We finally made it to the weekend. If you are looking for something fun to do, we have some great ideas for you here. Bacon, music and reptiles: Southwest Florida’s Weekend Vibes are here. What a combination.

It is shaping up to be another hot weekend. If you are thinking about heading out to one of the of the area’s beaches, there are a few updates to share with you. First of all, the Welcome Center has finally reopened at Lover’s Key State Park and air conditioning has been restored.. The popular beach reopened in June but repairs are still ongoing. The permanent bathrooms are still not open. However, there are portable trailers near the kayak ramp for visitors to use. Speaking of the beach, it is still turtle nesting season and there have been numerous reports of nests being disturbed. If you across a problem or find sea turtles that have veered off course from the water, click here to find out what to do and who to call for help.

Beach with blue sky and white sand. Lover's Key Reopens

Lover’s Key Beach is open and this week, the Welcome Center also reopened. It was damaged during Hurricane Ian along with much of the barrier island.

Next, Lee County officials are lifting the $6 toll on the Sanibel Causeway on Sunday. They are doing so for the next few Sundays to encourage locals to rediscover the island post Hurricane Ian. Businesses are reopening and are needing support to stay open in this traditionally slow summer season.

If you have any upcoming events you would like to share, please send them here. Bacon, music and reptiles: Southwest Florida’s Weekend Vibes are here. Get out and have some fun this weekend.

  • Bacon Fest

    This is the 9th annual event in downtown Cape Coral celebrating all things bacon. More than ten locations are participating offering special bacon inspired food and drink.k Participants get to vote on their favorite. Pick up a passport, hop on the trolley and visit all locations to win prizes. The event is Saturday from 7-11.
    BaconFest Flyer

  • Downtown Fort Myers Music Walk

    This happens the third Friday of every month, mostly along First Street in downtown Fort Myers. There is live music almost everywhere, from the galleries and shops, the restaurants and bars. Even on the streets. The party is 6-10

  • Arts and Crafts Fair

    Enjoy the works of local artisans in the comfort of air condition at this arts and crafts fair in the Port Charlotte town Center. The artists will be set up with unique items for sale Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM. It’s free to browse.
  • The Super Scaly Slimy Family Day

    If it’s scaly or slimy and lives in Florida, you can learn all about it this weekend. Also enjoy crafts, games, and lots more kids activities for kids Saturday from 10-1 at the Collier Museum at Government Center.

    Slimy event flier

  • Summer Singer Songwriter Competition.

    In conjunction with Music Walk, this event is Friday at the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. The competition begins at 7:30. It is free to enter but admission to the show starts at $10.

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