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July 4th 2019 Fireworks in Naples & Marco Island

Are you hosting your own backyard barbecue on Thursday? Spending it by yourself? Looking for something to do or somewhere to go for Independence Day festivities? Try a parade in the morning and July 4th 2019 fireworks in the evening around both Naples and Marco Island.

In addition to the July 4th fireworks shows at night in Naples and Marco Island, you won't want to miss the parade or ice cream social taking place earlier in the day in Naples, too.

July 4th Parade

Before the skies light up with fireworks. Even before any cookouts begin. Celebrate the 4th of July with a parade through Naples. Starting at 10 am, watch patriotically decorated floats and marching bands make their way along Broad Ave South to 3rd St. Then, they turn east on 5th Ave S to 8th St. Finally, it ends at 8th Ave S. Come early to scout out a good spot along the parade route. Bring a lawn chair for comfort.

July 4th 2019 Fireworks in Naples

What: July 4th Fireworks
Where: Naples Pier
When: 9 pm to 9:30 pm
Admission: FREE

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Watch fireworks over the pier set to a simulcast on WAVV 101.1 FM. Bring blankets and/or chairs early to find a good spot to watch. Police patrol to enforce the “no parking” areas at this time. So, pay attention to where you park. Use public parking lots in the downtown areas. Keep driveways clear for residents. Parking spaces fill up pretty quickly. Organizers and city officials encourage spectators to arrive early.

What: Ice Cream Social & July 4th Fireworks
Where: Sugden Regional Park (4284 Avalon)
When: 4 pm to 10 pm
Admission: FREE (food available for purchase)
Contact: Peg Ruby, Collier County Parks Dept (239) 252-4045.

Beat the heat of our hot and humid weather this Independence Day with an ice cream social before the fireworks show. Collier County Parks & Rec partners with the Veterans Services Division to host a free ice cream social at Sugden Regional Park. Big band music provides a festival atmosphere for the afternoon. Ice cream and fireworks come free of charge. However, if you crave more sustenance, food vendors sell their wares to the public. Organizers reserve parking spaces at Sugden for our disabled guests. Nearby establishments provide off-site parking for all others. Arrive early with your lawn chairs and blankets for a great time on the 4th.

July 4th 2019 Fireworks in Marco Island

What: July 4th 2019 Fireworks in Marco Island
Where: South Beach (930 S Collier Blvd)
When: 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Admission: FREE

On a barge located just off the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico, professionals set off a pyrotechnic show unlike any other. This show can be seen from just about anywhere along the beachfront. However, unless you booked a hotel room weeks in advance, South Beach provides an optimum viewing location. Metered parking costs $8 per vehicle. The show starts at 9 pm.

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Naples Botanical Garden Offers Free Admission for Veterans & Active Military

Memorial Day takes place in exactly one week from today. If you’re unsure where to go for Memorial Day weekend, might I make a suggestion? Naples Botanical Garden is full of blooming flowers right now. And, this weekend only, they offer free admission for all veterans and active military (with valid ID).

All retired military as well as active military and up to 5 of their family members receive free admission to the Naples Botanical Garden over Memorial Day weekend.

What: Naples Botanical Garden Memorial Day Appreciation Weekend
Where: Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore)
When: May 25th to 27th, 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE for active & retired military members (with valid ID)
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275 or via email

Naples Botanical Garden Honors Our Military

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The garden offers several fun programs for all visitors this weekend. Dig Deeper offers sage advice for spending thyme in your own garden. Get out of the humid weather and take a walk through the Art of Mally Khorasantchi in Kapnick Hall. Or W.O.N.D.E.R. around the garden to find out what you can do to help Mother Earth thrive. Create wonderful works of art with recycled items. Learn more about recycling and reusing materials in your everyday life to keep them out of our landfills. There’s more life left in many objects than you might think.

Tickets cost $19.95 per adult (ages 15 & up). Kids cost $9.95 each (ages 4-14). Children ages three and under get in absolutely free. And, for Memorial Day weekend (May 25th to 27th), all active and retired military members get in absolutely free as well. Military members must show their ID to receive the discount. Tickets can be purchased online or at the garden’s box office.

Thanks to Blue Star Museums, active military and up to five of their families receive free admission any day through September 2nd. For more information about the Blue Star Museums program as well as what ID you’ll need in order to qualify, please visit the Blue Star Museums website here.

Marco Island Memorial Day Ceremony

The nearest Memorial Day parade occurs in Cape Coral on May 27th. However, that doesn’t mean that our vets are forgotten here in the Naples/Marco Island area. A special ceremony honoring our dearly departed heroes takes place from 11 am to noon on Monday, May 27th, at Veterans’ Community Park (901 Park Ave) in Marco Island. Organizers invite the public to pay homage to those we lost in battle over the years.

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StayinMay Festival 2019 in Naples is Bigger and Better Than Ever

One of the biggest and most diverse events in Southwest Florida straddles April and May every single year. And this year’s StayinMay Festival appears to be even bigger and better than ever before. So, if you plan on staying in the Naples area anytime between April 24th and May 7th, you might want to check out the festival calendar to see what’s going on, when it’s happening, and where you can catch it. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this amazing event!

The Naples StayinMay Festival 2019 truly offers something for everyone. Between April 24th and May 7th, enjoy live music, fantastic food, amazing art, short films, and so much more.

What: StayinMay Festival 2019
Where: Multiple Venues Around Naples
When: April 24th to May 7th
Cost: Varies per event (free to $95)
Contact: StayinMay website

StayinMay Festival 2019

StayinMay Festival Music

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StayinMay Festival 2019 literally offers something for just about everyone to enjoy. Do you like music? Several different groups perform everything from bluegrass to pop to classical music. The Henri Mancini Institute hosts a string trio one night and a piano trio another night. Visit the South Regional Library for Duke Ellington and Billy Stayhorn-era jazz music. If you love a capella, listen to the Grammy nominated Seraphic Fire perform at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church on the final evening of the festival. For laughs and music, watch the 3 Redneck Tenors tackle everything from opera to bluegrass at Hilton Naples on the first night of the festival.

StayinMay Festival Food

Do you love food? Get your tickets for the “Flavor of Brazil” hosted by Venue Naples on May 2nd. Enjoy a special chef’s dinner featuring fantastic Brazilian food. While you eat, an artist paints a picture on the spot taking inspiration from the wonderful land that evening’s food comes from.

The food industry is pumping out some incredibly talented chefs. If you’d like to taste a dish prepared by future culinary superstars, come to Venue Naples on May 6th. Local area high school students enrolled in culinary programs want to “wow” you with food they’ve prepared from their favorite countries.

StayinMay Festival Movies

Do you love movies? You have the chance to see three different short film festivals throughout the entire fun of StayinMay Festival 2019. Sheffield Theater hosts all three on April 28th, May 1st, and May 5th. It costs just $15 per day to view three award-winning films on their respective days.

StayinMay Festival Art

Do you love art? Join the Art Alive Gallery Hop on May 1st. Visit 60 different galleries around the Naples area. Several of the artists featured put together special gift baskets to be given away to guests that evening. Admission to Art Alive is absolutely free.

Many other events take place throughout the entire 12-day StayinMay Festival 2019. To find out more about each event as well as purchase your tickets, visit the StayinMay website. Most of these events sell out quickly. So, I’d suggest you get online and reserve your tickets today.

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

Naples Earth Day 2019 Fun at the Conservancy

Officially, April 22nd is Earth Day. But, honestly, every day should be Earth Day. For almost 50 years, people and organizations use this day to point out what we should be doing to help the environment. When everyone makes even a small change in their unhealthy habits, it makes a mighty big impact. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida highlights how our day-to-day habits affect wildlife at their Naples Earth Day 2019 event.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts their Naples Earth Day 2019 activities on April 13th. Enjoy several hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and fun yet educational introductions to various animals living at the conservancy.

What: Naples Earth Day 2019
Where: Conservancy of Southwest Florida (1495 Smith Preserve Way)
When: Saturday, April 13th, 10 am to 3 pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child
Contact: Conservancy of SW Florida (239) 262-0304

Naples Earth Day 2019 at the Conservancy

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This year, the Conservancy celebrates Naples Earth Day 2019 on Saturday, April 13th. Mr. Glen hosts the Super Science Show with his animal buddies (both puppets and real life). Various staff members discuss how animals spend their day, including reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Travel around the waterways at the Conservancy via boat.

Kids will love all of the interactive exhibits on display. Get your face painted before you participate in an archaeological “dig” for prehistoric fossils. Visit the care center to see how the conservancy makes sick animals feel better. Play some of the fun games set up on-site. And, when you get hungry, stop at one of the food trucks for delicious bite to eat.

Admission to Naples Earth Day 2019

Admission to all Naples Earth Day 2019 activities at the Conservancy is totally affordable for all. Adults pay just $10 per person. Each kid costs $5 per person. However, if you’re a member of the conservancy or are under two years old, you get in for free. Everyone is welcome. Ask about how to become a member when you visit. It’s easy to join and worth much more than the price of admission. Happy Earth Day!

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

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.

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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.

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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!
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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.

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