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Where to Go & What to Do

NON-STOP LAUGHS Sept. 6 Se­in­feld Live, Fort My­ers

Jerry Se­in­feld, Amer­ica’s premier co­me­dian, brings his stand-up rou­tine to the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers. The TV series Se­in­feld, which he cre­ated with Larry David and then starred in, be­came one of the most pop­u­lar sit­coms in Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion. Se­in­feld’s been hailed for his un­canny abil­ity to joke about the lit­tle things that re­late to au­di­ences ev­ery­where. bb­man­npah.com

ALL ABOARD Sept. 19 Tapa Hop, Fort My­ers Beach

Hop on the trol­ley with like-minded food­ies to sam­ple tapas along Fort My­ers Beach. Seven restau­rants have pre­pared their tasti­est tapas for an even­ing of fun and food. It starts at the South Beach Grille at 3:30 p.m.; the Tapa Hop con­tin­ues all even­ing long with stops at restau­rants un­til 10 p.m. Both trol­ley trans­porta­tion and the sam­plings are in­cluded in the ticket. 239-454-7500

AMPED-UP Sept. 19 Dis­turbed Evo­lu­tion Tour, Es­tero

The Amer­i­can heavy metal band Dis­turbed rocks the Hertz Arena in Es­tero with its bold am­pli­fied sound as it brings its Evo­lu­tion Tour to South­west Florida. Ex­pect to hear songs like “Are You Ready” and “The Sound of Si­lence” per­formed by the group. The show’s spe­cial guest is the goth-rock band In This Mo­ment, known for its met­al­core roots. hertzarena.com

CROONER EX­TRAOR­DI­NAIRE Sept. 20 Julio Igle­sias, Es­tero

One of the most cel­e­brated per­form­ers in Span­ish and Latin mu­sic his­tory, Julio Igle­sias boasts more than 300 mil­lion records sold in 14 lan­guages and 2,600 gold and plat­inum al­bums. At 75, the crooner hasn’t lost his smooth ro­man­tic ap­peal when he sings “Abrázame,” “Por el Amor de Una Mu­jer,” “Quiereme Mu­cho” and other love songs. See him at the Hertz Arena in Es­tero. hertzarena.com

SING ALONG

Sept. 20-29 Is­land Hop­per Song­writer Fest, Cap­tiva Is­land, Fort My­ers & Fort My­ers Beach

Na­tion­ally ac­claimed singer-song­writ­ers per­form in Fort My­ers, Fort My­ers Beach and Cap­tiva Is­land dur­ing the Is­land Hop­per Song­writer Fest. The 10-day fes­ti­val in­cludes 150-plus free shows at some 20 in­ti­mate venues, pool par­ties, pri­vate house par­ties and a work­shop fea­tur­ing the coun­try’s top song­writ­ers. Among this

year’s lineup is Bran­don Kin­ney, whose songs have been pro­duced by coun­try mu­sic stars Ja­son Aldean, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi and Justin Moore. Other top writ­ers ap­pear­ing in­clude Aaron Barker, who wrote Ge­orge Strait’s 1990 su­per hit “Love With­out End, Amen,” and Dy­lan Alt­man, who’s cred­ited with “Bare­foot Blue Jean Night” recorded by Florida’s na­tive son Jake Owen. is­land-hop­per.fort­my­ers-sani­bel.com

FLASHBACK Sept. 21 Terry Sylvester of the Hol­lies, Bonita Springs

En­joy an even­ing with the British mu­si­cian Terry Sylvester as he shares high­lights from his ca­reer with the Hol­lies and the Es­corts dur­ing his per­for­mance at the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs. Sylvester per­forms his hit songs from the ’60s and ’70s “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.” art­cen­ter­bonita.org

A LEG­ENDARY VOICE Sept. 24-Nov. 10 Al­ways…Patsy Cline, Fort My­ers

Kick­ing off the sea­son at Florida Reper­tory Theatre is the stage show Al­ways…

Patsy Cline. It cel­e­brates the life of the iconic coun­try singer from her early per­for­mances in Texas honky-tonks to her sell-out con­certs at the Grand Ole Opry. Patsy Cline earned a place in the world of coun­try mu­sic and Amer­i­can cul­ture. The mu­si­cal trib­ute fea­tures her most fa­mous songs, “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces.” flori­darep.org

SAFE SAIL­ING Sept. 28 Bless­ing of the Stone Crab Fleet, Ever­glades City

Pre­par­ing for stone crab sea­son, fish­er­men gather at the Rod & Gun Club in Ever­glades City to have their ves­sels blessed by lo­cal pas­tors. The open­ing cer­e­mony starts at 10:30 a.m. The event also in­cludes arts and crafts booths, live mu­sic, a raf­fle and bake sale, as well as the pop­u­lar coconut guava cake contest. Kids en­joy face paint­ing, and stone crab art and frog-jump­ing com­pe­ti­tions. 239-695-2905

FOR­EVER A BOY Oct. 3-Nov. 16 Find­ing Nev­er­land, Fort My­ers

Based on the film Find­ing Nev­er­land, this mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion tells the true story be­hind the cre­ation of the fairy-tale char­ac­ter Peter Pan. Play­wright J.M. Bar­rie found in­spi­ra­tion for the free-spir­ited boy, who re­fused to grow up, in the make-be­lieve ad­ven­tures of a wi­dow’s four young sons. It was the boys’ imag­i­na­tions that fu­eled Bar­rie’s cre­ativ­ity, even­tu­ally re­sult­ing in a play that daz­zled Lon­don theater­go­ers in 1904. The magic con­tin­ues with Find­ing Nev­er­land at the Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre in Fort My­ers. broad­way­palm.com

NEED FOR SPEED Oct. 10-12 Roar Off­shore Races, Fort My­ers Beach

The Amer­i­can Power Boat As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onship wraps up in Fort My­ers Beach, the last stop for the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of this rac­ing series. Come out and see the Miss GEICO off­shore rac­ing team com­pete against Aus­tralia, Nor­way, Sweden and other coun­tries. The freshly painted and re­built 47-foot-long Miss

GEICO sports a pair of 1,100 horse­power en­gines and can reach top speeds of more than 160 mph. She com­petes in Class One, which is com­prised of the big­gest and fastest race boats. Driver James Shep­pard and throt­tle­man Steve Cur­tis have been un­beat­able for the past two sea­sons and are aim­ing for a three-peat. roaroff­shore.com

A SEA­SONAL FAVE Oct. 11-31 Lakes Re­gional Park Fall Fes­ti­val, Fort My­ers

Cel­e­brate the sea­son with tra­di­tional au­tumn fan­fare. Lakes Re­gional Park turns into a pump­kin patch, where you can find the per­fect pump­kin to take home and carve into a jack-o’-lan­tern. Thanks to a scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion, the grounds are dot­ted with spooky creations in all sizes and artis­tic styles. Young­sters can ride the Hal­loween Ex­press, a train dec­o­rated for the hol­i­day, and the whole fam­ily can en­joy a hayride at the Fort My­ers park. lee­gov.com

OOMPAH! Oct. 18-20, 25-27 Mu­nich in Cape Coral

Every­body loves Ok­to­ber­fest, and Cape Coral knows how to throw the big­gest Ger­man bash, which runs for two con­sec­u­tive week­ends. At­ten­dees find an out­door bier­garten and fes­ti­val tent with three stages for bands that come di­rectly from Ger­many, plus two dance floors. Home­made-style food in­cludes: sch­nitzel, sauer­braten, dumplings, red cab­bage, Ger­man potato salad, bratwurst, bauern­wurst, pret­zels and potato pan­cakes.

Grab a stein and sam­ple im­ported Ger­man bier, along with Ger­man wines and spir­its. Held at the Ger­man-Amer­i­can So­cial Club, the event also in­cludes a car­ni­val area with rides and games for kids. capec­o­ralok­to­ber­fest.com

CEL­E­BRAT­ING NA­TURE Oct. 20 “Ding” Dar­ling Day, Sani­bel Is­land

The “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge on Sani­bel Is­land cel­e­brates the birth­day of its name­sake Jay N. “Ding” Dar­ling, who was the fa­ther of the Fed­eral Duck Stamp pro­gram and a Pulitzer Prize-win­ning car­toon­ist, on “Ding” Dar­ling Day. Bring the fam­ily out for free eco-ac­tiv­i­ties, from refuge tram tours and wildlife pre­sen­ta­tions to archery clin­ics and yoga ses­sions. The ar­tis­ti­cally in­clined can par­take in origami, craft and na­ture sketch­ing classes. Tar­pon Bay Ex­plor­ers of­fers free stand-up pad­dle­board­ing clin­ics, and discounted boat­ing ex­cur­sions and rental kayaks. ding­dar­ling­days.com

FOR THE FILM BUFF Oct. 24-27 Naples In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

Now in its 11th year, the Naples In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (NIFF) just keeps get­ting big­ger and bet­ter. The four-day event of­fers more than 60 screen­ings at the Sil­verspot Cinema. Do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional nar­ra­tive, doc­u­men­tary and short films from es­tab­lished and emerg­ing film­mak­ers are pre­sented. With $25,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, film­mak­ers can com­pete in ju­ried com­pe­ti­tions as well as au­di­ence awards. NIFF is now part of Ar­tis—Naples, and its Cul­tural Cam­pus serves as the venue for the open­ing night film and party (Oct. 24) and the clos­ing night awards cer­e­mony (Oct. 27), which fea­tures Jack Everly con­duct­ing the Naples Phil­har­monic in John Wil­liams’ tri­umphant score to the clas­sic Steven Spiel­berg film Raiders of the Lost Ark. naples­film­fest.com

A HITCH­COCK MO­MENT Oct. 25-26 Psy­cho With A Live Or­ches­tra, Punta Gorda & Fort My­ers

The South­west Florida Sym­phony puts

the force of live mu­sic be­hind an Al­fred Hitch­cock thriller. As if Psy­cho, the 1960 psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror film, isn’t sus­pense­ful enough, the or­ches­tra makes watch­ing the movie an even more in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence. See the film and hear the mu­si­cians at the Char­lotte Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Punta Gorda on Oct. 25 and at the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers on Oct. 26. swflso.org

NO TRICKS, ALL TREATS Oct. 31 Fall Fam­ily Candy and Cos­tume Fes­ti­val, Sani­bel Is­land

Dress in your fa­vorite Hal­loween cos­tume and head to The Com­mu­nity House on Sani­bel Is­land for some fes­tive fall fun. The even­ing event (5-7 p.m.) is an op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with neigh­bors, play games and eat lots of candy! Ad­mis­sion is a bag or two of candy per fam­ily. sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

GET CRACK­ING Oct. 25-27 Stone Crab Fes­ti­val, Naples

To kick off the stone crab sea­son that runs from Oc­to­ber to May, Naples holds its an­nual Stone Crab Fes­ti­val at venues on the Old Naples Wa­ter­front—Tin City, Bayfront, Port of Naples Ma­rina and other lo­ca­tions. Plenty of fresh stone crab claws are cracked, served and de­voured. Folks en­joy live mu­sic the en­tire week­end. stonecrabf­es­ti­val.com

THE ICE AGE Oct. 19 and 26 Florida Everblades, Es­tero

The Florida Everblades kick off their home games for the 2019-2020 hockey sea­son in Oc­to­ber. They take on the Nor­folk Ad­mi­rals on Oct. 19 and chal­lenge the Or­lando So­lar Bears on Oct. 26. You don’t have to be a diehard ice hockey fan to en­joy a rous­ing game of non-stop su­per-speed ac­tion played at the Hertz Arena in Es­tero. flori­dae­verblades.com TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in this cal­en­dar is up to date. How­ever, we still en­cour­age our read­ers to call ahead for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion be­fore at­tend­ing these lo­cal events.

Mid­land, a coun­try mu­sic vo­cal group, is among the per­form­ers who have ap­peared at the Is­land Hop­per Song­writer Fest, held in Fort My­ers, Cap­tiva Is­land and Fort My­ers Beach. This year’s event is Sept. 20-29.

The Roar Off­shore Races take place on Fort My­ers Beach, Oct. 10-12.

Naples In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (NIFF) cel­e­brates es­tab­lished and up-and-com­ing film­mak­ers with 60 screen­ings, an open­ing night party and a clos­ing night awards cer­e­mony, Oct. 24-27.

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