Taste of Punta Gorda Sunday April 3 Laishley Park

Sample dishes from over 25 local restaurants at the Rotary's Annual Taste of Punta Gorda April 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at Laishley Park.  In addition to delights from local eateries, there will be displays, demos, crafters, kid's amusements, homemade treats, silent auction and more. Music all-day by the Kollections.  

Punta Gorda Boat Show Continues March 10 through March 13

The Punta Gorda Boat Show at City Market Place off Marion Avenue and Taylor, March 10 through the 13th will feature  over 100 boats, 40 different exhibitors, and  seminars by the area's top fishing and boating professionals.
The hours are 10a.m.-5p.m. each day and admission is  $3.

Peace River Seafood Festival March 12-13

Peace River Seafood Festival is this weekend at Laishley Marina Saturday from 10 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.  Admission is $2.

Peace River National Art Festival March 19 and 20

The 10th Annual Peace River National Art Festival (PRNAF) returns to Laishley Park on March 19 & 20, 2016 from 9am - 4pm. There will be plenty of free parking at the Justice center and adjacent parking lots.

The festival is the Visual Arts Center's only outdoor festival.
Nearly 100 nationally recognized juried artists represent various mediums including art glass, fiber arts, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, oil paintings, photography, pottery, stone sculptures and watercolor, Live music and an eclectic array of food and beverages complement the art show and create an immersive cultural experience. The two day event draws over 8,000 visitors from Charlotte County and the surrounding areas.

The annual Peace River National Arts Festival began in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Charley devastated Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. What began as a fund raiser to repair the Visual Arts Center facility has continued supporting the arts in Punta Gorda over the past decade.

Pedal and Play in Paradise April 1 and 2

Pedal and Play will take place April 1 and 2 this year.  The event supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and TEAM Punta Gorda's Bicycle Friendly Community Initiatives. 
Here's an overview of the events for each day.  More information is on the Event Details page.
Friday April 1, 2016
  • Pre check-in
  • City Manager's "Here and There" Ride
  • Lighted ride to Ponce de Leon Park

Come Back for the Memories to Punta Gorda's USO of the 1940s on April 1

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of World War II. Punta Gorda like many small towns in American played a huge role in the Victory that preserved our freedom. In addition to sending many of its own into combat, Punta Gorda supported the home front with the housing and hospitality it extended to the army air men at the Punta Gorda Army Air Field opened to train pilots and support staff for combat. It also had its own USO. On April 1, the Punta Gorda History invites you to Come Back to the Punta Gorda USO and celebrate Punta Gorda's role in World War II. Exhibits, Decor and more will bring you back. You are encouraged to deck out in vintage 1940s dress or military attire. Ticket information www.puntagordahistorycenter.com.  Benefits the Punta Gorda History Center.

Women's Club Fashion Show March 24

The Punta Gorda Woman's Club invites you to their Spring Fashion Show sponsored by Kays Kloset Thursday, March 24, 2016 noon to 2 p.m. at 118 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda. Donation $15.

Commemorative Air Power History Tour coming to Punta Gorda Airport March 11-13

The CAFAirPower History Tour is coming to Punta Gorda Airport on March 11 through the 13th.  The Barnstormer Weekend will feature rides in B-17, C-45, P-51, T-6, T-34, and a Stearman.  You can experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic World War II aircraft. Visitors will be allowed to get up close and touch the airplanes . . . tour the cockpit . . . talk to the crews . . . teach the kids . . . watch the planes fly or take a ride in a WWII plane.