Looking for entertainment in Southwest Florida?
Here are five fun things to do this weekend and beyond, including Art Walk, a back-to-school festival and Grammy-nominated Louisiana singer-songwriter Brother Dege.
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1. Fort Myers Art Walk
Monthly event features new art exhibits at downtown galleries, receptions, live music, outdoor art vendors on First Street and other events throughout downtown of Fort Myers. August offerings include exhibitions by Southwest Florida artist duo Artsemble Underground (Cesar Aguilera and Brian Weaver) at the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center and textile artist Kasara Castell Whelan at DAAS CO- OP. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, August 5. Free. Art Walk takes place on the first Friday of every month. Downtown Fort Myers. facebook.com/fortmyersartwalk
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2. Lab Theater’s “Fairview”
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2019 play begins as a comedy about a middle-class, sitcom-style black family getting ready for their grandmother’s birthday dinner. But then a group of unwanted observers show up, the fourth wall comes down, and the room begins to ask questions about race and elicit questions and contemplation from the audience. The Southwest Florida premiere of the Pulitzer winning play. August 5-20. $30. The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., downtown Fort Myers. 218-0481 or laboratorytheatrefloride.com
3. Back to School Party
Celebrate back to school with a fashion show, DJ, art, vendors, guest speakers, hands-on activities and a supply drive for local schools. Lee County School District staff will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming school year. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 6. Free. Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. facebook.com/EdisonMall
4. Brother Dege
The Grammy-nominated Louisiana singer-songwriter brings his “dark, Southern, Delta blues singer” to Cape Coral. He will be joined by opening acts Adam Faucett and Gutterlove. 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. $16. Nice Guys Pizza, 1334 Cape Coral Parkway E., Downtown Cape Coral. 549-7542 or facebook.com/NiceGuysPizza
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5. Eight-Foot Brewing Anniversary
The Cape Coral Brewery celebrates its fourth anniversary with three days of live music, food trucks and specialty beers. Friday to Sunday, August 5 to 7. Free. Eight Foot Brewery, 4417 SE 16th Place, Unit 11, Cape Coral. 984-2655 or facebook.com/eightfootbrewing
Yappy Time: Bring your pooch to Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour, a monthly event featuring a DJ, dog costume contest, raffles, vendors, and a beer and wine bar. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 12. Free. Held on the second Friday of each month. The August event is themed around back to school. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle and bar will benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Bell Tower Shops, 13499 US 41, South of Fort Myers. belltowerfl.com
“A cracker at the Ritz”: Satirical duo Compton & Bennett perform a musical in southwest Florida, including the songs “Snowbird Come (and He Won’t Go Home)”, “Swampland Scam” and “Migrant Worker Man”. 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 12. $25. Bonita Springs Center for the Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org
“Clown bar”: Theater Conspiracy turns the Foulds Theater into the titular clown bar for this “goofy clown-noir comedy-drama” set in the dark, secretive world of gangster clowns. The working bar opens 45 minutes before each show to sell drinks to theater patrons. August 18-28. $30. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 939-2787 or artinlee.org
Dierks Bentley: The country star’s Beers On Me tour includes opening acts Ashley McBryde and Travis Denning. The tour is named after the singer-songwriter’s 2021 single “Beers On Me.” 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18. $31 to $116. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 948-7825 or hertzarena.com
Singer-songwriter competition: The annual competition returns with singer-songwriters performing original songs in front of a jury. The grand prize winner gets three hours of recording time at the Davis Arts Center’s Six Fingers studio, a performance venue at the annual Island Hopper Songwriters Festival and more. The public also votes to name the winner of the public’s choice. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, August 19. $10. Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or sbdac.com
Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells is an arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Email him at [email protected] or connect on Facebook (facebook.com/charles.runnells.7), Twitter (@charlesrunnells) and Instagram (@crunnells1).