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January:

New Year's Weekend Art Fair (954) 472-3755 http://www.artfestival.com/events/visitorsShow/12/1
During New Year's weekend, artists from around the country are selected to participate in a juried art show where the artists will be present to answer questions about their works and techniques, and visitors will be able to commission works and purchase fine art, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples.

Winter Art and Craft Show (239) 394-4221
See a wide variety of arts and crafts displayed. Usually held in the middle of January. Admission is free. Located at the Art League on the art center grounds at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.

Florida's Wildlife and Wildlands Art Show (239) 597-6196
Florida's heritage is the theme in this annual exhibit. Artist's display their works depicting nature and culture. The event is free with park admission, sponsored by the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.

Swamp Buggy Races (800) 897-2701
www.SwampBuggy.com
Held on the last weekend in January at Florida Sports Park, the Dixie Drainfield Winter Classic culminates in the Queen's Mud Bath. Bring the family for a weekend of races, refreshments, and lots of mud.

Miss Marine Queen Scholarship Pageant (239) 253-5923 http://www.miacc.org/event_pdfs/miss_app.pdf
Staged in conjunction with the Naples Boat Show at the Collier County Fairgrounds, the Miss Marine Queen Pageant helps contestants learn who they are and want to be, while developing knowledge on marine environment, industry, and careers.

February

Everglades Seafood Festival (239) 695-3941
www.EvergladesSeafoodFestival.com
During the first weekend in February, the Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the bounty of Florida's seafood with music, live entertainment, arts, crafts exhibits, and lots of fresh seafood, in Everglades City and all over the Ten Thousand Islands area.

Audubon Invitational Croquet Tournament (941) 484-3206 www.croquetworld.com/Event.asp
During the last week in February, the Audubon Croquet Club sponsors an annual tournament for croquet enthusiasts.

Native American and Pioneer Heritage Days (239) 394-3397
http://www.trekaroo.com/activities/native-american-pioneer-heritage-days-naples-florida
Towards the end of February, the Collier-Seminole State Park sponsors an outdoor festival which includes a reenactment of the battles between Native Americans and the early pioneers, complete with an exposition of the arts, crafts and foods of early Florida.

March

American Musical Heritage Lectures - Spring Series (239) 597-0670
The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts a series of lectures each Spring on topics relating to music history and choreography, commencing in mid-March.

Swamp Buggy Races (800) 897-2701
www.SwampBuggy.com
Held on the first weekend in March at Florida Sports Park, the Swamp Buggy Spring Championship culminates in the Queen's Mud Bath. Bring the family for a weekend of races, refreshments, and lots of mud.

Annual Florida Flywheelers: Antique Engines (239) 992-0311
In mid-March, the Koreshan State Historic Site sponsors an exposition of antique engines that date back to the roaring 20s, attended by collectors from all over the southeastern United States.

St. Patrick's Day Parade (239) 436-0050
http://www.stpatricksparadenaples.com/
Old Naples celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a downtown parade.

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts (954) 472-3755 http://www.artfestival.com/events/visitorsShow/108/1
At the end of March, about 250 artists from all over the country exhibit their sculptures, paintings, jewelry items, photography, ceramics and more along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples.

April

Art in the Park (239) 262-6517
http://www.naplesart.org/events/festivals/
The Naples Art Association sponsors and outdoor exhibition and sale at Cambier Park, during the first week in April.

Mike Ditka & Jim Hart Celebrity Golf (239) 261-1774
To benefit the Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center for low income, migrant and homeless families, the Mike Ditka & Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Invitational takes place at the Golf Club of the Everglades near Naples with a celebrity pairing cocktail party, lunch, auction, awards and more, plus the golf tournament.

Concord Jazz Festival
Towards the end of April, Jet Blue Airways and the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts sponsor a recital by jazz musicians who have appeared on the Concord label, at Hayes Hall.

Relay for Life of Naples (239) 261-0337
http://www.acsrelay.org/relayphotos.php
Willing to walk all night to end cancer, more than 3,000 friends and neighbors gather to help celebrate a Decade of Hope in this overnight event that includes an opening survivor lap, luminara ceremony, caregiver celebration, live entertainment, and closing ceremony.

Miss Marine Queen Scholarship Pageant (239) 253-5923
In mid-April, college age contestants compete for $500 and $1,000 scholarships at the Norris Community Center in Naples, sponsored by The Marine Industries Association of Collier County.

Naples Craft Festival - Spring (954) 472-3755
In mid to late April, and again in early September, more than 100 of the country's best crafters will exhibit their work, including jewelry, 3-D acrylic paintings, ceramics, driftwood, glass, and hand-cut silouettes, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples, along with a Green Market offering hand-made soaps, exotic orchids and others plants.

Artescape Naples (239) 649-4300
The Gallery Victoria sponsors a competition of Florida artists during the month of April, where attendees are given an opportunity to vote on the works, in preparation for the annual Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition held in May, as well as meet some of the artists.

Latin American Family Festival (239) 348-0808
Towards the end of April, the best in Latin music, food, arts and crafts is showcased, along with health screenings, health care information and community networking opportunities, at the Golden Gate Community Center in Naples.

May

Taste of Collier (239) 593-1905
www.TasteOfCollier.org
On the first Sunday in May, spend the afternoon with your family at Olde Naples on Third Street, and enjoy the live local bands, food supplied by local restaurants and lots of activities, with proceeds going to area charities.

Naples Networking Expo (239) 643-1367
http://www.ypnaples.com/
Early in May, the public is welcome to network with business entrepreneurs and a variety of vendors, and enjoy complimentary refreshments and exhibits, at the Elks Lodge in Naples.

Great Dock Canoe Race (239) 261-4191
www.GreatDockCanoeRace.com
Register with The Dock bar at Crayton Cove or The Riverwalk at Tin City, bring your canoe and a partner, and compete for prizes in this annual May event.

Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition (239) 649-4300
From mid-May through the first week in June, the finalists of the Artescape Naples competition held in April at the Gallery Victoria are selected, winners are chosen and prizes are awarded.

Kayak Fishing Classic (239) 671-9347
http://www.kayakfishingclassic.com/
Big Hickory Fishing Nook Seafood Grille & Marina is the venue for the Kayak Fishing Classic, benefiting the Southwest Florida Council of Boy Scouts. Prizes include a fully rigged fishing kayak, equipment, and trophies, plus awards for top male, female, and youth anglers.

June

The Back Country Classic (239) 479-7916 http://www.portoftheislandsresortandmarina.com/poi-back-country-classic.htm
Enjoy one of the Caloosa Catch & Release Tournaments to benefit charities, with admission including dinner, beverages and an afternoon of teams competing to catch the biggest snook, redfish and trout, held at the Bayfront and other venues in Naples.

Summer Strings (239) 597-0670
During the month of June, beginners, second and third year students of string instruments attend an intensive workshop at the Daniels Pavilion, followed by a recital, sponsored by the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

July

Ice Cream Social (239) 353-0404
http://www.napleschamber.org/events/community-detail.aspx?EventID=3646
Enjoy a day of swimming, rock climbing, live entertainment, canoeing and kayaking, and free ice cream sundaes, hosted by Sugden Regional Park, towards the end of July.

July 4 Parade, Arts and Crafts / Boat Show (239) 213-1030
The Naples Pier, Sugden Regional Park and Fifth Avenue South host a number of festivities during the first week in July.

August

Big Cypress Gallery Annual Labor Day Open House (239) 695-2428
http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/692809/
On the last weekend in August, explore the Big Cypress Swamp with a series of swamp walks, lectures, workshops, gallery exhibits and live music.

Sidewalk Sale (239) 261-6100
http://www.venetianvillage.com/events_center.asp
Towards the end of August, the Village on Venetian Bay holds an annual sidewalk sale, in Naples' Parkshore area.

September

Naples Craft Festival - Fall (954) 472-3755
In mid to late April, and again in early September, more than 100 of the country's best crafters will exhibit their work, including jewelry, 3-D acrylic paintings, ceramics, driftwood, glass, and hand-cut silouettes, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples, along with a Green Market offering hand-made soaps, exotic orchids and others plants.

Summer Jazz on the Gulf (239) 261-2222
www.NaplesBeachHotel.com
The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club hosts live jazz entertainment on their grounds, where you can enjoy a relaxing day of food, cocktails and your favorite music right on the beach.

Fall Invitational Exhibition (239) 649-4300
From mid-September through the first week of October, the Gallery Victoria invites a number of local artists to display their paintings, sculptures and crafts at this annual event.

Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition (239) 262-6517
http://www.floridawatercolor.org/index.php
For the entire month of September, The von Liebig Art Center hosts an exhibition of local watercolor artists, sponsored by the Naples Art Association.

October

American Musical Heritage Lectures - Fall Series (239) 597-0670
The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts a series of lectures each Fall on topics relating to music history and choreography, commencing at the end of October.

Naples Fall Art Festival (954) 472-3755
In mid October, similar to the Naples New Year's Weekend Art Fair, artists from around the country are selected to participate in a juried art show where the artists will be present to answer questions about their works and techniques, and visitors will be able to commission works and purchase fine art, along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples.

Artist's Artists (239) 262-6517
http://www.naplesart.org/events/festivals/ 
The von Liebig Art Center hosts an exhibition of work by local art faulty, from mid-October into the month of November.

Swamp Buggy Races (800) 897-2701
www.SwampBuggy.com
Held on the last weekend in October at Florida Sports Park, the Budweiser Fall Classic culminates in the Queen's Mud Bath. Bring the family for a weekend of races, refreshments, and lots of mud.

November

SW Florida Police Unity Tour Golf Tournament (239) 961-3124
Early in November, the Glen Golf & Country Club in Naples hosts the annual Police Unity Tour golf tournament, with proceeds to benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, and to raise awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Old Florida Festival - Beach Treasure Sale (239) 597-6196
On the first Saturday in November, the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park sponsors a sale of found treasure to benefit park projects. Admission to the sale is free with park admission.

Old Florida Festival (239) 774-8476
http://www.colliergov.net/Index.aspx?page=167
On the first weekend in November, the Collier County Museum sponsors an indoor and outdoor festival celebrating the history of Florida, complete with pirates, conquerors and early settlers, with plenty of refreshments and live entertainment to delight everyone in the family.

Bellasera's White Truffle Event (239) 649-7333
http://www.italianculinary.it/avven/tartufu_nov05/tartufu_nov05.htm
Italy's culinary crown jewel, the rare white truffle, stars at the Bellasera Resort's annual White Truffle Event, A Divine Indulgence & More, sponsored in part by the Italian Culinary Institute and Conde Nast Traveler.

Theatre Festival (239) 992-0311
Enjoy several one-act plays produced by local theatre groups, hosted by the Koreshan State Historic Site, in mid-November. Refreshments will be available, but bring your own lawn chairs. Small admission charge, in addition to park admission.

Anniversary Celebration (239) 649-4300
During the month of November, the Gallery Victoria celebrates its birthday with exhibitions of local artists and their painting and sculptures. A number of interesting programs are held during the month.

American Indian Arts Celebration (863) 902-1113
http://www.ahtahthiki.com/calendar.php
In mid-November, during American Indian Heritage Month, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum sponsors a celebration of Native American culture and heritage, on the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation, where you can learn about doll making, sweet grass basketry, sample Seminole food and enjoy southeastern Native American dancing.

December

Holiday Pottery Sale (239) 263-8242
Come to the Florida Gulf Coast University Arts Complex during the first week in December for an exhibition and sale of locally made pottery and other crafts, sponsored by the Immokalee Ceramics Studio.

LivingInNaples.com Networking Expo (239) 404-3521
www.LivingInNaples.com
During the first week in December, Edison College hosts the Networking Expo, where Naples area businesses showcase and promote their services and products.

Downtown Naples New Years Weekend Art Fair (954) 472-3755
http://www.artfestival.com/events/visitorsShow/12/1
During the last week in December, 5th Ave. S. is filled with the paintings, sculptures and crafts of local artists in this annual celebration, complete with all kinds of food booths and nationally recognized live musicians.

New Year's Eve Party (239) 597-1900
http://www.philtickets.org/
The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts hosts an annual midnight champagne reception and party on New Year's Eve, preceded by an entire evening of outstanding, top-name live musical entertainment.



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