Here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida April 14-16. If you are a pickleball fanatic, you will be in heaven this weekend. The U.S. Open Pickleball Championship comes to Southwest Florida. More than 35,000 spectators are expected to get in on the action at some point. The events take place in Naples, more details below.

Also this weekend in Southwest Florida

The annual Cardboard Regatta in Cape Coral is always a great show. To see some of the creative boats people craft. Even more unbelievable that most of them float and can actually make it back to shore.

More and more activity is coming back to Fort Myers Beach following Hurricane Ian. In fact, Diamond Head Resort is opening its doors to the public for the first time this weekend. You can book rooms, enjoy the beach and the beach bar. However, other amenities are still limited while the property continues to undergo repairs.

Diamond Head Reopens

This is a scene that is slowly returning to Fort Myers Beach following Hurricane Ian. Diamond Head resort reopens this weekend to the public.

It’s been more than 6-months since Ian hit. Some days it’s still so hard to imagine. While things slowly get better, there is still so much need in our area. We understand things are still challenging for many many people. If you feel like getting out and about, we have a few ideas here. But then again, if you are not feeling so great mentally that is OK. Please take care of yourself. Here are some resources that might help.

In the meantime, here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida April 14-16

  • U.S. Open Pickleball Championship

    The best of the best compete this weekend for this national tournament at East Naples Community Park. 35,000 spectators are expected. The competition kicks off Friday. Free clinics are also available.

  • BBQ Bands & Brew

    It’s the 12th annual event by Lee BIA Builders Care, a non-profit that helps the elderly and those in need with housing repairs. There is food, lots of music, a corn hole tournament and more. The family friendly event is Saturday 11-6pm at Caloosa Sound Amphitheater in downtown Fort Myers. $10

    weekend bbq bands

  • Punta Gorda Shrimp and Music Festival

    This event runs Friday through Sunday in Laishley Park. There is a great line up of live music and lots of food, especially shrimp. General admission is free and it is family friendly.

  • Cardboard Boat Regatta

    Put on every year by The Rotary Club of Cape Coral, it is great fun for the entire family. Southwest Floridians build their own boats and hope they float. The races can be quite funny to watch. It takes place from 11-3pm at Seahawk Park. Free

    weekend cardboard regatta

  • Art Alive

    This happens the third Saturday of the month in the Naples Arts District. Explore the galleries, meet the artists and more. Look for the pink and white flags at locations along J&C Boulevard, North side of Pine Ridge Road, Seward Avenue, ShirleyStreet, Taylor Road, Trade Center Way, and Yahl Street. It’s from 1-5.

  • Groovin' In The Gardens

    A fund raiser for the Peace River Botanical Gardens on Riverside Drive in Punta Gorda. Get out your best 70’s attire and have a good time here Sunday evening from 6-8.
    weekend grovin gardens

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