Southwest Florida loves its festivities. Living in Fort Myers and Estero, you soon discover there is always some kind of special event -- especially arts & crafts fairs -- on the horizon. It's okay to prefer quiet weekends reading by the pool, walking your dog or gardening on the balcony at your apartment community. But if you want to get up and go year-round, here are some nearby events -- organized by season -- to sample while living in Estero or Fort Myers.
SoCo Second Saturdays, South of Colonial Boulevard between McGregor Boulevard and Summerlin Road, Fort Myers Year-Round (239) 590-8645 SoCo welcomes families as well as singles to its Second Saturday art gallery receptions, live music and other treats.
Sunset Celebrations at Time Square, Fort Myers Beach Summer 2017 (239) 454-7500 Enjoy food, live music, people watching and an ocean sunset from 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
4th of July Fireworks, Fishing Pier, Fort Myers Beach (239) 454-7500 Arrive before the 9:30 p.m. start time, because the city of Fort Myers Beach closes the Matanzas Pass Bridge to incoming traffic at that time.
Food Truck Friday Nights in the River District, 1811 Royal Palm Avenue, Fort Myers Summer 2017 (855) 732-3836 Millennial Brewery and the city's River District Alliance host these live-music events, featuring food truck dinners and new beer releases.
SWFL Pride Fest, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Saturday, October 7, 2017 Contact online Celebrate diversity and enjoy live entertainment on the amphitheater stage at the city's Alliance for the Arts, 12 to 7 p.m.
Taste of the Town, Jet Blue Stadium, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers Sunday, November 5, 2017 (239) 277-1197 Try foods prepared by dozens of local restaurants at this annual charitable event featuring live music and children's activities.
Fair at Fenway Park, Jet Blue Stadium, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers Weekends, November 10-12 and 16-19, 2017 Contact online Amusement rides, circus performances and a petting corral are among the attractions at this old-fashioned fair.
Estero Fine Art Shows, Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road, Estero November 18-19 & January 6-7, 2017 (248) 684-2613 Many kinds of artworks from nationally and internationally renowned artists are for sale.
Coconut Point New Year's Art Festival, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero December 30-31, 2017 (561) 746-6615 Coconut Point Mall invites visitors to ring in the New Year with fine art, music, shopping and 25 restaurants.
ArtFest Fort Meyers, 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers February 2 - 4, 2018 (239) 768-3602 This juried arts festival takes place in the city's River District. It offers free admission and parking as well as access to work by more than 200 U.S. artists.
Edison Festival of Light, Downtown Fort Myers February 10-18, 2018 (239) 334-7418 Fort Myers was the winter home of Thomas Alva Edison. Fort Myers' week-long festival is huge and began honoring the inventor in 1938. It focuses on science as well as fun.
Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers February 22 - March 4, 2018 (239) 543-8364 Return to the county fairs of your childhood from carnival rides and cotton candy to 4H livestock displays and a beauty contest.
Lions Club Shrimp Festival, Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Fort Meyers Beach March 10-11, 2018 (239) 454-0043 Shrimp dinners, a shrimp-eating championship and the crowning of the Shrimp Queen are highlights.