Things to Do

Are you ready to dress up, get dirty and chili out?

10:21 AM, Aug 28, 2018

It’s going to be a spicy, green, hot and gute zeit kind of weekend.

Plant-based goodness.

Veg-curious is the most interesting word I’ve learned in 2018. With the recent sweep in vegan, vegetarian and green-living regimens, I think it perfectly describes many of us who want to learn more about these lifestyles without giving up the chicken. However you identify, the SWFL Veg Fest is for everyone! Find out all the latest on the SWFL green life. From where to get local eco-friendly and cruelty-free products to all the knowledge from expert speakers and vendors, SWFL Veg Fest sounds like a good, clean & green time. Bike valet parking available. Free. 10am – 4pm. Monday, Jan. 22. Riverside Park. Bonita Springs.

SWFL Veg Fest»

All the dirt, baby.

I bet you didn’t know that swamp buggy racing dates back to 1948! If you have never caught any of this action, my friend, it’s time to get your life together! I’ve heard people ask “Why would anyone want to get that dirty?” and I say to them, “Why not?!?!?!” A swamp buggy is kind of like a four wheeler or a super, big four wheeler made to take on swamp terrain or what I like to call – the mud. You’d be surprised how intense these races get! Ticket prices vary. Jan. 27 & 28th. 1:00 p.m. Florida Sports Park. 8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. Naples.

Swamp Buggy Races »


Made possible by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, the Karneval Masken Ball is a themed masquerade ball. carnival is celebrated worldwide and this year’s theme asks that you “Dress For Your Favorite TV Show”. Costumes are heavily encouraged because there will be a parade of costumes and even a contest (Please wear a costume. I really want you to win!). The Alex Meiner Band will be the entertainment of the night, playing all the tunes for this culturally exciting event. $6 Admission for club members. $10 for guests. Saturday, Jan. 27th. 5:30pm – 11pm. 2101 Pine Island Road. Cape Coral.

Karneval Masken Ball »

Hot, Hotter, Hottest.

I can eat chili all day, everyday. It is my one of my favorite things about living this life. If you’re a chili lover like my colleague Martin and I are, you’ll want to head to the 6th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge. The thing is that the goodness doesn’t stop at chili. At the festival, you’ll get to try beers from small breweries. Fifteen different craft beers from micro-breweries nationwide will be on the grounds of Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. Spice up your weekend with award-winning chili, ice-cold beer and live blues, soul and rock performances straight from the Louisiana Bayou.

6th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge »