Top 10 things to do this weekend in Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Charles Runnells
Fort Myers News-Press

Looking for some entertainment in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida?

Here are our top 10 things to do this weekend and beyond, including the Arcadia Rodeo, comedian Kevin Farley and the 10th-annual Fort Myers Film Festival.

If you go to an in-person event, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask, avoiding mass gatherings and staying at least 6 feet from others. For more CDC guidelines, visit

1. Fort Myers Film Festival

Eric Raddatz, founder and director of the Fort Myers Film Festival

    The annual event celebrates its 10th anniversary with more independent feature films, short works and documentaries — both online and in-person. Oct. 21-25 at Davis Art Center and other venues. Masks are strongly encouraged, and social distancing and other safety measures will be practiced. The festival was originally scheduled for May and postponed due to the pandemic. Films and film blocks are $10 each. Opening night is $15 for the film only (the bull-riding doc “Ride Till I Die”) or $100 for the film and a VIP meet-and-greet with food and drinks served. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or

   Read more: Ten movies from the Fort Myers Film Festival

 2. “Rest Stops of America”

Real-life sisters Cindi Heimberg and Stacy Peres play sisters in Lab Theater's "Rest Stops of America"

    A filmed production of Florida Weekly arts writer/critic Nancy Stetson’s one-act play, performed onstage at Lab Theater. The story follows two sisters who take a series of road trips after the death of one sister's husband. It can be streamed one time only on one of three days: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. $15 for one viewing. For tickets and more information, visit

    Read more: Lab Theater debuts LabTV with Disney spoof 'Disenchanted.' And more web shows are coming.

3. Kevin Farley

Comedian and actor Kevin Farley performs standup Oct. 16-17, 2020, at Laugh-In Comedy Cafe in Fort Myers, Florida.

    The actor/comedian performs stand-up at Laugh-In and will also teach some comedy classes. He’s the younger brother of the late actor and "Saturday Night Live" star Chris Farley. He performs stand-up at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25. His comedy classes take place Sunday at Cape Coral’s Cultural Park Theatre and Oct. 20 and 27 at Laugh In. Prices vary. Laugh In Comedy Café, 8595 College Parkway, Unit 270, south Fort Myers. 479-5233 or

    MoreKevin Farley talks brother Chris, career and why Canadians are funny

4. Arcadia Fall Rodeo

    The annual rodeo features bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing and bull riding. 11 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Social distancing practices will be in place. $21-$31 ($15 for ages 10 and younger). Mosaic Arena, 2450 N.E. Roan St., Arcadia. 800-749-7633 or

5. Florida Rep’s Stage@Home

Betty Grissom, played by Rachel Burttram, watches the launch of a test rocket in the Disney+ series "The Right Stuff."

    Florida Repertory Theater’s weekly series offers new live, interactive content every Friday on the videoconferencing app Zoom. Next up: "Actors on Acting: TV, Film, Commercials, & Voice Overs." The lineup includes voiceover artist Brian Hatch and Florida Rep actor Rachel Burttram, who will talk about playing Betty Grissom on the new Disney+ series “The Right Stuff.” 3:30 p.m. Fridays. $20. Registration is required. Limited to 100 participants. For details and a full schedule, visit

    Read more: Florida Rep announces virtual season: 'Clue,' 'The Laramie Project' and more

6. Reiko & Friends

    Southwest Florida Symphony concertmaster Reiko Niiya and some musical friends perform two outdoor concerts of classical music, country, tango and more. The nine-piece string ensemble plays at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral (6 p.m. Tuesday) and Florida SouthWestern State College on the big lawn behind Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in south Fort Myers (6 p.m. Wednesday). Free, although donations will be taken to raise money for local nurses, ICU staff and first-responders. The concert isn’t affiliated with Southwest Florida Symphony. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

7. Fall and Halloween Festival

    This annual festival returns for weekends-only and with limited capacity to encourage social distancing. The fest features hayrides (limited to eight or fewer people), a pumpkin patch and the annual "Scarecrows in the Park" contest. The "Halloween Express" train won’t be operating this year. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25. Free admission, but some activities and rides cost extra. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 all day. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, south Fort Myers. 533-7575 or

8. Ollie’s Pub one-year celebration

    The Cape Coral bar and concert venue celebrates its anniversary with beer, an open music jam and live music from local bands Coming Home, Gutterlove and more. 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. Ollies Pub, 1019 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral.  540-7867 or

9. Art Grooves

   NOTE: This event has been postponed until Nov. 13. Ten artists set up booths and sell their work at this outdoor event that includes a deejay playing chilled-out music, crafters and live art (including painting and glass blowing). Social distancing will be practiced. Protective gear is encouraged outside, but it’s mandatory if you enter the boutique. 6-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Neenie’s House, 481 Marsh Ave., East Fort Myers. 224-678-4901 or

10. Fall Fundraiser for Rescue Cats Rock

Fifteen cat-themed gift baskets will be raffled Saturday to raise money for Rescue Cats Rock. All the baskets were made by Silvia Fernandez, one of the cat charity's supporters.

    The North Fort Myers cat rescue raffles off 15 cat-themed gift baskets outside of Cape Coral ice cream shop Sylwia’s. The baskets were created by Rescue Cats Rock supporter Silvia Fernandez. The shop will donate 20 percent of its sales that day to the charity. Social distancing will be practiced, and masks are appreciated. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Raffle tickets are $2 each or six for $10. Cash only. Winners will be drawn at 8 p.m., but attendance isn’t required for the drawing. You can also participate on Facebook using PayPal. Sylwia's Ice Cream, 3571 Del Prado Blvd. N., Unit No. 6, Cape Coral.

   Read more about Rescue Cats Rock: 80 cats move into their new home. Then anonymous donor pays off mortgage

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