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Summer Calendar

What’s happening in July, August and September.

BY July 29, 2014
What’s happening in July, August and September.




Art League of Fort Myers

7/4-25 Celebrate people’s choice exhibit.

8/1-29 Hot Time people’s choice show.

9/5-26 Sharp Focus judged photography show. Free. 275-3970.


The Baker Museum

Through 7/6 American marine art and maritime artifacts are exhibited in The Coast and the Sea, organized by the New-York Historical Society. The exhibit is complemented by The Sea in American Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Featuring nearly 100 dioramas devoted to current Belgian artists and art movements, Museum to Scale 1/7 recalls the Wunderkammern, or “cabinets of curiosities and wonder.” Nearly 300 works by Collier County K-12 students are on display in the Sixth Annual Student Exhibition. Art as Activism showcases pieces from the museum’s permanent collection that focus on the social and political upheaval that followed Mexico’s 1910 revolution.

Admission $10 per adult, $5 per fulltime student and free for children 17 and younger (unless otherwise noted). 597-1900.


Fort Myers Art Walk

7/4, 8/1, 9/5 The monthly, self-guided event lets you browse the art galleries and businesses of the historic Fort Myers River District. Free. 278-5236.


The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Through 8/17 Hollywood’s Who’s Who in World War II explores the roles of actors, actresses and athletes in World War II, highlighting iconic men and women affected by the Holocaust. $10 per adult, $5 per student age 12 to 15, free for students under 12. 263-9200.


HOWL Gallery

7/5-8/5 Annual juried SWFL Lives Group Show.

8/2-9/2 Daniel Brown: Highbrow Automotive Paintings solo exhibit.

9/6-10/6 Todd Carignan exhibit from the North Carolina artist. Free. 332-0161.


Lee County Alliance for the Arts

Through 8/1 28th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit.

7/3-31 See photographer David White’s journey through Southeast Asia in Majestic Places/Majestic Faces. Gallery walk with the artist on July 12.

8/8-29 Diametrically Opposed—Members Exhibition. Free. 939-2787.


Naples Depot Museum

9/27 Enjoy free admission in celebration of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Day. Grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors between touring Naples’ first passenger train station, riding on the miniature railroad, climbing a rock wall, enjoying all-ages educational activities and more. 262-6525.


The von Liebig Art Center

Through 7/25 See recent work by Naples Art Association members in 50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition.

8/10-26 Artwork by children and teens enrolled in the center’s summer programs will be on display in the ARTSCool Student Exhibition.

8/11-9/26 Camera USA: National Photography Exhibition and Awards returns, this year with jurors Clyde Butcher, Frederick Voss and Dan Biferie. Pictures in Process: Photography by Naples Art Association Members features recent works in color and black and white. Admission free unless otherwise noted. 262-6517.




3 Doors Down

9/6 The popular Mississippi quintet performs an acoustic show at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $31-66. 481- 4849.


Bluegrass in the Theatre

9/21 Southwest Florida bands put on a three-hour show at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $7. 939-2787.


Fort Myers Music Walk

7/18, 8/15, 9/19 Local musicians perform in Fort Myers River District shops, patios, restaurants and bars. Begins at 7 p.m. Free. (855) 732-3836.


SummerJazz on the Gulf

7/26 The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club hosts the 11-piece Late Night Brass in the second three-hour performance of its evening concert series.

8/16 The six-piece group Pocket Change returns for a performance.

9/13 “Orlando’s Best Folk Act” winners The Mud Flappers Band closes the summer series. Free. 261-2222.




Boeing, Boeing

7/10-8/9 The Tony-winning comedy about a French bachelor and his three flight-attendant fiancees plays at Off Broadway Palm Theatre. $29-49. 278-4422.



Through 7/27 The dying days of vaudeville are the backdrop for this classic American musical about Momma Rose—inspired by burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee—and her life as a determined stage mother. Performance by The Naples Players at The Sugden Community Theatre. $40. 263-7990.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Through 8/16 Based on a story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis, this first public musical by dream team Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice is almost completely sung. All ages will enjoy the story at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $35-55 per adult, $18 per child. 278-4422.


Mr. Marmalade

8/15-30 Four-year-old Lucy gets some help understanding her dysfunctional home life from her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade, in this black comedy. $20 per person, $12 per student. 218-0481.


Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Through 9/27 Royal Palm Noir shows the gritty gumshoe genre intersect with Fort Myers high society. $75.

Through 11/27 The Allies thwart a spy ring during World War II in Train of Deception. $69. 275-8487.


Noises Off

9/27-10/18 This comedy takes on theater itself, following a group of actors through their low-budget production on and off the stage. 263-7990.


Off The Hook Comedy Club

7/3-7/6 “Boriqua Best of Comedy” Alex Ortiz takes the stage. $25 per person, $35 per VIP.

7/10-13 Eric Schwartz aka “Smooth-E” performs. $30 per VIP.

7/31-8/3 Performance by former Sports Illustrated columnist Steve Hofstetter. $20 per person, $30 per VIP. 389-6901.


Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

7/11-26 A series of plays exploring the universal moments before, during and after “I do.” $20 per person, $12 per student. 218-0481.



9/24-28 Germain Arena becomes an extraordinary forest for the newest show from Cirque du Soleil. (800) 745-3000. $35- 100 per adult, $28-81 per child, $32-86 per student.




Eagle Lakes 5K

7/26 The racers take off at 7 a.m., through scenic views and closed paths in Eagle Lakes Community Park.


EVP Pro, Amateur and Juniors National Championships

9/20 Head to the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort for play beginning at 7 a.m.


Florida Amateur Match Play Championship

7/31-8/3 Twin Eagles hosts play on its Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-designed Talon course.


Florida Tarpons vs. Miami Inferno

7/5 See the Sunshine State teams battle it out in the Ultimate Indoor Football League season opener. $7-45. (800) 745-3000.


Freedom Sports Adult Slow-pitch Softball Tournament

9/20-21 North Collier Regional Park hosts the competition. 252-4000.


Galloway Captiva Triathlon

9/13-14 South Seas Island Resort on Captiva serves as base for Saturday’s kids’ race and Sunday’s adult sprint-length event. Early registration $75 per person, $180 per team, $25 per child. 850-8736.


ISPS State Softball Tournament

8/8-10 The Florida leagues converge at North Collier Regional Park. (786) 245-3243.


Moe’s Firecracker 5K

7/4 The 35th annual race begins at 7 a.m. at Fleischman Park. 434-9786.


Naples American Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon

7/6 Sugden Regional Park hosts the 1-mile run, 10-mile bike and quarter-mile swim, beginning at 7 a.m.


North Collier Regional Rampage 5K

8/23 Competitors flock to the shady North Collier Regional Park for the last Elite Events Summer 5K Series event of the season, which starts at 7 a.m.


Paradise Coast International Triathlon-Duathlon-10K Run

9/14 The triple event at Sugden Regional Park, beginning at 7 a.m., attracts competitors from all over.


PBR Touring Pro Division

8/1 See the professional bull-riding at Germain Arena. $12-77. (800) 745-3000.




Edison & Ford Winter Estates

7/30 Celebrate Henry Ford’s Birthday with a day of programs, presentations and cake. 334-7419.


Island Hopper Songwriting Fest

9/26-10/6 The inaugural festival brings internationally acclaimed singer-songwriters to Sanibel and Captiva islands, with dozens of free shows across many popular venues. Free. 338-3500.


Naples Zoo

7/4-7 All active and prior service military personnel receive free admission upon presentation of a military ID or veteran’s organization member card and photo ID. Recipient guests may purchase online tickets at $2 off regular admission.

8/1-31 Emergency workers receive free admission all month by purchasing an online ticket and redeeming it at the zoo with presentation of a police, paramedic or firefighter workplace ID. Recipient guests may purchase online tickets at $2 off regular admission.

8/29-9/1 Labor Day weekend means free child admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. 262-5409.


Rookery Bay

7/11- 8/1 Kids Free Friday provides free admission for adult-accompanied children age 12 and younger every Friday, featuring a new topic each week.

7/15 In celebration of Coral Reef Awareness Week, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy-one-get-one admission.

8/8 Smokey the Bear’s birthday means buy-one-get-one admission and information about Rookery Bay’s efforts to prevent wildfires through its prescribed fire program.

9/4 In celebration of National Wildlife Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy-one-get-one free admission. 530-5940.


Fourth of July

Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July

7/4 A parade up Estero Boulevard begins at 10 a.m., followed by festivities in Times Square and postsunset fireworks off the fishing pier. Free. 454-7500.


Fourth of July Fireworks

7/4 The famous Naples Pier fireworks can be seen from 9-9:30 p.m. Free. 213-7120.


Fourth of July Freedom Fest

7/4 Enjoy free music, food and children’s activities starting at 6 p.m. in Fort Myers’ Historic River District, concluding with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Free. (855) 732-3836.


Fourth of July Parade

7/4 From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Naples’ Third Street South, Fifth Avenue South (which also will be hosting a sidewalk sale) and Eighth Street South will be alive with a patriotic parade. Free. 213-7120.


Independence Day Celebration

7/3 Miromar Outlets’ 15th annual oommemoration begins at 5:30 p.m., with kids’ activities and more continuing until after the 9:30 p.m. lakeside fireworks. Free. 948-3766.


Independence Day Celebration on Sanibel

7/4 The old-fashioned Periwinkle Way parade begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by community picnics, a scavenger hunt and, of course, fireworks. Free. 472-1080.


Red, White and Boom

7/4 Cape Coral celebrations begin at 6:30 a.m. with a 5K race across the Cape Coral bridge, followed by a kids’ carnival, food and beer vendors, live entertainment and fireworks over the river. Free. 549- 6900.


Star-Spangled Bonita Fourth of July Celebration

7/4 The 54th annual parade along Old U.S. 41 begins at 9 a.m., followed by food, entertainment and competitions at the 4 p.m. Party in the Park at Riverside Park. Free.


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