September 20-23: 2nd Annual Peace River Film Festival. Charlotte Harbor Event Center and Edison College. Keep up to date on all film festival events, comments and films at www.peaceriverfilmfestival.org

September 21: 13th Annual Lobster Bake, Charlotte County Historical Society. Port Charlotte Beach Complex. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 p.m., 941-629-7278 for reservations.

September 22: Ponce de Leon Festival at Fishermen’s Village. Live entertainment, food, drinks. For more information visit www.fishville.com

September 29: The Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County Golf Tournament. Kingsway Country Club. Contact ldorler@bgcofcc.com or ww.bgcofcc.org

October 5: Beer, Brats, Music and More! 5th Annual Downtown Merchants Association and Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest. Taylor Street in front of the Historic Courthouse, 5-10 p.m. www.puntagordachamber.com

October 13: 17th Annual Edison POPS at Sunset featuring The Nowhere Band,
941- 637-5604

October 13: Fishermen’s Village Oktoberfest, 575-3067 for information.

October 14: Sunday Farmers Market and antique vendors, History Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

October 20: Punta Gorda Days Inc and the Punta Gorda Block party Committee are holding a very special event at the old City Marketplace property to save the Block Party. Noon to 9 p.m. Email for details SAVE@PuntaGordaBlockParty.info or visit www.PuntaGordaBlockParty.info
October 21: 3rd Annual Tour de North Port. Features 15-, 35-, 65- and 100-mile routes throughout North Port. Benefits development of the Tree Whiz environmental center. For information www.peoplefortrees.com

October 26: American Red Cross Halloween Boo Ball, 941-379-9300 ext. 255

October 29: TEAM Punta Gorda Annual Meeting. Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association Building. 7 p.m.

November 17: The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, is hosting “A Harbor Happening.” Boaters are invited to anchor in the harbor or hook up to a mooring ball for an aerial photograph that will be taken to promote Punta Gorda as a boating community. A picnic will be held at Laishley Park from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and music plays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

November 24: Latin Fest presented by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce featuring Jose Feliciano. Edison College. Tickets start at $55. Available online at

December 7: Finale of the City of Punta Gorda’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. Council would like your ideas on how to commemorate it. Send to City Manager Howard Kunik at hkunik@pgorda.us

December 15: Fifth Annual Mistletoe Ball benefiting Charlotte County Homeless Coalition at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Contact Rex Koch
941-637-0544 for more information.

February 16: Annual Wine & Jazz Festival featuring Sergio Mendez, Richard Elliott, Rick Braun and Mindi Abair. Special event on Sunday with Mindi Abair! Visit Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce for tickets and details www.puntagorda-chamber.com

March 23-24: Florida International Air Show, Punta Gorda Airport.

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