Things to do in Cape Coral and Fort Myers: Lita Ford plays Bike Night, and ska-punk fest, Fozzy, etc. – The News


239 Punk/Ska/Reggae Fest The seventh-annual fest boasts dual days of punk, ska and reggae bands, including The Bird-Men, Outside Threat, The No Name Ska Band, Offset Era, Suburban Swamp Kids, Bargain Bin Heroes, Unchecked Aggression, F!, Abortion Twins and more. Starts during 8 p.m. Friday and ends during midnight Saturday. Free. Rack’em Spirits Times, 1011 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral.

Chris Janson The nation singer-songwriter’s tunes have been lonesome by Tim McGraw and more. 9 p.m. $35-$67. The Ranch Concert Hall Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Biscuit Miller and The Mix Blues Music Award-winning blues, despondency and essence from Indianapolis. 9 p.m. $5. The Barrel Room, 2214 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-2225 or

“Brooklyn Boys Revue” This locally combined revue debuted in 2015 during a theater, and now it’s behind again with some-more classical pop, stone and RB tunes such as “Pretty Woman,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Under a Boardwalk,” “Teenager in Love,” “My Girl” and “Mony, Mony.”  The uncover revolves around guitarist/bandleader Frank Fazioli of internal accumulation act A Family Affair. Fazioli worked as a kinship guitarist in a 1960s and played with some of a biggest names in a business. Oct. 13-22. $10-$21. Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or

Millennial Brewing Oktoberfest This four-day fest brings a suggestion of Oktoberfest to Fort Myers. Expect special splash from a brewery, a splash pavilion tent, Bavaria-inspired décor, food (including German brats, schnitzel and pretzels), music, sing-alongs merchandise, games, kids activities and more. Starts during 8 p.m. nightly Oct. 12-15. Free admission. Millennial Brewing Company, 1811 Royal Palm Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 271-2255 or

Fall and Halloween Festival This daily festival facilities rides, a outrageous pumpkin patch, games, family activities, a “Halloween Express” sight and a collection of artistic scarecrows entered into a festival’s annual “Scarecrows in a Park” contest. Oct. 13-29. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Monday by Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission, though some activities and rides cost additional ($2-$14, depending on a activity). Parking is $1 per hour or $5 all day. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, south Fort Myers. 533-7575 or

Punkin’Palooza Annual pumpkin-themed festival with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, face painting, live music, tumble crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday by Sunday until Oct. 22. Free.  Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7001 or

“Howl-O-Ween” Yappy Hour Bring your dog to Bell Tower Shops for an expanded, Halloween-themed chronicle of a monthly Yappy Hour. Features a 7 p.m. Halloween dress competition for pets and their owners. The night also includes a deejay, a rebound house, a path marker station, grass games and more. 6-8 p.m. Free acknowledgment ($5 per pet for dress contest. The income goes to a Gulf Coast Humane Society). The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or


Cape Coral Bike Night with Lita Ford The hard-rock star performs during this outside eventuality featuring vendors, food, some-more live bands and lots of motorcycles. Ford’s hits embody “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” (with Ozzy Osbourne). 5-10 p.m. $5. Downtown Cape Coral on Southeast 47th Terrace, only easterly of Coronado Parkway.

Wilder Sons The Naples party with a beachy alt-rock sound facilities familiar melodies, upbeat rhythms and formidable musicianship. Part of a Noteworthy Concert Series. Naples Beach Brewery provides a brews. 8 p.m. $5. Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.  333-1933 or

SoCo Second Saturday This monthly eventuality celebrates a one-year anniversary with some-more art-exhibit receptions, demonstrations, talks, booze tastings, live music, vendors and other activities. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. The eventuality takes place on a second Saturday of any month. Royal Palm Square and a surrounding area, 1400 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

SWFL Writers Showcase: Alternate Realities Steampunk Fantasy Expo This new eventuality showcases internal steampunk, scholarship novella and anticipation authors and artists. Other activities includes live song from Escape a Clouds and The Steampunk Stompers, row discussions, storytelling,  crafts and a Splendid Teapot Race (which facilities teapots mounted on remote-control framework and afterwards run by an barrier course). The eventuality is put on by a organizers of SWFL SpaceCon. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $5. Crowne Plaza during Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, south Fort Myers.

Fozzy Wrestler Chris Jericho and his steel rope flog off their Fozzy Across America attempt in Fort Myers. The goal: To play 3 shows in 3 opposite time zones on a same day — all to applaud a recover of a band’s new album, “Judas.” First adult is The Ranch during 9 a.m., followed by a post-show meet-and-greet. Then they’ll jet to dual some-more shows in El Paso, Texas, during 3 p.m. and Las Vegas during 11 p.m. Tickets are 96 cents and accessible during 96 K-Rock’s radio studio during 20125 S. Tamiami Trail in Estero or during a doorway on a day of a event. The Ranch Concert Hall Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or


Mushroomhead The creepy masked steel rope earnings to Southwest Florida. 8 p.m. (doors open during 6 p.m.) $20-$38.  Southwest Florida Event Center (formerly Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center), 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. 245-9910 or

Ding Darling Days Family Fun Day This eventuality kicks off a week’s value of eco-activities that continues by Oct. 21 with Conservation Art Day, that celebrates a bequest of a park’s namesake, a initial sovereign steep stamp artist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning domestic cartoonist. Family Fun Day includes giveaway retreat tram tours, live wildlife presentations, prohibited dogs, kids crafts and more. That’s followed by birding, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking activities all week long. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.  J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel Island. 472-1100 or

Youth Empowerment Day This new eventuality is hold in and with International Day of a Girl Child and facilities speakers and educational programs directed during lenient girl and families. Plus a fishing clinic, self-defense demos, a nature-trail hike, a shorebird talk, face painting, food and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with park acknowledgment of $2-$5. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. 992-0311 or

93X Taco Fest Southwest Florida food vendors offer adult all kinds of tacos for $2 each, and other juicy dishes during this annual festival. Live song by SOWFLO, Soapy Tuna and Wilder Sons. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10 admission. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 992-2556


Haunted Walk This 33rd annual Haunted Walk brings fear behind to Calusa Nature Center. Not endorsed for ages 15 and younger. Guests are speedy to come in costume. 7:30-9:30 p.m. daily by Oct. 31 (but it stays open after on Fridays and Saturdays) $12.50-$15. Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers. 275-3435 or

Irma-relief unison with Southwest Florida Symphony Ten musicians from a veteran harmony perform to lift income for a United Way of Lee County’s Hurricane Relief Fund. Maestro Nir Kabaretti, concertmaster Reiko Niiya and other harmony musicians have donated their time and services for a fundraiser. 7:30 p.m. Free (although donations will be collected for a fund). Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.  333-1933 or


Oktoberfest This 32nd-annual eventuality brings dual weekends of German enlightenment to a Cape Coral area, including beer, nonstop live bands on 3 stages, dual dance floors, food and vendors. Takes place Friday by Sunday, Oct. 20-22 and 27-29.  Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. $5 in advance, $6 during a embankment (free for ages 11 and younger). German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. 283-1400 or

“’Night Mother” In this moving drama, a lady quietly tells her mom that she skeleton to kill herself. The mom doesn’t wish to trust it, during first, though afterwards her recklessness builds as she watches her daughter ready for her possess death. Performed by The Studio Players. Oct. 20-Nov. 5. $25. Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. 398-9192 or

“Veronica’s Room” This poser thriller from “Rosemary’s Baby” author Ira Levin replaces a formerly announced “Misery.” Two students are invited to a exploding palace to accommodate a caretakers and a addled, last-surviving member of a family that once lived there. The reason: They want one of a students to burlesque a long-dead sister, Veronica. Soon, a line between anticipation and existence starts to blur. Oct. 20-Nov. 4. $23. The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 218-0481 or

Haunted “Gross” Hay Ride Instead of a annual Haunted “Gross” House, organizers are charity this frightful eventuality travelling a fairgrounds. The reason: Damage to a venue from Hurricane Irma. The condemned hayride advantages Hurricane Irma use by a Making Life “Fair” Program. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. The Oct. 28 eventuality also facilities a Trunk Or Treat from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and a dress competition during 8 p.m. $5. Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 N. 39th Ave. N.E., Naples. 455-1444 or

The Copper Tones Fort Lauderdale rope that plays roots song churned with soul, rock, Americana and more. Part of a Noteworthy Concert Series. Islamorada Beer Company provides a brews. 8 p.m. $5. Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.  333-1933 or

Music Walk The monthly music festival with bands in a streets and inside a bars and venues. 6-10 p.m. on a third Friday of any month. Free. Downtown Fort Myers.

Octagon Wars Cage Fights Outdoor, octagon-style MMA fighting comes to Cape Coral. These 10 matches will underline some of a best pledge internal fighters from opposite schools. All matches are professionally refereed and judged. 6 p.m. General acknowledgment is $15 in advance, $20 a week of a event. Bleacher seats are $30. Ringside VIP seats are $50 and embody a quarrel card, cocktail use and a raffle ticket. Rack’em Spirits Times, 1011 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral.


The Village People The campy 70s icons perform “YMCA,” “Macho Man” and more. 8 p.m. $55. Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee. 800-218-0007 or

Comic Fest This second-annual festival celebrates comic books and geek enlightenment with workshops, karaoke, games, a 3D-printer presentation, a cosplay display by FGCU’s Cosplay and Costuming Club, a dress parade, and The Laboratory Theater of Florida presenting an adult storytime reading of  “The Princess Bride.” Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 533-4600 or

“Classical Mystery Tour” The furloughed Beatles reverence plays a Fab Four’s classics corroborated by a Southwest Florida Symphony. 7:30 p.m. $28-$92. Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or

The Lacs The hip-hop nation act brings a Deplorable Tour to Fort Myers with opening acts Big Smo, Saving Abel, Shotgun Shane and Demun Jones. 9 p.m. $30-$56. The Ranch Concert Hall Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

South Cape Spooktacular Hop on a trolley for this fourth annual eventuality that takes we to several bars, restaurants and other South Cape locations for a square of candy and a 2-ounce Halloween-themed specialty drink. Limited to 1,000 people, ages 21 and older. Check-in booths are open from 6-7:30 p.m. during Big John Plaza and Club Square. 7-11 p.m. $16.82 in advance, $20 a day of a event. Downtown Cape Coral.

Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers  Explosive blues and roots rock. 8 p.m. $22-$32. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or


“The Walking Dead” launch party Watch a premiere of a strike zombie array on several TV screens. Dress adult in dress and get a bonus on your tab. The night includes food, food trucks and splash specials. 7-11 p.m. Free admission. Millennial Brewing Company, 1811 Royal Palm Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 271-2255 or

Backyard Family Bash Bring your kids and family for this outside eventuality featuring food trucks, splash and wine, live bands, games, a pie-eating competition and a close-up demeanour during Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s batch automobile simulator. The thesis is hometown pride. Chairs, blankets and dogs are allowed. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free (but donations will be accepted). Presented by a Rotary Club of Fort Myers. Proceeds advantage internal nonprofits by a Fort Myers Rotary Trust Fund. Alliance for a Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 332-8158 or

NamJam Fort Myers Sunday’s nationalistic eventuality during The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers was formerly rescheduled from Sep due to Hurricane Irma. NamJam will celebrate veterans of Vietnam and other wars. It will underline live music, a barbecue, a 50/50 raffle and a tone ensure ceremony. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. All veterans get giveaway acknowledgment to a inlet park and other perks. For some-more information, call 995-2141 or visit

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