Here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida March 10-12. Baseball, taco fest, shrimp fest, parades, and art shows aside, the first thing we need to mention is Daylight Savings Time. It happens Sunday at 2am. If you need some tips on how to cope with the loss of an hour of sleep, click here. Remember we spring forward. This is the time of year where you risk being late to things if your clock doesn’t change automatically.

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Caleb Thielbar #56 of the Minnesota Twins

There are lots of outdoor activities in Southwest Florida this weekend as you will see when you scroll down. However, baseball Spring Training is still one of the highlights. There are three teams in Lee and Charlotte Counties with lots of games being played. In Fort Myers you can see the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. In Port Charlotte it is the Tampa Bay Rays. Buy your tickets now, links are included above.

What else is happing this weekend

In addition to baseball, there is a taco festival, art shows, St Patrick’s Day parades and perhaps the most notable, the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. Hurricane Ian’s devastation, has made it nearly impossible to put on the annual event on in its usual fashion. Instead,  businesses are getting together this weekend with music and events surrounding all things shrimp, to keep the spirit alive. Do you have any events to share? Send them to this email address.

Finally, we understand there is still a lot of hurricane recovery under way.  Many businesses in Southwest Florida are still closed and many people still without a place to live. However, more places are opening and more residents are finding relief. 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. We want to offer some resources that might help.  Click here to find a few.

In the meantime, here are your Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida March 10-12.

  • Keep 65 Alive Shrimp Festival

    The Fort Myers Beach shrimp festival is not taking place as usual this year, due to Hurricane Ian. Instead, the folks at Snug Harbor and Wahoo Willies are spearheading the Keep 65 Alive event. Check their Facebook pages for updated info. This would’ve been the 65th anniversary of the festival. They want to keep the spirit of the festival alive and continue to give back to the programs of the Lion’s Club, the festival sponsor. There is a shrimp crawl fundraiser, a shrimp boil, live music and more.

  • Cape Coral Music & Arts Fusion Walk

    This is a new event in the city featuring artists, vendors, music and more. Originally planned for November, it was postponed due to Hurricane Ian. It finally happens Friday from 4-9pm along SE 47th Terrace between Vincennes Blvd and SE 15th Place.

  • Taco Fest

    If you like tacos, you will love this festival. It’s Sunday from 11am-5pm downtown Fort Myers at the Caloosa Sound Amphitheater. Sample tacos from numerous chefs, vote for your favorite, and enjoy live music. Admission is $10.

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  • Naples Art Crafters Art Show

    Find work from more than 50 local artists here. The show has been moved to Coastland Center Mall this time. It’s Saturday from 10am-4pm and it’s free for the family.

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  • Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

    This year’s annual event features legendary college football coach Lou Holtz as parade grand marshal is always well attended. Events begin with a flag raising at Crayton Cove at 9:30 and parade step off at 11am.  It winds down 3rd Street and 5th Avenue, ending in front of city hall. There will be some street closers so keep that in mind if you are traveling in the area.

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  • Jam On The Coast

    It’s Saturday from 5-10pm in downtown Fort Myers’ Caloosa Sound Amphitheater. The show features live music by several groups including headliner Good for Gary, a Twin Cities cover band. Food trucks will also be on site.  Ticket prices vary. BYOC…bring your own chair.

  • Babcock Ranch Art Show

    The 5th Annual Bobcock Ranch Art Show is Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 10-4 in the community’s Founder’s Square. The works of more than 60 artists will be on display. Food trucks will also be on site, It’s free for the entire family.

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