Mark your calendars and spread the word! Some big fun is coming our way!

Big Orange Music Festival Music on two stages, from JJ Grey & Mofro, The Fritz, Nick Moss Band, Colin Lake, Thomas Winn and the Believers, and Still Friends! A great food truck line-up will prepare orange-inspired samples and other favorites. Additional events include Sunset Celebration, Sun Paddle Fun, Throwdown athletic competition, and the Om Zone! Sept. 9 and 10

King Fisher Fleet Presents Two-for-One Sunset Cruise Part of the Big Orange Music Festival kick off! Enjoy a glorious Florida sunset over Charlotte Harbor. Call 941.639.0969 for tickets and details. Sept. 9 only

Let's Eat, Englewood! A great opportunity to take a culinary adventure through the community without breaking the bank! Three-course dinners (and more) will be available for $23 and two-course lunches for $12. The Retro Rad Diva, Emily Ellyn, will be in town as well, for the preview and a tasting tour! Sept. 15–29

Comedy for a Cause Community business leaders perform improv, in a hilarious fundraising evening to benefit the Charlotte Players and its many programs. Sept 16

SWFL Rockin' and Reelin' Fishing Tournament Open to any anglers. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for both the Inshore and Offshore Divisions. Sept. 16 and 17

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival Explore and enjoy the work of 100 of the finest artists and skilled crafters from 30 states, everything from art and handmade crafts to functional pieces, unique gift items, and more! Sept. 17–18

Fishermen's Village Pirate Fest 2016 Three days of family-friendly piracy, live music, live mermaids, pirate ships, magic, and more! Sept. 23–25

Pirate's Paddle & 5K Don't miss the first-ever 5k Run and 2 Mile Paddle Board Race in Charlotte Harbor! Sept. 24

Hands Across the Harbor Early Bird registration discount available until Oct. 1: $50. Pre-Registration: available until January 13, 2017, guarantees a shirt. Race takes place Jan. 28, 2017

Florida International Air Show Family-friendly entertainment, education, and excitement! Oct. 21–23

War on the Peace Dragon Boat Festival Watch—or participate in!—exciting boat races and Punta Gorda's full agenda of Halloween-related activities. Get your team together now! Oct. 29

Englewood Beach Waterfest: Ecofest,Hands-on learning opportunities geared towards children and families at Lemon Bay Park. Oct. 29

Haunting on the Harbor Halloween Festival, 6,000 square foot haunted house, kid's play area, live music and entertainment and fair food and beverages! Oct. 28–31

Art on the Harbor Shop for beautiful art and unique hand-crafted items, and meet authors and browse their books, right on the water! Nov. 6

Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida Dedication and VetFest Wall dedication, Veterans Festival, and several live concerts. The celebration culminates in a street fair in downtown Punta Gorda. Nov. 5–12

5th Annual Tippecanoe Trail and Mud Run Conquer fun and challenging obstacles, get great exercise in a beautiful setting, and help protect Charlotte County's natural resources! Registration is discounted before Sept. 30, 5:00 pm; regular registration fees apply Oct. 1–Nov. 12. Entries received after Oct. 21 are not guaranteed a spot. Nov. 12

Englewood Beach Waterfest: Paddlefest 6-mile, 3-mile, and 1.5-mile races, PaddleFit Challenge Games, and Rockin’ Relay, with a SUP'Squatch division in both 6- and 3-mile races. Nov. 12 and 13

Englewood Beach Waterfest: Racefest World Championship of the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) with expected attendance of over 40 boats running at speeds up to and over 130 miles per hour! Nov. 18–20

Holiday Lighting of the Village Celebration Fishermen's Village illuminates over one million lights and tropical themed decorations. Nov. 19

Englewood Winter Fine Arts Festival Explore the unique shops and restaurants in Olde Englewood Village when West Dearborn Street becomes a “pedestrian-only” exhibit area. Dec. 3 and 4:

Ugly Christmas Sweater Run by The Foot Landing and Fishermen's Village Featuring a 1- to 3-mile run or walk and Ugly Sweater Contest. Dec. 14: