October is one of the most popular months. It brings cooler weather (well, sometimes), brings holiday season, and in SWFL, it brings LOTS of events and fun things to do. Our team at We Talk SWFL Real Estate wanted to share some of the top things Fort Myers, Naples, and Cape Coral areas have going on this month.
Lakes Park Farmer’s Market Opening Day: 9 AM- 1PM; 7330 Gladiolous Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908.
Mike Greenwell’s Haunted Hike: intense and intended to be scary. 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24, 25, 30 and 31. $10/$15 fast pass. Parking is $2. Mike Greenwell’s Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park, 35 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral.
The Inaugural Pirate Ball All-you-can-eat buffet with home-smoked BBQ, Pirate Band, swash-buckling entertainment, treasure chest game of chance, silent auction, concert and admission to the DJ After Party. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Guardian ad Litem Foundation – 20th Judicial Circuit, The Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, The Bay Oaks Recreation Center, and Ostego Bay FoundationMarine Science Center. The Pirate Ball serves as the official kick-off event for the 10th Annual Salty Sam’s Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival (Oct. 9-11). 5 p.m.-midnight. $40 concert-only/$75. Salty Sam’s Marina & Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, 2200 Main St., Fort Myers Beach. 850-5611, www.fortmyersbeach.org/ball/
Snow Day 2015 A family-friendly event featuring holiday pictures with Anna, Elsa & Olaf , snow special effects and activities, live music, bounce houses and slide, face painting. All proceeds of the Snow Day event will benefit Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 adults/$10 wristband for children giving them all access. Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, 8016 Summerlin Lakes Drive, Fort Myers.
Yoga on the Steps Grab your friends and meet us at Centennial Park for the inaugural Yoga on the Steps: Ft. Myers! This is Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s twist on the traditional charity run, walk or ride. Centennial Park, Edwards Drive Fort Myers. 8 a.m. to noon. $20. yogaonthesteps.org and click on Fort Myers.
10th Annual Salty Sam’s Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival Celebrate a decade of pirate debauchery, complete with a pirate ball, pub quest, live music and performances, ship battles and children’s activities! Pirates and landlubbers both young and old are sure to walk away with memories to treasure. 4-11:30 p.m. Old San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. www.fortmyersbeach.org/piratefest/
Punkin-palooza: Fleamasters’ 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival Three days of live music, pumpkin patch and family-friendly fall fun. Musicians will stroll the main market, others will perform on the Music Hall Stage. Enjoy a wagon ride from the Whispering Pines Clydesdales on Saturday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9-11. Parking and admission is free. Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fort Myers
Eighth Annual Cops & Joggers 5K and Family Fun Night The first 700 registered participants are guaranteed an event goodie bag and T-shirt. Benefiting fallen first responders, this year’s event has the glow of first responders’ lights lining the race path. The family event will also include music, food vendors, emergency equipment displays, and a children’s fun area with bounce houses, a dunk tank, SWAT obstacle courses and more. Beginning at 7:45 p.m., the 3.1 mile run begins and ends at Centennial Park and will cross the Edison Bridge. 5-10 p.m. $20 adult/$15 17 and younger by Oct. 8. Centennial Park, Edwards Drive Fort Myers. Participating joggers may obtain information and register at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com.
Wedding Crashers Party A local couple invites the public to join them for a “Wedding Crashers” reception after their private ceremony. Much like the movie “Wedding Crashers,” (where actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson crash a wedding as a way to meet single women), the bride and groom are inviting strangers to crash their nuptials. Dress to the nine’s and dance the night away to party tunes from RIG Entertainment, bar service courtesy of Crowne Plaza Hotel, and a whole lot of wedding reception fun. 8-10 p.m. Bell Tower Shops, U South 41 and Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers.
Oct. 16- 18
Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch Located at Lakes Regional Park, Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch is the place to go for fall fun for kids! Fun rides like bounce houses and slides, carnival games, pumpkins, fall themed food and more are waiting for you to enjoy! The Richfield pumpkin patch is the perfect autumn family activity, so get the kids ready for a day of nonstop fall fun!
Zombicon The theme this year is Fallout: 1985 — Imagine the cities of the world are overrun with the living dead. Humanity has desperately turned to nuclear weapons unleashing unforgivable atomic power upon the living and the dead. Radiation has spread across the world, mutating, converting, and changing forever the way of life. Fast-forward 30 years later, humanity hangs by a thread as the grotesque dead walk and feed. Are you ready? Downtown Fort Myers. 4PM- Midnight Oct. 17