Three Cheers: Things to do this weekend in SWFL

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September wasn’t the best month in Southwest Florida. Between Hurricane Irma and her aftermath, its been a challenge for many residents in recent weeks.

But as life starts to return to normal, many are looking for a distraction to begin feeling normal again. Luckily, there’s plenty to do around Southwest Florida this weekend.

SWFL Hunger Games

Six Bends Harley-Davidson will be hosting a food truck rally on Saturday to raise money for Blessings in a Backpack, an organization which aims to fight food insecurity in children. The event will have over 30 food trucks from around the area, as well as local chefs bringing their best dishes to compete for bragging rights around town. SWFL Hunger Games runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a limited number of tickets remain starting at $ 10.

Piff the Magic Dragon

John van der Put, a costume wearing comedian best known for performances on “America’s Got Talent” and Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us,” will be performing two shows on each of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7 and 9 p.m. at Off the Hook Comedy Club in Naples. Ver der Put uses a mixture of comedy and magic in his shows, and his chihuahua sidekick Mr. Piffles.

4-17 Southern Speedway

4-17 Southern Speedway in Punta Gorda will be back on track for the first time since Irma on Saturday. The 3/8-mile oval race track will host races for sportsman class, street stocks, V-8 bomber, mini stocks, and dwarf cars. Grandstands open at 4 p.m., and heat races start at 6 p.m. while the features begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 for adults, with discounts for seniors, military, first responders, and kids.

Pirate Festival

Yarr! The 12th annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival begins Friday, running through Sunday on Old San Carlos and Times Square. The event’s scope and schedule were shuffled due to the hurricane, but will still feature live music, food, entertainment, costume contest, and a swashbuckling good time. Entry is free for all ages.


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