5. Enjoy the classics at the Estero Concert Series kick-off
It’s the return of the Estero Concert Series, which runs this season from November to May and features classical musicians from around the country, including Southwest Florida.
This first concert will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Koreshan State Historic Site’s Art Hall, which was built circa 1905.
The event is dubbed “The Family Affair” because it will feature Viktor Derevianko on piano, Diana Cahanescu, his wife, on cello and daughter Sania Whitaker on violin. Monica Biacci will accompany the family on viola. Together, they will play music from composers Johannes Brahms and Giuseppe Verdi.
Tickets cost $34 per person, and that price includes entrance to the park. Reserve them by calling 239-596-8404 or by emailing email@example.com.
For more information: http://www.floridastateparks.org/Koreshan/
4. Chill out to the cool sounds of the 14th annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival
Blues music fans will have an opportunity to bask in their favorite genre this Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Southwest Florida Blues Festival, organized by the Matlacha Mariners civic group, will take place at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.
Everything kicks off at noon and live performances from six acts are scheduled throughout the day. American Blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter, this year’s main act, is expected to take the stage from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Aside from the music, there will be vendors selling food, arts and crafts. Event organizers ask that you leave your coolers, beverages, large beach umbrellas or pets at home. Do bring canned goods to donate to the Pine Island Food Pantry, though.
Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Matlacha Mariners website. Kids ages 10 and younger get in free with a paid adult. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.
For more information: http://www.matlachamariners.org/MMI_Event_BluesFest_2013.html
3. Bump to hip-hop music at Eaglepalooza
The show will go on.
Eaglepalooza 2013 will be soaring this Sunday, Nov. 24, at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Doors open at 5 p.m. but the concert is expected to begin at 6 p.m.
Though Kendrick Lamar dropped out of the line-up to tour with Kanye West, the Eaglepalooza headliner is still Ludacris. Also expected to perform are Bubba Sparxx, DaCav and DJ Rifik.
Tickets have been on sale since October and can still be bought at all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by stopping by Germain Arena’s box office. FGCU students with IDs can buy up to two tickets for $20 each. Tickets are available to the public for $40 each but will be on sale for $35 from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.
For more information: http://www.fgcupb.com/#!eaglepalooza-ticket-information/cmc1
2. Browse books at the Miami Book Fair International
Let your bibliophile flag fly at the annual Miami Book Fair International.
Events kicked off last weekend, but the street fair will open Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on the streets of downtown Miami and the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, which is located at 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami.
This, the 30th anniversary of the storied literature celebration, honors Spain’s contributions to the literary world. A long list of famous authors from all over will be in Miami to talk about their books, including Dave Barry, Meg Cabot and Mitch Albom. Some of those speaking events are included in the admission price. Others require special tickets, so make sure to check the fair’s website for more details.
Friday, everyone can get into the fair for free. On Saturday and Sunday, only children ages 12 and younger get in free. Attendees who are 13 to 18 years old or are 62 years of age and older pay $5. Everyone else pays $8. Tickets can be purchased online through the website or in-person at the fair.
For more information: http://www.miamibookfair.com/
1. Be the judge at the “Pigs in Paradise” National Championship Barbecue Festival
If you’re a barbecue connoisseur, your help is needed this weekend at the third annual Pigs in Paradise championship barbecue cook-off.
During the three-day festival, “ribbers” will cook up their best dishes to try to win over a panel of judges. There’s a people’s choice title, too, so attendees can pick their favorites.
Seminole Casino Immokalee, 506 S 1st St., Immokalee, will host the festival. Events take place Friday, Nov. 22, from 3 to 9 p.m and start at noon Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24, and ends at 9 p.m.
All cook-off awards will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. Aside from the food, there will also be plenty of live entertainment, including a cornhole tournament at noon Sunday, music acts and multiple pig races. Country star Josh Turner, the headliner, will round everything up with a concert Sunday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (To read a Naples Daily News interview with Josh Turner, click here.)
The best part? Admission is free the whole weekend.
For more information: http://www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com/event/pigs-in-paradise