We made it through another work week! And boy what a hot one it was. Summer is definitely here and so are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida June 16-18. For many it is a three day weekend. Monday is a federal holiday, Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

Also happening in Southwest Florida June 16-18

In addition, it is Father’s Day weekend. If you’re hoping to take dear old dad to Father’s Day brunch, secure a reservation ASAP if you have not done so. If you still need a few gift ideas, we’ve got some here. In addition, there are also a few events specifically geared towards dad. Spoiler alert, they involve cars. Keep scrolling down for those and more.

There is a little bit of something for everyone taking place this weekend. Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel reopens for the first time since Hurricane Ian. If you head out there, remember the causeway beaches are still closed and you will get fined if you pull over. For something completely different, you can immerse yourself in the world of dinosaurs at the Lee Civic Center. Enjoy live music in downtown Fort Myers for Music Walk. In Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda this weekend it is all about Caribbean Culture and blues music.

It has been more than eight months since Hurricane Ian hit and parts of Southwest Florida are still wrecked. Life is still challenging for many many people and businesses. If the beginning of this hurricane season is causing a rise in stress and anxiety for you, please make time to take care of yourself. In addition, Father’s Day can be challenging for anyone who has recently lost theirs. Take time to grieve if you need to and here are some resources if you need  a little more help dealing with things.

Finally, here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida June 16-18. Get out and have some fun this weekend.

  • Downtown Fort Myers Music Walk

    This happens the third Friday of every month, mostly along First Street in downtown Fort Myers. There is live music almost everywhere, from the galleries and shops, the restaurants and bars. Even on the streets.

  • Jurassic Quest

    It’s all about dinosaurs at the Lee County Civic Center Friday through Sunday. It is billed as the world’s largest dinosaur exhibit. There are both displays and interactive experiences. Tickets start at $22

     

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  • Juneteenth Community Festival

    This free event takes place at Roberto Clemente Park in Fort Myers from 11AM-3PM. Enjoy all kinds of live performances, food, kids activities and more.  Organizers are taking registrations to attend here.

  • Pride Bar Crawl

    This annual event to benefit the Trevor Project takes place downtown Fort Myers Saturday night from 4pm to 12am. The crawl covers five bars and restaurants along with an after party. Tickets include food and drink specials and some freebies.

     

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  • Caribbean Heritage Month Celebration

    It’s the second annual event at Port Charlotte Beach Park. Celebrate Caribbean culture with lots of food, music and something special for dads. Saturday from 1pm-9pm it’s free.

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  • Blues Fest

    It’s a new event for Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. Blues Artists from around the country are playing at Dry Beach from 12 noon to 10 pm Saturday. Family friendly and free. 

  • Cars and Coffee

    Mercato Shops in Naples hosts this event Sunday morning from 9am to 11am. Check out the cars around the circle and enjoy live music. The Pub is said to be giving dad a free beer or adult beverage if more than coffee is desired. It’s in honor of Father’s Day. The event is free.

     

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  • Father's Day Car Show

    This car show is Sunday at Miromar Outlets in Estero. From 11am to 2pm check out the classic cars like a 1964 Mustang and more. The show is on the side of the outlet mall by the lake. It’s free.

     

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