Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida Oct 14-16.

Weekends have been anything but normal since Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida on September 28th. So many local events and activities have been postponed, rescheduled and simply canceled all together.


Pumpkins are making their seasonal debut at farmer’s markets around Southwest Florida. In grocery stores as well.

For others, the show is going on, it MUST go on. Every week it gets a little better as far as water safety, power restoration and damage repair.

Event organizers and business owners are sensitive to those who are hurting and those who are suffering loss. However, it is important for those who can open to not only start the  healing momentum, but also to keep it going.

Many of these events are attaching fundraising and benefit arms to them. More of these kind of events and activities are being organized, even as I right this. They serve a double purpose in getting us back out while also giving us a reason. If you are feeling a little down from all of the hurricane destruction, being around others who are feeling the same, might just be good medicine. It might also help you escape, if even for just a short time. Also, if you are looking for ways to give back and contribute, some of these events might be right up your alley.

Farmer’s Markets are perhaps, one of the best ways. They get people outside, gathering in a casual atmosphere. They also offer a plethora of fresh produce, prepared foods and other local goods. After all of the hurricane stress eating, many of us have done, fresh fruits and vegetables sound like a good idea.

If you are able and feel up to it, get out and support local with these Weekend Vibes, what’s happening in Southwest Florida Oct 14-16.

  • Artichoke and Company Oktoberfest

    The event kicks off Friday night at 5 as a Hurricane Ian fundraising event. German food and beer is being served along with entertainment. Admission is $5. Money raised is going to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office to support Hurricane Ian survivors

    Sunday’s festivities begin at 11am with food trucks, singer Ben Allen and more. Admission that day is $25 with some proceeds going to benefit the Animal Refuge Center.

    Artichoke Company is on Saradrienee Lane in Bonita Springs.

  • Laser Light Show

    Laser Light Shows resume at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium this weekend and are fee to first responders as well as hurricane relief workers. Shows are synchronized to classic rock ‘n’ roll music from icon bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Queen. The Planetarium is at 3450 Ortiz Ave in Fort Myers.

  • A Chorus Line

    The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers reopened this week. They are debuting a new show, a classic, A Chorus Line. Their famous dinner buffet is also back.

  • Farmer's Markets

    Farmer’s Markets returning in Cape Coral this weekend are:

    • Saturday 8am-1pm Club Squared at SE 47th Ter and SE 10th Pl
    • Sunday 10am-2pm Mercola Market 125 SW 3rd Pl


  • Restaurant Relief Benefit

    There are many benefits happening across Southwest Florida, this one benefits out of work restaurant workers on Cape Coral and Pine Island. Specifically from Bert’s and Bubba’s. The event is Sunday from 3pm-6pm in the parking lot of Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral

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