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What To Do the week of April 17-23, 2023

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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Monday, April 17

Wine Tasting Class, Captiva Civic Association, Captiva
Taste wines from around the world with local wine and liquor specialist Calli Johnson. 5-7 p.m. Monday. $40. Captiva Civic Association, 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva, 239-334-7419,

Tuesday, April 18

Mighty Mussels baseball game, Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
Watch the Mighty Mussels take on the Jupiter Hammerheads. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $10-$12. Lee County Sports Complex / Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers,

Wednesday, April 19

Presentation: Triage of Wildlife Patients, CROW, Sanibel
Learn how veterinarians, veterinary technicians and wildlife rehabbers take care of wild animals admitted to the hospital for treatment. 11 a.m. $12 admission to visitor center, $7 for ages 4-12, children 3 and under are free. Wednesday. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, 239-472-3644,

Thursday, April 20

Sips & Bites, Grumpy Goat Coffee, Bonita Springs
Enjoy a lineup of local food and beverage artisans and meet a local master coffee roaster, sample specialty coffee, brews, cookies, chocolates, cheeses and more. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. Grumpy Goat Coffee, Causeway Commerce Park, 28280 Old 41 Road, Unit 11, Bonita Springs,

Friday, April 21

Path of the Panther, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers
Watch a screening of the National Geographic film "Path of the Panther" on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. Arrive early for a 5 p.m. reception, 5:30 p.m. screening with panel to follow. Friday. Free. Florida Gulf Coast University, Academic Building 9, 10501 FGCU Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-590-1000,

Saturday, April 22

Cape Coral Stones & Bones Festival, Tarpon Point, Cape Coral
Enjoy fresh stone crab and award-winning barbecue at this outdoor festival. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Tarpon Point Marina, 59711 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral,

Saturday, April 22

Culture Fest, Cultural Park, Cape Coral
Connect with the community and explore the sights, sounds and flavors of Cape Coral with performances and activities for all ages. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Cultural Park, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral,

Sunday, April 23

Bonita Springs Concert Band, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs
Bring your friends and family to this outdoor concert featuring guest vocalist James Jones. 2 p.m. Sunday. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs, The concert will be livestreamed at

Ongoing events

Adventures in Paradise Cruises and Tours, Fort Myers
Enjoy nightly sunset dolphin and wildlife cruises narrated by a marine biologist. Watch dolphins play and spot various species of birds as you cruise the waters of San Carlos Bay. Sunset cruise is 90 minutes, 5 p.m. nightly. $39-$49, Adventures in Paradise, 14341 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers, 239-472-8443,

Lakes Park Miniature Train, Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
The park offers biking and walking trails, a children's garden, paddle boats, sand volleyball courts and daily miniature train rides at the Railroad Museum of Southwest Florida. $5 ages 6 and older. Train rides offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends; park hours 7 a.m.-dusk. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, 239-267-1905,

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,

Guided Walks, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
This preserve is over 3,500 acres of wetland ecosystem with a boardwalk trail, butterfly garden and interpretive center. The fully accessible boardwalk is elevated and 1.2 miles long with five observation decks. Guided walks along the boardwalk are offered daily at 9:30 a.m. Total guided walk is 3/4 of a mile and takes about 45 minutes. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the walk at the boardwalk entrance. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-533-7555,

Yoga at the Westin, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Cape Coral
Release tension, stretch the body and relax the mind with waterfront views. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $10, proceeds benefit the Cape Coral Animal Shelter. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral,

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. Haunted History tour available Wednesday and Saturday at 8 p.m. True Tours, 2200 First St., Fort Myers, 239-945-0405,

Performing arts and exhibits

Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

  • Classical painting, April 18
  • Belly dance bliss, April 19
  • Performance: "The Piano Lesson," April 20-30
  • Balourdet String Quartet, April 22
  • Exhibit: The Future of Art, student exhibit, through April 29

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

Americana Community Music Association, Fort Myers

  • Mean Mary, April 22

All Faiths Unitarian, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422,

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers

  • "Always a Bridesmaid," April 18
  • Children's Theatre: "Three Little Birds," April 21-May 19
  • "Sister Act," through May 20

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

Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs

  • Great Bowls of Fire, April 17
  • Get Fired Up, April 18
  • Exhibit: Stephen Johnson, April 21
  • "You Raise Me Up," Music of Josh Groban and friends, April 22

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

Florida Rep, Fort Myers

  • "Lobby Hero," April 18-May 21
  • "Broadway Cabaret," through April 22
  • "Ring of Fire," through April 23

Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239-332-4488,

Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers

  • "Nunsense," through April 29
  • "Cirque Goes to the Movies," April 23

Gulf Coast Symphony, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, 239-277-1700,

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Fort Myers

  • "Murder Most Elite," through June 4

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-275-8487,

Players Circle Theater, North Fort Myers

  • "The Foreigner," April 18-May 7

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

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, downtown Fort Myers

  • Wine & Paint, April 19
  • The Kruger Brothers, April 21
  • Friday Nights at Sidney's Presents: Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, April 21
  • Fort Myers High School International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibition, through April 28
  • Exhibit: Sounds & Color, through April 28

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers, 239-333-1933,

The Belle Theatre, Cape Coral

  • "Cinderella," through April 30

The Belle Theatre, 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-323-5533, thebelletheatre


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