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21 Events This November in Southwest Florida

As our version of fall hits the Gulf Coast, check out these arts, culture, food and holiday events.

BY October 28, 2022
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Fall represents a time of change, even in Southwest Florida, where the weather doesn’t shift much but the social season brings a flurry of fresh activity to the region. Plus, as local groups start to resettle after Hurricane Ian, there’s a bumper crop of opportunities for you to reengage with the community. Art lovers can check out Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner’s combined exhibition at Alliance for the Arts, while food lovers can indulge at WINK’s Taste of The Town festival. If you’re looking for a way to give back during these times, the Fort Myers Fall Craft Fair is providing a portion of proceeds to hurricane relief efforts in the area. Then, as you shift into holiday mode, don’t miss The Naples Players’ musical version of A Christmas Carol. You won’t want to stay home much this month.  


Nov. 2

Luke Bryan: Raised Up Right Tour at Hertz Arena, Estero

The “That’s My Kind of Night” singer and American Idol coach performs with Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny as part of his  Raise You Right tour.

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Nov. 2 – Jan. 8

Ran Hwang: Becoming Again at Artis—Naples

The New York and Seoul-based artist’s new exhibition features immersive multimedia installations that highlight her Buddhist perspective on life. The exhibition marks the creator’s largest museum presentation to date. 

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Nov. 3-5

Marlon Wayans: The Microphone Fiend Tour, Naples

The Scary Movie and White Chicks actor and comedian brings his hilarious, self-deprecating style to Off the Hook Comedy Club in Naples. 

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Nov. 4-20

The Thanksgiving Play at the Laboratory Theater of Florida, Fort Myers

Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse satirizes an elementary school’s attempt to put on a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving play in this delightful show. 

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Nov. 4-22

Shivoo-Shivoo, The Birth of Aesthetic Ecology at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers

This group exhibit blends art, science and philosophy to examine the connections between nature and humankind in the face of climate change. 

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Nov. 4-25

Feedback Loop: Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner Graham at Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

Two Southern artists—an abstract painter and a collage artist—turn a critical eye on their native region, reflecting on revisionist histories and systemic inequity through their work.

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Nov. 5-6

Fall Craft Fair, Fort Myers

Shop from local artisans at the Lee Civic Center, where you’ll find artwork,  jams, desserts and other handmade goods during this 30th-annual event. A portion of the proceeds benefits hurricane relief efforts in the Fort Myers area.

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Nov. 5-6

WINK Taste of the Town at Centennial Park, Fort Myers

Get your fill of Lee County’s best restaurants, like El Guero Tacos and Viet Yum, during this family-friendly, weekend-long fest, featuring about two dozen food trucks and live music.

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Nov. 6

Marc Anthony, Viviendo Tour at Hertz Arena, Estero 

See the three-time, Grammy Award-winning artist live in concert. If you want to meet the top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time, splurge on VIP tickets to hang out in the “Vivir mi Vida” salsa lounge at the show.

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Nov. 10

BalletX at Artis—Naples

The Naples Philharmonic accompanies BalletX, the Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company known for its innovative and experimental choreographies. Don’t miss the chance to see how the group interprets the Philharmonic’s orchestral skills. 

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Nov. 10

Reba: Live In Concert at Hertz Arena, Estero

“The Queen of Country” brings her classic spunk to Southwest Florida. Reba is joined by special guest Terri Clark for this performance, featuring hits like “Whoever’s In New England” and “I’m a Survivor.”

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Nov. 12

Kevin Hart: Reality Check at Hertz Arena, Estero

On his first tour in over four years, the comedian and actor, known for his lead role in Get Hard, brings the heat with punchy material that will bring the house down.

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Nov. 12 – Feb. 12

M.C. Escher: Reality & Illusion at Naples Art

Get lost in the Dutch artist’s mind-bending illustrations, lithographs and woodcuts of architectural fantasies, flying animals and reflective self-portraits. 

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Nov. 13

Naples Veg Fest

Plant lovers rejoice at this completely vegan event. Guest speakers share their knowledge on vegetarian food, tending a garden and living a holistic lifestyle for the entire family.

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Nov. 13 – Dec. 31

Fishermen’s Village Festival of Lights, Punta Gorda

Indulge in the holiday spirit with this spectacular display of over 1 million lights decorating the halls and walls of this shopping, entertainment and resort complex, located along Charlotte Harbor. 

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Nov. 18

ARTS HEAL from Florida Gulfshore Ballet at Artis—Naples

Celebrated ballet companies from around the world—including New York City Ballet, BalletXtreme, Miami City Ballet and Ballet Barcelona—come together for an epic performance, choreographed by Gulfshore Ballet artistic directors Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero. Proceeds benefit art initiatives to uplift the community and support local artists in the wake of Hurricane Ian. 

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Nov. 19

Taco Fest, Cape Coral

Hometown favorites—including Viet Yum, Rusty’s Raw Bar & Grill and Wonderland Cookie Dough & Ice Cream—participate in this annual ode to the humble taco. Guests can vote for the most creative and traditional renditions. 

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Nov. 20

Bill Burr: Slight Return at Hertz Arena, Estero

No phones allowed for this show with the veteran comedian, known for his magnetic bravado, punchy routines and wise-guy Boston accent. 

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Nov. 23 – Dec. 18

A Christmas Carol: The Musical, The Naples Players

In this musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through the past, present and future to learn the meaning of Christmas and giving. The show includes music and lyrics from Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical).

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Nov. 26-27

Punta Gorda Thanksgiving Weekend Sullivan Street Craft Festival

Support artisans as you stroll through downtown and meet crafters from across the country and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. 

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Nov. 28

Lindsey Stirling at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

The Billboard Music Award-winning violinist and former America’s Got Talent contestant brings holiday cheer with her Snow Waltz tour. Combining her classically trained talent and electronic dance music influences, she puts a refreshing spin on seasonal classics.” Meet and greet and VIP packages are available at this performance.

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