Top 5 things to do in Fort Myers, Cape Coral this weekend: Jerry Lawler, Juneteenth

Charles Runnells
Fort Myers News-Press

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Here are five fun things to do this weekend and beyond, including wrestler Jerry Lawler and the annual Juneteenth Community Festival.

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1. Wrestler Jerry Lawler

Jerry "The King" Lawler greets the audience at a Northeast Wrestling card in Poughkeepsie on August 16, 2019.

The WWE wrestler and commentator meets fans and signs autographs at a Mighty Mussels baseball game. The night also features post-game fireworks and a beer festival. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Included with game admission of $11-$13. Beerfest tickets are $30 and include game admission and free samples of more than 50 different beers (6-9 p.m.). Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, south Fort Myers. 768-4210 or

2. Juneteenth Community Festival

Celebrate the holiday with vendors, live entertainment, music, arts and crafts, food and information on Juneteenth and its significance. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Free. The 10th annual festival is presented by the Dunbar Festival Committee and the Lee County Black History Society. Roberto Clemente Park, 3265 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers.

3. Pianist Francesco Attesti

Pianist Francesco Attesti

The acclaimed Italian pianist performs at the first of two June events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Bonita Naples Rotary Club. Attesti is considered to be one of his generation’s finest interpreters of the Romantic and early 20th Century classical repertoire. The night also includes dinner. 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 18. $99 for dinner and the show. Tickets are limited. The Stage, 9144 S.E. Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 405-8566 or

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4. Funny Shorts Live!

Actors perform short, humorous plays in the ongoing "Funny Shorts Live" series at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs.

Ongoing series featuring performances of five short humorous plays. The event’s title has a double meaning, too: The audience member wearing the funniest pair of shorts wins free tickets to upcoming shows. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. $20. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or

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5. Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Blues Band

Bluesman Tommy Lee Cook owns Buckingham Blues Bar

Tommy Lee Cook, owner of Buckingham Blues Bar, takes his house band on the road for this show at The Buddha. 9 p.m. Friday, June 17. $5. Buddha LIVE, 12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 246-1246 or


Dueling Pianos with Sarah Hadeka & David Rode: Davis Art Center kicks off its Sounds of Summer concert series with this dueling pianos show. Singers/pianists Rode and Hadeka take song requests as they perform on two grand pianos in the center of the Grand Atrium. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. $10. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.  333-1933 or

The cast of Fort Myers Theatre's “A Chorus Line”

“A Chorus Line”: The classic musical follows 17 Broadway performers auditioning for a show. It features the songs "What I Did for Love, "One," "I Can Do That," "I Hope I Get It” and more. June 18-26. $35. Fort Myers Theatre, 16120 San Carlos Blvd., No. 5, south Fort Myers. 323-6570 or

“Live from the Underground” rap show: Group rap show featuring Southwest Florida artists Killa Vanilla, Ed Words, King Charlez, Mayan Kulture and DJ Audax. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Free. Rack’em Spirits & Times, 1011 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral.

Juneteenth Celebration Tea: Actors portraying historical figures Mina Edison (wife of inventor Thomas Edison) and Dr. Ella Mae Piper (Fort Myers philanthropist, hair stylist and doctor) host a traditional tea with cakes and pastries from Edison Ford Shoppes. They’ll discuss changes that have happened in Fort Myers since the Civil War and the original Juneteeth. In addition to the performances, live painters will create Juneteenth and 1920s-inspired canvases. The paintings will be auctioned to benefit local, Black-run nonprofits. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Free. Registration required. The tea happens near Dillard’s between entrance F and Entrance G at Edison Mall, 4125 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

Helen Keaney at Laugh In: The actor, comedian and Home Shopping Network host performs stand-up comedy. Thursday through Saturday, June 23-25. $15-$20. Snappers Laugh In Comedy Café, 8595 College Parkway, No. 270, south Fort Myers. 479-5233 or


Dale Obermark as Drew in Broadway Palm's "Rock of Ages."

“Rock of Ages”: Last chance to see this glam-metal ‘80s musical packed with hits such as “Sister Christian,” “I Wanna Rock,” “Heaven,” “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “The Final Countdown.” It tells the story of a small-town girl who falls in love with a Los Angeles rocker in a Sunset Strip nightclub. Now through June 25. $50-$75. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or

Wheeler Walker Jr.: The foul-mouthed outlaw country singer is actually a satirical character played by comedian Ben Hoffman. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 25. $30. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

The Shell Factory 25th anniversary carnival: The popular tourist attraction celebrates its 25th year with 25-cent games, 25-cent child’s admission to the nature park (with each paid adult), live entertainment, carnival food, prizes and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26. Free. The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 995-2141 or

10th Annual Red, White & Brew Trolley Event: Ride trolleys throughout downtown Cape Coral and stop at 11 different bars, restaurants and businesses for patriotic-themed samples of appetizers and American-made beer. 7-11 p.m. Saturday, June 25. $22 ($17 for designated drivers). Check-in happens from 6-7:30 p.m. at the South Cape Hub,  Big John's Plaza (near Pinch-a-Penny) and Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key Resort. Early and late check-in from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the South Cape Hub.

Real Pro Wrestling: Independent wrestlers from the Fort Myers-based wrestling promoter compete in an event called “Redrum.” The lineup includes Zack Monstar, Johnny Rudo, The Brofessional Wrestlers, Noah Veil, Azrael Row and more. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  $15. Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, south Fort Myers.

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