5 Things to Do This Weekend (Apr. 20)

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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.


Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta (Saturday)

This weekend, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral will host the 23rd annual Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Sit on the banks of Four Freedoms Park and cheer on the creative cardboard creations as they make their way through the Bimini Basin in races for bragging rights and trophies.

This year over 20 boats is scheduled to participate in this one of a kind event.

There will also be food, drinks (beer and non-alcoholic), vendors, and live music featuring LCEC's Killa-Watts band.

The event is free to the public.

Free parking is available at all city-owned parking lots (Big John's, Club Square, SWFL Military Museum). There will also be parking at the vacant lots just west of the park for $10 per vehicle.

The 2017 Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held this Saturday, April 22 beginning at 11:00am at Four Freedoms Park, located at 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral. Races are scheduled to start at 1:00pm.

For more information on this year’s Cardboard Boat Regatta festivities, click here to read CapeCoral.com’s full story on the event.


21st annual NW Cape Coral Trash Bash (Saturday)

Come by boat or by car to the 21st annual Northwest Cape Coral Trash Bash on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am to noon at the Burnt Store Road Boat Ramp located at 230 Burnt Store Road S., just north of Ceitus Parkway.

Northwest Cape Coral area residents, property owners, and schools will team up with city code enforcement and police departments to clean up trash from empty properties and canals.

Participants can pick up free trash bags, gloves, T-shirts, and water at 8:30am before fanning out to collect unsightly neighborhood trash. Large dumpsters will be stationed at the Burnt Store boat ramp to collect trash. Workers are invited to return to the boat ramp shelter at noon to enjoy hot pizza and cold drinks.

The annual Northwest Cape Coral Trash Bash is held annually in conjunction with “Keep Lee County Beautiful” and national “Great American Cleanup Earth Day” and has consistently had the largest turnout in Lee County. 

For more information about the 2017 NW Cape Coral Trash Bash, call John Bashaw (920) 449-2000.


Relay For Life of Cape Coral (Saturday)

Come out for some family fun and help raise money for the local American Cancer Society, as the annual Cape Coral Relay For Life takes place this Saturday from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

Started in 2002, Relay For Life of Cape Coral is held each year to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost. It is also organized to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

During the day enjoy games, contests, and live music by such bands as A200; LCEC's Killa-Watts, Electric Lipstick, and more.

This year, the event moves to its new home at the Caloosa Middle School Football Field, located at 610 Del Prado Blvd. S.

For more information, including the full schedule of music and activities, click here.


Tiki Hut Pig Roast (Saturday)

Get ready for this month's pig roast pool party at the Tiki Hut.

The pig roast will take place this Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm.

During the day, Steely Pan will be playing the steel drums from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

While enjoying the music, enjoy the Tiki's delicious pulled pork dinner for $10.

During the evening, Rocker will take the stage from 7:00pm to 11:00pm playing all your favorite Rock songs.

The Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key is located at 1502 Miramar St.

For more information, click here.


4th Annual Run 4 Kayla (Saturday)

This weekend, the 4th Annual Run for Kayla will take place at Patriot Elementary School.

The event features a 5k run/walk, one-mile fun run, and the main event, the Wheelchair Dash. All children participating will receive medals.

There will also be horses, performances, face painting, balloon makers, music, raffles, goody bags, and the coolest awards!

The creation of Run 4 Kayla was inspired by Kayla Hilliard, a ten-year-old who lives with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. Kayla is unable to do so many things, so many of us take for granted every day and endure great physical complications every day that leads to pain, and serious surgeries. However, you would never know it with one look at her face. She is the happiest person you’ll meet, who always has a huge smile on her face and is so generous and caring to everyone she knows. She also loves running. She runs competitively as a Duo Team, being pushed by her mom, Charyse. What better to put on, for her, than a race where everyone can participate and be included, no matter what their abilities are?

Over the last three years, the Run4Kayla has brought in up to seven duo teams, 342 runners/walkers, 496 participants, and just over $25,800 raised and split between Patriot Elementary Special Needs Dept. and Special Equestrians (horse therapy for special needs).

This year's event will take place this Saturday, April 22 at Patriot Elementary School, located at 711 SW 18th St.

Registration begins at 6:00am. The Special needs duo team 5k start is scheduled for 7:25am. 5k Run/Walk start is 7:30am. Kids One-Mile Fun Run start is 8:15am. The Wheelchair Dash start is 8:30am.

To register for the event, or more information, including race prices, visit www.run4kayla.com.