Boats, sand sculpting, comic books, music and more.
Making weekend plans? Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in Fort Myers:
45th Annual Fort Myers Boat Show
Thursday – Sunday: The 45th Annual Fort Myers Boat Show will take place in the heart of the “River District” along the Caloosahatchee River in Downtown Fort Myers. Attractive displays will be set up all along the river stretching from Centennial Park through Downtown, along Edwards Drive to the City Yacht Basin. Plenty of convenient parking will be available less than a half mile from the show in the large grass lot at First Street and Altamont Avenue (next to Publix). Parking is just $5 and a free shuttle will bring attendees quickly to the show entrance. Admission is $12 per person, and children 15 and younger are free with a paid adult admission. For more information about the Fort Myers Boat Show, call 239-656-7083, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit goboatingflorida.com/boating-shows/fort-myers-2017-boat-show-overview/
31st Annual Sandsculpting Event
Friday – next Sunday: Come join us on Fort Myers Beach for the 31st Annual American Sandsculpting Championship presented by the Seminole Casino Hotel. Last year’s event featured 16 sculptors from three continents. This year’s Championship promises to be even more exciting and will be the largest sand sculpting competition in the State. This will be a fun-filled event that will include World Class Master Sand Sculptors, a State Championship contest, Amateur contest, Quick Sand Speed Sculpting, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons, Flying Colors, a kids activity area, and more than 50 vendors.
The event is scheduled for 10 days this year. In all more than 25 Master Sand Sculptors and hundreds of amateurs will participate in the event. Awards ceremonies will be on Sunday the 19th and also Sunday the 26th. Attendees will have the opportunity to view up to 30 works of art on display throughout the event. In all, over 2000 tons of sand will be piled and sculpted. Event takes place at the Wyndham Gardens Fort Myers Beach at 6890 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.
Fort Myers Edison Fall Garden Festival
Saturday – Sunday: Free to the public! Throughout the Edison & Ford Winter Estates public gardens and under the Banyan Tree, the Garden Shoppe will be selling unique tropical heritage plants and trees and will be joined by many vendors from across Florida. Gardeners will be delighted at this one-stop shopping for unique garden items. Choose flowering trees, unusual tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses, bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, fruit, ginger and butterfly plants as well as garden art, honey, and gardening supplies. For more information, please call (239) 334-7419. From 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday.
Comic-Con in Fort Myers
Saturday: SW-Florida Comic-Con is a new comic book convention at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport! This event will be featuring fandoms of multiple genres, comic books, toys, pop-culture, cosplay, animation, sci-fi, and fantasy! The show has scheduled over 100 exhibitors that cater to a wide spectrum of interests. These include comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. Admission starts at $20. From 10 am – 6 pm.
A Concert For The Community
Sunday: The Gulf Coast Symphony and Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers perform at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall a concert of Patriotic songs, tunes from Broadway, light classics, and a finale featuring the uplifting and inspirational “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Our brave First Responders will be recognized. You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, home supplies, pet food, or a check written to the SWFL Community Foundation. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Community Cooperative, and Gulf Coast Humane Society will distribute these donations to local families affected by Hurricane Irma. VIP tickets $5 and $10 • Free Tickets Available. 100% of ticket proceeds go to the SWFLCF Hurricane Relief Fund. Call for tickets at 239-481-4849.