Where To Go & What To Do

SPEND TIME WITH NA­TURE Through Aug. 3 J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge’s Free Sum­mer Pro­grams, Sani­bel Is­land

Na­ture lovers find sev­eral free sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties at the J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge. At Wed­nes­day’s Read­ing in the Refuge, a nat­u­ral­ist shares wildlife-themed sto­ries and cre­ates crafts with chil­dren. On Thurs­day, a guide leads the In­digo Trail Walk and talks about the ecosys­tem’s flora and fauna. On Fri­day, par­tic­i­pants in the guided Family Beach Walk ex­plore Perry’s Tract to learn about the beach’s ecosys­tem. Bring a shell bag. Satur­day’s pro­gram, Wildlife Won­ders, is a pre­sen­ta­tion in the Visi­tor & Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter about the refuge’s ecosys­tem; the top­ics changes weekly. ding­dar­ling­so­ci­

BE OUR GUEST Through Aug. 10 Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fort My­ers

En­joy the en­chant­ing pro­duc­tion of Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast on stage at the Broad­way Palm Theatre. The tale as old as time tells the story of Belle, the vil­lage beauty, and the Beast, a prince cursed by a spell that only love can break—you know the rest. En­joy the show on its own or pair it with lunch or din­ner. The the­ater is dark Mon­day and Tues­day. broad­way­

CEL­E­BRATE THE U.S.A. July 4 Red, White and Boom, Cape Coral

Party on In­de­pen­dence Day with neigh­bors and friends on the Cape. The street fair takes place near the Cape Coral Bridge at 5 p.m. Food trucks, ven­dors, in­flat­able jump­ing houses for kid­dies and live en­ter­tain­ment make for a fun evening. Watch the fire­works light up the skies with the crowd on the street or from your boat on the Caloosa­hatchee River. cape­

FOURTH OF JULY FUN July 4 In­de­pen­dence Day Events, Sani­bel Is­land

A tra­di­tion on Sani­bel Is­land, the 28th an­nual In­de­pen­dence Day parade makes its way down the main thor­ough­fare Peri­win­kle Way. Lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions dec­o­rate their ve­hi­cles in pa­tri­otic col­ors and hand out candy and flags. The Op­ti­mist Club’s Road Rally (part road race, part trivia) fol­lows with teams driv­ing a course around Sani­bel and Cap­tiva is­lands as they look for clues and solve puz­zles. Win­ning is based on time, mileage and cor­rect an­swers. When dark­ness falls, a fire­work show ex­plodes over the Gulf. fort­my­ers-sani­

LET FREE­DOM RING July 4 Free­dom Fest, Fort My­ers

Down­town Fort My­ers plays host to a free family-friendly Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion. The streets come alive with mu­sic pro­vided by a DJ and bands. Ven­dors sell all sorts of crafts; food trucks fea­ture fa­vorite sum­mer foods. And with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids, the young­sters are sure to en­joy the hol­i­day. The day wraps up with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play. fort­my­ers-sani­

STARS & STRIPES July 4 Star Span­gled Bonita, Bonita Springs

River­side Park is the place to cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day in Bonita Springs. A chil­dren’s amuse­ment area keeps young­sters busy with wa­ter slides, bounce houses, face paint­ing and more. En­ter­tain­ment, games and fire­works are all part of the hol­i­day pro­gram. city­of­boni­

PARADE & FIRE­WORKS July 4 Fourth of July Cel­e­bra­tions, Naples

A pa­tri­otic home­town party is the best way to de­scribe Naples July 4th Parade, which trav­els Broad Av­enue South to Naples’ two main streets—Third Street South and 5th Av­enue South. Spec­ta­tors en­joy a morn­ing of march­ing bands, dec­o­rated floats and more. At 9 p.m., the city holds its fire­works show at the Naples Pier. The ex­plo­sive dis­play lights up the heav­ens and can be seen all along the beach and from view­ing spots in town. naples­

WA­TER­WAYS ON CAN­VAS July 5-26 Vi­sions of Clean Wa­ter, Fort My­ers

In an ef­fort to pre­serve the Sun­shine State’s clean waters, lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers have doc­u­mented Southwest Florida’s wa­ter­ways in stun­ning im­ages. The pho­to­graphs by Katy Danca Galli, Rob Hoo­vis, Paul Mar­cellini, Alexis Horn and Dan Ivetic are on dis­play in the Vi­sions of

Clean Wa­ter ex­hi­bi­tion at the Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter. You can sup­port the ef­fort by buy­ing a print. Por­tions of the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Cap­tains for Clean Wa­ter and Sani­bel-Cap­tiva Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion (SCCF). sb­

DOWN BY THE RIVER July 5, 19 & Aug. 1, 16 Art and Mu­sic Walks, Fort My­ers

Imag­ine a sum­mer evening filled with art­work or song. It’s a great time to get out out­doors, min­gle and make new friends as you me­an­der down­town Fort My­ers River District dur­ing the Fri­day night Art Walk or Mu­sic Walk. Gal­leries, ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances draw crowds to the monthly Art Walk (July 5 and Aug. 2). Mu­si­cians line the streets per­form­ing jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll, cre­at­ing a melo­di­ous street fair vibe dur­ing the Mu­sic Walk (Aug. 1 and 16). myriverdis­

MANGO SEA­SON’S HERE! July 13-14 Man­goMa­nia Trop­i­cal Fruit Fair, Cape Coral

The juicy mango is king at the an­nual Man­goMa­nia Trop­i­cal Fruit Fair. Let your taste buds go wild as you sam­ple freshly picked Hay­dens, Ir­wins, Kents, Keitts and other mango va­ri­eties from neigh­bor­ing Pine Is­land at the free tast­ing ta­ble. Then mo­sey on over and sam­ple ly­chee, caram­bola, lon­gan, papaya and black sapote, an un­usual fruit re­sem­bling a per­sim­mon and tast­ing like choco­late pud­ding. Held at the Ger­man-American So­cial Club in Cape Coral, the event fea­tures mango jug­gling and pie-eat­ing con­tests. A parade of mango-in­spired hats and mu­si­cal per­for­mances add to the event, along with the crown­ing of the Man­goMa­nia queen. man­go­ma­ni­

NIGHTS OF MU­SIC July 20, Aug. 17 Sum­merJazz on the Gulf, Naples

One of the most pop­u­lar sum­mer con­cert se­ries in Southwest Florida, Sum­merJazz on the Gulf once again takes over the Watkins Lawn at the Naples Beach Ho­tel & Golf Club, of­fer­ing mu­sic lovers views of the glis­ten­ing Gulf of Mex­ico and glo­ri­ous sun­sets. On July 20, the pop­u­lar horn band Late Night Brass en­ter­tains with songs by Earth, Wind & Fire; the Doo­bie Broth­ers; Chicago and oth­ers. Highen­ergy six-piece Pocket Change ig­nites the crowd with Mo­town, funk, R&B, soul and dance mu­sic on Aug. 17. The con­cert

is free; bring your blan­ket or lawn chair. naples­beach­ho­

A CLOWN’S FAN­TASY July 17-21 Cirque du Soleil’s Cor­teo, Es­tero

The latest tour­ing arena pro­duc­tion from Cirque du Soleil is Cor­teo. Tak­ing its mean­ing from the Ital­ian word cor­teo or fu­neral pro­ces­sion, the show re­volves around the imag­i­na­tion of a clown as he pictures his own fu­neral tak­ing place in a car­ni­val at­mos­phere. The en­chant­ing pro­duc­tion cel­e­brates the here and here­after with laugh­ter and ex­u­ber­ance. It blends act­ing, ac­ro­bat­ics and comedy in a mys­te­ri­ous space be­tween heaven and earth. See it at the Hertz Arena in Es­tero.

WRESTLING AC­TION July 22 WWE Sum­mer­slam Heat­wave, Es­tero

World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment (WWE) brings the stars of pro­fes­sional wrestling to the Hertz Arena in Es­tero for some high-en­ergy sum­mer fun. Wildly pop­u­lar, this en­ter­tain­ment-based show of chore­ographed matches blends com­pet­i­tive sport with the­atri­cal drama.

LAUGHS GA­LORE July 26 Brian Re­gan, Fort My­ers

This stand-up co­me­dian’s latest Net­flix

se­ries was Stand Up and Away! With Brian Re­gan, and he’s been a reg­u­lar on The

Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fallon. A Mi­ami na­tive, Brian Re­gan per­forms at the Bar­bara Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers this sum­mer. Re­spected among other co­me­di­ans, Re­gan re­ceived kudos from Jerry Se­in­feld, who says the fun­ny­man is one of his fa­vorite stand-up co­me­di­ans. bb­man­

DREAMY DE­SIGNS Aug. 2-29 Reimag­ined, Fort My­ers

From its Greek and Ro­man roots to its mod­ern day reawak­en­ing, fan­tasy art has served as a ve­hi­cle for dy­namic sto­ry­telling. Eight lo­cal artists have joined to­gether to present the ex­hi­bi­tion

Reimag­ined, which show­cases their

creations from vis­ual art to wear­able art, sur­re­al­ism to high fan­tasy. See it at the Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter. sb­

GET YOUR TIKI ON Aug. 10 Tik­iFest, Punta Gorda

Come out for some Poly­ne­sian-style fun. Fish­er­men’s Vil­lage in Punta Gorda hosts it’s 4th an­nual Tik­iFest, fea­tur­ing hula dancers, tiki-toss games, tiki carv­ing, co­conut paint­ing and Hawai­ian lei give­aways. Trop­i­cal rock and steel drum mu­sic by JP Is­land Duo, Sunny Jim White and oth­ers per­form­ers get the party started. Ven­dors sell tiki-in­spired cloth­ing and mer­chan­dise, along with food and drink spe­cial­ties.

ART ON THE STREET Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Venice Craft Fes­ti­val, Venice

On La­bor Day week­end, the Venice Craft Fes­ti­val turns the streets of this pic­turesque seaside town into an out­door gallery, fea­tur­ing rea­son­ably priced orig­i­nal arts and crafts. Some 80 artists and crafters present their ce­ram­ics, jew­elry, stained glass creations, met­al­work and more. art­fes­ti­

SAVE THE DATE Nov. 1-3 Florida In­ter­na­tional Air Show, Punta Gorda

Make plans to at­tend the Florida In­ter­na­tional Air Show at the Punta Gorda Air­port. The main at­trac­tion is a per­for­mance by the United States Air Force Thun­der­birds, an elite air demon­stra­tion squadron, on Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noons. Air shows through­out the week­end include the SOCOM Para Jump Team, Matt Younkin’s Twin Beech 18 and oth­ers. Dis­plays of air­crafts and a fi­nale fire­works show round out the event. flori­daair­

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.

Cirque du Soleil’s latest tour­ing show Cor­teo comes to the Hertz Arena, July 17-21.

Sum­merJazz on the Gulf is held at the Naples Beach Ho­tel & Golf Club, July 20 and Aug. 17.

This sum­mer en­joy free guided tours at J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge every Thurs­day through Aug. 3.

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