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Naples National Art Festival 2019

Henri Matisse reportedly once said “Creativity takes courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson declared “Every artist was first an amateur.” And, of course, Bob Ross famously stated on his PBS television show “We don’t make mistakes. Just happy little accidents.” Art is just as important as math and science to creating a world worth living in. Creativity should be nurtured and encouraged. You can do both when you attend the Naples National Art Festival 2019.

Dozens of talented artists from all over the country compete in the juried Naples National Art Festival 2019 at Cambier Park. Support their talents by visiting the festival.

What: Naples National Art Festival 2019
Where: Cambier Park (585 Park St)
When: February 23rd, 10 am to 7 pm & February 24th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 per person donation suggested
Contact: Naples Art Association (239) 262-6517

Naples National Art Festival 2019

Literally, thousands of people visit Cambier Park each year for the Naples National Art Festival. As a juried art show, it attracts some of the finest artists from around the country. They vie for cash prizes in 18 different categories in a wide variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wood, and metal. The quality of work displayed here helped last year’s Naples National Art Festival rank in the top 25 of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s Best Classic & Contemporary Art Shows. It also made the top 50 of ArtFairCalendar.com’s America’s Best Art Fairs.

New for this year, the festival includes a live performance by the Blu-Tones on Saturday. In fact, Saturday’s hours have been extended specifically to bring their music to the public. This Naples-based band plays rock-n-roll hits from the ’50s to the ’70s, Elvis to The Eagles. You’re going to love them! Also, local favorites Artichoke and Co and Naples Smoked BBQ provide tasty treats for sale. When thirst hits, quench it with beverages from The Wine Store and Rip Tide Brewery.

Admission & Parking for Naples National Art Festival 2019

Technically, everyone is welcome to attend the 2019 Naples National Art Festival free of charge. However, organizers suggest a $5 per person donation at the gate. Money raised from the festival helps fund their educational art programs. So, every bit helps. Parking is provided free of charge in the designated parking spots in Cambier Park and along 5th Ave S.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Cars on Fifth 2019

Do you love luxury cars? Ever dream of seeing a Ferrari, Bentley or Porsche in person? You’ll have your chance on February 9th. That’s when the Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 event takes place. Money raised from this event goes right back into helping the community.

Calling all luxury car enthusiasts. Come see more than 575 high end automobiles at the Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 event. All money raised directly benefits St Matthew's House, who help the homeless and hungry in the Naples area.

What: Naples Cars on Fifth 2019
Where: 701 5th Ave S
When: Saturday, February 9th, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: $20 General Admission (ages 12+), $40 VIP tickets
Contact: Ferrari Club of Naples (via email)

Naples Cars on Fifth 2019

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Since 2005, the Ferrari Club of Naples has hosted their annual Cars on Fifth event to showcase fine luxury automobiles and to help local charities. Since its inception, they’ve raised over $1,000,000. This year’s featured charity is the St. Matthew’s House. They help the provide food and clothing to the homeless and hungry in our Naples neighborhood.

Luxury dealers and individual car enthusiasts bring their very best automobiles to Naples Cars on Fifth 2019. You’ll see everything from Jaguar to Lotus, Bentley to Triumph and more. Ferrari promises more than 125 vintage and modern V-8s and V-12s, including brand new Spiders and 488GTBs. Not to be outdone, classic American muscle cars make an appearance as well.

After you take a look at the cars, visit the market. Here, you’ll find fine jewelry and artwork for sale. Want to accessorize your car? Need some service performed on your vehicle? Talk to vendors about show-only specials. Then, at 4 pm, listen to the symphony of sound as 575 cars start up at once and drive off the lot.

Tickets for Naples Cars on Fifth 2019

This year, tickets for Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 cost $20 per person for general admission. Kids under age 12 get in absolutely free. For a truly special experience, spend $40 for VIP tickets. Each ticket allows you access to the special VIP area, where some of the most exotic and highest priced automobiles are shown. In addition, you’ll be able to see the specially-designed Pininfarina boats. Each VIP ticket holder receives two drink tickets and access to private restrooms. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit the Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 website here.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018

Can you believe that Christmas Eve takes place just two weeks from today? That’s incredible! Did you watch the Naples Boat Parade of Lights last week? Dozens of beautifully decorated boats floated along the Venetian Bay. Gorgeous! Looking for more fun Christmas-time things to do this season? Check out the Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018. Millions of lights set the garden aglow each night into the new year.

If you thought the Naples Botanical Garden was beautiful during the day, it's absolutely magical during its Night Lights 2018 event now through Jan 3rd, 2019.

What: Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018
Where: 4820 Bayshore Dr
When: Now thru Jan 3rd (closed Dec 24th, 25th & 31st) 6 pm to 9 pm
Admission: $5-$25
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018

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While the garden provides a lovely walk through its natural beauty during the daytime, it outdoes itself in elegance and grace when night falls. From 6 pm to 9 pm every evening, Naples Botanical Garden takes on a distinguished glimmer courtesy of Night Lights 2018. In addition to the millions of twinkling lights throughout the garden, guests enjoy live music performed by talented local artists.

Fogg Cafe serves light refreshments to guests (for a fee) each night as well. And, while you’re there, pick up unique Christmas presents for your loved ones at the Naples Botanical Garden’s gift shop. December 14th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th includes your chance to wish upon the Wishing Tree. But the tree only makes its appearance on those special days.

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018 Tickets

Tickets for Night Lights 2018 cost $20 per adult and $10 per child ages 4 to 14 through December 14th. After that, they cost $25 per adult and $15 per child ages 4 to 14. Children under the age of 4 enter free of charge (but still need a ticket). Are you a Naples Botanical Garden member? pay just $10 per adult and $5 per child any night during the Naples Botanical Garden’s Night Lights 2018. Members can purchase their tickets online here. Non-members can purchase their tickets ahead of time online here.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018

Whether you’re a child in age or a kid at heart, everyone loves to dress up. At the Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018 this Wednesday, kids of all ages are invited to wear their favorite costumes and celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with music, candy, and more along Main St. It doesn’t matter whether you’re one or 101. You won’t want to miss a moment of this Halloween celebration!

Looking for a fun alternative to begging for candy door-to-door? Go downtown for the Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018. Fun for the entire family to enjoy together!

What: Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018
Where: 701 5th Ave S, Naples, FL
When: Wednesday, October 31st, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: 5th Ave S Business Improvement District (239) 692-8436

Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018

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What’s on the schedule for the Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018? Just a great time for the whole family! Love slime? Let the Mad Scientist show you how it’s made. Create your own goo and then hop aboard the Mad Scientist’s hoverboard for fun. Interact with an actual robot at the Logiscool booth. Visit the pumpkin patch for cool photo opportunities. In the KidsZone at Snugden Plaza, the Napa Players show children a spooktacular good time with face-painting, (play) sword-fighting, dancing, games, candy, and a live performance by the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Live music creates a wonderful ambiance for the Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018. Throughout the entire event, several different musical acts perform for the crowds. These acts include The Bumbles (for the little kids), The Woodwork (folk and jazz indie music), blues singer/guitarist Steve Hill and local favorite Gianna Minichiello, DJ Messina, and acoustic duo Jay Stollman and Renan Nerone. Our very own North Naples Church Worship Band also plans on entertaining the crowd with their live music as well.

Admission to the Naples Halloween on 5th Spooktacular 2018 event is absolutely free. Several downtown restaurants will be open during the event as well. Don’t leave your bags at home. Bring them with you and fill them up with all treats (no tricks) when you go trick-or-treating at the local vendors on 5th Ave. Happy Halloween!
Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

2018 Naples International Film Festival

Toronto. Cannes. Tribeca. Sundance. Naples, Florida? Yes. For the last 10 years, Naples has welcomed filmmakers from all over the world. The 2018 Naples International Film Festival looks to be the biggest selection in the festival’s history. Any film-lover worth their salt won’t want to miss an opportunity to view these movies before anyone else does.

The 2018 Naples International Film Festival hosts 60 screenings of movies made by filmmakers from all over the world.

What: 2018 Naples International Film Festival
Where: Artis-Naples (5833 Pelican Bay Blvd) & Silverspot Cinema
When: October 25th to 28th
Contact: Artis-Naples (239) 597-1900/(800) 597-1900

2018 Naples International Film Festival

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Over a four-day period, guests of the 2018 Naples International Film Festival have a chance to view 60 different screenings and hear from the filmmakers of each themselves. The films range from quirky narratives to insightful documentaries as well as bundles of interesting short films and promising student films. This year’s feature film for opening night is The Drummer and the Keeper, an Irish drama about living life with a mental illness. The cost to attend the opening night film, including walking the red carpet, is $69 per person. Reserve your opening night tickets online here.

From 10 am to 10 pm over the rest of the 2018 Naples International Film Festival, dozens of other films will be shown at the Silverspot Cinema in Naples. Purchase tickets for each individual screening. Or bundle them up and pay just $55 for four movies. To set up your own viewing schedule, take a look at the 2018 Naples International Film Festival’s quick guide here.

Closing Ceremonies for the 2018 Naples International Film Festival

Beginning at 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 28th, guests at the 2018 Naples International Film Festival closing ceremonies will be served some delicious food while filmmakers receive their awards on-stage. Steve Martin and Martin Short perform their act live after the awards presentation. Unfortunately, tickets to see their show have already been sold out. But, it’s not too late to pick up tickets for the awards ceremony. Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased online here.

By supporting the arts in Naples, you also support art around the world. And if you love movies, you’ll love the 2018 Naples International Film Festival. Get your tickets today!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos 

Naples Area 2018 July 4th Parade and Fireworks

This Wednesday, we celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday. Most people have the day off. That means backyard barbecues and outdoor games of all kinds abound. For many, the Naples area 2018 July 4th parade and fireworks show certainly fit somewhere in their schedule. Do you know where to go to enjoy these events? Well, let me tell you.

What are you doing this Independence Day? Barbecue? Beach? Going to the Naples area 2018 July 4th parade and fireworks show? All of the above?

Naples Area 2018 July 4th Parade

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The Naples area 2018 July 4th parade takes place at 10 am on Wednesday. It starts at Broad Ave S and 3rd St S. Participants march north on 3rd St. Then, they turn east onto 5th Ave S. When they get to 8th St S, they go south, past City Hall, until they end up at 8th Ave S. Spectators will see marching bands, decorated floats, and cars full of prominent city officials make their way along the parade route. Feel free to bring a lawn chair with you for comfort. But, I strongly suggest you arrive early to find a good spot. They do tend to fill up pretty quickly. Parking does, too. So, you may find yourself walking a little bit before you find an opening. If you bring your dog, please make sure it is on a leash. This is as much for their safety as it is for yours.

Naples Area 2018 July 4th Fireworks Show

Now, you can’t have an Independence Day celebration without fireworks. Luckily, the City hosts their Naples Area 2018 July 4th fireworks show right at the Naples Pier. The show starts promptly at 9 pm. But, like the parade, you’re going to want to come early to stake your spot. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Pets, unfortunately, are not. Loud noises not only scare animals, but they may also damage their hearing. Please keep them at home. Public parking will be available. Heed all “no parking” signs as they will be strictly enforced. That means that, if you decide to park in a “no parking” zone, you will be fined and towed. It’s not worth the hassle.

What are you doing this Wednesday? Spending it at the beach? Enjoying a nice barbecue with friends and family? Going to the Naples area 2018 July 4th parade and fireworks show? Please share your annual Independence Day traditions in the comments below. I’d love to hear how you celebrate.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018

The Gulf of Mexico provides a romantic backdrop for one of Southwest Florida’s most popular annual traditions: Naples SummerJazz. Yes, it’s back again for its 32nd year. Naples Beach Hotel hosts their annual celebration of summer with smooth jazz, warm ocean breezes, and a sunset to die for.

On one glorious Saturday night each month this summer, guests enjoy a free Naples SummerJazz concert on the gulf at the Naples Beach Hotel.

What: Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018
Where: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (851 Gulf Shore Blvd N)
When: June 23rd, July 14th, August 18th & September 15th, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Naples Beach Hotel (239) 261-2222

Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018

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On one Saturday each month between June and September, the Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018 heats things up. Each month, a different act performs relaxing tunes in front of a live audience. And it’s absolutely free to the public. The open-air venue allows guests to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. With no assigned seating available, it might be a good idea to get there a little early to scout out your favorite spot. Just keep in mind, there really are no bad spots at the Naples Beach Hotel. However, thousands of people show up on the Watkins Lawn each year just to listen to this free concert. Early arrival is definitely encouraged.

While guests may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets from home, outside food and beverages are strictly prohibited. Since the Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf concerts take place during dinner time, the hotel bars provide burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and beverages for purchase by concert guests. All food is fresh and made to order by the hotel’s talented chefs. Please keep your area neat and clean by throwing away any trash in the designated containers located throughout the venue.

Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018 Schedule

June 23rd – Show Biz Kids
July 14th – Late Night Brass
August 18th – TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue
September 15th – Pocket Change

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Taste of Collier 2018 Delights Your Naples Taste Buds

Food, glorious food. There’s nothing better than wonderful food prepared by talented chefs. Foodies rejoice! Tickle your taste buds at the Taste of Collier 2018 located at Bayfront Naples this Sunday, May 6th.

The Taste of Collier 2018 hits Bayfront Naples on May 6th. Sample various dishes prepared by talented local chefs and watch live demos.

What: Taste of Collier 2018
Where: Bayfront Naples (465 Bayfront Pl)
When: Sunday, May 6th, 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5 per person (kids under 10 FREE), $10 for sheet of 10 Food & Beverage tickets
Contact: McQuaid Marketing & Promotions, Event Co-Ordinator (239) 331-7371

Taste of Collier 2018

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For over 30 years now, musicians and chefs gathered together to create the ultimate feast for the senses. The Taste of Collier 2018 promises to be the biggest gathering yet. Eighteen local restaurants agreed to participate in this year’s event. They include Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse, Pincher’s Crab Shack, Bonefish Grill, and EJ’s Bayfront Cafe among others. Enjoy live musical performances by Guy Smith and the Sarah Hadeka Band throughout the day. Don’t forget to visit the Chef’s Show Tent. A different local chef prepares a dish using only local ingredients each hour.

Ticket Info for the Taste of Collier 2018

General admission runs just $5 per person. Kids under the age of 10 get in absolutely FREE of charge. No money will be accepted on the event grounds. Instead, you must purchase food and beverage tickets. These tickets cost $1 each and can be purchased in sheets of 10 for $10. If you wish to sample a particular food or beverage item you see, simply provide the chef with the appropriate amount of tickets. Sampling costs vary per item sampled, costing anywhere from one to seven tickets each. You can purchase tickets online or at the event itself. But, remember, no other currency will be allowed once inside the gates.

Food for a Cause

In addition to serving amazing food, the Taste of Collier 2018 raises funds for local charities. Over its 34 year history, this event raised more than $1 million. Organizations such as the Red Cross, St Matthews House, READ of Southwest Florida, the Heil Luthringer Foundation, JROTC, and others benefitted from past Taste of Collier events. This year’s charity of choice is Meals of Hope, who pack meals for the Feeding America Food Bank Network. These meals are then passed out to low-income families and individuals in need.

Have you attended a Taste of Collier event in the past? What did you enjoy most about it? Do you have any tips for those attending the Taste of Collier for the very first time? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Stay in May Festival 2018

If you love art, music, food, healthy living or any combination thereof, you’re going to want to make plans to be at the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018. Over the course of the 20-day event, thousands of visitors choose from dozens of events all over the Naples area. Only the best of the best showcase their skills in this ultimate celebration of our Southwest Florida lifestyle.

Whether you enjoy fine art, live music, delicious food, or want to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 has something for you!

What: Naples Stay in May Festival 2018
When: April 23rd to May 12th
Where: Multiple Venues Around Naples, FL
Contact: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (239) 252-6292

Naples Stay in May Festival 2018

Art

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Visual artists from the Naples Art District set up installations around the Norris Gardens. The Norris Art District hosts several workshops at the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 to help you find your inner artist. Cuba has had a tremendous influence in Southern Florida. “Havana Modern” author Michael Connors discusses what he found in his travels to this beautiful country at the Jett Thompson home. Who needs a pub crawl when you can take a gallery hop instead? Visit 32 different galleries featuring various artists at the Alive Alive event. You can’t think of the art deco movement without hearing the sounds of big band orchestras headed up by Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie or Glenn Miller, right? Big Band and Art Deco meet at Rose Auditorium. Three short film festivals are scheduled throughout the entire Stay in May event: April 29th, May 2nd, and May 6th. However, the May 2nd festival is already sold out. So, you’d better get your tickets now for the other two or you might miss out!

Music

Whether you enjoy rock, pop, classical/chamber music or jazz, the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 features something you’ll enjoy. The Fifth Ave Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Boys, and Seraphic Fire perform classical music. The Bumper Jacksons offer country swing and street blues with a jazz twist. The Naples Zoo plays host to “One Night in Memphis” with their odes to the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and, of course, the king himself, Elvis Presley. And don’t miss the smooth jazz stylings of the William Noll Jazz Ensemble, Wycliffe Gordon or the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet.

Food

Now, you can’t have a Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 without food. Participants in four different high school culinary arts programs put their skills to the test for you at Venue Naples. Celebrity Chef Brian Roland (Crave Culinaire) hosts this can’t be missed event at Venue Naples.

Healthy Living

Finally, a healthy mind creates a healthy body. During the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018, take your first steps into meditation at the Awareness of Breath Workshop. Learn valuable tips about relieving the stress you might feel throughout your day at the Conquering Stress workshop. Finally, they say music soothes the savage beast. Find out how to utilize sound to treat what ails you at the Music as Mind Medicine class.

For a complete list of events as well as prices and tickets for each, please visit the Stay in May Festival website here. Some events require a ticket even if they are free. Take a moment to peruse the website and plan your time during the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

2018 Collier County Fair Ends This Weekend

Just last Thursday, the fairgrounds opened their doors for the 2018 Collier County Fair. You have until this Sunday, March 25th, to enjoy all that the fair has to offer. And each day brings something different and interesting to the table. You don’t want to miss out!

The 2018 Collier County Fair offers everything you could ever want in a fair. Live entertainment, fair food, games, rides, pig races & more.

What: 2018 Collier County Fair
Where: Collier County Fairgrounds (751 39th Ave NE, Naples)
When: Now through March 25th, Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri – 6 pm to 11 pm, Wed – 2 pm to 11 pm, Sat – 1 pm to 1 am, Sun – 1 pm to 10 pm
Admission: $5 to $25 (kids under 5 are free)
Contact: Collier County Fair & Exposition (239) 455-1444

2018 Collier County Fair Details

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The county fair always sparks feelings of nostalgia in anyone who’s attended one as a kid. If you want to instill that magical memory in your children, make plans to attend the 2018 Collier County Fair sometime this week. Step right up for a chance at winning a prize with one of the fair’s games. Hop aboard a thrilling carnival ride. Eat fun fair food. Pony rides, livestock shows, magic shows, live entertainment, demolition races, pig races, and so much more await all those who enter. There’s even a beer tent for all guests ages 21 or older to enjoy. (Must have a valid photo ID to enter, purchase, and/or drink alcohol.) Don’t be surprised if you see street performers strolling around. They might even choose to start their show right up in front of you.

Tickets for the 2018 Collier County Fair

Tickets for the 2018 Collier County Fair vary. An adult pass costs $10 per person (ages 12 and up). Kids ages 6 to 11 can get in for just $5 per person. All children under the age of six get in free every single day. Now, if you really want to take advantage of everything the fair has to offer, you may want to consider purchasing a Megapass. Purchase a ride armband for unlimited rides on everything but Speed and the Super Slide. Prices vary per day. For example, anyone visiting the fair today pays just $1 per ride. On Tuesday, armbands cost $12 per person. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday visitors pay $20 per armband. On Friday, guests pay $25 per armband. And on Saturday (perhaps the busiest day of the fair), you’re going to pay $35 for a ride armband. Wednesday is Senior Day. All senior citizens pay just $5 per person from 2 pm to 5 pm with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at the Collier County Fair box office website.

The 2018 Collier County Fair happens come rain or shine. Luckily, we’re looking at mostly sunny skies for the rest of the week. Take the family. Have a blast. Enjoy your time at the fair now. After Sunday, it won’t be back until next spring.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos