NOTE: This event has been postponed.
Water quality takes center stage as Calusa Waterkeeper presents Calusa Palooza 2020, a day-long, family-friendly, water-themed festival culminating with a double-header rock show. The festival and “Concert for Clean Water” is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 22 in Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers.
The music headliner is the legendary Hotel California, the original Eagles tribute band. Hotel California, playing Eagles hits since 1986, tours nationally, has a fan base of 77,000 Facebook followers, 85,000 likes on their Facebook page and commonly draws crowds of over 3,000. Also performing will be St. Petersburg favorites, Elly and Company.
The day starts with free, family-friendly, water-themed educational and entertainment activities in Centennial Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including kayak and paddle board races, paleontology exhibit, nature workshop, master naturalist exhibit, boating safety training, fishing tutorial for kids, Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger testing demo, on-land rowing demonstration, musical entertainment, live mermaid show, vendors, food trucks, and more.
Then at 4 p.m., the event segues into the Concert for Clean Water, a ticketed music festival featuring food trucks, vendors and beer sales. Elly and Company will play a plethora of country, rock, blues, ‘60s surf music and R&B music on the main stage from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by headliners, Hotel California, performing from 7 to 9 p.m.
“Calusa Palooza has something for everyone,” stated Calusa Waterkeeper executive director and event producer KC Schulberg. “We’re thrilled to bring the entire community together for fun activities and a rock concert along the waterfront all to support clean water.”
Early bird tickets for the Concert for Clean Water featuring both rock bands are currently available starting at $18 for general admission. The early bird $35 VIP tickets include access to front of stage seating. Chairs will be provided. The early bird $50 VIP Plus parking tickets include premium parking within 400 feet of the stage, plus front of stage seating and chairs. There is free admission for children under 10 years of age. To purchase early bird tickets, go to www.calusawaterkeeper.org.
During the week prior to the Calusa Palooza festival and Concert for Clean Water, Calusa Waterkeeper, in partnership with Keep Lee County Beautiful, will spearhead the largest ever clean-up of our waterways in our region’s history from March 14 – 22.
For more information on the cleanup, go online to www.signupgenius.com/go/805094aaaaa2ca4f49-calusa.
Event sponsors supporting Calusa Palooza’s Concert for Clean Water and the week of cleanup include Happenings Magazine, the Breeze Newspapers, Keep Lee County Beautiful, Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Program and Natural Awakenings Magazine. Sponsorship opportunities are available, for more information call 239-784-0880.