The 6th annual Coconut Festival will be held from Nov. 12-14 on the grounds at Sun Splash Family Waterpark.
City Special Events Coordinator Todd King said he took over the festival in 2006. Since then the event has grown to a level where the city can attract bigger acts for the festival.
King said Friday night's "COCO Birthday" theme will roll out as a celebration of Cape Coral's 40th birthday with TIB Bank fireworks, music, hula dancers, fire dancers and all kinds of unique entertainment. A live performance from Geek Skwad will also be included in Friday's festivities, which will be held from 5 p.m. until midnight. The bands will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
The big Ferris wheel was a popular carnival attraction at one of the earlier Coconut Festivals in Cape coral. This year’s event will also feature rides and other attractions.
The "COCO Rock" Saturday portion of the festival will be held from noon until midnight and will feature a carnival, a Calendar Girls Dance Team performance, Toa Dancers, a TIB Bank fireworks show and live performances from Push, Back in Black and Foghat, which will take the stage around 9:15 p.m.
Foghat is a British blues-rock band which reached its peak in popularity in the mid- to late 1970s with such hits as "Slow Ride," "Fool for the City" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You."
King said Foghat is "big time." He was also able to bring in the national tribute band Back in Black out of Dallas, Texas, great entertainers, he said, that will bring AC/DC music to Cape Coral.
Cape Coral Parks
& Recreation Department
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 12-14
Sun Splash Family Waterpark
$5 for adults with children,
under 5 free
The first annual "COCO Cheerfest" will be held Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and the champion will be named before the firework show begins.
"We are fired up," King said, adding that they have attracted Pop Warner, high school and All-Star cheerleaders. "Thirty teams have registered and each team has about 30 girls."
King said they went with a different kind of cheer competition environment that offers carnival rides and entertainment.
"It will be a unique, memorable moment for our cheer competitors," he said. "The unique elements with the rides and entertainment will make it real fun for the girls who are performing."
The festival will wrap-up Sunday with "COCO Country" from noon until 8 p.m. There will be live performances from Casey Weston, Fawkahachey and Josh Thompson, along with a carnival, Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and Toa Dancers.
Such hits as "Beer On the Table" and "Way out Here" by Thompson can be heard once he takes the stage around 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission for the Coconut Festival is $5 or free for children under 5 years old. A day of ride wrist band is $25 plus a $5 admission fee. Tickets and ride wrist bands can be purchased for $20 in advance at any TIB Bank locations in Cape Coral.
The Coconut Festival will be held at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, which is located at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd.
The festival attracted approximately 35,000 during last years weekend event, with Saturday having the largest attendance.
For information, call 573-3125.