On the third Saturday of each month, more than two dozen art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars welcome Southwest Florida residents and visitors to the downtown Fort Myers River District for a night celebrating good food, spirits and live music in genres ranging from folk, blues guitar, piano and saxophone to heavy metal, electro-rock, reggae and steel drums. It’s called Music Walk, and it is not only the largest indoor/outdoor music festival in southwest Florida, it’s a social event where friends gather, people meet, and most people bump into someone they haven’t seen in some time.
And this Saturday, Music Walk venues are celebrating the first anniversary of the downtown event.
Music Walk is an all-ages, rain or shine event that brings local, regional and national talent to over a dozen venues. There is also a liberal sprinkling of volunteer street performers who serenade the crowds between venues and help create a musical atmosphere that pervades the entire downtown. There is something for every type of music lover, whether young or old, or a fan of country, jazz, indie, rock or techno.
For a full itinerary of what’s happening in each of the galleries and music stops along the Music Walk route, please click here.
Music Walk art venues include HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, Arts for ACT Gallery, Coloring the World Gallery, Green-n-Groovy Gallery and Eco-Boutique, daas Gallery, In One Instant Gallery of Photography, Enjewel, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Space 39 and Syzygy Gallery. Inside, Music Walkers will find exhibitions featuring traditional to avant-garde work by emerging to mid-career artists in every imaginable medium, including oils, acrylic, watercolors, mixed media, collage, sculpture, art jewelry and fine crafts.
Music Walk starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 11, although many of the restaurants, bars and night spots stay open well past midnight.
Other Music Walk venues and partners are Red Rock Saloon, Spirits of Bacchus, French Connection Café, Hotel Indigo, Twisted Vine Bistro (formerly H2 Downtown Bistro), City Tavern, World Famous Cigar Bar, Hideaway Sports Bar, Morgan House, Veranda, the Indigo Room, Downtown House of Pizza and United Café, Bar and Bistro (formerly Café Matisse).
Music Walk is organized by Andy Howl of HOWL Gallery/Tattoo with help from Dee Hohimer, Suzy Lewis of Spirits of Bacchus and Jamie Kuser of Happenings Art Magazine. It exists under the umbrella of the River District Alliance, a non-profit organization that manages downtown events and brings together business owners in the River District.