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Southwest Florida Visitors' Guide: Entertainment

It is a common misconception that Southwest Florida is a quiet, sleepy area because it is a popular retirement destination. In reality, the very opposite is true. The Gulfshore is quite energized, with live entertainment available every night of the week and many performing arts events held throughout the season. 

Catch a bite at the famous Snook Inn on Marco Island, where local bands perform daily, or head to Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar in Naples to dance the night away to Latin hits. Looking for a laugh instead? Grab tickets for stand-up shows by popular touring comedians at Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples or Laugh-In Comedy Café in Fort Myers.

If you’re in the mood for a more glamorous evening, reserve seats to a world-class Classic Chamber Concerts show at the Sugden Community Theatre in Naples, or attend a musical at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The wide array of events available presents entertainment opportunities for all.



Bonita Springs

Performing Arts

CENTERS FOR THE ARTS BONITA SPRINGS, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, (239) 495-8989. Hosts a variety of series and special programming at its Center for Performing Arts, including music, theater, film and comedy performances. artcenterbonita.org

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 11515 SE Bonita Beach Road, (239) 389-6901. The world-class facility features a 650-seat theater and kitchen. Provides performances by local, national and international artists, educational programs and community events. swflperformingartscenter.com


Live Music/Dancing

SNEAKY PETE’S, 3465 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 498-8887. Live entertainment seven nights a week, including karaoke on Mondays. sneakypetesbonita.com

THE STAGE, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 405-8566. Dining and dancing. Open Thursday through Saturday. thestagebonita.com


Cape Coral

Performing Arts

CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5862. Live performances, adult and children’s educational programs. culturalparktheater.com


Live Music/Dancing

FATHOMS RESTAURANT & BAR, at Cape Harbour, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 106, (239) 542-0123. Waterfront cabana bar with live music Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. fathomsrestaurant.com

MONKEY BAR AND STEAKHOUSE, 1428 Lafayette St., (239) 549-8800. Live entertainment seven nights a week. monkeybarandsteakhouse.com


Fort Myers

Performing Arts

ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Facilitates and nurtures the creation and education of arts and culture, and promotes area artists and organizations. Live performances, monthly art exhibits, festivals and other events. artinlee.org

BARBARA B. MANN PERFORMING ARTS HALL, 13350 Edison Parkway, (239) 481-4849. Presents a variety of touring productions, including Broadway shows, musicals, plays, dance and ballet programs, and concerts. bbmannpah.com

BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Features buffet dining and Broadway’s best musicals in a 450-seat dinner theatre. Includes Off Broadway Palm Theatre, a 100-seat black-box theater. broadwaypalm.com

FGCU THEATRELAB, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., (239) 590-7268. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts stages productions in this black-box theater. theatrelab.fgcu.edu

FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE, 2267 Bay St., (239) 332-4488. Professional regional theater company that produces Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning comedies, dramas and musicals. Named “one of America’s top repertory companies” by The Wall Street Journal. floridarep.org

GULF COAST SYMPHONY, (239) 277-1700. Community orchestra that performs a variety of classical and pop performances at local venues. gulfcoastsymphony.org

THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA, 1634 Woodford Ave., Kiwanis Hall, (239) 218-0481. Presents edgy, semiprofessional performances and educational opportunities. laboratorytheaterflorida.com

SEMINOLE GULF RAILWAY, 2805 Colonial Blvd., (239) 275-8487. A theatrical troupe presents a murder mystery aboard a moving train; guests help solve the crime while enjoying five courses. Reservations required. semgulf.com

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY, 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103, (239) 418-1500. Presents classical and pops concerts November through April. swflso.org

THEATRE CONSPIRACY, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 936-3239. Performs works including world premieres and Southwest Florida premieres. theatreconspiracy.org


Live Music/Dancing

BUDDHA BAR, 12701 McGregor Blvd., (239) 482-8565. Live entertainment Friday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. Ages 21 and older. buddharockclub.com

CITY TAVERN, 2206 Bay St., (239) 226-1133. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. mycitytavern.com

THE INDIGO ROOM, 2219 Main St., (239) 332-0014. Open-mic nights and dancing. Open until 2 a.m.

THE RANCH CONCERT HALL & SALOON, 2158 Colonial Blvd., (239) 985-9839. Nightclub and concert venue featuring country music’s largest performers. theranchfortmyers.com



LAUGH-IN COMEDY CAFE, 8595 College Parkway, Suite 300, (239) 479-5233. Features national touring comedians. Open to ages 21 and up. laughincomedycafe.com


 Fort Myers Beach

Live Music/Dancing

THE COTTAGE BEACH BAR & GULFSHORE GRILL, 1250 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5440. Live music Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the over-21 crowd. gulfshoregrill.com

DOC FORD’S FORT MYERS BEACH RUM BAR & GRILLE, 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, (239) 765-9660. Live bands every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. docfordsfortmyersbeach.com

SMOKIN’ OYSTER BREWERY, 340 Old San Carlos Blvd., (239) 463-3474. Live music from 6-10 p.m. on the outside deck. smokinoyster.com

VALERIE’S LOUNGE & LIQUORS, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., (239) 466-7788. Live entertainment from local and touring bands.


Marco Island

Performing Arts

THE MARCO PLAYERS, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 432 (239) 642-7270. Provides theatrical productions that benefit the community, volunteers and local organizations. themarcoplayers.com


Live Music/Dancing

SNOOK INN, 1215 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-3313. Casual entertainment or live music daily. Check website for schedule. snookinn.com

STAN’S IDLE HOUR, 221 Goodland Drive, Goodland, (239) 394-3041. stansidlehour.net



Performing Arts

ARTIS—NAPLES, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Home to the Naples Philharmonic and The Baker Museum. Hosts more than 300 events per year, including concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events. artisnaples.org

CLASSIC CHAMBER CONCERTS, (239) 434-8505. Provides world-class musicians and concerts at the Sugden Community Theatre. classicchamberconcerts.org

GULFSHORE OPERA, 3281 Golden Gate Blvd. W., (239) 529-3925. Serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, presents opera theater and classical vocal music performances. gulfshoreopera.org

GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE, 755 Eighth Ave. S., (866) 811-4111, (239) 261-7529. Offers educational opportunities and high-quality theater, from classics to contemporary works. gulfshoreplayhouse.org

THE NAPLES PLAYERS, 701 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-7990, (239) 434-7340. Creates and performs high-quality, affordable amateur theater. naplesplayers.org

OPERA NAPLES, 2408 Linwood Ave., (239) 963-9050. Stages operas with professional artists and supports opera education for local artists. operanaples.org

THEATREZONE, 13275 Livingston Road, (888) 966-3352. Professional equity theater company presenting musicals and world premieres. theatrezone-florida.com


Live Music/Dancing

BITES in the Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-6644. Live music 7-10 p.m. nightly, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. ritzcarlton.com/resortsofnaples

BLUE MARTINI, 9114 Strada Place, (239) 591-2583. Live music, drink specials, dancing, outdoor patio bar, stage room and VIP area. bluemartinilounge.com

CAMPIELLO RISTORANTE & BAR, 1177 Third St. S., (239) 435-1166. Live jazz music throughout the week. campiello.damico.com

NOODLES ITALIAN CAFE & SUSHI BAR, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5, (239) 592-0050. Latin night on Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., live entertainment on Thursdays and Saturdays. noodlescafe.com

RUSTY’S RAW BAR & GRILL, 2700 Immokalee Road, Suite 13, (239) 263-9464. Provides live entertainment. rustysraw.com

SOUTH STREET, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 4, (239) 435-9333. Live music throughout the week. Karaoke on Tuesdays, reggae on Sundays and open mic on Thursdays. southstreet-naples.com

SUNSET BEACH BAR & GRILL at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Solo guitarist Wednesday through Saturday. naplesbeachhotel.com

YABBA ISLAND GRILL, 711 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-5787. Dancing Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. yabbaislandgrill.com



OFF THE HOOK COMEDY CLUB, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 1100, (239) 389-6901. Presents comedy shows by local and national acts with dining available from an in-house restaurant, Row by Capt. Brien & Crew. offthehookcomedy.com


Sanibel Island

Performing Arts

BIG ARTS CENTER, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, (239) 395-0900. Schein Performance Hall, 409-seat concert hall, galleries, sculpture garden, classes, workshops, concerts, speakers and more. bigarts.org

BIG ARTS HERB STRAUSS THEATER, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-6862. The 164-seat theater presents shows ranging from comedy and vaudeville to musicals and drama. bigarts.org


Live Music/Dancing

THE JAC BAR, The Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-1771. Live entertainment nightly. jacarandaonsanibel.com

KEYLIME BISTRO, 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-4000. Live entertainment seven days and nights a week. keylimebistrocaptiva.com

RC OTTER’S ISLAND EATS, 11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-1142. Live entertainment daily. captivaislandinn.com


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