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Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019

Stone crab season starts tomorrow! You know what that means. Time for the Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019 to kick into high gear. That’s right. In just 10 days, Old Naples Waterfront fills up with stone crab and much, much more.

Come to the waterfront between October 25th and 27th for one of our treasured annual traditions, the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Free admission and tons of entertainment as well as mouth-watering crab dishes for sale.

What: Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019
Where: Old Naples Waterfront, Tin City Bayfront (1500 5th Ave S)
When: Oct 25th (4 pm to 9 pm), Oct 26th (10 am to 9 pm) & Oct 27th (10 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Stone Crab Festival contact form

Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThis marks the festival’s 10th year of bringing delicious stone crab, tasty desserts, amazing live music, and family-friendly activities to Tin City. Festivities begin with live music at 4 pm on the Bayfront Stage. But, a Stone Crab Festival isn’t a festival until the traditional cracking of the first stone crab. That takes place at 5 pm at the Tin City parking lot and 5:30 pm on the Bayfront.

Thousands of people attend this festival every year. It’s easy to see why. Dozens of food vendors serve the most delicious crab dishes you’ve ever eaten. Plus, arts and crafts vendors offer unique items that make great birthday, anniversary or Christmas presents for your loved ones (or yourself). Saturday and Sunday begin with a block party that the whole family can enjoy. Two stages (Tin City and Bayfront) bring live musical entertainment all weekend long.

Pure Florida and Naples Princess both offer discounts on their cruises and watercraft rentals. Enter the ice cream eating contest. But watch out for that brain freeze. Let the kids roam free in the Kids Corner, filled with tons of activities meant just for them. You won’t want to miss a minute of all the excitement the stone crab festival brings to the waterfront!

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

2019 Naples Boat Show: 1st Boat Show of the Year!

On the shores of Southwest Florida, boating is a way of life. We love our time out on the water. Even though we’re in the middle of winter, 80 degree weather means that any time’s a great time to go boating. If you’re looking to upgrade to a new model or want to buy your first seafaring vessel, then you need to make sure you head over to the 2019 Naples Boat Show!

Looking to buy your first Day Cruiser or do you want to upgrade from your current Runabout? Need new safety gear? Visit the 2019 Naples Boat Show Jan 17th - 20th at the Naples Municipal Airport for great deals in the new year!

What: 2019 Naples Boat Show
Where: Naples Municipal Airport (160 Aviation Dr N)
When: January 17th-20th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $10/day for adults, Kids 12 & under FREE, parking FREE
Contact: Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) (239) 682-0900 or via email

2019 Naples Boat Show

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Whether you’re in the market for a day cruiser or a yacht, a pontoon or a sailboat, the 2019 Naples Boat Show offers something for everyone. You’ll see offerings from the best boat manufacturers around today, including Chaparral, MasterCraft, Sea Ray, Viking Yachts, and so many more. Update your emergency equipment. Outfit everyone onboard with the right sized vests. Remember, Florida law states that all children under the age of six must wear a life jacket at all times on any 26 foot or under vessel. Also, anyone on a PWC or being towed behind a boat must always wear a life jacket. So, it’s a good time to make sure you have life jackets that fit every passenger on your boat.

Tickets for the 2019 Naples Boat Show

Admission for the 2019 Naples Boat Show runs just $10 per day per adult. All kids ages 12 and under get in for free. Parking is also FREE on-site during the boat show. Please keep your pets at home. They aren’t allowed on the airport premises during the boat show. To order your tickets now, visit the 2019 Naples Boat Show’s online box office here.

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

Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017

The Naples Woman's Club Flea Market 2017 is open for business on March 25th. You can shop, sell or donate items for sale. Everyone's welcome.Once a year, the Naples Woman’s Club hosts a shopping event unlike any other.  The Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017 sets up shop inside the club on Saturday.  It’s so big that it cannot be contained inside those four walls.  It spills out into the parking lot as well.  If you like one-of-a-kind items you won’t find anywhere else, this is the place to be!

What: Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017
Where: Parking Lot of the GFWC Naples Woman’s Club (570 Park St)
When: Saturday, March 25th, 9am to 3pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Bonnie Slobodien, Naples Woman’s Club (239) 262-6331 or via email

Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017

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Beginning at 9am, the Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017 will be open for business.  Take your time as you meander through dozens of vendor booths both inside and outside the Naples Woman’s Club headquarters.  You’ll find antiques, collectibles, vintage items, handmade goods, etc.  In addition to merchandise, members of the club offer their own home baked goods: bread, cookies, cakes and more.

Want to Sell Your Own Stuff at the Market?

Does your HOA prohibit garage/yard sales in your neighborhood?  Do you live in a condo complex with no space to sell?  Has spring cleaning provided you with lots of extra stuff you need to get rid of?  Make a few bucks and set up a booth at the Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017.  Contact Pam Zbierajewski at napleswomansclub@comcast.net to discuss renting a booth.  They only cost $30 outside and $40 inside.  You’d better hurry, though.  There’s not much time left!

Donations Accepted

Don’t want to hassle with renting and setting up a booth at the Naples Woman’s Club Flea Market 2017?  That’s OK.  They have their own area set aside at the market where they sell various and sundry items to raise money for their philanthropic work.  Simply drop off gently used items found during your spring cleaning at their booth on Saturday.  They accept almost anything.  Contact Bonnie Slobodien (239-262-6331) to find out the particulars.

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