Art Walk, Metallica tribute, more

Looking for fun in Southwest Florida?

Here are five fun things to do this weekend and beyond, including the Art Walk and the Metallica tribute band Hardwired.

Lee County’s community level of COVID-19 is currently listed as high, according to the CDC. Masks are recommended indoors and on public transportation, plus stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

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1. Fort Myers Art Walk

Artist Julio Figueroa-Beltrán is featured in a new Davis Art Center exhibit, including his surreal painting

The monthly event features new art exhibits in downtown Fort Myers galleries, receptions, live music and outdoor art vendors on First Street. September exhibits include DAAS CO-OP’s “Paper Garden,” a group show featuring paper works depicting flowers and plants; and an exhibition of surrealist art by Julio Figueroa-Beltrán at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (pictured). 6-10pm Friday, September 2nd. Free. Art Walk takes place on the first Friday of every month. In downtown Fort Myers.

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2. Metallica tribute Hardwired

tribute band Metallica Hardwired

The tribute band returns for another headbanging show in Southwest Florida. The show starts at around 9pm on Saturday 3rd September. $18 for general admission, $35 for reserved seats (plus applicable taxes and fees). The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or theranchfortmyers

3. Cool & Crispy Fest

Point Ybel’s second annual festival creates an outdoor oasis with water guns, fans, mystery, food trucks, live music, ax throwing and plenty of “crunchy” beer. Noon to 8pm Sunday, September 4. Free. Point Ybel Brewing Co., 16120 San Carlos Blvd., south Fort Myers. 603-6535 or

4. TGIM (Thank God it’s Monday)

Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven host TGIM Mondays each month at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

Co-hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven participate in this monthly event with screenings of independent short films being considered for the annual Fort Myers Film Festival. After watching each film, the presenters, celebrity judges and the audience chat and help determine whether it will enter the big festival. After party at Blu Sushi. Doors open at 6:30pm on Monday, September 5, and the show starts at 7pm $10 for adults ($8 for seniors and students). Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers. 333-1933 or

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