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The Cape: Fairs, festivals and so much more

January 10, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

What better way to kick off the new year than with a Cape tradition -- or two or three?

The Rotary Club of Cape Coral will again jumpstart the Cape's yearly major events schedule with its popular Arts & Music Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday along Cape Coral Parkway.

One of the Cape's largest events, the annual art showcase is recognized as one of the top 100 held nationwide. It draws an estimated 100,000-plus visitors to the city's traditional downtown, the South Cape.

The music component, added three years ago, will be expanded this year.

In addition to live music at South Cape venues on opening day, organizers have partnered with IHeartMedia with multiple bands scheduled to play from shortly after noon to 8:30 p.m. or so on Saturday. The stage will on Southeast 10th Place between the Firestone and Nevermind, facing Cape Coral Parkway.

The festival, a major fundraiser for Rotary, will run from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

As always, admission and parking are free for festival attendees.

We again thank Rotary and the innumerable volunteers who make this event possible. Through its 35 years, the festival has grown to become one of the Cape's biggest and best -- and one of our personal favorites.

Next week brings the city of Cape Coral's annual Tour the Cape and St. Andrew Catholic School's annual festival.

Tour de Cape will open next Friday night, Jan. 17, with a pre-event packet pickup celebration from 5-8 p.m. at Cape Harbour. The event then steps off Saturday with a 5K run/walk and a 3-mile Mini-Tour family ride. Sunday brings the main attraction -- the 15-, 30-, 62-, and 100-mile Tour de Cape Bike Rides starting at Cape Harbour and running through the west and north sections of the city.

The event, now in its 29th year, is a city tradition that also draws cyclists from across the state and beyond.

Also next week, and also in its 29th year, is the St. Andrew Festival, held on the school grounds on Del Prado Boulevard.

The school carnival and major fundraiser, which features rides, games, live entertainment and raffles, opens next Thursday, Jan. 16, and continues through the weekend.

Hours are 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

If you have a child who loves rides, get your advance tickets now at . Unlimited ride pre-sale tickets for the four-day carnival are $60 with the price going up to $80 on after 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Admission itself is free.

If all this isn't enough, the event-packed month will wrap up the weekend of Jan. 25 with three more events, including the 14th annual Best South Cape Martini Competition.

Organized by the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations, the "taste" will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at various venues in the South Cape entertainment district.

Participants will travel via trolleys, stop at the participating establishments, try custom martini samples and specialty appetizers, and then vote for their favorite drink, food and experience.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for designated drivers) and $30 on the day of the event -- if tickets are still available to what is always a sellout.

Ready for two more, including a double dip to celebrate city's Golden Anniversary?

The city of Cape Coral turns 50 this year and the Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum has set the anniversary kickoff the weekend of Jan. 24-25 .

The Jubilee Celebration will open Jan. 24 at the Cape Coral Yacht Cub. Hosted by the Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum, the event to run from 6 -10 p.m. will be an evening of appreciation to honor the city's past leaders. The event also will include an historical display, Waltzing Waters, a short film and more.

The Jubilee Celebration will continue on Saturday, Jan. 25, when the group will host its annual music festival from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cape Coral Historical Museum, 544 Cultural Park Blvd. The "rebranded" event -- now Jammin' in Cultural Park -- will offer food, music and museum admission.

Tickets for the Jubilee Celebration are $50 and may be obtained by calling the museum at 772-7037 or online at

Tickets for the outdoor concert are free "as a gift to the community from the Historical Society." There also will be a limited number of VIP tickets available for $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Pick them up at the museum or online at

Parking will be a suggested $3 to benefit local Boy Scouts.

Meanwhile, a Pine Island event will be held the same weekend in our backyard at the German American Club on Pine Island Road.

The ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival will feature two full days of art and craft vendors; lots of fresh, local Pine Island seafood -- including a variety of clam-based specialties -- live music; and games and rides for children Jan. 25-26.

If you don't like seafood there always are lots of other offerings.

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $9 in advance; $10 at the gate. Parking is free.

Yes, we do love January -- and any -- or all -- of these events are a great way to start the new year.

And they -- like numerous other events such as the South Cape ball drop and party, the Harney Point Kiwanis' annual KidsFest, the various downtown Bike Nights, and, of course, the July 4th Red, White & Boom!, Oktoberfest, Coconut Festival, and the Holiday Festival of Lights -- are a primary reason the Cape is such a great place to live, work and visit.

The crowded community calendar gives thousands of families from throughout Lee County a chance to come to Cape Coral to enjoy a day, an afternoon, or an evening of free or bargain-priced fun.

We thank all of the organizations, businesses and volunteers who make such things possible.

Cape Coral. Soon to be 50. Still strong with the spirit that forged not only a city, but a community that endures.

Set a reminder for good times to come.

- Breeze editorial



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