Cape Coral Festivals

Cape Coral Festivals - art, jazz, mangoes, coconuts, boat races and parades, burrowing owls, fireworks, feasting, and so much more!

There are lots of great festivals in Florida, and Cape Coral has some of the best.

You will find a festival or two pretty much every month and fun events that happen regularly, particularly during season from November - April.

Many of our festivals celebrate things that are unique to our city and to Florida.  I've made a festivals calendar of the ones we like to go to, listed by each month. So grab your family .......... get out there and have some fun!

January

cape coral festival of the arts

The Cape Coral Festival of the Arts is one of the largest art shows in Southwest Florida and is considered one of the top 75 best art fests in the country.

There are over 300 juried artists in the categories of painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal works, mixed media, and fine crafts.

There are activities, sidewalk sales, and food. The festival is located on Cape Coral Pkwy near Vincennes and is free.

Merchants also take part in the activities with sidewalk sales and special offerings during this Cape Coral festival.


February

cape coral burrowing owl festival

Cape Coral is known for its population of burrowing owls, these are owls that live in the ground.

Did you know that there are over 2500 burrows throughout our city?

The Cape Coral Burrowing Owl Festival has speakers and exhibitions of the owls, tours to burrows, and an art contest for Cape Coral students.

The festival is at Rotary Park, a small donation is suggested, kids under 12 are free.

The park also has some of our favorite walking trails, a butterfly house, playground, and dog park.


March

cape coral irish festival

You won't want to miss the Cape Coral Irish Festival.

The festival has lots of great Irish music, and step dancing demonstrations.

You will also find crafts, games and rides, a raffle for a trip to Ireland, and Irish food.

Corned beef sandwiches and dinners, and Shepherd's Pie are featured on the menu.

The festival is held at the German American Club, a place where many Cape Coral festivals are held.

One of the newest festivals in Cape Coral is Taste of the Cape, held at the beginning of March at Four Freedoms Park.

This is your big chance to sample the food from 20+ restaurants, along with enjoying family activities and even a sunset concert put on by the Gulf Coast Symphony.

taste of the cape

Also in March, and presented by the Cape Coral Parks & Rec, is the Sounds of Jazz and Blues Festival at The Resort at Marina Village, which is right on the river.

Bring chairs or a blanket, enjoy the delicious food served by vendors or a delicious buffet by paying more for VIP tickets.

Or come by boat, dock it, and listen from the water.

I got to see my most favorite jazz musician, Boney James, when he played at the festival a few years ago.

The festival is over a weekend during the middle of March.

festivals in florida

April

In April, you can go to the Cardboard Boat Regatta and Dock Dogs competitions, both happening together at Four Freedoms Park.

Anyone can join in the fun by building a cardboard boat and/or racing it.

Some of the heats are just hilarious, and some of the boats barely make it through to the end.

Then there are jumping and swimming events for dogs to compete in, all dogs are welcome.

cardboard boat regatta

May

With May, comes the Cinco de Mayo festival, a celebration of  Mexico's Independence Day, put on by Iguana Mia.

Craft vendors, kids activities, and a stage fill the parking lot behind the restaurant on SW 47th Terrace for an evening of eating, dancing, and fun.

Add this to your list of Cape Coral festivals to go to so you can try ethnic dishes, enjoy a little salsa, and find out more about Mexican culture.

cinco de mayo festivities

June

On the Saturday before Fathers Day, Cape Coral Parks and Rec sponsors a Kids Fishing Derby on the pier at Yacht Club Beach.

For a small fee, kids can enter the contest, get free bait, some instruction, lunch, and a goody bag.

It's a lot of fun, and the kids look so cute all lined up on the pier.

kids fishing derby

July

cape coral fireworks

Red White and Boom is Cape Coral's 4th of July Festival.

The Cape Coral Bridge is closed off and people can walk at that end of Cape Coral Pkwy to see crafts, activities, free giveaways, tributes, and fireworks!

You can buy VIP tickets to watch the fireworks from a special area, otherwise the festival and parking is free.

There is live entertainment, and the festival can be enjoyed by land or the sea especially, where you watch all the fireworks in the area .... truly spectacular!

Sponsored by local businesses Storm Smart, LCEC, WastePro, and American Brokers Realty Group ...... the festival goes from 4-10PM, and fireworks start at about 9:30PM.

You will also want to check out the Great American Picnic, held at Cape Harbour.

Throughout the day they have events such as a patriotic dog contest, apple pie baking contest, and a banana split eating contest for kids.

Food, music, activities add to all the fun!

cape harbour events

Also in July, Mango Mania has everything mango!

Mango ice cream, smoothies, bread, salsa, and chutney ...... yum!

Put on by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, the festival is located at the German American Social Club, on Pine Island Rd.

You can also buy mangoes and mango trees, festival foods, crafts and kids toys.

There will be kids activities and games, music and entertainment both days of the festival.

pine island mango festival

August

Although there are no Cape Coral festivals in August, there is a "Just for Fun" local dog show at Rotary Park.

Any size dog can participate in 12 categories for awards and prizes.

It's a lot of fun for both pets and their owners, and there are vendors selling food and dog-related items.

dog events florida

September

Located at Jaycee Park, Peace Day in the Park is a festival to recognize International Peace Day, which promotes non-violence and global cease-fires.

Music, activities for kids, vendors, and a collaborative event with artists are all part of the festivities.

peace day

Viva Cape Coral, a celebration of Latin American and Caribbean culture mentioned above in May, has been moved to September.


October

cape coral oktoberfest

Also at the German American Social Club, is the Cape Coral Oktoberfest, it is Southwest Florida's largest Oktoberfest.

Held during the last two weekends in October, the festival has lots of German food, beer, music, and dancing.

Seven bands, one of them from Germany, rotate between the tent and the Bavarian Gardens.

There are crafts, souvenirs, and plenty of games, and activities for the kids including a kiddie-train.

It's a lot of fun for me to go because I lived in Austria when I was in high school, it brings back wonderful memories.

I love schnitzel! You will also find: sauerbraten, sausages, potato pancakes with applesauce, and more.

Food is served outside under the tents or inside the hall.

columbus day parade

The Columbus Day Parade and Italian Food Fest is also in October and is a popular street fair that kicks off with a parade, and has music, performances, amazing food, and vendors.

Come out to see beauty queens, boy scouts, veterans, Knights of Columbus, cool cars, and so much more!


November

cocofest

One of my most favorite of the Cape Coral festivals is the Coconut Festival.

Food food food, rides, live bands including local and national acts; fireworks, crafts, games, contests, and coconuts make this festival fun for the whole family.

Friday night is usually country night, Saturday night is rock night, and Sunday has fire and hula dancers.

The festival is at Sunsplash Waterpark on Santa Barbara Blvd.


December

christmas tree lighting festival

December brings the last, but not the least of the Cape Coral festivals ......the first is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Downtown Cape Coral Pkwy is closed off to traffic, because there are craft, business, and food booths, lots of "moonbounce" games, and demonstrations from local dance companies.

They have snow shaped into a sled run for kids. When the Christmas tree is lit, fireworks go off and "snow machines" shoot bubble snowflakes into the crowd.

Santa arrives with fanfare to listen to Christmas wish-lists and it gets us in the Holiday spirit, which is hard to do when it's so warm outside!

The second December festival is a lot of fun, it's Cape Coral's Boat a Long Christmas Boat Parade where all the boats are decorated and lit up for Christmas.

christmas boat parade

Don't be surprised if you see Santa and his elves on some of the boats ...... it's a Christmas celebration Florida-style!

This Cape Coral festival takes place at Four Freedoms Park, at Bimini Basin where you can gather and watch the parade of boats before they go down different canals.

The park also has Christmas music, decorated trees, crafts, food, and refreshments.

For New Years, go to the big party at Cape Harbour or Marina Village Resort.  Both have live music, dancing, and fireworks.

new years eve events

You may also want to go to the Holiday Nights at the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Ft Myers, and the Holiday Village on Captiva Island.


Other Cape Coral Festivals

cape coral sunset celebration

On the first Wednesday of the month, is the Cape Coral Sunset Celebration at the Yacht Club Beach.

They have live music and around 40 vendors selling crafts. We've also seen hula dancers perform there.

It's fun to go with a picnic dinner, beach blanket or chairs, and maybe a frisbee..... don't forget your camera so you can take pictures of the sunset.

Or grab a bite at the snack bar, take a walk on the pier and do some people watching!

creative coast weekends

Matlacha used to have Creative Coast Weekends on the second weekend of the month, November-April ....... but, the traffic got so bad they had to stop the event. 

You can still go out to the shops and galleries during regular business hours ....... it's definitely worth your while!

It's a lot of fun, we like to get ice cream, walk around and get inspired to create art ourselves to put in the galleries ............ maybe one day!

matlacha island

Lastly go to a Cape Coral Bike Night, second Saturday in October, December, February, and April.

It's fun to go for for the food, biker games, vendors, live rock music, and of course, lots of motorcycles even if you don't ride.

cape coral bike night

Fort Myers Art and Music Walks feature music, art, and entertainment at shops, restaurants, and galleries in downtown Fort Myers

Check out the Backyard Bluesfests at the Buckingham Blues Bar with food, beer, and live music.

You may want to subscribe to my monthly newsletter, Gator Bites, if you are interested in hearing our adventures as we go to more Cape Coral festivals, try new restaurants, and try out everything that's happening in the Cape.

Or just check my Cape Coral Blog, where I post events for the upcoming month.

As you can see, there are so many interesting and fun Cape Coral festivals!


Related Pages

Cape Coral Attractions
Cape Coral Beaches
Cape Coral Boating
Cape Coral Music

Cape Coral Art
Cape Coral Fishing
Cape Coral Golf Courses
Things to Do in Cape Coral




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