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Happenings in Naples

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January

Naples New Year's Weekend Art Fair

During New Year's weekend, similar to the Naples Fall Art Festival in October, artists from around the country are selected to participate in ajuried art show where the artists will be present to answer questions about their works and techniques, and visitors will be able to commission works and purchase fine art, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples.Call (954) 472-3755 for more information.

Winter Art and Craft Show

This has been an annaul event since 1979. See a wide variety ofarts and crafts displayed at this premier show. Usually held in the middle ofJanuary. Admission is free. Located at the Art League on the art center groundsat 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.Call (239) 394-4221 for more information.

High Tea and Fashion Show

In mid-January, local merchants display fashions and jewelry while guests attend high tea and a Champagne reception, with proceeds to benefit Ave Maria University Student Financial Aid Fund. Bus transportation is available from the Vineyards AMU Interim Campus in Naples. High tea attire requested; table reservations available for parties of 8.Call (239) 784-1635 for more information.

Floridas Wildlife and Wildlands Art Show

Florida’s heritage is the theme in this annual exhibit. Artist's display their works depicting nature and culture. The event is free with park admission, sponsored by the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.Call (239) 597-6196 for more information.

Spring Style Show

In mid to late January, Ave Maria University and Naples Founders host a brunch and style show to benefit the Student Financial Aid Fund, in the Student Ballroom on the campus in Ave Maria.Call (239) 250-3537 for more information.

Swamp Buggy Races

Held on the last weekend in January at Florida Sports Park, the Dixie Drain field Winter Classic culminates in the Queen’s Mud Bath. Bring the family for a weekend of races, refreshments, and lots of mud.Call (800) 897-2701 for more information.

Miss Marine Queen Scholarship Pageant

Staged in conjunction with the Naples Boat Show at the Collier County Fairgrounds, the Miss Marine Queen Pageant helps contestants learn who they are and want to be, while developing knowledge on marine environment,industry, and careers.Call (239) 253-5923 for more information.

February

Naples German-Fest

Over the first weekend in February, Our Savior Lutheran Church,1955 Curling Avenue, hosts an all-day festival of German food, live entertainment and culture, with proceeds to benefit Avow Hospice.Call (239) 597-4091 for more information.

Sanchez-Casal Classic Tennis Tournament

Throughout the month of February, Naples Bath & Tennis Club hosts a tournament to benefit the Girls Are The Best charity, featuring men's and women's singles, open doubles and special handicapped mixed doubles draw.Call (239) 384-5643 for more information.

Everglades Seafood Festival

During the first weekend in February, the Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the bounty of Florida’s seafood with music, live entertainment, arts, crafts exhibits,and lots of fresh seafood, in Everglades City and all over the Ten Thousand Islands area.Call (239) 695-3941 for more information.

Trunk Show in the Garden

Towards the middle of February, Naples Botanical Garden hosts a group of specialty vendors from around the country who display and sell clothing, jewelry, and unusual accessories for the home and garden.Call (239) 643-7275 for more information.

Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Car Show

In early to mid-February, Kiwanis Club of Marco Island hosts a carshow in the Marco Island area, featuring 100 cars, live music, refreshmentvendors, to benefit the children of Marco Island.Call (239) 394-6404 for more information.

Asia Fest

Towards the middle of February, The Mercato shopping center hosts a Lunar New Year celebration which features Asian food, Japanese taiko drummers, Chinese lion dancers, Korean, Japanese and Filipino dancers, martial arts demonstrations, cooking demonstrations including handmade noodles, a children's activities area, and much more, with proceeds to benefit Naples Asian Professionals Association College Scholarship Program.Call (239) 404-5836 for more information.

ACE Group Classic

In mid-February, TPC Treviso Bay on Tamiami Trail hosts a worldclass Champions Tour golf tournament, which will be televised on The GolfChannel, with proceeds to benefit Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation, FirstTee Naples / Collier, Education Foundation of Collier County, YMCA of thePalms, American Red Cross, Alzheimer's Support Network and Big Brothers / BigSisters Southwest Florida.Call (239) 593-3900 for more information.

Audubon Invitational Croquet Tournament

During the last week in February, the Audubon Croquet Club sponsors an annual tournament for croquet enthusiasts.Call (941) 484-3206 for more information.

Native American and Pioneer Heritage Days

Towards the end of February, the Collier-Seminole State Park sponsors an outdoor festival which includes a reenactment of the battles between Native Americans and the early pioneers, complete with an exposition of the arts, crafts and foods of early Florida.Call (239) 394-3397 for more information.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Over the last weekend in February, the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City celebrates the life of the journalist and environmental activist.Call (239) 695-0008 for more information.

Gryene Gala

At the end of February, Ave Maria University hosts a black tie gala to pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients and raise scholarship funds for men and women who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and wish to attend Ave Maria University, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.Call (239) 280-1631 for more information.

Naples International Art and Antique Fair

Over the last week in February, the Naples International Pavilion hosts dozens of art, jewelry and antique dealers invited from all over the world to display their wares and answer questions.Call (239) 949-5411 for more information.

March

Naples - Marco Island Antique Car Show

On the first Saturday in March, the Naples-Marco Island Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America hosts an exhibition of over 100 rare and antique cars, around the Naples Depot Museum in downtown Naples.Call (239) 262-6525 for more information.

Naples Strawberry Festival

Over the first weekend in March, fresh strawberries and strawberry products are available in abundance along with live music, carnival rides and games, with proceeds to benefit Grace Place for Children and Families, on the grounds of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, next to Gulf Coast High School on Immokalee Road in Naples.Call (239) 345-9160 for more information.

Naples Masters Art Festival

During the first week in March, The Collection at Vanderbilt in North Naples hosts artists from around the country who display and sell their works at arguably the highest quality annual art exhibit in the greater Naples area.Call (239) 293-9448 for more information.

A Touch of Irish

Early in March, a live Irish band, golf cart parade, crafts station and bounce house for the kids, gladiator joust, traditional food and drinks are featured on La Piazza at Ave Maria's Town Center.Call (239) 403-6857 for more information.

American Musical Heritage Lectures - Spring Series

The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts a series oflectures each Spring on topics relating to music history and choreography,commencing in mid-March.Call (239) 597-0670 for more information.

Swamp Buggy Races

Held on the first weekend in March at Florida Sports Park, the Swamp Buggy Spring Championship culminates in the Queen’s Mud Bath. Bring the family for a weekend of races, refreshments, and lots of mud.Call (800) 897-2701 for more information.

Florida Flywheelers: Antique Engines

In mid-March, the Koresh an State Historic Site sponsors an exposition of antique engines that date back to the roaring 20s, attended by collectors from all over the southeastern United States.Call (239) 992-0311 for more information.

Bonita Blues Festival

In the middle of March, blues musicians and their fans gather at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs to enjoy live music, food and festivities,with proceeds going to local charities.Call (239) 947-0715 for more information.

St. Patricks Day Parade

Old Naples celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a downtown parade.

Old Florida Festival

On a weekend in mid to late March, the Collier County Museum sponsors an indoor and outdoor festival celebrating the history of Florida,complete with pirates, conquerors and early settlers, with plenty of refreshments and live entertainment to delight everyone in the family.Call (239) 252-8476 for more information.

Marco Island Seafood Festival

Over the last week in March, the Sunrise and Noontime Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Marco Island host Florida seafood vendors exhibiting their products, and featuring lots of fresh seafood, games for the kids, and live entertainment, in Veterans' Park on Park Avenue, Marco Island.Call (239) 389-5000 for more information.

Edison GreenFest

During the last week in March, the Collier Campus of Edison State College in Naples hosts a festival for green businesses and organizations to exhibit products and services for a sustainable lifestyle, and conduct workshops and demonstrations.Call (239) 732-3743 for more information.

Art Naples

Towards the end of March, artwork from North American and international galleries is on display for Southwest Florida's largest art fair,including paintings, photography and works on paper, fine art glass, sculpture,video and design, at the Naples International Pavilion, 4835 Immokalee Road.Call (954) 949-5411 for more information.

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

At the end of March, about 250 artists from all over the country exhibit their sculptures, paintings, jewelry items, photography, ceramics and more along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples.Call (954) 472-3755 for more information.

April

Art in the Park

The Naples Art Association sponsors and outdoor exhibition and sale at Cambier Park, during the first week in April.Call (239) 262-6517 for more information.

Mike Ditka & Jim Hart Celebrity Golf

To benefit the Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center for low income, migrant and homeless families, the Mike Ditka & Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Invitational takes place at the Golf Club of the Everglades near Naples with a celebrity pairing cocktail party, lunch, auction, awards and more, plus the golf tournament.Call (239) 261-1774 for more information.

Concord Jazz Festival

Towards the end of April, Jet Blue Airways and the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts sponsor a recital by jazz musicians who have appeared on the Concord label, at Hayes Hall.

Relay for Life of Naples

Willing to walk all night to end cancer, more than 3,000 friends and neighbors gather to help celebrate a Decade of Hope in this overnight event that includes an opening survivor lap, luminar a ceremony, care giver celebration, live entertainment, and closing ceremony.Call (239) 261-0337 or (800) ACS-2345 for more information.

Miss Marine Queen Scholarship Pageant

In mid-April, college age contestants compete for $500 and $1,000 scholarships at the Norris Community Center in Naples, sponsored by The Marine Industries Association of Collier County.Call (239) 253-5923 for more information.

Naples Craft Festival - Spring

In mid to late April, and again in early September, more than 100 of the country's best crafters will exhibit their work, including jewelry, 3-Dacrylic paintings, ceramics, driftwood, glass, and hand-cut silhouettes, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples, along with a Green Market offering hand-made soaps, exotic orchids and others plants.Call (954) 472-3755 for more information.

Artescape Naples

The Gallery Victoria sponsors a competition of Florida artists during the month of April, where attendees are given an opportunity to vote on the works, in preparation for the annual Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition held in May, as well as meet some of the artists.Call (239) 649-4300 for more information.

Latin American Family Festival

Towards the end of April, the best in Latin music, food, arts and crafts is showcased, along with health screenings, health care information and community networking opportunities, at the Golden Gate Community Center in Naples. Call (239) 348-0808 for more information.

Taste of Marco

During the last week in April, Marco Eagle and M&I Bank present a festival of food featuring the creations of Marco's finest restaurants,children's activities including a bounce house, giant climbing wall and face painting stations, and live music by Myles Loud. This is a family day of fun,food and excitement.Call (239) 394-3144 for more information.

Venetian Carnivale

Over the last weekend in April, the Village on Venetian Bay at 4200 Gulf Shore Boulevard celebrates over 20 years of shopping and dining with gifts and food during their Sidewalk Sale Weekend, featuring face painting,comedy acts, jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers, magicians, and strolling puppeteers. Call (239) 261-6100 for more information.

May

Taste of Collier

On the first Sunday in May, spend the afternoon with your family at Olde Naples on Third Street, and enjoy the live local bands, food supplied by local restaurants and lots of activities, with proceeds going to are a charities. Call (239) 272-1907 for more information.

Naples Networking Expo

Early in May, the public is welcome to network with business entrepreneurs and a variety of vendors, and enjoy complimentary refreshments and exhibits, at the Elks Lodge in Naples.Call (239) 643-1367 for more information.

Sip of Fifth

In mid-May, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples, enjoy tastings of California and other wines of the world paired with the perfect snacks supplied by local restaurateurs, seminars on vinology and tasting and other programs.Call (239) 434-2562 for more information.

Great Dock Canoe Race

Register with The Dock bar at Crayton Cove or The Riverwalk at Tin City, bring your canoe and a partner, and compete for prizes in this annual May event. Call (239) 261-4191 for more information.

Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition

From mid-May through the first week in June, the finalists of the Art escape Naples competition held in April at the Gallery Victoria are selected, winners are chosen and prizes are awarded.Call (239) 649-4300 for more information.

Kayak Fishing Classic

Big Hickory Fishing Nook Seafood Grille & Marina is the venue for the Kayak Fishing Classic, benefiting the Southwest Florida Council of Boy Scouts. Prizes include a fully rigged fishing kayak, equipment, and trophies,plus awards for top male, female, and youth anglers. Call (239) 671-9347 for more information.

June

Festival of Great Organ Music

Early in June, the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts the best organists in southwest Florida for recitals on the 3,604-pipe Casavantorgan.Call (239) 597-1900 for more information.

Father's Day Festivities at the Garden 

On Father's Day, fathers are admitted free to the Naples Botanical Garden when accompanied by family members for an all-morning program beginning with fishing in the West and Deep Lakes, playing with remote control boats in the Brazilian Garden's pool, and fly casting demonstrations on the Kapnick Caribbean Garden Lawn. 4820 Bayshore Drive Call (239) 643-7275 for more information.

Family Fun Day

In the middle of June, Naples Botanical Garden hosts early to mid June, the Naples Area Board of Realtors hosts a family fun festival featuring food, live entertainment and a bounce house for the kids, at the NABOR building. 1455 Pine Ridge Road Call (239) 591-4028 for more information.

The Back Country Classic

Enjoy one of the Caloosa Catch & Release Tournaments to benefit charities, with admission including dinner, beverages and an after noonof teams competing to catch the biggest snook, redfish and trout, held at the Bayfront and other venues in Naples.Call (239) 479-7916 for more information.

Summer Jazz on the Gulf

Starting in June, live jazz musicians and bands provide musicevery evening throughout the summer months around the Naples Beach Hotel. Bringa lawn chair; leave the cooler at home.Call (800) 237-7600 for more information.

July

Red, White & Bloom Festival

On 4th of July weekend, Naples Botanical Garden hosts a festival featuring live bands, BBQ and beverages, with a spectacular view of the sunset over the garden.Call (239) 643-7275 for more information.

Ice Cream Social

Enjoy a day of swimming, rock climbing, live entertainment, canoeing and kayaking, and free ice cream sundaes, hosted by Sugden Regional Park, towards the end of July.Call (239) 353-0404 for more information.

July 4 Parade, Arts and Crafts / Boat Show

The Naples Pier, Sugden Regional Park and Fifth Avenue South host a number of festivities during the first week in July.Call (239) 213-1030 for more information.

August

Concert for Kids Music Festival

In early to mid-August, Cambia Park in downtown Naples hosts an educational music event for children, to support scholarships for early childhood education, programs on literacy and other learning programs. 755 8th Avenue South.Call (239) 404-5158 for more information.

Big Cypress Gallery Annual Labor Day Open House

On the last weekend in August, explore the Big Cypress Swamp with a series of swamp walks, lectures, workshops, gallery exhibits and live music.Call (239) 695-2428 for more information.

Sidewalk Sale

Towards the end of August, the Village on Venetian Bay holds anannual sidewalk sale, in Naples’ Parkshore area.Call (239) 261-6100 for more information.

September

Naples Craft Festival - Fall

In mid to late April, and again in early September, more than 100 of the country's best crafters will exhibit their work, including jewelry, 3-Dacrylic paintings, ceramics, driftwood, glass, and hand-cut silhouettes, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples, along with a Green Market offering hand-made soaps, exotic orchids and others plants.Call (954) 472-3755 for more information.

Summer Jazz on the Gulf

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club hosts live jazz entertainment on their grounds, where you can enjoy a relaxing day of food, cocktails and your favorite music right on the beach.Call (239) 261-2222 for more information.

Fall Invitational Exhibition

From mid-September through the first week of October, the Gallery Victoria invites a number of local artists to display their paintings,sculptures and crafts at this annual event.Call (239) 649-4300 for more information.

Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

For the entire month of September, The von Liebig Art Center hosts an exhibition of local watercolor artists, sponsored by the Naples Art Association.Call (239) 262-6517 for more information.

Season of Seasons Reception

In late September, The von Liebig Art Center hosts a reception and preview of the upcoming Show of Shows Exhibition.Call (239) 262-6517 for more information.

Show of Shows Exhibition

From late September through mid-October, The von Liebig Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artists who are current members of the Naples Art Association.Call (239) 262-6517 for more information.

October

American Musical Heritage Lectures Fall Series

The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts a series oflectures each Fall on topics relating to music history and choreography,commencing at the end of October.Call (239) 597-0670 for more information.

Artists Artists

The von Liebig Art Center hosts an exhibition of work by local art faulty, from mid-October into the month of November.Call (239) 262-6517 for more information.

Naples Networking Expo

In mid to late October, the Women's Network of Collier County invites business representatives and professionals in the area to exchange business cards and network, at the Collier Athletic Club, 710 Goodlette Fran Road North in Naples.Call (239) 404-3521 for more information.

Rocktober Roundup

Ave Maria's Town Center hosts a family festival of country music, barbeque, mechanical bull riding, and a country celebrity look-alike contest, in mid to late October. 5050 Ave Maria Boulevard, Ave Maria.Call (239) 403-6857 for more information.

Swamp Buggy Races

Held on the last weekend in October at Florida Sports Park, the Budweiser Fall Classic culminates in the Queen’s Mud Bath. Bring the family for a weekend of races, refreshments,and lots of mud.Call (800) 897-2701 for more information.

November

Southwest Florida Police Unity Tour GolfTournament

Early in November, the Glen Golf & Country Club in Naples hosts the annual Police Unity Tour golf tournament, with proceeds to benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, and to raise awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.Call (239) 961-3124 for more information.

FORE-the-Kids Golf-a-Thon

During the first week in November, Fiddlers Creek Golf Club hosts a tournament to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs and to facilitate networking among local players, businessmen and Club members.Call (239) 325-1700 for more information.

Beach Treasure Sale

On the first Saturday in November, the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park sponsors a sale of found treasure to benefit park projects. Admission to the sale is free with park admission.Call (239) 597-6196 for more information.

USO Show at the Naples Depot

Toward the middle of November, the Naples Depot Museum hosts apost-Veteran's Day event featuring live music from the 40s and guest speakers,in Cambria Park.Call (239) 262-6525 for more information.

West Coast Muscle Car Show

During the week of Thanksgiving, muscle cars are on display around Annunciation Circle in La Piazza, Ave Maria, northeast of Naples.Call (239) 262-2600 for more information.

Anniversary Celebration

During the month of November, the Gallery Victoria celebrates itsbirthday with exhibitions of local artists and their painting and sculptures. Anumber of interesting programs are held during the month.Call (239) 649-4300 for more information.

American Indian Arts Celebration

In mid-November, during American Indian Heritage Month, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum sponsors a celebration of Native American culture and heritage, on the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation, where you can learn about doll making, sweet grass basketry, sample Seminole food and enjoy southeastern Native American dancing.Call (863) 902-1113 for more information.

Farm City BBQ

During the week of Thanksgiving, as part of Farm City Week, the Collier County 4-H Foundation benefits from a food festival featuring steak ,corn, Immokalee salad, and other local favorites held usually in Immokalee,Naples, or on the grounds of Ave Maria University.Call (239) 253-1217 for more information.

December

Holiday Pottery Sale

Come to the Florida Gulf Coast University Arts Complex during the first week in December for an exhibition and sale of locally made pottery and other crafts, sponsored by the Immokalee Ceramics Studio.Call (239) 263-8242 for more information.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Over the weeks before and after Christmas, admission to Naples Botanical Garden includes music and other live entertainment, and shopping for gifts while sampling a variety of locally produced wines and hors d'oeuvres. Call (239) 643-7275 for more information.

Celebration of Lights

Early in December, school and church group carolers, and Santa Claus visit Annunciation Circle in La Piazza, Ave Maria, northeast of Naples to celebrate the holiday season and view the Christmas lights, with lots of refreshments and train rides for the kids.Call (239) 262-2600 for more information.

Downtown Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair

During the last week in December, 5th Avenue South is filled with the paintings, sculptures and crafts of local artists in this annual celebration, complete with all kinds of food booths and nationally recognized live musicians.Call (954) 472-3755 for more information.

New Years Eve Party

The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts an annual midnight champagne reception and party on New Year’s Eve, preceded by an entire evening of outstanding, top-name live musical entertainment.Call (239) 597-1900 for more information.

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