Annual BBQ, Bands and Brew March 24

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Lee BIA Builders Care’s popular BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraising event is returning on Sunday, March 24 at Caloosa Sound Amphitheater in downtown Fort Myers.

During the 13th annual event, Southwest Florida’s top pit masters will compete for the title of “Best BBQ in Town,” accompanied by a lineup of live performances including headliner Ben Allen Band, numerous vendors and fun-filled activities for all ages, including a lively cornhole tournament and a children’s play area with face-painting, games and more. Big Smoke BBQ, which was named “Best BBQ in Town” at the last BBQ, Bands & Brew event, is returning in 2024 to defend its 2023 title.

The entertainment lineup includes Blue Wave Rockers (11:30 a.m. – 12:45 pm.), Rocker (1:15 – 2:30 p.m.) and the Ben Allen Band ( 3 – 6 p.m.).

The band Rocker returns to the annual event on March 24. (2023 photo by Jamie Kuser)

Big Smoke BBQ, which was named “Best BBQ in Town” by attendees of the last BBQ, Bands & Brew event, is returning in 2024 to defend its title and will be joined by some of the region’s top pitmasters, including 5 Piggies Bar-B-Que, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, S.L.A.B. BBQ and That BBQ Place. Additional sweet treats and brunch finds will be available from Love Boat Ice Cream, The Brunchy Brunch and Taterz.

Proceeds from the event support Builders Care’s mission to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has helped more than 500 Lee County households and provided over $5 million in emergency construction services and materials at no cost to families and local homeowners in need. Since its inception, the event has raised over $784,000 in support of Lee BIA Builders Care.

All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales is returning as presenting sponsor for BBQ, Bands & Brew. Additional sponsorship opportunities range from $525 to $7,500 and include a variety of benefits.

All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales is returning as presenting sponsor for BBQ, Bands & Brew. Major & Official sponsors include Budweiser, City of Fort Myers, eAtlantic Engineering, Edge Water Development Group, GulfCoast Engineering, Plumbing Solutions and Priority Marketing. Promotions sponsors include Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Happenings Magazine, WAVE 101.1 and WINK. Supporting sponsors include Christopher Alan Homes, Cogent Bank, Crews Environmental, Cypress Bay Development, Florida Install, Hajoca Corporation, Lauren Homes, LCEC, Lennar, Liberty Aluminum, LSI Companies, M.A.B. Homes, M. J. Flaherty Builders, MY Shower Door, Premier Portables, PulteGroup, R.D. Johnson Construction, Stickboy Software and IT, Target Roofing, Trophy Case and WillScot.

The 2024 BBQ, Bands & Brew will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Caloosa Sound Amphitheater, 2101 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate for adults and free for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets and learn more about remaining sponsorship opportunities, visit LeeBuildersCare.com/BBQ or call 239-938-0056.

Happenings Magazine has been an event sponsor for more than a decade.

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