Best things to do this week in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs: Edison Fest Junior Parade, etc. (2024)

Looking for some entertainment in Southwest Florida?

Here are five fun things to do this weekend and beyond, includingthe Bonita Holiday Fair and the Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade. Plus, we look ahead at more things to do in the coming weeks.

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1. Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade

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This smaller version of the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade features kids and their families smiling and waving from floats, wagons, marching bands and more. More than 100 units participate in what’s billed as Florida’s largest youth parade. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Free. The parade starts at First and Monroe streets in downtown Fort Myers. For more info, call 334-2999 or visitedisonfestival.org

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2. Bonita Holiday Fair

This annual fair usually happens in December, but organizers have moved it to February this year. The fair boasts more than 30 amusem*nt rides, including a more than 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel. Plus games, prizes, fair food, a large Kiddieland area, racing pigs, a magician and a petting zoo. Feb. 9-19. $10 admission (two-for-one with online coupon). Rides cost extra. Unlimited-ride wristbands are $30. Other deals also available. Bonita Springs Poker Room, 10601 Bonita Beach Road. Bonita Springs. BonitaFair.com

3. Bonita Springs National Art Festival

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The second in a series of three art fests happening between January and March at Riverside Park. More than 200 artists are featured in the juried event. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11. Free with a suggested $5 donation. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, downtown Bonita Springs. 495-8989 orartcenterbonita.org/artfest

4. Cape Coral Bike Night

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Motorcycles rumble into downtown Cape for this popular event featuring live rock bands, vendors, beer, food and more. The rock lineup includes Relentless Fire and Van Halen tribute Completely Unchained. 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Free. Southeast 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral.ccbikenight.com

5. 'Jagged Little Pill' at B.B. Mann Hall

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This jukebox musical was inspired by Grammy-winning pop singer Alanis Morissette's hit 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill." The empowering story ― written by film director Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Jennifer's Body") ― follows a fictional Connecticut family dealing with pain, addiction, racial identity, sexual assaultand other trauma. Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-18. $49-$97. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

MORE CONCERTS, EVENTS IN FORT MYERS, BONITA SPRINGS, CAPE CORAL AND LEHIGH ACRES

'A Grand Night for Singing' at The MACC

This Rodgers & Hammerstein revue features songs from beloved Broadway musicals such as “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma!” Jan. 17-Feb. 10. $48-$53. Music & Arts Community Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. 277-1700 or gcsarts.org

Sanibel Art and Craft Festival

About 70 artists and crafters show and sell their work at this juried outdoor fest. The annual event benefits the Sanibel Community Association and the Sanibel Community House. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11. Free. The Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. boulderbrook.net

Tower of Power at B.B. Mann Hall

California's Tower of Power landed some big funk and R&B hits in the '70s, including "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go" and "What Is Hip?" 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. $48-$107. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

The Electric Mud

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The popular Fort Myers hard rockers return to the stage after an absence of about two years. They'll play songs from their upcoming full-length album, recorded last year and set for release this fall. Movie Props opens. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $15. Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral.549-7542 or facebook.com/NiceGuysPizza

Lehigh Rotary Rock Blues and Brews

The 11th-annual event features live music, food trucks, beer and more. 2-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Free. The scheduled bands are Deep Freyed Blues, Hit-N-Run, Cheker’d Past, Shore ‘Nuff and Live N Learn. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Presented by The Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation of Lehigh Acres. Canned food donations for Lehigh Community Services will be collected. Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road. S., Lehigh Acres. For more information, call 585-455-5894 or 239-770-0549.

LOOKING AHEAD

Broadway Palm's 'Elvis: A Musical Revolution'

Last chance to see this official Elvis Presley “bio-musical," which takes audiences from The King’s childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his triumphant “‘68 Comeback Special” and beyond. It’s packed with beloved rock hits, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Burning Love,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” Now through Saturday, Feb. 17. $60-$85. Limited tickets available. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com

Theatre Conspiracy's 'The Women Who Mapped the Stars'

In this play, five female astronomers help shape the development of astrophysics at the Harvard Observatory after one of them ― as a graduate student ― discovers that stars are made of hydrogen. Talkbacks with playwright Joyce Van Dyke will follow each performance. Performed by the Alliance for the Arts' Theatre Conspiracy off-site at Calusa Nature Center. The show is a fundraiser for the nature center. Now through Sunday, Feb. 18. $32 ($14 for students). Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers. 939-2787 or ArtInLee.org/Theatre

Greek Fest in Fort Myers

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The annual festival celebrates Greek culture with authentic food and pastries, live music, dancers, vendors, games and more.11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16-18. $5 for the weekend (free for ages 11 and younger). The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers.481-2099 or greekfestfortmyers.com

Florida Rep's 'A Comedy of Tenors'

Ken Ludwig’s sequel to the popular comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” offers just what fans would expect: Lots of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and hilarious chaos. The comedy is set in a hotel in 1930s Paris, where a huge concert is about to start in a soccer stadium full of screaming fans — as long as the show’s producer can keep his stars in line. Feb. 16-March 3. Tickets start at $61. Discount previews Feb. 13-15. Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., downtownFort Myers. 332-4488 orfloridarep.org

Coconut Point Art Festival in Estero

More than 200 artists show and sell their work at the 18th-annual outdoor art show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-18. Free. Coconut Point shopping center, 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero. 561-746-6615 or artfestival.com

Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade

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The gigantic, two-hour parade is considered to be the biggest night parade in the Southeastern United States. Expect local marching bands, floats, local government and law enforcement officials, clowns and much more. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Free (although various local nonprofits also sell reserved “street seats”). The parade travels from Fort Myers High School to Cleveland Avenue and then north to downtown Fort Myers. Reserved street seats are $15. To order them, visit edisonfestival.org/street-seats. For more info, call 334-2999 or visit edisonfestival.org.

Charles Runnells is an arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. To reach him, call 239-335-0368 (for tickets to shows, call the venue) or email him atcrunnells@gannett.com. Follow or message him on social media: Facebook (facebook.com/charles.runnells.7), X (formerly Twitter) (@charlesrunnells), Threads (@crunnells1) and Instagram (@crunnells1).

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