Barktoberfest Pet Costume Contest at Fishville October 25th

Barktoberfest Pet Costume Contest will be held near Salty Paws at Fishville. Call 575-7599 for information. October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Haunting on the Harbor Downtown Punta Gorda October 24 to October 31

The 5th Annual Haunting on the Harbor Halloween Festival and Haunted House will take place  October 24-28, 30-31, 2014 at City Marketplace in downtown Punta Gorda.

Pumpkin patches, hay rides, carnival games, fair food, live music, and the largest haunted house in Charlotte County are some of the features of the Haunting on the Harbor. The festival opens on Friday October 24th at 6:00pm; Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th at 1:00pm. Activities  There will also be a large kid’s play area with bounce houses, slides, rides, and more.

Returning this year is  the old fashioned hayride which will take a leisurely trip through the historic district of downtown Punta Gorda to view all of the Halloween-themed decorated houses. A decorated Pumpkin Patch with a professional photographer to capture your visit and costume contests will be held throughout the weekend.

The Kid’s Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 3:00pm- the Kid’s Contest is divided into 3 age groups-0-3, 4-7, and 8-14 years old. The Adult Contest will be held on October 25th at 9:00pm and is divided into male, female, and group categories. Our canine friends get their chance on Sunday, October 26th at 3:00pm when our Doggie Costume contest hits the Stage. There is no charge to enter any of the costume contests.

The Haunting presents live entertainment each day and night. Zombie University  will launch the scare fest on Friday night, Oct 24th at 8pm, On Saturday evening,  hypnotist Richard Barker takes  the Haunting stage. The Jack Michael Band will finish out the night with a special high energy concert.A complete list of entertainment is available at  There will be plenty to feast on at the festival too with all your carnival and Halloween favorites on hand for young and old, as well as adult beverages.

The highlight of the festival is the Haunting on the Harbor Haunted House. The largest anywhere in Charlotte County and one of the largest in Southwest Florida, enter if you dare! With over 5000 square feet of twists and turns with a different fright around every corner, this year's haunted house will have  new special effects never seen in Charlotte County, For the younger children (10 and under) The Not-So-Scary Fun House will be available. The Haunted House will be open throughout the weekend festival and the Haunted House ONLY will be open for special encore performances on Oct 30th and 31st, Halloween night starting at 6 pm!

Haunting History with Ghostly Mystery Trolley Tour Friday October 24th

Journey back into our diabolical past filled with astounding tales of spirits, strange happenings and UFO sightings. Adults $29 Children (5-11) $19. Tour departs from the Herald Court Parking Garage - Downtown Punta Gorda. For tickets contact Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce 941.639.3720 For info and group sales contact creator Marie LaBrosse 941.815.6230

Fine Arts Festival "Senuality Meets Symmetry" - Exploring Art Nouveau to Art Deco at the VAC October 31 to November 29

The 11th Annual Fine Arts Festival “Sensuality Meets Symmetry” - Exploring Art Nouveau to Art Deco will take place at the Visual Arts Centers in Punta Gorda October 31 – November 29.
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Corks 'n' Canvas February 22

Corks 'n' Canvas  hosted by  the Punta Gorda Chamber will teach all how to paint on glass Wednesday  February 22 at the H W Smith Building, opposite the Punta Gorda Post Office. $35 per person - all supplies, hors d' oeuvres and a glass of wine included. Take home a piece of art. Call 941 639 3720 for reservations.

3rd Annual PGI Home Tour Benefits Cooper Street Kids Saturday February 25

Ever want to peak inside some of the lovely homes of Punta Gorda Isles.  On Saturday, February 25, you can get that chance and at the same time benefit kids in Charlotte County.   

The Clubs and Groups of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA) are holding the 3nd Annual Benefit for Cooper Street Kids on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Admission is $15.00 for “Share the Love for the Kids - Home Tour” from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM to visit ten distinctive homes in beautiful Punta Gorda Isles (PGI). Gift Baskets, raffle prizes and dessert trays will be available for purchase while touring some of PGI’s top designer homes! All proceeds benefit New Operation Cooper Street, Inc.

Warbird Weekend February 25-26

The Florida Warbird Squadron 24 will be holding its 3rd Annual Warbird Weekend on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, February, 26, 2012 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Airport.

The event will feature a Static Warbird Display of over 50 classic planes and flyovers. Rides will be available by History Flight in the B-25, T-6, and Stearman Warbirds. This is a fundraiser for veteran's organizations. A donation of $8 per person or $15 for family (adults/children) is requested. 

The Florida Warbird Squadron 24 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Go to or call 941-639-6188 for details.

Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival

Chili makers will vie for the best chili in the area at cooking booths in Laishley Park on Saturday February 11.  Judges choice, people's choice awards, plus lots of fun activities, live entertainment and beer tasting tent.    25 chili cooks expected to complete.

Where:  Laishley Park
When:    Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission:  $3

Charlotte Harbor Regatta February 2-5

Featuring competitive racing on Charlotte Harbor, the 2012 Regatta features 12 classes of boats.  More than 100 boats are expected to compete.

For more information, go to or call Brian Gleason at 941-206-1133.

2nd Annual Festa Italia Comes to Laishley Park January 28-29

The 2nd Annual Festa Italia comes to Laishley Park in Punta Gorda this weekend.  On Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11a.m. to 6. p.m. the park along the Peace will be transformed into a little bit of Napoli.

In addition to a cornucopia of Italian comestibles,  entertainers singing and playing favorites will include Maurice LoMonaco, Don Petro and many others.   But, of course, it is mostly about the food.  And as a famous commercial sponsor says "it's going to be huge."  Here's some of what you will be able to try at the festival:  

Italian Sausage $ Peppers
Cheesesteaks...Curly Fries...Zucchini Pancakes
Linguini & clam sauce...Shrimp Scampi
Lasagna...Eggplant Rollantini
Spaghetti Meat Balls..Spaghetti Alio e Olio
Calamare Fritti...Clams on the 1/2 shell
Meatball Hero...Garlic Bread
Chicken Cacciatore...Trippa...Pasta Fagioli
The Americano Grill
Braciole Siciliana...Rice Balls...Crepes
Ministrone Soup..Chicken Parm Hero...Mozzarella sticks
Italian Pastries & Cakes...Biscotti
Ice Cream..Lemonade.Italian Ice
Mussels / Cozze white or Red With Italian Bread
Peroni Beer...Miller Lite...Yuengling
Bolla Wine
Coca Cola...Diet Coke...Sprite
& More

There will also be:

Italian shirts / Hats
Traditional Dancing
Fireworks over the River
Italian souvenir's

Parking is free at the Courthouse parking lot located right next to Laishley Park or opposite River City Grill in the big lot. The park is also accessible by Boat.  Please contact the Dock Master at Laishley Marina for more details

Pet’s Laishley Park is a dog friendly park..Festa Italia welcomes you to bring your Dog’s on a leash

Admission $4.00 Donation with a portion of the proceeds going to Charlotte County not for profit charities.

Contact 941-769-2221 or E-Mail