This Week’s Happenings – Week of Aug. 1–7, 2016

BOOMERANGS: EVENTS TO COME BACK FOR! Fishermen’s Village Inaugural TikiFest Hula dancers, ukulele playing, tiki toss and bowling, trop rock and steel drums, coconut painting, photo op’s, tiki carvings, Hawaiian leis giveaways, drink and food specials, tiki merchandise and tropical clothing store promotions. Free admission! Aug. 13, noon–4:00 pm. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda: Englewood Rocks Six Decades: Englewood Pioneer Days is celebrating 60 years! Grand Marshall nominations open until Aug. 2. Deadline to enter a float in the parade or be a vendor: Aug. 19. The Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay will create the trophies! Visit and for updates and details! Event dates: Photo Contest entry deadline: Aug. 26 Sing Along: Aug. 30 Pioneer Days Festival: Sept. 4, noon–8:00 pm Little Miss Englewood Pageant: Aug. 20 Cardboard Boat Race: Sept. 3 Open Car Show: Sept. 4 Chalkfest 5.0: Aug. 27 Shipwreck Dance: Sept. 3 Pioneer Days Festival: Sept. 5, 8:00 am–3:00 pm Kids’ Shipwreck Party: Aug. 27 Fish-a-thon: Sept. 4 Corvette Car Show: Sept. 5 Historical Tours: Aug. 28 Diaper Derby: Sept. 4 60th Pioneer Days Parade: Sept. 5, 9:00 am Big Orange Music Festival Music on two stages, from JJ Grey & Mofro, The Fritz, Nick Moss Band, Colin Lake, Thomas Winn and the Believers, and Still Friends! Events include Sunset Celebration, Sun Paddle Fun, Throwdown athletic competition, and the Om Zone! Sept. 9 and 10: King Fisher Fleet Presents Two-for-One Sunset Cruise as part of the Big Orange Music Festival kick off! Enjoy a glorious Florida sunset over Charlotte Harbor while touring the waterfront. Call 941.639.0969 for tickets and details. Valid Sept. 9 only. Fishermen’s Village Marina, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Ste. 16A, Punta Gorda: Comedy for a Cause This annual improvisational event is cast with community business leaders performing in a hilarious fundraising evening to benefit the Charlotte Players and its many programs. Sept 16: Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival Explore and enjoy the work of 100 of the finest artists and skilled crafters from 30 states, everything from art and handmade crafts to functional pieces, unique gift items, and more! Sept. 17–18: SWFL Rockin’ and Reelin’ Fishing Tournament Open to any anglers. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for both the Inshore and Offshore Divisions. Sept. 16 and 17: Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest 2016 Three days of family-friendly piracy, live music, live mermaids, pirate ships, magic, and more! Sept. 23–25: Florida International Air Show Family-friendly entertainment, education, and excitement! Oct. 21–23: War on the Peace Dragon Boat Festival Dragon boating can—and should!—be pursued by every- and anyone, of all abilities, at every level of competition. Get your team together now! Oct. 29: Englewood Beach Waterfest: Ecofest, Oct. 29: Hands-on learning opportunities geared towards children and families at Lemon Bay Park; Paddlefest, Nov. 12 and 13: 6-mile, 3-mile, and 1.5-mile races, PaddleFit Challenge Games, and Rockin’ Relay, with a SUP’Squatch division in both 6- and 3-mile races; and Racefest, Nov. 18–20: World Championship of the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) with expected attendance of over 40 boats running at speeds up to and over 130 miles per hour! Visit Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida Dedication and VetFest Wall dedication, Veterans Festival, several live concerts. Celebration culminates in a street fair in downtown Punta Gorda. Nov. 5–12: 5th Annual Tippecanoe Trail and Mud Run Conquer fun and challenging obstacles, get great exercise in a beautiful setting, and help protect Charlotte County’s natural resources! Registration is discounted before Sept. 30, 5:00 pm; regular registration fees apply Oct. 1–Nov. 12. Entries received after Oct. 21 are not guaranteed a spot. Visit calendars.asp for details. Nov. 12, Tippecanoe Environmental Park, 2400 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte

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