Calendar of Events

January
More than 800 boats come for the Charlotte County Boat Show, tel. 941-629-4252, at Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Rd. in Port Charlotte.

March
The Conquistador Cup Regatta, tel. 941-456-5059, in Charlotte Harbor from Fishermen’s Village or Gilchrist Park.

April
One of the biggest and best in the state, the Florida International Air Show, tel. 941-639-1101, features the Thunderbirds and Golden Knights.

May
Boca Grande hosts Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament, tel. 941-964-0568, early in the month. Other tarpon tournaments continue through mid-June. Two redfish tournaments take place in Punta Gorda during the month: Kid’s Cup Redfish Tournament at Fishermen’s Village, tel. 941-766-8180, and Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup at Gilchrist Park, tel. 941-743-1900.

At Port Charlotte Beach, the Charlotte Harbor Kayak & Wildlife Festival, tel. 941-743-1900, takes place for two days, with kayak tours, demonstrations, wildlife seminars, and a kayak fishing tournament.

July
Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda (1200 W. Retta Esplanade) is the site of several water-oriented festivals throughout the year. Fourth of July Freedom Swim, tel. 941-637-1177, is a big event with hundreds of participants and boats crossing the wide mouth of the Peace River between Seahorse Marina in Charlotte Harbor and Fishermen’s Village.

December
Lighted boat parades are the quintessential mode for holiday celebrating in Southwest Florida. In Charlotte County, watch early in the month for the Englewood Lighted Boat Parade, tel. 941-475-6882 and the Peace River Lighted Boat Parade, tel. 941-639-3720.