A lot of Naples-area residents look forward to the fall when temperatures begin to cool down just a little bit. But when it comes to things to do in the Naples area, things actually seem to heat up! Here’s a look at some of the events scheduled for around the area in the coming weeks and months.
Local Artists’ Exhibition (August 14-September 29)
Your Choice is the Naples Art Association’s annual non-juried exhibition and provides an opportunity for Naples Art Association contributors to present their artwork to a larger audience with no jury process requirement. The exhibition is called “Your Choice” because artists decide which artwork they will exhibit and attendees decide who will receive the awards. Admission is free, and all artwork in the exhibit is for sale. For additional information, visit the Website.
Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places (August 3–October 28)
Collier County may be known as a vacation destination because of its sandy beaches and warm winter weather, but there is a lot more to the area’s history. The Naples Depot Museum (1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102) is pleased to present the Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places exhibition. It features items from 19th Century homes to a railroad depot from the Roaring ‘20s. Set in Naples’ first passenger train station this exhibition will highlight some of the County’s most important historical landmarks, and the stories behind them. It will take visitors back to Florida’s railroading heyday and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow from a village of 300 souls to today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort. For more information about this free exhibit, visit www.colliermuseums.com.
Third Street South Farmer’s Market (Saturdays through November 11)
Enjoy a stroll through the Third Street South Farmers Market. Overflowing with fresh and organic produce, flowers, pasta, cheeses, seafood, baked goods, jams, jellies and crafts, the Third Street Farmers Market offers something for everyone. Enjoy a fresh, gluten-free waffle or sample the paella from Fire & Rice, along with many more taste treats. The market is also well known for the best people and dog watching in town. Admission is free, and who doesn’t love a good farmer’s market? Visit their Website for additional information.
Free Concerts on the Lawn (Thursdays from August 3 –November 2)
Come on down to 9132 Strada Plc. Ste. 11103, in Naples between 6 and 9 pm every Thursday to hear great live music for free! Here’s a partial list of the acts that you can catch on the lawn in the coming weeks. September 7, Rockin' Horse; October 5, The Good Bad Kids; November 2, The Appleseed Collective. Visit the Website for more information!
2nd Tuesday Gallery Opening Art Reception (Every 2nd Tuesday through November 14)
Head over to 1010 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island every second Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm where the Marco Island Center for the Arts presents an ambitious exhibition schedule with new shows every month in its Lauritzen, Rush, and La Petite galleries. You’ll have an opportunity to meet with artists and learn about their inspiration, techniques, and additional work. Each month a local restaurant offers attendees a chance to sample their menu free of charge during our event. Current members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts are always welcome and invited to attend along with their guest at no charge. For the general public, while there is no fee to attend, we are grateful for a suggested donation of $10.
SummerJazz on the Gulf (September 16)
This season’s final SummerJazz concert will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. The show will feature the very popular and versatile 10-piece band Late Night Brass. Returning to SummerJazz for the ninth consecutive year, this high-energy band features a powerful four-piece horn section (saxophone, two trumpets, and trombone), a driving four-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums), a dynamic male vocalist, and a very talented female vocalist. They will perform a range of songs from such popular horn bands as Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, and Blood Sweat & Tears. The band also plays songs from such groups as Huey Lewis & The News, The Blues Brothers, and Doobie Brothers. The band has opened up for Chicago, Huey Lewis & The News, Billy Joel, Elton John, Dennis DeYoung (from Styx), and Michael Bublé. No coolers are allowed, but please bring your lawn chairs and beach towels to this free event!
Free Movies on the Lawn at Mercato (Every 3rd Tuesday through December 19)
There’s just something special about watching a movie outdoors with family or friends. The films are shown on a giant inflatable screen at 9132 Strada Plc. Ste. 11103, Naples. The times vary depending on the movie and the time of year. The next few films include:
* September 19—The Angry Birds at 7:30 pm
* October 17—Legally Blonde at 7:30 pm
* November 21—Moana at 5:45 pm
For additional information check out the Website
This time of year around Naples is a great time to be out and about to explore just a few of the things that makes the Naples area a great place to live! Enjoy!