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Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin talks about how his new band Apocalypse Blues Revue found its sound. Video and interview by Charles Runnells/news-press.com

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival The annual festival returns in a scaled-down version. Organizers considered canceling the pirate-themed event after Hurricane Irma barreled through Southwest Florida, but they decided to sail on with a limited format, instead. The fest features a pirate bazaar, themed live performances, live ship battles, children’s activities and a jolly pub quest. Another change: Admission is free this year. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event takes place in the Times Square area and along Old San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. fmbpiratefest.com

Art Walk The monthly art event features new art exhibits, receptions and events at galleries throughout downtown Fort Myers. 6-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following Saturday. Free. Downtown Fort Myers. fortmyersartwalk.com

Greenwell’s Haunted Hike The 26th annual scarefest features 16 terrifying scenes in the woods. Enter at your own risk. 7:30-11 p.m. (event starts at dark). Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30 and 31. $13 general admission, $20 FastPass ticket. Parking is $2. Mike Greenwell’s Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park, 35 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. 574-4386 or greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com

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 “Syzygy Dark Art” Exhibit This 11th annual exhibit features more creepy, unsettling art — just in time for Halloween season. Opening reception from 6-10 p.m. during Art Walk. Free. Oct. 6-25. The annual show is now being organized by the local collaborative art project Syzygy. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.  333-1933 or sbdac.com

Piff the Magic Dragon Imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks, and you’ve got an idea what to expect from this comedian from “America’s Got Talent” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” Friday through Sunday. $25-$35. Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 1100, Naples. 389-6901 or offthehookcomedy.com

Apocalypse Blues Revue The Cape Coral blues-rock band featuring two members of Godsmack plays this fundraiser for musician Toni Hall-Mcenery and her battle with cancer. The band will play an acoustic set. The show also features The Collective, Bill Metts and Hall-Mcenery herself performing with her duo Scott & Toni. Takes place in the Dolphin Room with the full restaurant menu available. Tickets are $15. The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benefit-for-toni-hall-mcenery-tickets-37706935459

“Buyer & Cellar” This outrageous one-man show follows a struggling Los Angeles actor who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of the beloved megastar Barbra Streisand. Florida Repertory Theatre’s education director, Kody C. Jones, stars. Oct. 6-14. $25 ($11 for students). Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 936-3239 or theatreconspiracy.org

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

SWFL Hunger Games More than 30 food trucks, restaurants and chefs compete with some of their best dishes. Attendees get to sample their food, drink beer and watch live entertainment. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate (plus $5-$10 for parking). Food and drinks are extra. VIP tickets are $100 and include free food sampling, early arrival, VIP seating and a food runner to stand in line for you. The fundraiser benefits the charity Blessings in a Backpack. Top Rocker Field at Six Bends Harley-Davidson, 9501 Thunder Road, south Fort Myers. toprockerevents.com/event/swfl-hunger-games

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Parade of Heroes  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED The Sept. 9 parade in Cape Coral was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The third-annual event pays tribute to the heroes of 9/11 and features 80 units, including members of law enforcement, firefighters decorated war veterans and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Takes place on Southeast 47th Terrace in downtown Cape Coral, near Terrace Hall at 1313 Southeast 47th Terrace.

SWFL Pride This ninth annual gay-pride celebration features vendors, games, activities, drinks and live entertainment (including local drag queens and DJ Kooshie). Chairs and blankets are allowed at this outdoor event, but no coolers or pets. Noon to 6 p.m. Free with a $5 suggested donation. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 939-2787 or artinlee.org

Craig Campbell The country singer known for hits such as “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” “Fish” and “Family Man.”  9 p.m. $24-$56. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

 “Groovin: The 60s and 70s Musical” Last chance to see this all-new musical comedy celebrating the 60s and 70s with “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Stayin’ Alive” and more hits. Sept. 7-Oct. 8. $26-$45. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

BoDeans The rock band performs “Closer to Free” and more. $25-$40. 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Southwest Florida Event Center (formerly Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center), 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. 245-9910 or swflpac.com

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

Southwest Florida Storytellers Project This new series enlists local people to pick up a microphone and tell their personal stories onstage. The debut features six The News-Press reporters and editors recalling experiences from their jobs, including one journalist who spent the night in a supposed haunted house, another who experienced an embarrassing moment in a very public forum, and another who learned an important lesson about snakes and her children’s safety. The series is organized by The News-Press and The Naples Daily News, which are alternating the monthly events between October and April. 7 p.m. $15 ($10 for students). Yacht Club Community Park, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral. tickets.news-press.com

Millennial Brewing Oktoberfest This four-day fest brings the spirit of Oktoberfest to Fort Myers. Expect special beer from the brewery, a beer pavilion tent, Bavaria-inspired décor, food (including German brats, schnitzel and pretzels), music, sing-alongs merchandise, games, kids activities and more. Starts at 8 p.m. nightly Oct. 12-15. Free admission. Millennial Brewing Company, 1811 Royal Palm Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 271-2255 or millennialbrewing.com

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

239 Punk/Ska/Reggae Fest The seventh-annual fest boasts two days of punk, ska and reggae bands, including The Bird-Men, Outside Threat, The No Name Ska Band, Offset Era, Suburban Swamp Kids, Bargain Bin Heroes, Unchecked Aggression, F!, Abortion Twins and more. Starts at 8 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday. Free. Rack’em Spirits & Times, 1011 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral. facebook.com/RackemspiritsandTimes

Chris Janson The country singer-songwriter’s tunes have been covered by Tim McGraw and more. 9 p.m. $35-$67. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers.com

Fall and Halloween Festival This daily festival features rides, a huge pumpkin patch, games, family activities, the "Halloween Express" train and a collection of creative scarecrows entered into the festival's annual "Scarecrows in the Park" contest. Oct. 13-29. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission, but some activities and rides cost extra ($2-$14, depending on the activity). Parking is $1 per hour or $5 all day. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, south Fort Myers. 533-7575 or leeparks.org

Punkin’Palooza Annual pumpkin-themed festival with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, face painting, live music, fall crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Oct. 22. Free.  Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. 334-7001 or fleamall.com

“Howl-O-Ween” Yappy Hour Bring your dog to Bell Tower Shops for an expanded, Halloween-themed version of the monthly Yappy Hour. Features a 7 p.m. Halloween costume contest for pets and their owners. The night also includes a deejay, a bounce house, a sidewalk chalk station, lawn games and more. 6-8 p.m. Free admission ($5 per pet for costume contest. The money goes to the Gulf Coast Humane Society). The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or thebelltowershops.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

Cape Coral Bike Night with Lita Ford The hard-rock star performs at this outdoor event featuring vendors, food, more live bands and lots of motorcycles. Ford’s hits include “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” (with Ozzy Osbourne). 5-10 p.m. $5. Downtown Cape Coral on Southeast 47th Terrace, just east of Coronado Parkway.

SWFL Writers Showcase: Alternate Realities Steampunk & Fantasy Expo This new event showcases local steampunk, science fiction and fantasy authors and artists. Other activities include live music from Escape the Clouds and The Steampunk Stompers, panel discussions, storytelling,  crafts and a Splendid Teapot Race (which features teapots mounted on remote-control chassis and then run through an obstacle course). The event is put on by the organizers of SWFL SpaceCon. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $5. Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, south Fort Myers. facebook.com/swflwritersshowcase

 SoCo Second Saturday This monthly event celebrates its one-year anniversary with more art-exhibit receptions, demonstrations, talks, wine tastings, live music, vendors and other activities. 5-10 p.m. Free admission.  SoCo Second Saturday takes place on the second Saturday of every month. Royal Palm Square and the surrounding area, 1400 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. socoswfl.com


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

Mushroomhead The creepy masked metal band returns to Southwest Florida. 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) $20-$38.  Southwest Florida Event Center (formerly Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center), 11515 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs. 245-9910 or swflpac.com

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells (News-Press) (Facebook), @charlesrunnells (Twitter), @crunnells1 (Instagram)

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