Community Events

In addition to our performances in the concert hall, we are committed to presenting dozens of educational and community engagement activities throughout Southwest Florida. Working with dedicated partners, our activities are just one example of how we bring our community together through music. The highlight of our engagement activities is our 20 Days of Music, which bring more than 20 mostly free diverse events to all corners of Southwest Florida. We are always adding additional activities, so be sure to sign up for our email list!

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Musical Discovery Zones™ allow children (and adults!) to meet several musicians from the orchestra and can try their own hand at playing some instruments. The Musical Discovery Zone programs are held at various community centers throughout Lee County.

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The FREE Orchestra Explorer Series gives kids the chance to interact with musicians and their instruments in a fun and relaxed setting. The Series includes a Musical Discovery Zone™, where kids meet musicians and try playing some of the instruments. The musicians give examples of the different sounds that the instruments make by playing short classical pieces, as well as pieces kids will recognize. Throughout the program, the musicians are more than happy to answer any questions. Finally, the program concludes with a performance by the musicians!

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We are proud to partner with the Lee County Library System to bring Symphony Storytime to branches all around Lee County. During this event, a Gulf Coast Symphony musician partners with a librarian to bring a story to life. This series is geared for pre-school children, and promotes literacy. Librarians identify and display music-related books and encourage attendees to read further.

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Join us at 5:00pm on the 3rd Friday of select months at The Heights Center as various MusicWorks! studios present a short performance for peers, family, and friends.

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We love playing music in the community. You can find small groups of Gulf Coast Symphony musicians at various community locations throughout the season performing some of their favorite pieces.

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Lunch and Learn classes are first steps in learning about symphonic music, led by Gulf Coast Symphony musicians.  Musicians will lead classes on various music topics including music examples of this seasons concerts, music history, information about the musician’s instrument, among others.  Lunch and Learn classes are held at various locations throughout Southwest Florida and last approximately 1 hour.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and learn more about music.

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Gulf Coast Symphony will present more than twenty free events throughout Southwest Florida from January 15 through April 8, 2018. Activities include ensemble performances, Orchestra Explorer Series, Symphony Storytimes, Musical Discovery Zones™, outdoor concerts, lunch and learn conversations, and so much more!

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Taste of the Cape

Taste of the Cape

April 8, 2018

Four Freedoms Park in Cape Coral comes alive with the premier culinary and cultural event of the season. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of great tastes from some of the best restaurants Cape Coral has to offer, and a wide variety of wide variety of beers, margaritas, and wine. Local bands perform throughout the day, and the afternoon caps off with Symphony at Sunset – performed by the Gulf Coast Symphony! All proceeds benefit scholarships and music education outreach programs within our community.

What To Know When You Go

  • Admission is free
  • Gates open at 12:00 p.m., event ends at sunset (~6:00 p.m.)
  • Purchase food & beverage tickets on site; no outside food or beverages or coolers allowed
  • Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets
  • Leave pets at home
  • Enter from Sunnybrook Avenue at Cape Coral Parkway; Sunnybrook Avenue and Beach Court will be closed to vehicle traffic
  • Handicap Accessible parking available at SunTrust Bank (530 Cape Coral Pkwy E)
  • FREE PARKING Club Square (with shuttle to park), the Veterans Museum (with shuttle to park), and Big Johns Plaza (with shuttle to park).
  • VIP Parking ($5/car) available at the empty lots in the 400-block of Cape Coral Parkway,

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