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What To Do the week of Nov. 21-27, 2022

Each Monday, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) lets you know What To Do in Fort Myers and surrounding neighborhoods.

Let us know: Events, along with high-res images, can be submitted for consideration by emailing Miriam Dotson, VCB communications manager. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday before the week of publication. Thank you!

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Spend Thanksgiving week at the Fort Myers Tip-Off

Monday, Nov. 21- Sunday, Nov. 27

Fort Myers Tip-Off, Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers
The Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off returns Nov. 21-23. This year's men's slate will feature two four-team fields. The Beach Division includes Georgia Tech, Marquette, Mississippi State and Utah. The Palms Division features Long Island University, Northern Illinois, Sam Houston and South Dakota.

2022 will see the first-ever women's division as part of the Thanksgiving week hoops festival on Nov. 25-27. The inaugural Elevance Health Fort Myers Women's Tip-Off will showcase four teams including perennial NCAA Tournament teams DePaul and Maryland along with Towson and Pittsburgh.

Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Florida SouthWestern State College, 13351 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 239-481-4849,

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Mid-Cape Sunshine Market, Mercola Market, Cape Coral 
Shop fresh local produce along with unique crafts and delicious hot food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday. Mercola Market, 125 SW 3rd Place, Cape Coral,

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Organic garden tours, Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs
Join Shangri-La Springs organic garden manager Cecelia Morales in a sensory-based walking tour of subtropical, tropical, annual and perennial crops and orchard. Learn about what makes a garden, organic garden methods and permaculture principles. Wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle. The hourlong tour takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, $15, reservations required. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 239-949-0749,

Thursday, Nov. 24

43rd Annual Turkey Trot 5k , Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
The Fort Myers Track Club continues its partnership with the Edison and Ford Winter Estates to host the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k run/walk. The course will start and finish at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The 5k begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by a tot trot (ages 6 and under) at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. $30 for the 5k, $5 for the tot trot. Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-334-7419,

Friday, Nov. 25

Black Friday Market, Fort Myers Brewing Company, Fort Myers
Fort Myers Brewing hosts a black Friday handcrafted night market showcasing handmade goods from local artisans ranging from jewelry, soaps, candles and more. Enjoy food trucks throughout the day and music starting at 7 p.m.  Special black Friday drink deals start at noon. Friday. Fort Myers Brewing, 12811 Commerce Lakes Dr. Suite 28, Fort Myers, 239-313-6576,

Saturday, Nov. 26

Christmas Walk, Downtown Boca Grande, 
Take in downtown Boca Grande for the annual Christmas walk. Enjoy live music, Christmas cheer and Santa. The walk starts at 5 p.m. Santa arrives with a parade at 6 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Boca Grande, 301 Park Ave., Boca Grande,

South Cape Jolley Trolley, Cape Coral
Join the jolley-themed trolley event and enjoy samples of drink and appetizers at various South Cape locales. Saturday. $30. 7-11 p.m. Cape Coral Entertainment District, 909 Southeast 47th Terrace, #105, Cape Coral,

Sunday, Nov. 27

SW-FloridaCon Comic & Toy Convention, Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers
More than 100 exhibitors will be on display featuring comic books, toys, magazines, cosplay, gaming and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $20 for adults, free for kids ages 11 and under. Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers,

Ongoing events

ECHO Global Farm Tours, North Fort Myers
Experience farming and gardening at its most creative, with unique demonstrations, plants and techniques being used to help farming families around the world. ECHO is also home to one of the largest collections of tropical food plants in the U.S. Guided walking tours are 90 minutes, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. ECHO Global Farm, 17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers, 239-543-3246,

Butterfly House tours, Monday, Friday and Saturday, Cape Coral
The Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House is home to many native Florida butterfly species, including the zebra longwing, the state butterfly. Guides explain the different butterflies, their caterpillars and host plants. Donations are accepted. 10:30 a.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday. Rotary Park, 1340-1372 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, 239-549-4606,

True Tours, River District History Tours, Fort Myers
This Fort Myers walking tour educates and entertains with narratives of local history and acquaints you with the colorful personalities of founders of Fort Myers. Tour at 10:30 a.m. each first and third Saturday of the month.True Tours, 2200 First St., Fort Myers, 239-945-0405,

Performing arts and exhibits

Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

  • Fine art acrylic-plein air painting, Nov. 21
  • Painting with Terry Lynn, Nov. 22

Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-939-2787,

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers

  • "Ha! Ha! Ho! The Holiday Show," through Dec. 25
  • "White Christmas," through Dec. 25

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, 

Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs

  • Films for Film Lovers: "Lucky," Nov. 21
  • Exhibition: Artwork by Mary Parkman, through Nov. 25

Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-495-8989,

Players Circle Theater, North Fort Myers

  • "The Lady with all the Answers," Nov. 29-Dec. 18

Players Circle Theater, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers, 239-800-3292,

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, downtown Fort Myers
  • Exhibit: "Shivoo Shivoo," through Nov. 22
  • Exhibit: "The Binary Perception of Venus," through Nov. 22
  • Retro Dance Party, Nov. 25
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers, 239-333-1933,


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