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What To Do the week of May 1-7, 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, May 1

Sun Harvest Citrus, Fort Myers
Immerse yourself in all things citrus as you delight in freshly squeezed juices, soft-serve ice cream cones, a selection of Florida foods, unique gifts and more. Free juice samples available. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun Harvest Citrus, 14601 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers, 239-768-2686,

Tuesday, May 2

Mighty Mussels baseball game, Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
Watch the Mighty Mussels take on the Dunedin Blue Jays. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $10-$12. Lee County Sports Complex / Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers,

Wednesday, May 3

Guided Preserve Hike, Rotary Park, Cape Coral
Spot wildlife and explore mangrove wetlands in this guided hike. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. $10. Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, 239-549-4606,

Thursday, May 4

Meditate Among the Mangroves, J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel
Energize your day with this peaceful, outdoor guided meditation as the refuge celebrates Wellness Week. Free. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Drive,

Friday, May 5

May Art Walk, Downtown Fort Myers
The River District comes alive on the first Friday of the month. Streets are lined with works by local and regional artists. 6-10 p.m. Friday. River District Alliance, 2247 First St., Fort Myers, 239-313-5129,

Saturday, May 6

Sip & Shop, Coastal Dayz Brewery, Fort Myers
Enjoy a cold craft brew while you shop local vendors all in one spot. Live music and food. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Coastal Dayz Brewery, 2161 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers,

Sunday, May 7

Floral workshop, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
Learn how to create a decorative basket or vase filled with flowers just in time for Mother's Day. Guided by floral designer Anita Singh, this class will explore different types of flowers and greenery. All flowers, tools and supplies will be provided along with refreshments and an apron. 10 a.m. Sunday. $85. Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers,

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,

Guided beach walk, Island Inn, Sanibel
Discover world-class beachcombing, birding and wildlife-watching with a marine science educator in this guided beach walk. 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $20. Island Inn, 3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, register at

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

  • Fine art acrylic-plein air painting, May 1
  • Belly dance bliss, May 3
  • Fluid art-pouring with gadgets, May 4
  • Exhibit: Bits and Pieces, The Realm of Creation, May 5-June 9

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

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers

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

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

Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs

  • Films for Film Lovers: "The Night of the Hunter," May 1
  • OMB! Open Mic Bonita, May 4
  • The Brandon Robertson Quartet, May 6

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

Florida Rep, Fort Myers

  • PlayLab Festival, May 4-7
  • "Lobby Hero," through May 21

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

Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers

  • Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra with Gulfshore Ballet: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," May 6

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," through 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

  • Latin dance with Angela, May 3
  • Friday Nights at Sidney's presents Cinco de Mayo with DJ JC, May 5
  • Exhibit: Divine Hypocrisy, May 5-25
  • Exhibit: Spectrum of Nature, May 5-25
  • Davis School of Music recital, May 7

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


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