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What To Do the week of May 15-21, 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 15

Yoga by the River, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
Step away from the gadgets and enjoy the moment in this all-levels yoga class. 10 a.m. Monday. $20. Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-334-7419,

Tuesday, May 16

Vet Fest, Northwest Regional Library, Cape Coral
Celebrate veterans in the community as Lee County Library System hosts its first Vet Fest promoting resources to service members and their families. Enjoy live music, food, crafts and giveaways at this family-friendly event. 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Northwest Regional Library, 519 N. Chiquita Blvd., Cape Coral,

Wednesday, May 17

Interactive Selfie Museum, Express YourSelfie, Estero
Experience the area's first interactive selfie museum. Explore more than a dozen photo booths to create a fun, interactive experience for you and your loved ones. 3-7 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Express YourSelfie, 20451 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero,

Thursday, May 18

"Fame, The Musical," Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers
Southwest Florida's youth will light up the historic Arcade stage during Florida Rep Education's Conservatory program presentation of "Fame, The Musical," 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, May 21. Ticket prices vary. Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239-332-4488,

Friday, May 19

Wild Babies at CROW, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel
Learn about different wild baby animals admitted to CROW including birds, mammals and reptiles. This educational presentation will cover how certified wildlife professionals treat, raise and prepare these babies for release back to the wild. $12 admission for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under. 11 a.m.-noon. Friday. CROW, 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, 239-472-3644,

Saturday, May 20

Brew Fest, Cultural Park, Cape Coral
Join the Cape Coral Museum of History for this outdoor festival featuring local breweries, food trucks and vendors. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. $20. Cultural Park, 544 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-772-7037,

Sunday, May 21

Springtime Farms, North Fort Myers
Explore 4 acres of fun and educational activities for the whole family. Hold baby chickens, enjoy a petting zoo, gardens, playgrounds and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $12. Springtime Farms10761 Aqua Vista Lane, North Fort Myers, 239-309-0630,

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,

Cool for the summer pool party, Luminary Hotel & Co., Fort Myers
Take a dip, grab a drink, layout and relax on the 4th floor pool deck & lounge of the Luminary Hotel. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Live music from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Luminary Hotel & Co., 2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers,

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 on Wednesdays 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 15
  • Belly dance, May 17
  • Hula dance, May 19
  • Free family ArtLab, May 20
  • Exhibit: Bits and Pieces, The Realm of Creation, through 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

  • Film as Fine Art, "Crumb," May 15
  • Stage It! Play Festival, May 18-21
  • Exhibit: Elizabeth Williams, May 19

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

Cultural Park Theater, Cape Coral

  • "Private Lives," through May 21

Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-772-5862,

Florida Rep, Fort Myers

  • "Lobby Hero," through May 21

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

Gulf Coast Symphony, Fort Myers

  • Jazz at the MACC: Jazz Jam, May 18
  • Hot Latin Nights, May 20

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,

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, downtown Fort Myers

  • Fort Myers Film Festival, May 17-21
  • Fort Myers Film Festival opening night rooftop after party, May 17
  • Wine & Paint, May 17
  • Art and Poetry networking event, May 18
  • Friday Nights at Sidney's Presents: Briz and Lady, May 19
  • Exhibit: Divine Hypocrisy, through May 25
  • Exhibit: Spectrum of Nature, through May 25

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


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