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First Wednesday Art Alive in Naples

Some people enjoy going on a pub crawl. Bar-hopping has its time and place. In fact, several bars in the Naples and Marco Island area host St Patrick’s Day specials both on the day (March 17th) and the weekend before. Personally, I prefer an art crawl. At First Wednesday Art Alive, you might even get to enjoy a little vino or champagne while you view the art exhibits, too.

You've heard of a pub crawl. But if you enjoy fine art, you might want to join the art crawl that is First Wednesday Art Alive in the Naples Art District on March 4th, 2020.

What: First Wednesday Art Alive in Naples
Where: Naples Art District
When: March 4th, 2020 from 5 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Naples Art District (239) 596-5099

First Wednesday Art Alive

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaWe love our art here in Naples. Last month, the Naples National Art Show came to Cambier Park. This upcoming Wednesday, March 4th, the Naples Art District hosts First Wednesday Art Alive. The Naples Art District inhabits several galleries bordered by Airport Pulling Rd to the east, Pine Ridge Rd to the south, Taylor Rd to the west, and Trade Center Way to the north. Situated inside industrial parks located inside these boundaries, more than 60 members of the Naples Art District work as well as teach. Their specialties run the gamut from painting to metal and woodwork. And it’s all on display during First Wednesday Art Alive.

Visit any of the galleries located along J & C Boulevard, Trade Center Way or Shirley Street to see these talented artists at work. You might even meet a few of them, too. Find something special to decorate your Naples home. To find out where these galleries and artist studios are located, please visit the Naples Art Show website here.

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

Naples National Art Show 2020

We love the arts here in Southwest Florida. They come in many forms. Last month saw the Marco Island Chalk Arts event. Late last year, we celebrated our local culinary arts scene with Naples Winter Restaurant Week. Last summer, the Naples Jazz Society hosted a free Summer Concert series. This month, Naples Art hosts the Naples National Art Show 2020 at Cambier Park.

Hundreds of artists showcase their talents at the Naples National Art Show 2020 in Cambier Park on February 22nd & 23rd.

What: Naples National Art Show 2020
Where: Cambier Park (585 Park St)
When: February 22nd & 23rd, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free ($5 donation suggested per person)
Contact: Naples Art (239) 262-6517 or via email

Naples National Art Show 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaAt the Naples National Art Show, judges encourage artists to utilize any medium they feel most comfortable with. So, you may see glasswork, woodwork, metal, and mixed media next to paintings, photographs, and pottery.

Stick around after the show on Saturday. The Blu-Tones entertain the audience with their renditions of classic hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Artichoke & Co offer delicious tidbits of food for sale as well as several non-alcoholic drinks. It’s strictly BYOB/BYOC (bring your own blanket/bring your own chair). No seating will be provided. Organizers forbid outside food and drink on the premises.

Admission & Parking

Admission and parking to the show are both provided free of charge. However, it costs Naples Art money to host this show each year. Providing a fantastic forum for artists to showcase their work comes at a cost, especially one that makes many top art show lists around the country. Therefore, they suggest (not demand) that anyone attending donate $5 each at the gate to help offset costs. Parking will be available along 5th Ave and Cambier Park.

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

Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020 in Naples

Southwest Florida weather provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy golfing during the winter. Our amazing courses allow for some serious competitive play as well. That must be why the Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020 comes back to the Lely Resort in Naples next week.

The Chubbs Classic Golf Tournament 2020 returns to Naples' Lely Resort Feb 10th to 16th. It includes the Taste of SW Florida event from Feb 14th to 16th as well.

What: Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020
Where: Lely Resort (7989 Grand Lely Dr)
When: February 10th to 16th
Admission: $20 single-day pass, $40 four-day pass (13th to 16th)
Contact: The Classics Country Club (239) 593-3900

Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThe tournament reserves the first few days for competitor practice. Gates open to the public on the 13th, 14th, and 16th at 8 am. On Saturday, however, they don’t open until 10 am. The first round starts around 9 am on Friday, with the telecast starting at 12 pm. The second round starts at 11 am on Saturday, with the telecast starting at 3 pm. On Sunday, watch the final round beginning at 8 am, with the telecast at 3 pm. Awards will be handed out following the last play on the 18th green.

Taste of SW Florida 2020

Starting on Valentine’s Day, the Taste of SW Florida 2020 comes to the Lely Resort. Sample some of the finest cuisine prepared by our most talented local chefs (from 2 pm to 5 pm daily). This event continues until Sunday, February 16th. Each Taste of SW Florida ticket grants you same-day access to the Chubb Classic Golf Tournament.

Chubb Classic Tickets

Pick up a one day pass for $20 per person. But, if you plan on watching the action live on more than one day, purchase a four-day pass for just $40 per person. Only single-day admissions are available for the Taste of SW Florida event. If purchased before the end of business on February 9th, you pay $50 per person. After the 9th, you must pay $60 per person. These may be purchased in four-pack blocks for a discount of $43.75 each ($175 for the four). Simply visit the resort’s ticket website to purchase your tickets today.

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

Naples Christmas Parades 2019

Southwest Florida isn’t known for its wintery landscapes. But we do enjoy celebrating the holidays just like everyone else. Since we live right on the water, it makes sense that we celebrate two Naples Christmas Parades: one by land and one by sea.

Not content with just one parade, the City offers up two Naples Christmas Parades this week: one by land and one by sea.

Naples Christmas Parades 2019

Naples Christmas Parade

Where: Downtown Naples (701 5th Ave S)
When: Tuesday, December 10th, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: City of Naples (239) 213-7120

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaFifth Ave South hosts this year’s Christmas Parade tomorrow night. Beginning at 6 pm, watch floats, marching bands, local organizations, fire trucks, and more strut their stuff along the parade route. They start off on South Broad St. Then, they turn east onto 3rd St. Finally, they turn north onto 5th Ave S. Stop by early to find a good spot along the parade route.

You might even want to plan dinner a little early at one of the 5th Ave S restaurants. Maybe one of the ones participating in Winter Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week. After the parade, stop by one of the 5th Ave S shops to do some Christmas shopping. Plus, you definitely need to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus before the night ends! Of course, you also should stop and see the huge Christmas tree on display, too.

Naples Boat Parade

Where: Naples Bay
When: Saturday, December 14th, from 6:15 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE

Best places to watch: Bayview Park, The Boat House on Naples Bay, Kelly’s Fish House, Landings Park, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Pinchers Tin City, and Riverwalk Restaurant. Arrive early to scout out a good spot along the way. Bring a chair with you for comfort.

This week offers up two great Christmas parades that the whole family can enjoy together. Happy holidays to all!

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