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What To Do the week of Sept. 18-24, 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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Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Sept. 22-Oct. 1, Captiva Island, Cape Coral, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach
The 10-day music festival features performances by some of the country’s most talented singer-songwriters and kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 22-24, then moves to Cape Coral, Sept. 25-26, then to downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 27-28, and ends with a weekend on Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Most shows are free, with the exception of a few ticketed experiences.

More than 70 singer-songwriters will perform over 100 shows. Keep current on festival news with the Island Hopper app or visit Get a preview with Kristian Bush and Essex County on Shellcast Podcast.   

Chris Janson, multi-platinum songwriter and artist, is the headliner and scheduled to perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach. Tickets are available on the Island Hopper app or at  

Monday, Sept. 18

Paint & Pint Night, Fort Myers Brewing, Fort Myers
When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $35
Where: Fort Myers Brewing, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-313-6576
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Tuesday, Sept. 19

"Beguiled Again," Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Where: Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers 
Phone: 239-332-4488
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Wednesday, Sept. 20

Documentary film screening: "One Pint at a Time," Art House Cinema at Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers
When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $12
Where: Art House Cinema at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Phone: 239-939-2787
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Thursday, Sept. 21

3 Sips, 3 Bites-Oktoberfest!, Luminary Hotel & Co., Fort Myers
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $65
Where: Luminary Hotel & Co., 2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-314-3723
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Friday, Sept. 22

Cinema with the Symphony, Coconut Point, Estero
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Coconut Point, 23050 Via Villagio, Estero
Phone: 239-418-0996
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Saturday, Sept. 23

Harlem Renaissance With a Vibe, Southern Charm Bistro and Bakery, Fort Myers
When: 2-7 p.m.
Cost: $50 
Where: Southern Charm Bistro and Bakery, 10970 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
Phone: 239-208-8075
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Saturday, Sept. 23

Wet Walk, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
When: 9 a.m.
Cost: $35
Where: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7791 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers
Phone: 239-533-7557
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Sunday, Sept. 24

Savor the Shore, toll-free Sunday, Sanibel
Cost: Free. Toll to cross Sanibel Causeway waived on Sunday
Where: Support local restaurants on Sanibel Island and Island Hopper Fest on Captiva Island
Phone: 239-338-3500
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Sunday, Sept. 24

Autumn equinox yoga retreat, Shangri La Springs, Bonita Springs
When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Call for price
Where: Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
Phone: 239-949-0749
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Ongoing events

Adventures in Paradise Cruises and Tours, Fort Myers
When: 5 p.m. nightly
Cost: $39-49
Where: Adventures in Paradise, 14341 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers
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Butterfly House tours, Cape Coral
When: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday
Cost: Donations accepted
Where: Rotary Park, 1340-1372 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral
Phone: 239-549-4606
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History tours, Burroughs Home & Gardens, downtown Fort Myers 
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 
Cost: Docent guided tour $25, self-guided tour $15, children $8
Where: Burroughs Home & Garden,
2505 First St., Fort Myers 
Phone: 239-337-9505
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ECHO Global Farm Tours, North Fort Myers
When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday 
Cost: Adults $12.50, seniors $10.50, youth $8
Where: ECHO Global Farm, 17391 Durrance Road
, North Fort Myers 
Phone: 239-543-3246
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Yoga by the River, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
When: 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday
Cost: $15
Where: Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd.
, Fort Myers 
Phone: 239-334-7419
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Guided beach walk, Island Inn, Sanibel
When: 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Cost: $20
Where: Island Inn, 3111 West Gulf Drive
, Sanibel Island
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Lakes Park Miniature Train, Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekends 
Cost: $5
Where: Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 
Phone: 239-267-1950
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Lovers Key State Park, Bonita Springs
When: 8 a.m.-sundown daily
Cost: $8 per vehicle
Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
Phone: 239-707-6328
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Sunset kayak eco tours, Gulf Coast Kayak, Matlacha/Cape Coral 
When: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Cost: $59
Where: Sirenia Vista Park, 3916 Ceitus Pkwy., Cape Coral
Phone: 239-283-2155
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Pickleball, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sanibel 
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Cost: starting at $20
Where: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island
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Tarpon Bay Explorers tours, Sanibel Island 
When: Kayak tours Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m., Tram tours 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $8 per vehicle
Where: Tarpon Bay Explorers, 900 Tarpon Bay Road., Sanibel
Phone: 239-472-8900
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True Tours, River District History Tours, Fort Myers
When: History tour 10:30 a.m. first and third Saturday of the month, Haunted History tour Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 p.m.
Cost: $20
Where: True Tours, 2200 First St., Fort Myers
Phone: 239-945-0405
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Shell Crafters, The Community House, Sanibel Island 
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays
Cost: $5-10
Where: The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
Phone: 239-472-2155
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Guided Walks, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Cost: $5-10
Where: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers
Phone: 239-533-7555
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Performing arts and exhibits

Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

  • Painting with Terry Lynn, Sept. 19
  • Painting with Francesco, Sept. 21
  • Hula dance, Sept. 22
  • Watercolor painting, Sept. 23
  • Storm Stories: A juried exhibition, through Sept. 30

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

Americana Country Music Association, Fort Myers

  • Brian Smalley, Sept. 19

Americana Country Music Association at Shell Point Tribby Arts Center, 17281 On Par Blvd., Fort Myers,

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers

  • "Hairspray," Sept. 22-Oct. 28

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

Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs

  • Monday Movie: "Entertainment," Sept. 18
  • Pottery glazing- Raku and You, Sept. 18
  • Latin jazz, Marlow Rosado, Sept. 23

Two locations, both in Bonita Springs: Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road and Visual Arts Center, 26100 Old 41 Road, 239-495-8989,

Fort Myers Theatre, Fort Myers

  • Comedy night, Sept. 23
  • Performance: "Voyces," Sept. 24

Fort Myers Theatre, 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-323-6570,

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Fort Myers

  • "Murder Theory," through Nov. 19

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

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, downtown Fort Myers

  • Wine & Paint, Sept. 20
  • Art and Poetry network event, Sept. 21
  • Retro rooftop dance party, Sept. 22
  • Exhibit: DIGITAL (C)AGE: Recycling and art in a new dimension, through Sept. 28 
  • Exhibit: The Shapeshifting Artist, through Sept. 28

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

The Laboratory Theater of Florida, Fort Myers

  • "Noises Off," through Oct. 1

The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers,


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