5 Things to Do This Weekend (Mar. 16)

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In an effort to help our readers plan their weekend, every Thursday you can find out what is going on in Cape Coral over the next few days with our "5 Things To Do This Weekend".

Whether it's finding events for the family or a night out with friends, here you will find details on a few of the events taking place in Cape Coral over the weekend in a quick and simple format.

Below are five events taking place across Cape Coral this weekend.


South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival (Saturday)

This weekend, the "Biggest Reggae Festival in Southwest Florida" comes to Cape Coral.

Dixie Roadhouse will host its third annual South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival this Saturday, March 18.

This year's event will feature nine hours of non-stop Reggae music on two stages. Over a dozen bands are scheduled to perform at this year's event.

Headlining the South Cape Reggae Festival 2017 will be international music superstar, Maxi Priest.

In addition to the music, the event will also feature a true Rasta experience with food, drinks, and vendors, all with a Jamaican theme.

New this year, there will also be a kids section with attractions and activities geared toward the younger ones.

Admission to the event is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. There are also VIP tickets available starting at $30. All tickets entitle attendees unlimited access to the festival inside and outside. To purchase tickets, click here.

The 2017 South Cape Reggae Festival will take place this Saturday, March 18 on SE 11th Place, Dixie Roadhouse, and Rockade from 1:00pm to 2:00am

For more information on the 2017 South Cape Spring Break Reggae Festival, click here.


South Cape St. Patrick's Day Trolley Event (Friday)

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an Irish-inspired trolley event in South Cape Coral.

You’ll board the exclusive trolleys to travel to 12 South Cape bars and restaurants and enjoy a specialty drink for just $2.50 at each place. Get your passport stamped at every location (no purchase required) and you can enter to win a gift basket stuffed Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Baileys and pint glasses.

You can also win prizes on the trolleys, including swag and gift cards to local spots.

All attendees will receive a choice of a green beanie or shamrock light-up necklace at check-in (available while they last).

This is a 21+ event. Valid ID will be required at check-in.

Advance tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online or at participating locations soon. Designated Driver tickets are $10 and include a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage at locations.

The South Cape St. Patrick's Day Trolley Event takes place this Friday, March 17 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

For more information, including a list of participating locations and their specialty drinks, click here.

This is a 21+ event. Valid ID will be required at check-in.


Sundown Stroll & Kickoff to Sounds of Jazz with Mike Imbasciani (Thursday)

As a prelude to Sounds of Jazz & Blues on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Tarpon Point, the monthly Sundown Stroll by the Promenade Shops at Tarpon Point will feature live music from by Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz.

During the evening there will also be the opportunity to purchase 2017 Sounds of Jazz & Blues tickets at a discount rate. Sounds of Jazz Experience tickets will be $10 off gate price, making them just $35. These tickets include a catered meal, two drinks, and seating. VIP tickets will be $10 off gate price, making them just $65. These tickets include an upgraded catered meal, open bar and riverside seating.

There will also be a raffle supporting the Guardian Angels for Special Populations, and drinks and specials at the local shops.

There will even be a special art show by Hilary Hemingway, niece of Ernest Hemingway at Lorne's Gallery. Jeff Lindsay, Hilary's husband and author of the book "Dexter," a now Showtime Original Series, will be doing a book signing.

The Sundown Stroll will take place this Thursday, March 16 outside the shops on the promenade at Tarpon Point, located at 5951 Silver King Blvd., from 4:00pm to 7:30pm.

For more information, call the Special Events Division of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation at (239) 573-3123.


Waters & Wheels at Cape Harbour (Friday-Sunday)

Enjoy a weekend of classic cars and boats of all sizes as the 11th Annual Water & Wheels Festival takes place at Cape Harbour.

During the three-day event, the popular destination will be transformed into both a car show and boat show, and much more for all ages.

View beautiful in-water yachts up to 50 feet, plus many trailered boats, fishing kayaks, and paddleboards. Hear and see the famous Michigander Top Fuel Nitro Dragster. The U.S. Coast Guard will be on hand for boat safety inspections. Try your luck with the 50/50 raffle. Live entertainment acts include Stolen Fruit, Remedy, and Chris Workman.

Admission is free for this action-packed weekend, running March 17 - 19.

Hours are; Friday- 12:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday- 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday- 9:00am to 6:00pm.

For more information, call (239) 247-4600.


Gartenfest at the German American Club (Sunday)

If you miss the fun of Oktoberfest, make sure you plan on attending this weekend's Gartenfest being held on March 19, at the German American Social Club of Cape Coral.

Gartenfest is the club’s ways of sharing their German Gemütlichkeit with the Southwest Florida community.

With the weather promising to be sunny and warm, the community is invited to mingle in the Bavarian Gardens, the clubs very own backyard, to enjoy good cheer, great music, delicious food and, well, a beer or two.

With music featured by upbeat and modern Alex Meixner Band from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm, there is sure to be a few good tunes to dance to, as well.

And don’t worry, no one will be sending you home after 5:00pm. The party will continue indoors with music by the beautiful Eva Adams until 8:00pm.

You will want to come out for a bratwurst, a schnitzel sandwich or the club’s famous potato pancakes, and enjoy a nice cold Krombacher dark or white, or a Hefeweizen (wheat beer).

Gartenfest will take place this Sunday, March 19 at the German American Social Club, located at 2101 SW Pine Island Rd. Gates open at 12:00pm.

Tickets for the event are $3 per person. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free.

For more information, click here, or call (239) 283-1400.