Summer is here—top picks to do for arts and entertainment enthusiasts in #SWFL 6.11-17.15

Posted on June 10, 2015


11053401_10206351705900070_3883449443195875047_nThe heat and the rains are upon us. The snowbirds have gone. (*fist pump) The memories of season past include a fantastic Fort Myers Film Festival with top programming, festive parties, the smartest indie enthusiasts around, oh, and a Chrysalis award for Cultural Achievement from the City of Fort Myers to boot.

While the memories linger, the activities have decreased in town. Still, there are still places to enjoy great arts and entertainment this week. Here are a few I’d recommend.  —Cheers, E

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 3.34.26 PMThursday, June 11, 2015
Rock out in Fort Myers
Six Bends Harley-Davidson hosts Summerland at with the Toadies, Fuel, American Hi-Fi and Everclear.  VIP packages are available. No food, drinks, coolers or chairs will be permitted, however.

Tickets start at $32. They can be reserved by calling 239.275.4647 or purchasing at 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers. Head to for more information.

11377203_10153694084808029_4990480149838745550_nFriday, June 12, 2014
Dinner and a Broadway show?
Head to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to see Church Basement Ladies. Tickets start at $45. They can be reserved by calling 239.278.4422, by visiting or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

CG0QVLXUAAIQ1RxSaturday, June 13, 2015
Get fresh
Join the Alliance for the Arts 10-acre campus every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes, free yoga and live cooking by local chefs. Be sure to check out Gina’s authentic Mexican cuisine. Her tamales are unbelievable. The event is free. More information is available at The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

714Sunday, June 14, 2015
Politically incorrect in SWFL
I believe what I’ve respected the most about Bill Maher has always been his ability to realize the importance of being politically incorrect.  From “Politically Incorrect” to HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s twenty-one Emmy nominations speak volumes. My favorite comedy doc of all time “Religulous,”is actually the 7th highest grossing focumentary ever.

He has been doing standup since 1979, and still performs at least fifty dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold out theaters all across the country.

Tickets start at $42 and can be purchased at the The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to

11312870_10155699048980565_7336741680396409534_oMonday, June 15, 2015
Gotta watch the Lightning/ Hawks game
So Florida has an NHL team that is playing for the Stanly Cup and all I can say is —where are the fans watching this in SWFL? Of course the Lodge downtown has the biggest television in the area, so that would be a great spot to catch it. If you want to drive a bit further south there are usually jersey wearing fans watching at RonDao’s Pizzaria & Sports Bar on a very large projected screen. The pizza there is not Chicago style but still particularly delicious, with great drink specials and a friendly staff it’s a good bet you’ll have a great time. Puck drops at 8 p.m.

10363797_1636854543204187_3988493803123753421_nTuesday, June 16, 2015
Sushi, sushi and more sushi
At this point you are probably aware that SWFL does not stack up well to most of the cuisine you can get in bigger cities. We do, however, live up to sushi that’s as good as you will find anywhere at Blu Sushi in downtown Fort Myers. They are a great dinner/happy hour location, we know this, with large projected walls, fresh & edgy decor and superb service. They have rolled out that the summer means they are bringing back the all you can eat sushi lunches. So for $13 you can enjoy endless sushi from the best place to get sushi around. Yeah, you cannot miss this one. For more information hit up their Facebook page here. Blu Sushi is located at 2262 First Street, Fort Myers.

C06-FM-06-102Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Get on the mic
The French Press at Cape Harbour holds open mic nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. They do it every Wednesday so show up and bring it. Fort More information head to

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Visit the Eric Raddatz Bridge for fresh fruit, veggies and more
Ok whatever you call the Caloosahatchee Bridge be sure to come down from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday year round in the Centennial Park parking lot 2000 W. First St. for great fresh market items. Call 239.810.6323 for more information. Be sure to like the Eric Raddatz Bridge Facebook page here. 

Weekly while in towFriday, June 19, 2015
Head back to the 80s—for free
Did you love the 80s and the music from that era. Clint Wiley’s award-winning ’80s Icon Band performs from 7-10 p.m. 9 at the Sidney &  Berne Davis Art Center. The event is free and coincides with Music Walk so there will be a lot of other music downtown. Some good, some still getting their acts down.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For information, visit or call 239-333-1933.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Head back to the 80s—for free
Did you love the 80s and the music from that era. Clint Wiley’s award-winning ’80s Ico

11119639_10155705532830565_6028868855573272019_oHere for the first time? Here are some must tries
Looking for the best coffee spot & doughnut spot in town? Try Bennett’s Fresh Roast. Their donuts are heaven. Any beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva are implied options, of course, with the best rated beaches in the world.

Picture 8Best Food Downtown—Hands Down
Twisted Vine has become the go to restaurant when it comes to the most delicious, locally grown, eclectic cuisine, prepared delicately for the most wonderful culinary delights. Be sure to go here while you are in town. If there is a celebration to have you will see me there. Twisted Vine is located at 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers, right next to the recently opened basin walk. Call them at 239.226.1687 or head to for more information. You will see me there!

10320291_10154734284150565_1054798492140566181_nFair trade downtown Fort Myers
Market Earth supports local artists, fair trade partners and recyclers from around the world. At their store in downtown Fort Myers you will find unique products that support a global marketplace with exceptional standards of quality and creativity. All their goods represent a philosophy of social awareness and they are proud to be a purveyor of change in the way they treat this beautiful earth and all the people, everywhere, who live on it. Check them out at

—Eric Raddatz is occasionally surprised as to all of the cool events that are happening in #SWFL and likes to share them with you. Follow him at for more updates!

When in doubt be sure to pick up a Florida Weekly while in town or head to This week learn all about Florida’s bear issues and what we’re doing about it.SWFLtoppicks

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