Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest

Music and over 75 Beers to Sample at the Ft. Myers Beer Fest October 4

The Marina at Edison Ford is pleased to announce the inaugural Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4th on site at their location in the River District.

This one-day festival will feature more than 75 craft beers from around the world and live musical performances. Kick off will begin at 12:00 p.m. with entertainment by Wholetones until 2:30 p.m., followed by Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Deb and the Dynamics from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free and advance tickets for $30 provide an unlimited sampling wrist band, $35 at the gate. However, single craft beer tastings will be available for $5. Advanced wristbands can be purchased at http://www.PinchersUSA.com or at the Marina at Edison Ford through Oct. 3.

The Pure Fort Myers grand opening festivities will also be on-site that day, featuring food from Texas Tony’s, a visit with members of the professional hockey team, the Florida Everblades team and cheerleaders, as well as a special appearance by Swampy, their mascot. Pinchers and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will also be offering specials on kids meals and tours as Pure Fort Myers river excursions will be running 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and a sunset cruise at 6 p.m.
Location: The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL.

Cost: Free – There is no charge to attend the event. However, single craft beer tastings will be available for $5, with all you can taste wristbands selling for $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.

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2014 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest coming to Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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The first ever Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will bring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, including Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Thompson Square, to the islands of Captiva and Ft. Myers Beach. Presented by BMI, along with iHeartRadio, Cat Country 107.1, and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the festival will take place over two weekends at popular island venues. With dozens of FREE shows to select from, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of the artists in intimate island settings (please note not all the events are free. Click here for more info. Check out the schedules for Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island festival events.

When and where? Captiva Island, Sep. 26-28, 2014, and Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 2-5, 2014. Schedules below subject to change. Click on the links above for most updated information.

Event Time Venue
A Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute with Austin Church, Brent Moyer and Joe Sun Friday, September 26, 2014 2:00 PM 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Lisa Malone, Doug Drake @ Keylime Bistro Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Phil O’Donnell & Billy Montana @ The Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Will Bowen @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Songwriter Performance at Robert Rauschenberg’s Beach House with George Ducas & Jeff Cohen Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers
JJ McCoy, Danny Myrick @ Crow’s Nest Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Dylan Altman & Marshall Altman @ Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Jeff Cohen @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Austin Webb @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Scotty Emerick, Frank Myers & Wynn Varble @ Crow’s Nest Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Brandan Fontes & Bob Gaffney @ Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kristen Kelly & Ruth Collins @ Cantina Captiva Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Royal Shell Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 AM 15050 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Scotty Emerick & Billy Montana @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Megan Linville & Will Bowen @ Cantina Captiva Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Chloe Friedman & Jordan Miller @ RC Otter’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Wynn Varble @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:30 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Marshall Altman & Danny Myrick @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Megan Linville & JJ McCoy @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Frank Myers & Phil O’Donnell @ RC Otter’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Kristen Kelly @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Gary Hannan & Dylan Altman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Ruth Collins @ Cantina Captiva Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
JJ McCoy & Dylan Altman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Lisa Malone & Doug Drake @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
John Butler @ RC Otters Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Megan Linville & Kristen Kelly @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Will Bowen and Ruth Collins @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Frank Myers @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W.
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Wynn Varble @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Danny Myrick @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Billy Montana and Marshall Altman perform at Royal Shell Celebration Home, “Captured.” Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 15050 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Gary Hannon @ Doc Ford’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Bob Gaffney @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Bob Gaffney & Jordan Miller @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Scotty Emerick, Phil O’Donnell & Dylan Altman @ Doc Ford’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Caleb Hawkins & Brandan Fontes @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Island Hopper Songwriter’s Festival Brunch @ Tween Waters Inn with Whiskey Rose, Dylan Altman & Billy Montana at the Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:30 AM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Danny Myrick & Will Bowen @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Whiskey Rose @ Brunch at Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Dylan Altman & Billy Montana @ Brunch at Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Frank Myers & Scotty Emerick @ Keylime Bistro Sunday, September 28, 2014 2:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Scotty Emerick & Gary Hannan @ Keylime Bistro Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Marshall Altman @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Phil O’Donnell @ Cantina Captiva Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:30 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Ruth Collins & Kristen Kelly @ RC Otter’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:30 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Wynn Varble & George Ducas @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 4:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kickoff Beach Bash with Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Red Coconut Thursday, October 02, 2014 6:00 PM 3001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Open Mic Jam Session-Parkside @ Red Coconut Thursday, October 02, 2014 8:00 PM 3001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Brandan Fontes @ Nervous Nellie’s Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Paul McDonald @ Matanzas Upper Deck Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Marti Fredrickson & Rebecca Lynn Howard @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Marti Fredrickson & Rebecca Lynn Howard @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phil O’Donnell & Wynn Varble @ Yucantan Beach Stand Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Tim James @ The Beached Whale Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Dave Gibson @ The Beach Pierside Grill Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sheena Brooke @ Nervous Nellies Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Gary Hannan & Phillip White @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 8:30 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kristian Bush @ Nervous Nellies Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Sonia Leigh @ Yucatan Beach Stand Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Chloe Friedman @ The Beached Whale Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Mark Mulch & Jeff Prince @ The Cottage Gulfshore Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Coconuts @ Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brandan Fontes & Jordan Miller @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim James & Mark Mulch @ Coconuts at the Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sonia Leigh & Paul McDonald @ The Cottage Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Phil O’Donnell @ Matanzas Upper Deck Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Even Stevens @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Jeff Prince & Dave Gibson @ Coconuts at the Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Gary Hannan @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phillip White & Wynn Varble @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 4:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 4:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phillip White & Niko Moon @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Jordan Miller & Ken Johnson @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Paul McDonald @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim James & Phil O’Donnell @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:30 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Gary Hannan & Kendell Marvel @ Nervous Nellies Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:39 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Wynn Varble @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Dave Gibson & Brandan Fontes @ The Cottage Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Loving Mary @ Nervous Nellies Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 1131 1st St.Fort Myers Beach
Cory Young & Jeff Prince @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sonia Leigh & Mark Mulch @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brunch @ Pink Shell Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:00 AM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Brunch @ Pink Shell with Gary Hannan & Sonia Leigh Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:00 AM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Pool Party at Cabana’s Beach Bar Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Paul McDonald @ Matanzas Upper Deck Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Songwriter’s Tailgate @ DiamondHead Beach Resort with Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Tim McGeary, Jordan Miller Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Wynn Varble & Tim James @ Nervous Nellies Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Cory Young & Mark Mulch @ The Beach Pierside Grill Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brandan Fontes, Chloe Friedman & John Butler@ Matanzas Upper Deck Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Phillip White @ Yucatan Beach Stand Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Dave Gibson @ Nervous Nellies Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Phil O’ Donnell @ The Beach Pierside Grill Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Thompson Square at Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures Sunday, October 05, 2014 4:00 PM 2500 Main St. For Myers Beach
Megan Linville & Jordan Miller @ Crow’s Nest Sunday, October 05, 2014 7:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva

9th Annual Pirate Fest

Fort Myers Beach – October 10-12, 2014

Ahoy mateys! Save the date Columbus Day Weekend for the Pirate Fest on Fort Myers Beach! Don’t miss this family friendly weekend of grub, grog and fun on Fort Myers Beach!  Admission to the Fest is ABSOLUTELY FREE!

pirate-fest Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival 2014

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The Tale of the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest………

Only three years have passed since Lord Henry Hyde arrived here in the Port of Old San Carlos. The Crown dispatched the governor to ensure commerce runs smoothly in the Port, and under his direction all forms of enterprise have flourished, both legitimate and otherwise. They all pay the Governor’s taxes, one way or another. And so the Port has become a haven for the most notorious and flagrantly shameless pirates, privateers, and ne’er-do-wells. Most recently the notorious Captain Flood was left ashore by the mutinous Morgan Levy, and is looking for payback and the return of his ship, the Briar Rose. Flood now commands a small fleet, having built alliances with the captains of several vessels of war; the Black Pearl, the Pieces of Eight, and the Black Duck. He hopes to persuade the Lord Governor to allow him the use of the Port’s cannon batteries to retake his ship. A storm is brewing near the Port!

Date: October 10, 2014October 12, 2014

Location:Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

What’s New This Year at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival?

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A new relay race! The CaluSUP Fun Race for canoeists, kayakers and SUPers who pair up with pals for a relay competition on the Sanibel Causeway on Nov. 4, the final day of the event.

The event kicks off with a captain’s meeting at 11:15 a.m. at Causeway Island A, 19500 Sanibel Causeway Road, which is the main festival site. Festival attendees can easily watch; the race course is just off the beach.

People can bring their own paddlecraft, borrow a friend’s boat or board, or rent from one of the vendors on site. (Advanced reservations are recommended.)The race can be done with up to three people per team and only one canoe, kayak or SUP. The course is one-third of a mile. In honor of Lee County’s 125th anniversary, the format will be 1-2-5 – as in one lap, two laps and five laps around the oval course. People can put their novice paddler in the first lap and take it from there. Racers will pass a baton that is a piece of recycled PVC pipe sporting an animal puppet.

The cost is $5 per team of up to three people, with proceeds going to the festival’s signature non-profit partner, CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife). You can pre-pay online and print out the receipt at www.crowclinic.org/calusa_blueway/index.php. Or you can pay at the event. All registration forms will be completed on site race day. See the race map at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com and click on “activities” and then “canoe / kayak/ SUP race.”

The event is being coordinated by the SWFL SUP Club and Lee County Parks & Recreation with support from the Sanibel-Captiva Power Squadron.

Get complete festival details at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com. Festival hours on the Sanibel Causeway way are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Admission is $5; kids 12 and younger are free. Race questions can be directed to Lee County Parks & Recreation Senior Supervisor Vicki Little at (239) 229-0649.

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Proceeds benefit CROW

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Ahoy Mateys! Pirates return to Fort Myers Beach for Columbus Day!

Pirate Fest Fort Myers Beach 2012

Pirates “Invade” Fort Myers Beach (photo credit: naplesnews.com)

The 7th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest will take place along Old San Carlos Boulevard and throughout the beach region during Columbus Day Weekend on October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2012. For four days, the area beneath the Matanzas Bridge will be transformed into the nostalgic pirate port of Tortuga, and will include hundreds of professional pirates from across the state and beyond, bringing one of the most exciting events of the year to Fort Myers Beach.

Throughout the weekend, kids’ activities will include interactive games with pirates, a treasure hunt, sea skirmishes, stage shows and costume contests. For adults, there will be a pirate ball and costume contest on Friday night, and a weekend-long pub crawl.

This year’s Festival will provide more entertainment than ever before for the whole family, featuring a Pirate Invasion, Parade, Fight Ring and a Ship-to-Shore Battle with black powder cannon and small arms fire! The festival will also feature two stages of live entertainment from some of the best Pirate Crews, Actors, Storytellers, and Musicians from across the state of Florida.Events / Things To Do Ft. Myers Beach

The festival itself supports the Fort Myers Beach Little League, and many of the local performers take advantage of the event to raise money for charitable causes. Although admission is free, a donation of “a buck-an-ear” ($2.00) is suggested.

Event hours are 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, check out Pirate Fest’s website or Facebook page.

Looking for accommodations for the Pirate Fest? Cocoplum Beach House is located right on Fort Myers Beach, minutes from the festival location.

26th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship and Beach Festival 2012 Dates

Sandsculpting 2012 dates have officially been set. Be sure to put Nov. 16-25, 2012, on your calendar.You don’t want to miss this extraordinary time. Come for the Sand, bask in the Sun and enjoy the Fun!  So far, an amazing line-up of 16 talented World Championship caliber Master Sandsculptors have signed up to dazzle you with their artistic creations. The participating sculptors for this year are:

  • Bert Adams
  • Suzanne Altamare
  • Guy Oliver Deveau
  • Bill Dow
  • Karen Fralich
  • Justin Gordon
  • John Gowdy
  • Greg Grady
  • Andy Hancock
  • Carl Jara
  • Bill & Marianne Knight
  • Michel Lepire
  • Fred Mallett
  • “Amazin’ Walter” McDonald
  • Brett Stocker
  • Brian TurnboughImage

Need a place to stay during your visit? Check out Cocoplum Beach House, located walking distance from the festival. Check back here for more updated information.