Are you ready for the weekend? We are. And this one is full of activities for the entire family. It is shaping up to be and art and music filled weekend in Southwest Florida and we have the scoop. Here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida for October 6-8.

In addition to the events you will find there, there are a few activities and celebrations surrounding fall and Halloween. To help you navigate those, we have a comprehensive list of Halloween events in Southwest Florida right here. Check it out so you don’t miss out on this seasonal fun.

Art and music weekend…and more

Live music has always been a part of the culture of Southwest Florida. This weekend, you will find it more places than your favorite bars and restaurants. There is a Latin fest on one end of the spectrum. And on the other, a rock and roll benefit concert for Hurricane Ian recovery. Both are listed below along with a few things for art lovers to do.

For food and drink lovers, there is a beer fest at the Bell Tower where Mac-n-Cheese also takes center state. And in Port Charlotte, you can celebrate your Italian heritage. There is even something special for animal lovers in Estero on Saturday. More below.

vintage photo of two girls eating spaghetti with noodles dangling from a fork

Get ready to eat some good Italian food at a local festival this weekend.

One more thing. If you have any upcoming events that you would like to share with us, please send them here. Here are your Weekend Vibes for  October 6-8.  Get out and have some local fun. Cheers.

  • Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk

    The first Friday of the month, downtown Fort Myers comes alive with art. The galleries feature special exhibits, see artists in action and enjoy all kinds of activities. The event runs from 6-10.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Music Festival with Tito Nieves

    Tito Nieves, the so-call Pavarotti of Salsa headlines this event at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee.  The event is called Latinos Unidos and features a variety of performers including The Celia Cruz All Stars and Cachao’s Mambo All-Stars. Gates open Saturday at 1 p.m. and entertainment at 2. $39 general admission, $69-$89 for VIP tickets. More info here.

  • Hurricane Heroes Concert

    Saturday at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, catch the music of Matchbox Twenty and Don Felder of The Eagles, and  more, at the Hurricane Heroes concert. It’s a fundraiser for Hurricane Ian recovery, and to  help local musicians along with other nonprofits. Music begins at 6pm.  $69-$199. More info here. 

     

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  • Ride 4 The Rescues & The Fallen

    It’s the Innaugural Ride 4 The Rescues and The Fallen, showcasing K-9 officers and raising awareness for Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. Additionally, there will be Cell Dogs for adoption, a petting zoo, pony rides, music and all kinds of kids activities.Event is free but donations are accepted for shelter supplies such as food, blankets toys, potty pads, etc. Saturday, October 14 from 11-2, Estero Community Park

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  • Italian Heritage Month

    Celebrate Italian heritage all day Sunday at Pioneer Plaza in Port Charlotte. Enjoy music a spaghetti eating contest and more. Find more info here.

  • Belltober Beer Festival

    Not only do you get to sample all kinds of fall beers at this event, you also get to sample a variety of mac-n-cheese from the restaurants at The Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. This festival also features vendors, games, music, ax throwing, a cigar lounge and more. Friday  6-9 p.m.  $30 in advance, $40 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades. More info here

  • IMAG Community Day

    The IMAG History & Science Center in downtown Fort Myers is offering half-off admission Saturday for this annual family event. There will be all kinds of activities for kids including crafts, animal shows, and science shows. 10-5, adults $9.75,  college students and children ages 3-18 $7.50.k More info here.

  • Quilt Show

    This annual event takes place at the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Dozens of quilts will be on display in all kinds of designs hung from clothes lines at the historic homes. A certified quilt appraiser will also be on site to take a look at your antique quilts for  a fee.  Saturday 10-2.. More info here.

  • Save Second Base Pub Crawl

    This pub crawl in downtown Cape Coral is to raise money and awareness for Partners For Breast Cancer Care. It kicks off at 6pm Big John’s Plaza with a photo booth, then it’s off to the 12 participating restaurant and bars to sample themed food and drink.  Get your passport stamped at each spot to win prizes.  $15 in advance, $200 day of.

     

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