Since the 1880s, Fort Myers has been an important commercial hub in Southwest Florida. The city has long seen a great deal of growth and development. The greater metropolitan area is large enough to have several neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive feel. But the core of Fort Myers is its Downtown: The River District.
There are fun downtown events throughout the year, but Fort Myers’ River District also offers some noteworthy regular events to enjoy all year long:
TrueTours Historical Walking Tours
The River District/Downtown is one of the four designated historic districts of Fort Myers which also include Edison, Dean and Seminole Parks. The entire Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 69 historic buildings including the iconic Fort Myers Edison Theatre. TrueTours explore not only Downtown Fort Myers architecture, but its public art and haunted history.
First Friday Fort Myers Art Walk
Take this self-guided tour of all the Fort Myers downtown art galleries and studios. There are always new exhibits, plus refreshments at the galleries, museums and shops. The Art Walk After Party starts at 10 pm. Drink and be merry with the artists and art enthusiasts who will be out and about downtown until late.
2nd Saturday Antique Market in Fort Myers
During the winter season (January-April) from 9 am to 3 pm, check out the eclectic items and fun collectibles on display along Hendry and Main. About 20-30 vendors offer antiques, memorabilia and vintage wares as well as handmade crafts, indie art and goods.
3rd Saturday Music Walk in Downtown Fort Myers
Over 30 venues in the Fort Myers’ River District feature live music by local and regional musicians. This is a great way to hear live jazz, blues, drumming, cabaret tunes, rock and more while wining and dining the night away.
3rd Saturday Art Fair in Fort Myers River District
This event along the sidewalks of First Street will be starting up again, October-April. From 11 am to 4:30 pm, check out this juried art fair showcasing local artists working in a wide range of media and styles.
Downtown Fort Myers Quarterly Bike Night
Stroll the motorcycle-lined streets of Fort Myers’ Downtown during the Quarterly Bike Night. Live bands on three stages, vendors and a variety of characters strolling the streets make this a favorite Fort Myers River District event.
4th Saturday Car Cruise-Ins
If you love all things cars, especially vintage, modern, arty, or classic ones, then visit the center of Downtown Fort Myers on the 4th Saturday of each month. Talk shop with the owners or simply look longingly at all the beautiful cars.
No matter when you’re visiting Fort Myers, there’s always something fun to enjoy. Book your accommodations in a Southwest Florida B&B when you visit Fort Myers and you’ll be sure to experience the best hospitality around.