Consider this weekend a cultural takeover. Go back in time and dig through Florida history with the kiddos, get a taste of Greece, indulge in the beauty of Asia, then come back to SWFL to celebrate our beautiful area – at night! This weekend there’s just no reason to be bored.
This week represents a celebration of love, and if you love the Asian culture, you’ll love being at the 14th Annual SWFL AsiaFest Chinese New “Year of the Dog” Celebration. The festival will showcase diverse cultures of countries and ethnic regions from all over Asia. Expect Asian good, specialty vendors, cultural dancers, drummers, a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, and so much more. Admission: $5. Alliance for the Arts. Saturday, Feb. 17. 10am – 5 p.m.
The 80th annual Festival of Light Parade will float down the streets of downtown Fort Myers this Saturday. This is an annual tradition that you don’t want to miss. Schools, organizations, and businesses from all over SWFL have spent weeks decorating their floats and preparing their best choreography to showcase this weekend. The Edison Festival of Light parade is the largest night parade in the Southeast! Don’t miss it. Free. Downtown Fort Myers. Saturday, Feb. 17. 7:00 p.m.
If your little one loves adventures and digging, get them to the Fort Myers Fossil Festival. The fest promises an educational, yet fun time, where children can learn how to collect and identify fossils, as well as talk with the local experienced fossil hunters. Grab the kids and explore fossils of all shapes and sizes. Free. Saturday. Feb. 17.The Shell Factory. 9:00am – 5 p.m.
For 43 years, Greek Fest of Fort Myers has been celebrating the rich heritage of Greece. At this festival, you can enjoy authentic Greek food, wine, music, and dancing, along with Carnival rides and live music from the Greek Company Orchestra. Tour the church and learn more about Greek Orthodox traditions. $5 for the entire weekend. Children under 12 are free. Feb 16th – 18th. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. 8210 Cypress Lake Dr. Fort Myers.