Arts + Culture

Things to Do in July in Southwest Florida

Your guide to summer activities in Naples, Fort Myers and the rest of the Gulfshore.

BY July 19, 2018
Late Night Brass is this month's featured act during SummerJazz on the Gulf.




Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

Through 8/12 Students from the Brighton Reservation’s charter school, Pemayetv Emahakv, show off their traditional arts and crafts, including beadwork, patchwork, baskets and palmetto dolls. Free. (877) 902-1113.


Alliance for the Arts

Through 8/11 The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street presents the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit. Opening reception July 6 from 5-8 p.m. Free. 939-2787.


Art League of Fort Myers

6-27 Celebrate people’s choice exhibit. Free. 275-3970.


Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW

Through 8/18 Jack Kerouac and Ed Ruscha: On the Road exhibit. Free; donations accepted. 489-9313.


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

6-26 Gene Salerino: The American Series—Narrative Paintings featuring works created during America’s 1976 bicentennial, plus Second Nature Exhibition examining whether art imitates life or life imitates art. Free. 495-8989.


Collier Museum at Government Center

13-9/29 The Lure of Florida Fishing explores one of the largest sports in the world and its place in our backyard. Free. 252-8476.


Fort Myers Art Walk

6-7 The first Friday and Saturday of the month, take a self-guided tour of the galleries in the River district. Free. 337-5050.


Fort Myers Beach Art Association

Through 10/1 Summer 2018 Show. Free. 463-3909.


Marco Island Center for the Arts

2-31 Big Bold Beautiful exhibit. Free. 394-4221.


Marco Island Historical Museum

Through 10/4 The interactive I Remember Marco exhibit invites people to share stories, thoughts and recollections about the island and its history. Free. 642-1440.


Marianne Friedland Gallery

Through 8/31 Summer Selections will feature a rotating exhibition of major American artists Wolf Kahn, Milton Avery, Esteban Vicente, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski, Al Held, Sam Francis, Jennifer Bartlett, Roy Lichtenstein, Janet Fish, Richard Haas, Jeanette Sloan and Jim Dine. Free. 262-3484.


Museum of the Everglades

Through 8/3 Everglades City—Our Home serves as a visual testament to perseverance of imagination in the face of adversity, such as Hurricane Irma. Free. 695-0008.


Naples Art Association

Through 8/3 Camera USA® 2018: National Photography Exhibition. Free. 262-6517.


Naples Depot Museum

5-9/28 Mysteries of Nature—Artwork by Lois Selfon illustrates Selfon’s broad vision of nature’s real and abstract possibilities, from the smallest flower petal to sublime mountains. Free. 262-6525.


Rosen Gallery & Studios

Through 11/5 Group Show: Resident Artists. Free. 821-1061.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

6-24 The group exhibition There’s Something in the Water features the works of Mila Bridger, Arturo Samaniego and world-renowned underwater photographer Bob Halstead. Free. 333-1933.


SoCo Cultural District

14 The SoCo Second Saturday event brings together the talent of the Fort Myers art district and their patrons for a monthly culture crawl. Free. 590-8645





Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

1 Musical Moments: Red, White and Blue. $25. 495-8989.


Evening on Fifth

12 An array of live musical performances line the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South. Free. 692-8436,


Fort Myers Music Walk

20 Bands, street performers and DJS fill the Fort Myers River District. Free.


Marco Island Center for the Arts

18 Brennan Yetter Jazz Trio. $25-30. 394-4221.


Music in the Garden

7-8 The Woodwork.

28-29 Kelly & Mason Duo.

Performances at Naples Botanical Garden. Regular garden admission $14.95 per adult, $9.95 per child age 4 to 14 and free for children under 4. 643-7275.


Naples Jazzmasters

7, 14, 21, 28 Concerts at the Norris Center. Free. 263-1113.


The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon

20 Ben Allen Band. $5. 985-9839.


Shell Point Concert Series

19 Back in Time: A Musical Retrospective of a Century Ago—featuring the Wild Coffee Duo. $21. 454-2067.


SummerJazz on the Gulf

14 The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club hosts for the 33rd year its free summer jazz series. The July 14 performance will be by Late Night Brass. Subsequent performances will be on Aug. 18 (TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue) and Sep. 15 (Pocket Change). Free.


Third Thursday on Third

19 Catch live music and family-friendly fun in Fleischmann Courtyard. Free.






Through 8/11 Everyone’s favorite orphan hits the stage at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in her self-titled musical. $45-70 per adult, $26-30 per child. 278-4422.



Through 7/29 The Naples Players present their take on the longest-running musical in Broadway history. 263-7990.


Cirque du Soleil presents Crystal

12-15 Cirque du Soleil takes the ice for the first time, stopping at Germain Arena. $48-133. 948-7825.


The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show Starring Belinda Davids

15 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW presents a stop on the acclaimed Australian musical production’s first U.S. tour. $35-55. 481-4849.


Improv Tonight!

7 Bonita City Improv performs the first Saturday of every month at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. $15. 495-8989.


Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Through 9/2 “No, Mrs. Jones. I Expect You to Die.”

6-9/29 Murder Most Elite.

Performances at Colonial Station. $80-85. 275-8487.


Off The Hook Comedy Club

5-8 Bob Zany. $22-175.

12-14 Sinbad. $30-225.

19-22 Ian Bagg. $22-175.



Paw Patrol Live!

31-8/1 Take the kids to The Great Pirate Adventure at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. $22-53-481-4849.


The Savannah Sipping Society

Through 7/22 Off Broadway Palm Theatre brings back the fan favorite about four Southern women after its sold-out run last season. $39-59. 278-4422.





Elite Events

28 Eagle Lakes 5K at Eagle Lakes Community Park.



PBR Pro Touring Division

27 Germain Arena hosts professional bull riding. $15-77. 948-7825.





Conservancy of Southwest Florida

2-3 Special Admissions Days, featuring free admission for current and retired military with an ID. 262-0304.


Edison & Ford Winter Estates

30 Happy Birthday Henry Ford. 334-7419.


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

5 Receive buy-one, get-one admission in celebration of Clean Beaches Week. Regular admission $5 per adult, $3 per child age 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 530-5940.



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