Looking for some entertainment?
Here are our top 10 things to do this weekend and beyond in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida — from the return of guided tours at the Edison Estates to a poker run supporting local law enforcement to an all-star virtual concert from The Naples Players.
If you go to an in-person event, the CDC recommends following social distancing guidelines. That includes wearing a face mask, avoiding mass gatherings and staying at least 6 feet from others.
Check with individual venues for their practices on masks, social distancing and other CDC recommendations. For more about how to protect yourself and others, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
1. Guided Tours at Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Guided tours are back at the former homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers. A knowledgeable tour guide leads socially distant groups of 10 or fewer. All museum visitors must wear face masks. Tours take place daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. $18-$30. Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., downtown Fort Myers. 334-7419 or edisonfordwinterestates.org
Read about another SWFL attraction: Sanibel’s new aquarium: Live octopuses, clams, a rare junonia and more at shell museum
2. Riding for the Blue
Support local law enforcement with this motorcycle poker run. The run starts at Rockstar Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers, continues to several stops in Naples and Bonita Springs, and then returns to Rockstar. Organizers say social distancing will be practiced. Registration is 8-9 a.m. Saturday, and the ride starts at 9:15 a.m. There will be live music, food, drinks and more at Rockstar from noon to 4 p.m. Registration is $15-$20. Organized by the Naples nonprofit Fallen Officers. Rockstar Harley-Davidson, 9501 Thunder Road, south Fort Myers. ridingfortheblue.com
3. Broadway Live From Blackburn Hall
This free show streams live from The Naples Players’ Blackburn Hall stage. Some of the community theater’s top stars will perform Broadway tunes, including Charles Fornara, Dawn Lebrecht Fornara, Jesse and Amy Hughes of the group Chariot, Randall Kenneth Jones, Alyssa Lee and more. 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Watch on NaplesPlayers.org/live, facebook.com/thenaplesplayers or youtube.com/thenaplesplayers
4. Wear a Mask Friday at Laugh In
The comedy café starts a new weekly show where masks are required. All attendees must wear masks when not at their table. 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Comedian Michael Mack performs. The mask requirement is in addition to the club’s other ongoing precautions. “To further keep minds at ease, we have decided to require a mask for our Friday 730 shows for the foreseeable future,” the club posted Monday on Facebook. “We hope this will allow those on (the) fence … the extra bit of comfort needed to come out, relax, and laugh a little!” $18-$25. Laugh In Comedy Café, 8595 College Parkway, Unit 270, south Fort Myers. 479-5233 or laughincomedycafe.com
5. “The Quarantine Monologues”
Florida Weekly arts-and-entertainment writer Nancy Stetson was one of several winners in a national play-writing contest held by Las Vegas Little Theatre. Now her monologue, “Germs Are Everywhere,” will be performed online as part of the Vegas theater’s “The Quarantine Monologues.” All the playwrights chose a topic from a list of COVID-19-related subjects, such as social distancing, working from home and Zoom calls. The collection of monologues will be streamed online at 9 p.m. Sunday and 10 p.m. Monday, Eastern Standard Time (the theater is on Pacific Standard Time). $15. lvlt.org
6. Katie Lyon livestreamed EP release
The Naples-born country singer-songwriter releases her new EP with a livestreamed acoustic concert on Facebook. The five-song EP is called “Some Things Take Time.” Lyon now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (6:30 p.m. Central). Free. facebook.com/Katielyonmusic
7. Nice Guys Pizza Virtual Trivia
Marc Davis hosts this weekly trivia game with gift card prizes. It’s played on the Zoom videoconferencing app. Check the Facebook page a day or two before the event for the Zoom link. 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Play solo or as a team. facebook.com/NiceGuysPizza
8. “Ding” Darling Day Amateur Nature Photography Contest
The 28th annual photo contest opened Wednesday and will take submissions through Sept. 15. Cash prizes are awarded for the winning nature photos. All entries must be submitted by email to [email protected] Winners will be announced Oct. 18 during the annual “Ding” Darling Days. $25 entry fee (two entries per person). Only amateur photographers can participate. All photos must have been taken during the last two years at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. The refuge celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/photo-contests
9. 80 Caliber
The 80s rock cover band returns to Tiki Hut. They play Van Halen, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Poison and more. 7-11 p.m. Friday. Free. Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral. 540-8454 or dolphinkeyresort.com
10. Goat yoga
It’s yoga … with goats. Dim Jandy Ranch hosts this twice-weekly, 90-minute yoga class. You bring your own blanket or mat. They provide the goats. Social distancing is practiced. 7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays. $10. Dim Jandy Ranch, 13151 Pinto Lane, Fort Myers. 651-283-7590 or dimjandy.com
— Got anything cool happening next weekend or later? Email me the details at [email protected]