The 16th annual Southwest Florida Peace Day Block Party will be Sunday, Sept. 24 on Cottage Street in Fort Myers.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the area surrounding CasaShanti, 2052 Cottage St., Fort Myers.
For the past 15 years, SW Florida has witnessed the evolution of Peace Day that began with a small grassroots celebration at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, with a few hundred people attending, and has grown to include thousands of people who come out for a day of peace with our community.
As Peace Day expanded, the venue has changed a few times to supply more parking spaces, a sudden new location due to damage from Hurricane Irma, and even to find ways to connect and celebrate when we couldn’t gather in person due to COVID-19.
Last year, Hurricane Ian caused wide destruction in our area, and the most recent venue, Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park, is not yet available for events.
“Are we going to let hurricane damage stop Peace Day? No, we are not! Flowing with change is part of being alive, and we know that peace is alive and well in our community,” says organizer Zachari VanDyne.
“We are holding the first Peace Day Block Party near downtown Fort Myers on Cottage Street,” he adds.
“The street will be closed at both ends for visitors to fully enjoy the fun activities, vendor booths, and opportunity to connect with the community and we’re excited to even more share in the sensation of that beautiful grassroots community feeling. We cordially invite you to come and keep the spiral of peace expanding and growing within our hearts, homes and community,” VanDyne says.
There will be amazing food trucks, vendor and artist booths, live music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. “There are many more surprises yet to be revealed, so come and find out for yourself and step into the Peace Day Magick! This year’s theme is Community: Flow with It! Grow with It!”
Peace Day is a free family event and is pet friendly.
Here’s what’s happening at Peace Day:
• Amazing Vendor and Artisan Booths
• Delicious Food and Sweet Treats: Vegetarian, Vegan & Omnivore
• Live Music and DJs throughout the day hosted by Jenni B of All Smiles Entertainment
• Live Entertainment
• Water Stations for our Furry Friends
• Massage, Reiki, & Crystal Bowl
• Local Non-profit Organizations
• Food and Supplies Drive for ACT
• Peace Blood Drive
• Family Time Music Singalong
• Morning Time Tai Chi
• Yoga for all ages
• Bounce House, Kids’ Activities & Art
• Face Painting and Giveaways
• Butterfly Tent
• Mocktails and Kid-Friendly
Drinks by Millennial Brewing
• Community Live Art,
Henna & Readings
Performers include Luna Moonz, Luna Muni, Poets Realm, Family Music Time, Calendar Girls, Evan Barrero, David Phillips, David “Bear” Delli Paoli, Barbara Cantrell Rae, Hula Connection SWFL, Coltus Black, Violet Midnight and a drum circle to end the night.
If you would like to become a sponsor or vendor, email SWFL Peace Day Celebrations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Zachari VanDyne at 239-560-5224 or Liz Loredo at 239-839-4482
Follow the event and mark attending on Facebook at 16th Annual SWFL Peace Day Celebrations page and be sure to invite your family and friends.