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What’s Happening in Southwest Florida – May

May 1, 2023 |

Make the most of May with this list of What’s Happening in Southwest Florida.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater (Buy your ticket here):

  • Sister Act  | The Broadway Musical | Now – May 20 |  Follow Deloris, a disco diva, as she witnesses a crime and is placed in a convent.
  • Footloose | The Broadway Musical | May 26 – July 1 |  A city boy moves from Chicago to a small farming town where rock ‘n’ roll has been banned. ​​

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center:

New art exhibit every month from local to world-renowned artists. Exhibits are open from May 5th – 25th. Call ahead for gallery hours for other times, 239.333.1933. $1 Donation Entry Fee. This month’s exhibits feature:

  • Divine Hypocrisy | This exhibition showcases the mixed media of acrylics, oil sticks, inks, and pecils on a canvas.
  • Spectrum of Nature | This exhibition showcases art from nature across the globe. ​​

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall | Click here for more information & shows:

  • John Crist | May 7 | 7 PM | John Crist is one of today’s fast-rising stand-up comedians with more than one billion video views.


Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl | May 5 | Starts at 4 PM
Enjoy tacos, tequila, margaritas, party stops, and beads! Location: The Hideaway Bar in Fort Myers. Click here to buy your ticket.

Bands, Brews, & BBQ Fest | May 7 | 1 PM – 9 PM
Local BBQ pitmasters will offer the best slowed cooked BBQ at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda.  Enjoy sampling beer from small breweries and live entertainment. Click here for more information.

Yappy Hour at Bell Tower Shops | May 12| 6 PM – 8 PM
The area’s largest pet-friendly social hour, providing an evening of fun for pet lovers and their four-legged friends. Yappy Hour runs from 6 – 8 PM, the second Friday of every month (weather permitting) in center court of Bell Tower Shops.

Fort Myers Film Festival | May 17 – 21
The 13th annual Fort Myers Film Festival will be held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The festival is an event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. Click here for more information.

Downtown Music Walk | May 19
The River District comes alive on the third Friday of every month as local musicians line the streets! Enjoy jazz to rock & roll, many genres can be heard each month. Free to the public!

Brew Fest | May 20 | 2 PM – 5 PM
The first annual Brew Fest will be held in Cultural Park, Cape Coral. Sample beers from up to 15 local breweries, eat delicious food from a variety of food trucks, and enjoy live entertainment. Click here for more information.


Cape Coral Downtown Farmers’ Market – Open Saturdays from 8 AM – 1 PM in Club Square. One of the largest markets in Southwest Florida!

Mid – Cape Sunshine Farmers’ Market – Open Tuesdays from 10 AM – 4 PM at Mercola Market & Café.

Click here for a full month of activities!


Calusa Nature Center is full of events as well. Be sure to check their calendar for their next Nature Hike or Alligator Talk!

J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge –  The visitor center is now open. The observation tower, a section of the Indigo Trail, Wildlife Education Boardwalk, and Wulfert Key Trail will be accessible.  Click here for more information.

Shell Factory Nature Park –  Purchase special fun park packages online. There is so much to do at the Shell Factory – check out their calendar.  A month full of live performances and flea markets!

Naples Zoo- On the first Saturday of every month, Collier County residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Plan your visit, click here for more information.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park – The originators of wall-to-wall aerial action! Always working to invent epic new ways to play, gather and compete. Sky Zone is a space to move, create and be yourself. And there’s enough room for everyone, so all kids ~ and kids at heart ~ can play together. Come bounce the day away or schedule that special birthday celebration! Learn more here.