5. Attend the opening reception of “Yoko Ono Imagine Peace”
Several recent conceptual art pieces by Yoko Ono, the iconic wife of the late-John Lennon, will be in Southwest Florida starting this weekend.
“Yoko Ono Imagine Peace” will be on display from Friday, Jan. 24, to Saturday, March 29, at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays and holidays.
Opening events are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24. Co-curator Kevin Concannon will give a lecture at 6 p.m. in the Rush Auditorium, J-Building. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.
The gallery, lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
For more information: http://www.rauschenberggallery.com/2013/08/exciting-gallery-exhibits-coming-soon/
4. Grab a beer — or two or three — at the ballpark
Here’s a chance to spend three hours tasting beer.
Sample more than 80 types during the 10th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Hammond Stadium, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers. Included on the list of beers are Florida Avenue Ale, Kona Koko Brown, Goose Island Matilda and Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan.
SuperBot, a local rock band, is expected to perform. While you drink, you can buy some grub from Buffalo Wild Wings, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza and Zesty Tomato.
Admission is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the festival. You must be 21 or older to attend. Children, strollers and anyone under the age of 21 will not be allowed into the event. Designated driver tickets will be available for $10 at the gate.
For more information: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t509
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3. Enjoy the outdoors at the Swamp Buggy Races
Muddy, high-octane fun is back.
The Swamp Buggy Budweiser Winter Classic takes place Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Florida Sports Park, 8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., East Naples. Practice and time trials happen from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Qualifying competitors will hit the Mile-O-Mud again during the Winter Classic from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, for a chance to win the Budweiser Cup Championship.
Saturday, tickets cost $7. Sunday, attendees ages 13 and older pay $17 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for children ages 6 through 12 are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and younger are free both days.
For more information: http://www.thefloridasportspark.com/
2. Dance the weekend away at a Mullet fish festival
Have you been practicing your Buzzard Lope?
Well, if you haven’t, you should probably start. The 30th Annual Goodland Mullet Festival will take place from Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 26, at Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, 221 Goodland Dr. W., Goodland. There will be dancing, live music plus smoked and fried Mullet dinners all three days.
The kick-off party at Stan’s Chickee Bar is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and will feature live music from The Grayson Rodgers Band. Return Saturday, Jan. 25, from noon to 6:30 p.m. for a brand new series of events, including live music from The Hot Damn Band, a fish cleaning contest at 3 p.m. and the Princess Buzzard Lope contest at 4 p.m. Wrap up the fun from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, by listening to live music from Faka Hatchee & Jeff Hilt and witnessing who wins the Queen Buzzard Lope competition at 4 p.m.
For more information: http://www.stansidlehour.net/
1. Listen to hit tunes while you sample delicious barbecue
Catch a performance by a multi-platinum country music artist and enjoy some good eats at the 2014 Country Jam Music & Rib Fest, which is set to take place Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. N.E., Golden Gate Estates. Gates open at 1 p.m., and the music begins at 1:30 p.m.
Rodney Atkins, whose hits include “Farmer’s Daughter” and “Take a Back Road,” is headlining the festival, which will also feature performances by Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, and Rose Falcon.
There’s also a championship cook-off. Teams will prepare ribs that will be judged by a select panel. Meanwhile, you can have your fill of barbecue ribs, brisket, pork and chicken. There will also be arts and crafts vendors and a kids area with special events.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Children ages 5 and younger get in free.
For more information: http://www.countryjamflorida.com/