmail’s “Black Iris.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. $20-$44. Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Music & Arts Community Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. 277-1700 or


“West Side Story”: Florida Rep and its Conservatory program team up for one of the most famous, critically acclaimed musicals of all time. The romantic story transports Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to 1950s New York City with rival street gangs The Jets and The Sharks. It features the Bernstein and Sondheim songs "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "Maria." Nov. 23-Dec. 15, 2021. $55-$59. Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers. 332-4488 or

Mid-Cape Gobble Wobble 5K: A timed Thanksgiving Day run that includes music, gift basket raffles and 10 percent off all Mercola Market & Café items. 7-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Race starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $40. Guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable food for the Cape Coral Caring Center or pet food for the Cape Coral Animal Shelter in exchange for raffle tickets. Mercola Market & Café, 125 S.W. Third Place, Cape Coral. To register, visit and search ‘Mid-Cape Gobble Wobble’ under ‘Find a Race.’

SW-FloridaCon: The pop-culture convention returns with more than 125 exhibitors, live wrestling, a cosplay contest and celebrity guests including Marvel writer Tom DeFalco (“Amazing Spider-Man”), voice actor Melanie Kohn (one of the voices of “Peanuts” character Lucy van Pelt), “Red Power Ranger” Patrick David, WWE wrestler KoKo B. Ware, actor Fedor Steer (“The Haunting of Hill House”) and Marvel artist Dan Fraga (“Wolverine,” “Black Panther”). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. $20 (free for ages 10 and younger). Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, south Fort Myers.

JP Soars and the Red Hots: Popular Boca Raton bluesman and his band, whose influences include blues greats Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker, but also Slayer, Black Sabbath, Hank Williams and Tito Puente. Soars won the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he also won the Albert King Award for best guitarist. The Marty Stokes Band opens. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Plus a $10 minimum food or beverage purchase required. Cape Cabaret Dinner Theater, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. 549-3000 or

The Fab Four: Emmy Award-winning tribute band that performs note-for-note recreations of Beatles classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life” and "Here Comes The Sun.” The show includes three costume changes representing different eras of the band’s career. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. $36-$63. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or

Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke: The Atlanta rockers blend classic rock, blues, country and folk into their Southern rock sound. Part of their You Hear Georgia Tour. 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. $46. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

The Temptations and The Four Tops: The legendary vocal groups are known for hits such as “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “I Can’t Help Myself.” 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. $62-$83.Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or

“The Complete History of America (Abridged)”: This wacky comedy presents 600 years of U.S. history in just 6,000 irreverent, manic seconds (or 90 minutes). A Southwest Florida premiere. Dec. 3-19. $25-$30.The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 218-0481 or

Jurassic Quest: The giant animatronic dinosaurs are back for another visit. This touring show features life-sized, moving, roaring dinos. Plus dino rides, fossils, inflatables and more. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3-5. $19-$22 admission. Rides cost extra. Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. 543-8368 or

The Jurassic Quest tour features moving, roaring, realistic-looking dinosaurs.
The Jurassic Quest tour features moving, roaring, realistic-looking dinosaurs.

Everclear: 90s rockers known for hits such as “Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine” and “Wonderful.” Local bands Vallion and The Collective open. 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 (gates open at 6 p.m.). Lawn chairs are welcomed for the outdoor show, but no coolers or outside food or beverages allowed. $20 ($50 for VIP, including front-row viewing and a dedicated bar and tent). Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park, 35 N.E. Pine Island Road/State Road 78, Cape Coral. 574-4386 or

“The Piano Men” tribute: Singer-pianist Dave Rode performs the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. $25. New Phoenix Theatre, 13211 McGregor Blvd., Units 1 and 2, south Fort Myers. 284-5214 or

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