Major Annual Events

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Immokalee are home to a diverse selection of events all throughout the year. There are three great seafood festivals, other food, wine and craft beer festivals and event, top-rated art festivals, nature-themed festivals and events, great tropically-themed holiday events, and even the Swamp Buggy Races - the only ones in the world! 

Check this list for the area’s top major annual events and the main events calendar for hundreds of events happening all throughout the year. 

3rd Annual Naples Foodie Camp
October 16-25, 2017 | Naples Originals
The third annual Naples Originals Foodie Camp, a "cook around town with celebrity chefs," will be held Monday, October 16 thru Thursday, October 25. The eight-day series of 90-minute, themed cooking classes will be held in chef-driven restaurants and led by some of Naples' top chefs. Classes are $50...
3rd Annual Naples Foodie Camp
The third annual Naples Originals Foodie Camp, a "cook around town with celebrity chefs," will be held Monday, October 16 thru Thursday, October 25. The eight-day series of 90-minute, themed cooking classes will be held in chef-driven restaurants and led by some of Naples' top chefs. Classes are $50 in the morning and afternoon and $60 in the evening. The fee includes the lesson, light meal, glass of wine, Foodie Camp package and the chance to win a raffle of a $50 dining certificate and Foodie Camp apron, signed by the chef. Foodie Camp combines fun, learning and giving. Proceeds will benefit the culinary education program at St. Matthew's House and the Naples Originals culinary scholarship for aspiring chefs at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Restaurant Week "First Bite Menu Release Party"
October 24, 2017 | Naples Restaurant Week
Be the first to experience the special Naples Restaurant Week and Fort Myers Restaurant Week menus at the "First Bite" Menu Release Party sponsored by the all new Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs benefiting The Humane Society Naples! Find out which restaurants you'll want at the top of your list to t...
Restaurant Week "First Bite Menu Release Party"
Be the first to experience the special Naples Restaurant Week and Fort Myers Restaurant Week menus at the "First Bite" Menu Release Party sponsored by the all new Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs benefiting The Humane Society Naples! Find out which restaurants you'll want at the top of your list to try during the Naples Restaurant Week winter edition, November 30-December 13, 2017. This event showcases the amazing culinary skills of our local Southwest Florida restaurants in the backdrop of the stunning new Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs showroom all while giving back to the orphaned pets of the no-kill shelter at The Humane Society Naples. Enjoy "First Bite" samples from over 20 of the participating Naples and Fort Myers restaurants, live musical entertainment by photo booths, a caricature artist, ice carving and a handful of adorable orphaned pets looking for forever homes. Only 400 tickets available! Ticket includes: Complimentary valet parking, "First Bite" sampling from over 20 participating Naples/Fort Myers Restaurant Week restaurants, meet & greets with the chefs, all inclusive craft beers, wine, soda/water, live music entertainment. There will also be an opportunity to vote for your favorite chef driven "First Bite" to help us select the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs "Best First Bite" winning dish!
Naples International Film Festival
October 26-29, 2017 | Artis-Naples
The Naples International Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Artis―Naples.The opening and closing night films take place at Artis-Naples, along with special programs and lectures. Other film screening take place at Silverspot Cinema at Mercato. The opening night event on October 26 beg...
Naples International Film Festival
The Naples International Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Artis―Naples.The opening and closing night films take place at Artis-Naples, along with special programs and lectures. Other film screening take place at Silverspot Cinema at Mercato. The opening night event on October 26 begins with a red carpet event and features the film Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story. The closing night film is Stuck by director Michael Berry. Information about all films and programs are available online.
Pro Watercross World Championships
October 27-November 05, 2017 | Sugden Regional Park
The Pro Watercross World Championships return to Sugden Regional Park in Naples, FL October 27-November 5, 2017 for the third year. The action-packed event week starts with the 2nd Annual Hydroflight World Championships October 27-29 and an encore performance by the real-life ‘Iron Man’ and Flyboard...
Pro Watercross World Championships
The Pro Watercross World Championships return to Sugden Regional Park in Naples, FL October 27-November 5, 2017 for the third year. The action-packed event week starts with the 2nd Annual Hydroflight World Championships October 27-29 and an encore performance by the real-life ‘Iron Man’ and Flyboard inventor, Franky Zappata, along with wake board, paddleboard, and MotoSurf competitions leading up to the thrilling season-ending Pro Watercross competition. The Broward Motorsports Pro Watercross World Championships presented by Heyday Wake Boats features the world's best athletes on the water as well as the up-and-coming men and women in each individual watersport. The watercross finals will be filmed for airing December 18, 2017 on CBS Sports Network. In between Hydroflight and Pro Watercross events, new this year are the Heyday Wake Boat Board and Surf competition, standup paddleboard races, the MotoSurf World Cup. Pro Watercross World Championship takes place November 2-5. Championship Schedule: October 27-29: Hydroflight World Championship & Flyboard National Championship October 31: Heyday Wake Boat Board/Surf Competition and Heyday Wake Boat demos November 1: Paddleboard Closed Course and Long Course Competition November 3-5: MotoSurf World Cup November 2-5: Broward Motorsport Pro Watercross World Championships
Stone Crab Festival
October 27-29, 2017 | Old Naples Waterfront
Looking for an entertaining weekend full of seafood and fun? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on this year’s annual Stone Crab Festival, set for October 27-29, 2017 at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront, including Tin City, Bayfront, Port of Naples Marina, and the Ex...
Stone Crab Festival
Looking for an entertaining weekend full of seafood and fun? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on this year’s annual Stone Crab Festival, set for October 27-29, 2017 at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront, including Tin City, Bayfront, Port of Naples Marina, and the Experience Naples location, home of Naples Trolley. The Stone Crab Festival will offer plenty of fresh stone crab claws, music, events, art and a ton of fun activities for the whole family!
Celebrate the Arts Month
November 01-30, 2017 | United Arts Council Arts-Mart
This month-long celebration every November promotes Collier County’s arts and cultural community. Every venue comes alive with performances, free concerts, festivals, gallery events and entertainment for residents and visitors alike.
Celebrate the Arts Month
This month-long celebration every November promotes Collier County’s arts and cultural community. Every venue comes alive with performances, free concerts, festivals, gallery events and entertainment for residents and visitors alike.
Swamp Buggy Parade 2017
November 04, 2017 | Florida Sports Park
The Annual Swamp Buggy Parade returns to Downtown Naples! You are invited to attend and witness Collier County's longest living tradition, the opening of the Fall Swamp Buggy Racing Season.
Swamp Buggy Parade 2017
The Annual Swamp Buggy Parade returns to Downtown Naples! You are invited to attend and witness Collier County's longest living tradition, the opening of the Fall Swamp Buggy Racing Season.
Florida Panther Festival
November 04, 2017 | Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Learn about the Florida panther, one of the world's most endangered mammals on the planet and the state land animal for Florida, which has its primary habitat right here in Southwest Florida. The festival takes place at Naples Zoo. See Uno, a Florida panther that was blinded by a shotgun blast who n...
Florida Panther Festival
Learn about the Florida panther, one of the world's most endangered mammals on the planet and the state land animal for Florida, which has its primary habitat right here in Southwest Florida. The festival takes place at Naples Zoo. See Uno, a Florida panther that was blinded by a shotgun blast who now lives at the zoo and is an ambassador for the rare, endangered cats. Enjoy fun and interesting educational activities. Learn about living in close proximity to predators for protection of pets and livestock. Experience a nature hike along the Gordon River Greenway with Big Cypress National Preserve rangers and biologists with interactive stops to learn about panthers and their world, and visit with representatives from many area nature and wildlife organizations. Enjoy special presentations, children's activities, a panther-themed nature hike with park rangers and panther biologists and more. Visit FloridaPantherFestival.com to sign up for field trips to panther habitat the day after the festival. Advance registration and payment (if required) is necessary for field trips; registration will open closer to the festival date. Admission to the Saturday festival is free for Collier County residents. For others, regular zoo admission applies.
Marco Island Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival
November 05, 2017 | The Esplanade Marco Island
Come experience a great afternoon with more than 25 Craft Beers from six Florida breweries, paired with 20+ food samples from six great Marco Island restaurants: Chop 239, CJ’s on the Bay, Kretch’s Restaurant, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Sandbar , and The Speakeasy. Enjoy great live music as you sample...
Marco Island Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival
Come experience a great afternoon with more than 25 Craft Beers from six Florida breweries, paired with 20+ food samples from six great Marco Island restaurants: Chop 239, CJ’s on the Bay, Kretch’s Restaurant, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Sandbar , and The Speakeasy. Enjoy great live music as you sample, taste and enjoy an afternoon at the beautiful Esplanade center overlooking Smokehouse Bay.
BaconFest Naples at Naples Airport
November 11, 2017 | Naples Municipal Airport
If you love bacon & want to make a difference in your community, this event is for you! BaconFest Naples is a family orientated foodie festival that celebrates “All Things Bacon” & is one of the most talked about events of the year! If you love bacon & want to make a difference in your c...
BaconFest Naples at Naples Airport
If you love bacon & want to make a difference in your community, this event is for you! BaconFest Naples is a family orientated foodie festival that celebrates “All Things Bacon” & is one of the most talked about events of the year! If you love bacon & want to make a difference in your community, this event is for you! BaconFest Naples is a family orientated foodie festival that celebrates “All Things Bacon” & is one of the most talked about events of the year! OUR GOAL Net proceeds from BaconFest Naples go toward ending Childhood Hunger in SWFL via the Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay, St. Matthews House, Blessings in a Backpack and the Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids. WHY If you love bacon & want to make a difference in your community, this event is for you! BaconFest Naples is a family orientated foodie festival that celebrates “All Things Bacon” & is one of the most talked about events of the year! BROUGHT TO YOU BY The Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. 100% of all proceeds go directly to help end childhood hunger in SWFL.
Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience
November 11, 2017 | Fifth Avenue South
The News-Press and Naples Daily News present a the Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience for fans and connoisseurs alike! Bring your appetite to this culinary exploration in Southwest Florida on Noember 11 on Fifth Avenue South. Indulge in food, wine, beer and spirits from famous chefs and mixol...
Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience
The News-Press and Naples Daily News present a the Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience for fans and connoisseurs alike! Bring your appetite to this culinary exploration in Southwest Florida on Noember 11 on Fifth Avenue South. Indulge in food, wine, beer and spirits from famous chefs and mixologists. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, learn about the latest kitchen technology and experience exclusive opportunities with the nation’s top culinary talent. This first-ever Martha Stewart-branded installation is specially featured at the USA TODAY NETWORK Food & Wine Experience series. Immediately upon arrival, guests are immersed in the Martha Stewart Experience, a beautifully designed showcase of all things Martha. Through live demonstrations, samplings, and activities, they’ll learn her secrets from the worlds of living, food, home, decorating, and crafts. They can also shop Martha’s latest books and products from Macy’s, Martha Stewart Wine Co., Michaels, The Home Depot, Martha & Marley Spoon, and more. The Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience will feature several opportunities for attendees to enjoy this culinary celebration: Grand Tasting$85 Savor unlimited samplings of chef creations from local restaurants, tastings of fine wines, craft beers and distinctive spirits. Enjoy access to chef demonstrations, seminars and panels from local and national culinary talent. VIP Grand Tasting $120 Take advantage of enjoying this experience as a VIP and receive one-hour early access to food and beverages with no lines! Receive access to the VIP Lounge along with private tastings from wineries and distillers! Enjoy unlimited samplings of chef creations from local restaurants, tastings of fine wines, craft beers and distinctive spirits as well as access to chef demonstrations, seminars and panels from local and national culinary talent. Meet Martha’s Team: Thomas Joseph $180 The Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience is proud to feature Martha Stewart’s Culinary Director Thomas Joseph, sharing his expertise in an exclusive program! Guests will learn some of the best tips and techniques from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living, all within a branded showcase featuring Martha’s favorite products and tools. Graham Elliot Chef’s Package $180 Enjoy all the benefits of the VIP Grand Tasting and receive a private meet and greet with the Celebrity Chef plus a signed cookbook!
CME Group Tour Championship
November 14-19, 2017 | Tiburón Golf Club
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) returns to Florida’s Paradise Coast in November for its season-ending championship and culmination of the “Race to the CME Globe.” The CME Group Tour Championship takes place November 14-19, 2017 at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Na...
CME Group Tour Championship
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) returns to Florida’s Paradise Coast in November for its season-ending championship and culmination of the “Race to the CME Globe.” The CME Group Tour Championship takes place November 14-19, 2017 at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The “Race to the CME Globe” is a season-long points competition in which LPGA Members accumulate points in every Official LPGA Tournament. At the end of the season, the winning player will be named the “Race to the CME Globe Champion” and take home $1 Million. The top 72 players on the “Race to the CME Globe” points list gain entry into the CME Group Tour Championship, as well as any tournament winners from throughout the 2017 season. More information on the CME Group Tour Championship and to purchase tickets www.cmegrouptourchampionship.com. Ticket prices are available at multiple levels including basic daily and tournament tickets (kids 17 and under get in free with a ticketed adult, and at several hospitality package levels. To view ticket options and purchase online tickets visit www.cmegrouptourchampionship.com/copy-of-tickets.
Old Florida Festival
November 18-19, 2017 | Collier Museum at Government Center
Come on out to the 2017 Old Florida Festival November 18-19, 2017. Travel back in time over 10,000 years of South Florida history at one of the largest living history gatherings in the state. This two-day festival features over 90 historical re-enactors, craft-workers, demonstrators, folk musicians ...
Old Florida Festival
Come on out to the 2017 Old Florida Festival November 18-19, 2017. Travel back in time over 10,000 years of South Florida history at one of the largest living history gatherings in the state. This two-day festival features over 90 historical re-enactors, craft-workers, demonstrators, folk musicians and storytellers depicting everyday life on the Southwest Florida frontier, from the Calusa and Seminole Indians to World War II. This year’s event includes mounted Spanish Conquistadors, Seminole War Soldiers, a Civil War camp, cannons, Cracker Cowboys, displays including face painting and a sugarcane grinding molasses cooking demonstration.
Christmas on Third Tree Lighting & Celebration
November 20, 2017 | Third Street South and the Avenues Shopping District
Third Street South, full of twinkly lights and wonderful red and silver decorations, launches the Holiday Season as the Mayor lights the official Christmas Tree. Music and bells resound from every courtyard and plaza, Santa arrives, the crèche is alive at Third and Broad, and…the snow falls – which ...
Christmas on Third Tree Lighting & Celebration
Third Street South, full of twinkly lights and wonderful red and silver decorations, launches the Holiday Season as the Mayor lights the official Christmas Tree. Music and bells resound from every courtyard and plaza, Santa arrives, the crèche is alive at Third and Broad, and…the snow falls – which it continues to do every evening this week (except Thanksgiving night). Christmas on Third Street South is full of joy and spirit.
Celebration of Lights & Snow Falling Nightly
November 21-25, 2017 | Third Street South and the Avenues Shopping District
Come and enjoy the wonderful holiday festivities on Third Street South each evening this week (except Thanksgiving Day). There will be music, singing, carolers, and SNOW FALLING in the Third Street South shopping district to usher in the Holiday Season! All performances will be in the Fleischmann Co...
Celebration of Lights & Snow Falling Nightly
Come and enjoy the wonderful holiday festivities on Third Street South each evening this week (except Thanksgiving Day). There will be music, singing, carolers, and SNOW FALLING in the Third Street South shopping district to usher in the Holiday Season! All performances will be in the Fleischmann Courtyard.
Thanksgiving 5K at Cambier Park
November 23, 2017 | Cambier Park and Norris Center
The run/walk event will be held at Cambier Park at 7:30 AM on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. This beautiful 5k course will wind through downtown Naples with festivities staged from the picturesque Cambier Park!! Pumpkin pie and apple cider will be served after the race! Plenty of FREE parking. Long ...
Thanksgiving 5K at Cambier Park
The run/walk event will be held at Cambier Park at 7:30 AM on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. This beautiful 5k course will wind through downtown Naples with festivities staged from the picturesque Cambier Park!! Pumpkin pie and apple cider will be served after the race! Plenty of FREE parking. Long Sleeve Shirts to all pre-registered participants! Race Medals to all finishers! FREE 100 yard dash for children 6 and under. FREE 1K fun run for children 14 and under This race benefit's St. Matthew's House and we are collecting canned goods as well as clothing for St. Matthew's House. Please bring a your items to packet pick-up or to the registration area on the day of the race. Moe’s Southwest Grill has pledged to donate 1 pound of rice/beans to St. Matthew’s house for every participant registered! This 5k will be a GREAT way to start your Thanksgiving weekend! Early Packet Pick Up - Naples on the Run Tuesday, November 21st from 10AM to 6:30PM Wednesday, November 22nd from 10AM to 5PM Course open for 90 minutes All participants have option to be chip timed Full awards ceremony
Rookery Bay Adventure Race
November 25, 2017 | Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 5k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit Rookery Bay Research Reserve. All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov 1), giveaways, post-race refreshments and free admission to the Envir...
Rookery Bay Adventure Race
Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 5k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit Rookery Bay Research Reserve. All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov 1), giveaways, post-race refreshments and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center after the race. Pricing (per individual*): Early bird (until 10/31): $35 Reg price (11/1-11/24): $40 Day of price (11/25): $50 *add $40 for a second person in relay/tandem division Single kayak rental: $20 Tandem kayak rental: $35 Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis.
Iron Joe Turkey Ride
November 26, 2017 | Fit & Fuel Cafe
The 12th annual Iron Joe Turkey Ride in Naples is a long-standing Sunday-after-Thanksgiving-Tradition. The revelry begins and ends in the side lot of Fit & Fuel Cafe. There are rides for all levels - 62 miles, 30 miles, 14 miles - followed by ice cold beer, a great band, a raffle, and a deliciou...
Iron Joe Turkey Ride
The 12th annual Iron Joe Turkey Ride in Naples is a long-standing Sunday-after-Thanksgiving-Tradition. The revelry begins and ends in the side lot of Fit & Fuel Cafe. There are rides for all levels - 62 miles, 30 miles, 14 miles - followed by ice cold beer, a great band, a raffle, and a delicious, lunch. Preregister with Naples Pathways Coalition. NPC members save $5. This event is dedicated to the joy and the benefits of bicycling. Proceeds help support the advocacy work of the Naples Pathways Coalition on behalf of cyclists, walkers, and runners. For more information or questions: contact [email protected]
Naples Restaurant Week Winter Edition
November 30-December 13, 2017 every day | Naples Restaurant Week
Naples Restaurant Week (NRW) is a semiannual, 14-day event that celebrates dining out at an affordable price. Held both in June and December, the goal of Naples Restaurant Week is to encourage increased traffic to our local restaurants and to celebrate the wide array of cuisine available here in Sou...
Naples Restaurant Week Winter Edition
Naples Restaurant Week (NRW) is a semiannual, 14-day event that celebrates dining out at an affordable price. Held both in June and December, the goal of Naples Restaurant Week is to encourage increased traffic to our local restaurants and to celebrate the wide array of cuisine available here in Southwest Florida. The next event dates in the greater Naples area are November 30 through December 13. With 40+ of the best restaurants in Naples participating, patrons get to experience specially curated three-course prix fixe dinner menus from the best local restaurants starting at just $25* and $35. (*Not all restaurants have the $25 option). These custom menus can also include drink/wine pairings, additional courses, and other meal upgrades to dazzle the palate. There are no advance tickets required. All eager diners need to do is visit the Naples Restaurant Week website to view the many restaurant options and special menus available. Then, make your reservation or just stop by, and ask for the Naples Restaurant Week menu options.
QBE Shootout
December 06-10, 2017 | Tiburón Golf Club
The QBE Shootout, which is hosted by World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman, is proud to enter its 29th year. Thanks to the support of tournament sponsors, fans, volunteers and the Southwest Florida community, the Shootout has become one of the most prestigious and unique events on the PGA TOUR....
QBE Shootout
The QBE Shootout, which is hosted by World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman, is proud to enter its 29th year. Thanks to the support of tournament sponsors, fans, volunteers and the Southwest Florida community, the Shootout has become one of the most prestigious and unique events on the PGA TOUR. The 2017 field will consist of 24 professionals paired into 12 two-person teams. The QBE Shootout will once again feature a scramble format during the first round followed by a modified alternate shot format and a final-round better ball contest. Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the QBE Shootout last year by one stroke over Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly. It was the second title in three years for the team of English and Kuchar who are expected to defend their title this December. QBE’s partnership will allow the Shootout to increase the tournament purse by $400,000 over the next three years. The 2016 purse was $3.1 million and will increase to $3.3 million this year, followed by a purse of $3.4 million in 2018 and in 2019 the 24-player field will compete for $3.5 million. The QBE Shootout will also have a new broadcast partner and will return to a Sunday finish with the Golf Channel broadcasting all three competitive rounds. Live coverage will air on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Shootout will also be televised around the globe via the PGA TOUR’s international distribution network. For the latest QBE Shootout news and information, visit the tournament website at www.qbeshootout.com, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/qbeshootout and follow us on Twitter @QBEshootout.
Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade
December 09, 2017 | Marine Industries Association of Collier County
Pick your spot along Naples Bay to enjoy the colorful and sparkly annual Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. the parade may be viewed from: Pinchers Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Kelly's Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant, Naples City Dock and Naples Landings Park. Sponsored by the Marine Indus...
Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade
Pick your spot along Naples Bay to enjoy the colorful and sparkly annual Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. the parade may be viewed from: Pinchers Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Kelly's Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant, Naples City Dock and Naples Landings Park. Sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County. All proceeds benefit the Ricky King Foundation.
Naples Christmas Parade
December 12, 2017 | Fifth Avenue South
Floats, Fire engines, school groups, school bands, dance troupes, boy and girl scouts, civic groups and so much more bring this annual tradition to life! And, don’t forget Santa and Mrs. Claus! The parade follows the traditional route starting at South Broad then on to 3rd Street to 5th Avenue South...
Naples Christmas Parade
Floats, Fire engines, school groups, school bands, dance troupes, boy and girl scouts, civic groups and so much more bring this annual tradition to life! And, don’t forget Santa and Mrs. Claus! The parade follows the traditional route starting at South Broad then on to 3rd Street to 5th Avenue South. For more information or to participate please contact the city of Naples at 239-213-7120.
2017 FBU National Championship
December 17-21, 2017 | Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
The 2017 FBU National Championship, the only tournament series of its kind in youth football, takes place in sunny Naples, Florida for the fourth straight year. The FBU National Championship games take place December 18-21 this year at multiple locations, with the final championship games on Thursda...
2017 FBU National Championship
The 2017 FBU National Championship, the only tournament series of its kind in youth football, takes place in sunny Naples, Florida for the fourth straight year. The FBU National Championship games take place December 18-21 this year at multiple locations, with the final championship games on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3pm, 5:30pm and 8pm at Gulf Coast High School.
New Year's Eve Fireworks
December 31, 2017 | City of Naples
Find a spot anywhere along Naples Beach for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks, blasting off from Naples Pier. Most area boat sightseeing tours offer passage to watch the fireworks from the water vantage point. Advance reservations are required for boat excursions. Taxis, limos, and ride share serv...
New Year's Eve Fireworks
Find a spot anywhere along Naples Beach for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks, blasting off from Naples Pier. Most area boat sightseeing tours offer passage to watch the fireworks from the water vantage point. Advance reservations are required for boat excursions. Taxis, limos, and ride share services are highly recommended instead of driving and parking at beach areas. **PARKING STATEMENT: Naples Police and Emergency Services would like to remind the public that parking enforcement will take place in marked “No Parking” areas with close attention given to blocked intersections and fire hydrants. Violator’s vehicles are subject to towing and impoundment. Everyone is encouraged to use the public parking in the Third Street South area and to respect other’s property and not block driveways or park on private property without the owner’s consent. Parking meters are enforced daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and no parking after 11:00 p.m. is allowed at the beach ends.
Big Swamp Smoke Off at Collier County Fairgrounds
January 05-06, 2018 | Collier County Fairgrounds
The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its Sixth Annual Big Swamp Smoke-Off Bar-B-Que competition. On January 5th and 6th a large contingent of the country's top cook teams will arrive in Naples to compete as the top cooks. Our two day event will include activities for the Family such as Parta...
Big Swamp Smoke Off at Collier County Fairgrounds
The Collier County Fair is proud to announce its Sixth Annual Big Swamp Smoke-Off Bar-B-Que competition. On January 5th and 6th a large contingent of the country's top cook teams will arrive in Naples to compete as the top cooks. Our two day event will include activities for the Family such as Partaking in the People's Choice Award by sampling all the professional teams tasty pork and place your vote, Craft Beer Tasting and Face Painting, Bounces, Bungee's, Games for the Kids and other vendors. The competition will take place at the Collier County Fairgrounds 751 39th Ave NE Naples, FL 34120. Admission is Free for Adults and Children.
Naples New Year's Art Fair
January 06-07, 2018 | Naples Art Association
The Naples Art Association presents the 22nd annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th. Start the New Year off in style along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples at this well-established art festival. Augmenting the number of participating artists, available art a...
Naples New Year's Art Fair
The Naples Art Association presents the 22nd annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th. Start the New Year off in style along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples at this well-established art festival. Augmenting the number of participating artists, available art and ambiance of the event on Saturday is Art in the Park. Art in the Park is an art fair held on Park Street by Naples Art Association members on the first Saturday of each month between November and April. The Naples New Year’s Art Fair offers residents and visitors with an alternative to football and a place to walk off calories from holiday overeating. Shoppers will have the opportunity to mingle with 254 professional artists from around the country in categories ranging from original oils and acrylics on canvas to watercolors, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more. Unlike a gallery or museum, a fine art festival such as this one offers savvy art enthusiasts the unique opportunity to meet the artists in person; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspiration and purchase fine works of art directly from the artists. There’s art for every taste and pocketbook, so bring your credit card or checkbook. From home décor to jewelry, collectors and festival-goers will discover thousands of items that they simply cannot find elsewhere. Festival hours are 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and there is parking all around 5th Ave South.
SWFL Festival of Birds
January 12-14, 2018 | Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Rookery Bay hosts the Southwest Florida Festival of Birds! Former known as the SWFL Nature Festival, participants will enjoy special presentations at the Environmental Learning Center on Friday & Saturday. There is also an amazing array of field trips all across the area on Friday, Saturday and ...
SWFL Festival of Birds
Rookery Bay hosts the Southwest Florida Festival of Birds! Former known as the SWFL Nature Festival, participants will enjoy special presentations at the Environmental Learning Center on Friday & Saturday. There is also an amazing array of field trips all across the area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be possible to register in person at the Environmental Learning Center or over the phone by calling 239-530-5972 up until the day before the scheduled trip date. Visit the web link in this event listing to learn more about special presentations and field trips.
Mullet Festival
January 26-28, 2018 | Stan's Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant
Be here for one of Florida Paradise Coast's quirkiest and most fun festivals. Enjoy fried and smoked mullet and lots of other fresh seafood and "good eats" from a variety of food vendors along with arts and crafts. Great live music and of course, the annual Buzzard Lope dance* contest, culminating w...
Mullet Festival
Be here for one of Florida Paradise Coast's quirkiest and most fun festivals. Enjoy fried and smoked mullet and lots of other fresh seafood and "good eats" from a variety of food vendors along with arts and crafts. Great live music and of course, the annual Buzzard Lope dance* contest, culminating with the crowning of the new Buzzard Lope Queen! The Mullet Festival celebrates Old Florida at its finest, and carries on the traditions established by Stan Gober (may he rest in peace!), whose offbeat music was the inspiration for the Buzzard Lope Dance and Queen Contest! *Inspired by Stan Gober's song, Buzzard Lope, depicting the strange dance that buzzards do as they hover over roadkill.
Greek Festival
February 09-11, 2018 | St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
Find the best of Greek food, dance, music, arts and entertainment this weekend at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road, in Naples. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Greek Fest costs $5 per person, and children younger than 12 are free. Tic...
Greek Festival
Find the best of Greek food, dance, music, arts and entertainment this weekend at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road, in Naples. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Greek Fest costs $5 per person, and children younger than 12 are free. Tickets are good for the entire weekend. We have adopted the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Center in collaboration with Barbara’s Friends, “Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon” as our charitable recipient. Parking is available on the lot located on the Northeast corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Orange Blossom. Valet parking is available onsite for the Handicapped.
2018 Chubb Classic PGA Champions Tour Tournament
February 12-18, 2018 | TwinEagles Golf & Country Club
Since 1988, the excitement of the Champions Tour has been witnessed first hand by millions of spectators, corporate clients and guests. In addition to the thrill of playing in the Pro-Am, hosting customers in hospitality suites and watching championship golf, the Chubb Classic has raised more than $...
2018 Chubb Classic PGA Champions Tour Tournament
Since 1988, the excitement of the Champions Tour has been witnessed first hand by millions of spectators, corporate clients and guests. In addition to the thrill of playing in the Pro-Am, hosting customers in hospitality suites and watching championship golf, the Chubb Classic has raised more than $2 million for charity. The official charities of the tournament are The Education Foundation of Collier County, Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation and The First Tee Naples/Collier. We look forward to positive results once again this year. The Chubb Classic is a world class golf tournament televised nationally on The Golf Channel. The Tournament annually attracts the strongest field of competitors from the Official Money List. Additionally, golf legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Tom Watson have competed in this prestigious event in past years.
For the Love of Art Celebration
February 17, 2018 | Naples Art Association
For the Love of Art is somewhat of a moveable feast within the Naples Art Association's von Liebig Art Center building. There will be five rooms in which a local visual artist, a performing artist and a chef share space and offer demonstrations. This awesome cocktail party will provide you with utmo...
For the Love of Art Celebration
For the Love of Art is somewhat of a moveable feast within the Naples Art Association's von Liebig Art Center building. There will be five rooms in which a local visual artist, a performing artist and a chef share space and offer demonstrations. This awesome cocktail party will provide you with utmost sense heightening experience. Guests will fully immerse themselves in the arts as they explore two stories and six rooms of spectacular, live entertainers; interactive, high-energy art experiences; innovative floral and interior design artistry; and delicious samplings of culinary delights from five master chefs – all while helping raise funds to support children’s arts programming through tuition assistance and scholarships. For the Love of Art ticket holders have the option to purchase and additional "Take it Off the Wall" ticket. This offers a spirited and unique opportunity for participating attendees to chose from a selection of original artwork pieces. Tickets are limited, so get yours now! Just choose the Take it Off the Wall option when purchasing online tickets. *Note: If you would like to purchase more than one Off the Wall Ticket, please call the art center at 239-262-6517. You must purchase a ticket to the event before purchasing Off the Wall tickets. You do not want to miss this unique and innovative night of fun For the Love of Art!
39th Annual Naples National Art Festival
February 24-25, 2018 | Naples Art Association
The 39th Annual Naples National Art Festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in downtown Naples, Florida. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Naples National draws some of the finest artists in the cou...
39th Annual Naples National Art Festival
The 39th Annual Naples National Art Festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in downtown Naples, Florida. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Naples National draws some of the finest artists in the country. Sunshine Artist Magazine has ranked this art festival as high as the number nine art festival in the United States and has included The Naples National in its Top 10 national festival seven years running. This is a juried art festival with artists applying in 18 categories including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture and wood. The local community counts Naples National among its premiere, must-see events thanks to the high quality of the art, the engaging personalities of the artists and the festive atmosphere. More than 20,000 residents and visitors flock to this outdoor weekend art festival to enjoy the art, live performances and our world-class restaurants in downtown Naples. Festival attendees take full advantage of the opportunity to meet artists from across the country and to learn about their inspiration and techniques.
Free Kids Fishing Clinic
March 10, 2018 | Naples Pier
The Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Naples Pier is a one-day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation with the help of the Outreach and Education (O&E) Subsection of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Co...
Free Kids Fishing Clinic
The Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Naples Pier is a one-day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation with the help of the Outreach and Education (O&E) Subsection of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The primary goal of this program is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems and ethical angling skills. The Clinic also teach fundamental saltwater fishing knowledge and skills while promoting a positive fishing experience. Kids age 5 to 15 are welcome. All receive a free rod and reel until supplies run out.
2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
April 21-28, 2018 | East Naples Community Park
Don't miss all the exciting play during the 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships! The 2017 Minto US Pickleball Championships were a huge success, thanks to all of you! But not as huge as the plans we have for 2018. Expanded facilities! More and more players at all skill levels! Great food, dr...
2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
Don't miss all the exciting play during the 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships! The 2017 Minto US Pickleball Championships were a huge success, thanks to all of you! But not as huge as the plans we have for 2018. Expanded facilities! More and more players at all skill levels! Great food, drinks, and entertainment to keep the party rolling day and night! You gotta be there! It's championship pickleball! It's beautiful Naples! It's April 21-28, 2018! But you need to make you plans early to hold your place in history.
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