Happy New Year, friends! We are so excited about all that is to come and I am most excited about … all of the holidays where I get to wear crazy costumes and tell you about what’s going on around SWFL.
Free! It may not be summer yet, but that won’t stop us from doing summer-like things like attending the 6th Annual Big Swamp Smoke-Off Bar-B-Que competition. Top cooking teams from across the nation will make their way to Naples and you, my friends, get to join in on judging who wins the People’s Choice Award. It wouldn’t be an SWFL event without a craft beer tasting. Bring the kids for face painting, bounce houses, and games. The BBQ champ will win $1,500.
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?
The search for the top dog is on, as SWFL K-9s from multiple agencies, along with their handlers, will be competing for top titles including Fastest Dog and Hardest Hitting dog. The Florida Gulf Coast Police K-9 Competition is the first of its kind in our area. See local K-9s conquer an obstacle course, enjoy the vendor expo and be sure you get your hands on a bowl from the chili cook-off! Proceeds benefit multiple organizations. Free attendance and parking. Saturday. January 6th. 11 am – 6 pm. Sun Splash Family Waterpark. 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral.
OPEN MIC VIBES
The arts scene continues to grow in SWFL. Check out the talent scene! From acoustic music and covers to spoken word, poetry and storytelling, get your late-night big-city open mic fix at Speak My Peace. This monthly event brings local performers and non-performers together for a night of sharing, engaging and networking. Not to mention, the food and drinks are amazing! $10. Saturday. January 6th. 8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. American Legion Post #38. 1857 Jackson Street. Fort Myers.
FOOD ✓ BEER ✓ FRIDAY
If your first week back at work has been a drag, good food and brew, along with live music are waiting for you at Millennial Brewing. But I warn you, stay away if you’re on a new year’s resolution kick. In addition to their craft beers, you’ll find anything from soft pretzels & BBQ to even breakfast food. I know, I know. The struggle, right? Live music and a good time await! Free. Friday. January 5th. 5:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Millennial Brewing Co. 1811 Royal Palm Ave. Fort Myers.