Postponed, canceled reveals in Fort Myers, Naples

Everything was canceled or postponed in 2020 it seems. But now, many of those postponed events are returning in 2021 – from country superstar Chris Stapleton to 80s hard rockers Slaughter.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in 2021, including new show dates, and what’s been canceled or closed.

We’ll update as more are announced.

There are no dance, live music or carnival rides at this year's Greek festival Fort Myers. Instead, the organizers have turned the annual festival into a drive-through restaurant offering starters, sandwiches, desserts and full meals.

CANCELED EVENTS AND CLOSED EVENTS

FEBRUARY

Sanibel-Captiva Arts & Crafts Festival, February 2021 at the Sanibel Community House on Sanibel Island. Canceled. sanibelartfair.com NOTE: This is a separate event from the Sanibel-Captiva Art League’s Sanibel Art Fair on February 21 at the Sanibel Community House. This event is still happening, say the organizers.

Continue reading: Your guide to 2020 arts festivals in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita and Punta Gorda

Community Concert Series, February 16 to March 23 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Canceled. fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org

ClamJam from the Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival, February 20-21 at the Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral. Canceled. facebook.com/ClamJamofSouthwestFlorida

Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, February 20 in downtown Fort Myers. Canceled. Further events take place in the annual festival. edisonfestival.org

Continue reading: Edison Fest Parade, Junior Parade in Fort Myers canceled

The 82nd annual Edison Festival of the Light Grand Parade in Fort Myers, Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Fort Myers Greek Festival, February 26-28 in the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation in Fort Myers. All carnival rides and live bands were canceled this year. Instead, the 46th annual festival has been converted into a drive-through restaurant with a $ 25,000 prize draw. The foods available include appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, and full meals. greekfestfortmyers.com

Taco Fest Bonita Springs, February 28 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Canceled. facebook.com/BSCEVENT

MARCH

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, March 6-7 in downtown Fort Myers. The in-person event was canceled and replaced with a month-long, fully virtual festival. readfest.org

Cape Coral Irish FestivalMarch 7th to 8th at the German American Social Club in Cape Coral. Canceled. 823-3513

Bonita Blues Festival, 13.-14. March at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Canceled. bonitablues.com

Continue reading: The Bonita Blues Festival has been canceled for the second time in a row

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Naples, March 13 in downtown Naples. Canceled and replaced by a socially distant boat parade called “Shamrocking on the Water”. naplesparade.com

Continue reading: A traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade will not be held in Naples next month due to COVID-19 concerns

APRIL

Punta Gorda Block Party, April in downtown Punta Gorda. This year and also 2022 canceled. Facebook.com/PuntaGordaBlockParty

Rock the Arches music festival, April 24th at Lani Kai Island Resort in Fort Myers Beach. Postponed. facebook.com/restorethearches

CONTINUATION

Broadway season at Artis – Naples. The Naples venue has canceled its entire 2020-21 season for Broadway musicals. New or rescheduled shows have not been announced for 2021-22. artisnaples.org

Broadway season at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The South Fort Myers venue has postponed its entire 2020-21 season of Broadway musicals. All shows have been postponed to the 2021-22 season. Dates and tickets will be announced. bbmannpah.com

Continue reading: Broadway is canceled for Mann Hall, Artis – Naples this season. When do musicals return?

The coronavirus has disrupted numerous events and celebrations in southwest Florida, including the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Naples on Fifth Avenue South.

New Phoenix Theater in Fort Myers. Closed until further notice. newphoenixtheatrefortmyers.org

The Flipper Asylum in Fort Myers. Closed until further notice. pinballasylum.com

The stage restaurant and nightclub in Bonita Springs. Closed until further notice. facebook.com/TheStageBonita

Royal cinemas. The theater chain has closed all US theaters indefinitely as many blockbusters have been postponed. regmovies.com

Continue reading:Regal Cinemas close US theaters. What about other movie theaters in Southwest Florida?

RESCHEDULED EVENTS AND REOPENING LOCATIONS

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MARCH

The red clay strays March 13th at the Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. Postponed July 17, 2020. theranchfortmyers.com

Collie Buddz, March 18 at the Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. Postponed from October 1, 2020. theranchfortmyers.com

APRIL

Craig Morgan, April 10 at the Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. Postponed from August 29, 2020. theranchfortmyers.com

Toby Keith, April 30th in the Hertz Arena in Estero. Postponed from May 1, 2020. hertzarena.com

CAN

Pageant of Light King & Queen’s Celebration and Coronation Ball, May 22nd at the Westin Cape Coral Resort in Cape Coral. Postponed from February. edisonpageant.com

Brit Floyd, May 27th at the Hertz Arena in Estero. Postponed from May 28, 2020. hertzarena.com

Comedian Jo Koy in a promotional picture for his 2020

JUNE

Alabama, June 11th at the Hertz Arena in Estero. Postponed from August 22, 2020. hertzarena.com

Comedian Jo Koy, June 25th at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in south Fort Myers. Postponed from October 8, 2020. bbmannpah.com

JULY

Slaughter and LA Guns, July 24th at the Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. Postponed from March 6, 2021. theranchfortmyers.com

AUGUST

Tedeschi Trucks Band, August 20th at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in south Fort Myers. Postponed from August 17, 2020. bbmannpah.com

OCTOBER

Pour crowns, October 22nd in the Hertz Arena in Estero. Postponed from October 29, 2020. hertzarena.com

“Lifetime of a fact” Oct. 27 – Nov. 14 at the Players Circle Theater in North Fort Myers. Postponed from January 13th to 30th, 2021. Playerscircletheater.com

Chris Stapleton performs live at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Fest on June 10, 2016.

NOVEMBER

Chris Stapleton, November 11th at the Hertz Arena in Estero. Postponed from July 16, 2020. hertzarena.com

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