Greater Fort Myers Chamber Of Commerce: Fort Myers Redevelopment Areas Arts & Culture Newsletter


Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

Dear colleagues and community partners,

We are excited to share this monthly communication dedicated to Arts & Culture activities within our redevelopment areas. The Fort Myers CRA with its numerous community partners have supported arts and cultural developments in the City of Palms since 1984. We invite you to share and participate in these events. Your support is invaluable to our community.

For questions related these activities, or to share a community art or cultural event occurring within our redevelopment areas call (239) 321-7100 or email us at [email protected].

River District Alliance

The mission of the River District Alliance (RDA) is to promote and enhance the continued development of the historic Fort Myers River District as a hub of economic, social and cultural activity.

As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the RDA strives to preserve the essence of downtown while promoting the growth of the business and economic sectors that make the area thrive.

Location: 1401B Lee Street

July 2, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Art Walk

July 4, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., No Cost
Freedom Fest

July 17, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Music Walk

Arts for ACT Gallery

Arts for ACT Gallery is the non-profit art gallery, studio and boutique owned by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT), the domestic violence, sexual assault and Human Trafficking Center.

Location: 2265 First Street
Phone: 239-337-5050

July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., $5 – 15
Make It/Take It Classes

July 2- Aug. 2, No Cost (Opening July 2, 6 p.m.)
Main and White Gallery: Open Themed Group Exhibit – Altars, Shrines, Ditty Boxes and Cabinets of Curiosities

Neenie’s House

Neenie’s House is an arts and cultural emporium in the East Palm neighborhood in Fort Myers, FL. This unique venue hosts art openings, music performances, and more. The venue is available for private parties. Visit Neenie’s House Mercado every weekend!

Location: 481 Marsh Avenue
Phone: 224-678-4901

July 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., No Cost
Zine Library & Cafe with WiFi

July 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., No Cost
East Palm Mercado

July 4, 8 p.m. – Midnight, $10, Ages 21+
Swamp Showcase

July 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., No Cost
Green Dreams: Garden Arts Plant Sale

July 23, 8 p.m., No Cost
Daffodil (Music and Vendors)

Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work.

Location: 1634 Woodford Avenue
Phone: 239-218-0481

July 1 – 3, 8 p.m., $30, $12 Students, Adult Language & Raunchy Humor: Masks required
Sunset Schmoulevard

July 29 – 31, 8 p.m., $17, $12 Students, Masks required
Failure: A Love Story By Philip Dawkins

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) was founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as Florida Arts, Inc. SBDAC hosts concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, dance, independent film, cotillion, and arts education. Its mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.

Location: 2301 First Street
Phone: 239-333-1933

July 2 – 31, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
(Arrive 15 minutes early to register), $16
Indra Yoga

July 2 – 29, $1 (Opening July 2, 6 p.m.)
Grand Atrium: The Three M’s Synergy | Marcus, Mully, & Marvin
Capital Gallery: Me, You and Them | Cath Branwood

July 2, 9, 23, 30, 7 p.m – MIdnight
Music on the Rooftop at Sidney’s Friday Nights

July 4, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., $99 in Advance, $125 Day of Event
4th of July Rooftop Bash Live Music by Roxx Revolt & The Velvets

July 15, 8 p.m., $10
Art & Poetry Networking

July 16, 9 p.m., $10 (Doors open 8:30 p.m.)
Sounds of Summer Music – Retro ’70s, ’80s & ’90s dance party
With 105.5 DJ Selecta AJ

DAAS Co-Op Gallery at the Butterfly Estates

We are Southwest Florida’s premier Art Gallery, featuring some of the best artists of our area. Our gallery operates in a cooperative system, which means that we all participate, collaborate, coordinate and tend to all business matters. DAAS stands for David Acevedo Art Studio. Acevedo is the founder, curator and director of the venue. DAAS Gallery holds exhibition opening receptions every first Friday of the month, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk.

Location: 1815 Fowler Street, Unit 3
Phone: 239-590-8645

July 2-31, No Cost (Opening July 2, 6 p.m.)
The Art of Ian Summers

Luminary Hotel & Co.

More than a hotel, Luminary is the hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers make their unique imprint on the city’s own story. A story begun years ago by a brilliant cast of audacious luminaries. Create your own story by joining in one (or more!) of the many events offered by Luminary and Co.

Location: 2200 Edwards Drive
Phone: 239-314-3800

July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at the Lobby Bar

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., No Cost,
Dean St. Coffee Roastery
Coffee Roasting Demonstration

July 4, 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., No Cost
Live Music at Oxbow Bar & Grill

July 4, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., $100-125 per Person
Oxbow Bar & Grill – July 4th Celebration

July 4, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., $59 per Person
July 4th Celebration on the Pool Deck

July 17, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., $49,
The Workshop Culinary Theater, Luminary Hotel
Beer Flights & Bites with Fort Myers Brewing Co.

July 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., No Cost,
Oxbow Bar & Grill, The Lofton Room,
ArtFest Popup Boutique Art Event

July 22, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., $79,
The Workshop Culinary Theater, Luminary Hotel
Wine Dinner Hosted by Gourmet with Blakely & Daou Winery

Snouts & Strokes:
Pet Pub, Portraits & Provisions

Pub for you and your pet. Pet Treats & Pet Accessories. ART Gallery & Pet Portraits. Canvas Printing. Vinyl Decals. Paint Workshops. House Music – DJ Lounge on Thursday & Friday Nights.

Location: 1518 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-628-9593

July 2, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., No Cost
Night Moves – Independence Day Edition

July 9, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., No Cost
Vibes, a Night of House Music – Celebrating Wendy B. White’s B-Day

July 16, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., No Cost
Let’s Go Fridays

July 21, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., No Cost
Paint Night at the Pub

True Tours

True Tours walking history tours are not only fun, the history is documented, fascinating and often surprising. Our tours consistently receive 4.5 Star + reviews for their entertainment and educational value. Private tours are available. All tours (except The Armchair Tour) leave from The Franklin Shops, 2200 First Street.

Location: 2200 First Street
Phone: 239-945-0405
Website: https:

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, 8 p.m., $18,
Reservations Required
Haunted History Tour

July 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 a.m., $18,
Reservations Required
River District History Tour

July 1-31, Call for Pricing,
Reserve your own 60-Minute Private Session from Your Home/Venue
Reservations Required
The Armchair Tour

July 1-31, Call for Pricing,
Reserve your own Private Tour
Reservations Required
Private Tour

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally-known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Visitors will enjoy touring 20+ acres of historic homes, buildings and gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum.

Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd.
Phone: 239-334-7419

July 10, 10 a.m., $10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Garden Talk: Tropicals for the Hot Summer

July 20, 10:30 a.m., No Cost (Registration Required)
Digital Discussion: The Amish and Amish-Mennonites of Sarasota, Florida

ArtFest Fort Myers

Now in its 22nd year, ArtFest Fort Myers is scheduled for Feb. 5 – 6, 2022, on the downtown Fort Myers riverfront. ArtFest Fort Myers is coming back in 2022 as you knew us pre-COVID. The festival will once again be a FREE, non-gated event for all members of the Southwest Florida community. On the first weekend in February, ArtFest will enliven the Fort Myers waterfront with exceptional art by more than 200 select artists, plus lively entertainment, delicious food, and fun children’s art activities. It’s one of the area’s most popular art events with made-in-the-USA originals, including ceramics, jewelry, glass, unique paintings, wearable art and more. Also visit and shop the artists virtually on ArtFest@Home right from the art festival’s main website at

Location: 1375 Monroe Street
Phone: 239-768-3602

July 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., No Cost,
Oxbow Bar & Grill, The Lofton Room, 2nd Floor, 1300 Hendry Street
ArtFest Popup Boutique Art Event

Williams Academy Black History Museum

The Williams Academy Black History Museum preserves the history and culture of Black people in Lee County. Housed in the 1942 addition to the original 1913 Williams Academy building, the Williams Academy was one of the area’s first schools built for Black students using government funds. The Lee County Black History Society, Inc. (LCBHS), acquired the building in 1995, moved it to Roberto Clemente Park, and historically restored it, where they educate, preserve, and display the history and culture of black people in Lee County.

Location: 1936 Henderson Avenue
Phone: 239-332-8778

Now Open with Limited Hours!
Call 239-332-8778 for information and schedules
Museum Tours

IMAG History & Science Center

The IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun and educational interactive exhibits, aquariums, history displays, and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to the IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays Noon – 5 p.m., Closed Mondays

Location: 2000 Cranford Avenue
Phone: 239-243-0043

Registration Open Now, $190/week Family Membership,
$240/ per week Non-Members
Camp IMAG Summer Registration

Florida Repertory Theatre

Florida Rep is committed to providing a first-class regional theatre for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing and developing an ensemble of theatre professionals who will develop long term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.

Location: 2267 First Street
Phone: 239-332-4488

Back Onstage in 2021! Subscriptions & Single Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets for Florida Rep’s 2021-2022 Season

The venue below is located near our redevelopment areas
but not within them. We feature them as a partner in the arts to the Fort Myers CRA and other venues within the redevelopment areas.

Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant and welcoming nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of southwest Florida. The Alliance is creative space that spurs and supports self-expression, imagination and equity.

Location: 10091 McGregor Boulevard
Phone: 239-939-2787

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., No Cost
Saturday Greenmarket

July 4, 8 p.m., No Cost ($10 suggested donation)
Reiko and Friends Fourth of July Outdoor Concert

July 8, 2 p.m., No Cost ($10 suggested donation)
Art & Soul of Black Broadway with Tim Wright – Online Art Lecture

July 9 – Aug. 28, No Cost ($5 suggested donation)
Different Strokes – Members Exhibition

Ongoing, Cost Varies
Classes and Workshops for all Ages and Abilities,
Onsite, Online or Outside

Sign Up Now!
Summer Arts Camp Grades 1 – 7 (Sessions July 1 – July 30)

Musical Theatre Intensive Camp at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for Grades 7 – 12 (Sessions July 5 – 30)


Stay connected and learn more about your CRA!


This press release was produced by Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Next Post

Cultured Metropolis Tutorial: The Out East Revival of Hamptons Artwork

Tomashi Jackson at the Parrish Art Museum The Parrish Artwork Museum’s 2020-21 Platform Artist, Tomashi Jackson, reveals her multidisciplinary task “The Land Claim” starting up July 10. Focusing on the historic and modern activities of Indigenous, Black, and Latinx communities in the East Stop, “The Land Claim” investigates nearby historical […]