Bavarian Bash Octoberfest set for September 26,27,28 Downtown

Bavarian Bash Octoberfest type celebration coming to Punta Gorda.  Here is the band schedule:

Band schedule is set for the Bavarian Bash! Downtown Punta Gorda Get Ready.

Friday Sept. 26th
4-8pm Hafenkapelle
5pm Willkommen Opening Ceremonies w/ Mayor Keesling
9-11pm Peter deFranco
9-11pm Strong Side Draw ( Garden Stage )

Saturday Sept. 27th
11-1pm Peter deFranco
1-2pm Hafenkapelle
2-3pm Peter deFranco
3-4pm Hafenkapelle
5-6pm Peter deFranco
6-8pm Hafenkapelle
9-9:30pm Strong Side Draw
9:30-10pm AJ Vincent ft. Jason Holmes
10-10:30pm Strong Side Draw
10:30-11:00pm AJ Vincent ft. Jason Holmes

Sunday Sept. 28th
11-3pm Hafenkapelle

Hurricane Preparedness Expo and Seminars at Event Center in Punta Gorda Saturday May 17

Get ready it's a coming.  Hurricane season starts June 1.  In preparation this Saturday at the event center vendors and weather experts will be presenting products and seminars on how best to deal with potential hurricanes.  Here's hoping the Sahara sands will keep them at bay, but being a BC (Before Charley) resident, I've learned, as the boy scout motto goes -- be prepared.   Event opens at CHEC at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Day Run and Other Celebrations at Fishville Memorial Day May 26

The 1st Annual Memorial Day Veterans Run. 5K and 10K races will start at Fishermen's Village at 7:30 a.m. 1 mile "Honor Walk" scheduled. An award  Ceremony will  follow race.  There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony with music  at 11:00 am, ceremony at 12 Noon, Center Stage, presented by Military Heritage Museum.  There will be a Veteran Motor Car Club of America Car Show, 11 am-2 pm, Fishermen's Village Parking Lot.

Key Lime Festival at Fishville Saturday, May 17

Fishermen's Village will host a Key Lime Festival this Saturday, May 17. Shops, Boutiques & Restaurants will feature their Key Lime specialties. Bella Balsamic will be sampling a lime flavored dressing. Naples Soap will offer samples of their key lime soaps/lotions. Simply Sweet will be offering key lime pie, cupcakes, brownies, gelato, candy & more! The Key Lime Fest will also feature Face Painting, Balloon Creations, & Tarot readings by Pamela. Specialty vendors also on the Village promenade will tout everything key lime! The Key Lime mascot and Stoney, mascot for the Stone Crabs will be there, and there will be fun contests and live music by Gator DJ 10 am-3 pm and Country/Trop Rock Music with Andrew Dean, 5-9 pm.

10th Annual Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival this Weekend May 16-18th


The 10th annual Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival is  this weekend, May 16-18th. The weekend kaleidoscope of hibiscus and tropical plants will feature vendors, live entertainment, food and refreshments.

The Festival will kick-off Friday night with local food vendors and the King Harry’s Bar around 5 p.m.  The Vietnam Wall Memorial project in Laishley Park will be the focus Friday Night with many Veterans Organizations and other Service Groups attending to provide their support for this cause for the Vets and our community commitment to our retirees. A replica of the Vietnam Wall to be built in Laishley Park made by local high school students will be on display.  The Friday night Music in Gilchrist Park will start a 6 p.m. on the Stage with:  Chakulla & Me providing a  medley of Jazz, POP, Rock and Oldies, and at  7 p.m.. Scream’in and Cry’in,  followed at 8 p.m. by  CrestLiners with Rock and at 9 p.m. locals with local songs by Michael’s Hibiscus Band.

In addition to the display of tropical plants and uniquely tropical arts and crafts,  there will be Live Music on Stage all Saturday and Sunday.  Also featured will be:
  •  a Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables. 
  • The Hibiscus Cup Small Boat Regatta in Charlotte Harbor, 
  • a Kid’s play area including bounce house and rock climbing wall, 
  • Lil’ Miss/Master Hibiscus Pageant Saturday morning on the Gilchrist Stage fom 10 to 11 AM
  • Veteran Motor Car Club of America with their restored historic/antique cars on Saturday morning. 
  • Curt Sinclair will have the Hibiscus Flower of the year for 2014, a new bloom Decenium, celebrating the ten years of the Hibiscus Festival. 
  • Curt Sinclair will have his butterfly tent for kid’s to experience many beautiful exotic specimens.

The music schedule for Saturday and Sunday includes: 

SATURDAY
9:00 MPH AND SMITTY AND KEVIN LURCH AND ANDY CAMPBELL AND SUZANNE HAMILL
10:00 DULCINEA, LITTLE MISS AND MASTER PAGEANT
MPH ADMINISTRATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
11:00 GORDON “MAC” MARTIN
11:30 PAUL COTTREL
12:00 MARIA/GIL/HAL
12:30 MIKE CAMPBELL
1:00 RAY CERBONE
1:30 KEITH MACKENZIE
2:00 JAMISON ROBERTS
2:30 JACK-MICHAEL OF THE JACK MICHAEL BAND
3:00 HOME GROWN SOUNDS WITH GUEST KATHY BERNARDI
3:30 KAREN COHEN & STEVE FORD
SUNDAY
10:00 STILL FRIENDS
11:00 THE B&B PROJECT
12:00 RAZ TAYLOR
12:30 DANNY BEACH
1:00 GEORGE KATCHMAR
1:30 SUMMERLIN WILLIAMS

All proceeds for the event will go to the Museum Society in support of their activities with the Charlotte County Historical Center supporting the heritage of Charlotte County. For more information visit www.thehibiscusfestival.com.

Rockin Community Fund Raiser to Culminate July 13 at Harpoon Harry's

Five local bands are competing to collect the most food for the Homeless Coalition by frilling donated storage units at every units at every show they do.  The event will culminate July 13 at Harpoon Harry's will all five bands competing from 1 p.m. to midnight.  Bands include: Archer Classic Rock, Copperhead, Just2Rock, Tropical Ave and Zombie University.

Punta Gorda 4th of July Festivities with Fireworks Views

The annual 4th of July Freedom Swim starts at noon on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s in Fishermen’s Village.

Festivities at Fishermen's Village start at at 11 am. Live Music will be provided by "Beans and Seeds" from 11 am-3:00 pm and Mercy from 5-9 pm. Metamasque Face Painting  and Jeff the Juggler are among the entertainers.

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Many of the 4th of July Festivities will be centered in Laishley Park.  The agenda for the day there is:

10:00 a.m.

Gates Open - All Vendor Booths, Food & Rides Open

10:00 a.m.
Water-Mania Open All Day

6:00 p.m.-
9:00 p.m. The Boogiemen Rock-n-Soul Revue
9:00 p.m. Fireworks
9:15 p.m. Special Performance by Jack Michael & Drive 31 immediately after the fireworks

There is a $3 admission to the Park's festivities.  For more information:  http://www.puntagordafireworks.com/

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The Military Heritage Museum will be holding its annual party on the top of the Herald Court Parking Garage in downtown Punta Gorda on July 4th. You can watch the fireworks from one of the best spots in town.   The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and lasts until the fireworks are over. Music with The Golden Hippo • Cash Bar • Hearty Hors D’oeuvres • Free Parking • Tables and Chairs Provided • Elevators Available. $20 per person or $200 for a table of ten. Reservations are required. Call 941-575-9002 or go to www.FreedomIsntFree.org

Sponsored by Centennial Bank and Garnette Scholl. Additional sponsorships are available!

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At the Tiki Bar at the Sheraton there will be family fun and a cookout for $10 with live music by NexxLevel, starting at 5 p.m.


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At the Punta Gorda Elks, a July 4th picnic starts at 4 p.m. with music by TAT2.  


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Watch the fireworks from the Wyvern Hotel Rooftop with music by Up the Creek.   

Fountain of Freedom to be Dedicated at Kiwanis Veteran's Park in Laishley Park

On July 3 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a dedication of the new Fountain of Freedom at the Kiwanis Veterans Park in Laishley Park.  The beautiful new fountain was a joint project of Team Punta Gorda, the Punta Gorda Kiwanis, and the Charlotte County Veterans Council.  Many City, County and State dignitaries will be present to participate in the ceremony.  There will also be patriotic music with Marcille Brown among the singers.

The fountain honors veterans for their service to our country.

Summer Events in the old Punta Gorda Train Depot -- Barbecue and Bluegrass



At the Historic Train Depot on Saturday, June 1st you’ll be treated to some toe-tapping music by the Myakka River Bluegrass Band. This FREE concert is from 2-4. Come early and shop the Antique Mall. Also, there will be an old-fashioned bake sale, so you can sit back and eat cakes & cookies, drink soda, water or BYOB and have a great time doing it! It’s a warm-weather way to spend an afternoon! Our historic Train Depot is at 1009 Taylor Road (at Carmalita Street).

If you’re hungry for summer comfort food, treat yourself to a Bar-B-Que dinner on Saturday, June 8 from 5-7 at the Train Depot. The freight dock will have a grill with sizzling ribs, baked potato and all the fixings. Beverages included, unless – BYOB. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Depot or the Woman’s Club.

Call the Depot at 941-639-6774 or the PGHS at 941-639-1887 for more information on these events.


4th Fest on the Fourth of July at Laishley Park and Marina in Punta Gorda

4th Fest will take place on July 4 at Laishley Park and Marina. This year’s event features Water-Mania- a group of 12 giant waterslides, Kid’s Fun Zone,  displays, food  and shopping . Live music will be playing all day. 


The Boogiemen perform at 6 p.m. and play right up to the fireworks at 9 p.m. After the fireworks Tayzer will perform a one hour concert  of hists from the ’80s. Gates open at 10 a.m. Laishley Park, Punta Gorda. More information: 941-637-5953 orwww.puntagordafireworks.com  .