City of Punta Gorda > Live Here > Music & Fine Art


From its rich history to the most contemporary artists, Punta Gorda has inspired generations of creativity. Year-round theatrical productions and art exhibits promise an endless bounty of activities. Explore the talents of artists living, working and visiting Punta Gorda in mediums of theater, music and the visual arts.

History buffs will want to step into the past as you stroll the streets of Punta Gorda’s Historic District before stopping into the Punta Gorda History Center. Honor the men and women who served our nation by visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall of Southwest Florida, a half-scale replica of the memorial in Washington, DC. This permanent installation in Laishley Park is a beautiful memorial to the men and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.

Innovative artists’ galleries are tucked throughout the city. Jazz festivals, wine and cuisine affairs, and open-air art shows enliven the community throughout the year. Spontaneous jams at the city’s palm-lined, harbor-front park have been known to serenade the sunset.

Among the countless venues in Punta Gorda are:

  • Blanchard House Museum of African American History & Culture of Charlotte County
  • Charlotte County Symphony
  • Military Heritage Museum
  • Peace River Center for Writers
  • Peace River Wildlife Center
  • Punta Gorda Historical Society
  • Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society
  • Punta Gorda History Park
  • Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall
  • Visual Arts Center
Punta Gorda Vietnam Memorial Laishley Park