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By Staff | Nov 1, 2017

The Lee County Fair, a Southwest Florida tradition for more than 90 years, drawing more than 100,000 people annually. This year the fair will run from Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018. FILE PHOTO

“Season” is here and in North Fort Myers that means a number of fun and interesting events are about to come around very soon. Some of Lee County’s oldest and best events and attractions sit on the “opportunity side of the river.”

The Shell Factory

Perhaps the most recognized place in the North Fort Myers area, the attraction has known for years as a must-see place to visit. In recent years, it has become a family destination for year-round residents, as well.

With a fun park, nature park, numerous shops, including the newly expanded Holiday House, arcade and other great attractions, the Shell Factory has become a family friendly place to visit at a fraction of the cost of going to Disney World or Busch Gardens.

The Shell Factory is home to the annual Gumbofest in January, GoldenFest in March and the Taste of North Fort Myers in April. There are smaller events that seem to grow every year.

It is also home to the biggest classic car shows in the area every Monday, where more than 400 vehicles come during peak season. The show moved from Merchant Crossing last year and has been a game changer for them. The weekly Farmer’s Market will also be moving there this winter.

The Shell Factory is at the corner of Old and New 41, 2787 N Tamiami Trail.

Lee Civic Center

There’s usually something going on there every weekend. One can attend an RV show, crafts fair, gun show or the granddaddy of them all, the Lee County Fair toward the end of winter, a Southwest Florida tradition for more than 90 years, drawing more than 100,000 people annually. The fair this year is from Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018.

The Buckler’s Craft Fair and Land Auction are regular features at the civic center and return in November. The La Mesa RV show is coming in December, followed by one of the largest RV shows in the region in January.

Lee Civic Center is located at 11831 Bayshore Road.


A farm dedicated to help feed people worldwide, is open for tours year-round and features plants and trees from all over the world. It’s biggest annual event is the Global Food & Farm Festival, which is slated for March 17, 2018, but it also hosts workshops, conferences and other events.

ECHO is located at 17391 Durrance Road.

Lee County Posse Arena

The arena features jackpot barrel racing the first Friday of every month, clinics and even truck tug-o-wars, with one scheduled for Jan. 13, 2018.

Lee County Posse Arena is located at 17401 Palm Creek Drive.