While it’s true that the weather and the fantastic beach views are definite draws for people coming to Naples, there’s a lot more to the area than that. There are a plethora of activities for a wide range of interests. Here's a look at some of the best 2018 spring events in Naples, Florida. And these events are just some of what's happening in the month of March alone!
March 2, 2018
The Naples Craft Beer Fest
The Naples Craft Beer Fest is a celebration of the art of craft beer. This event brings a wide variety of beers from breweries across the country (and even the world!) together in one place so that you can savor their excellence! But it’s not just about sipping suds! many local restaurants are a part of the Fest and provide food pairings with select beers and are specifically designed to match with a particular brew.
To enhance the tasting, many local restaurants are a part of the Fest and provide food pairings with select beers and are specifically designed to match with a particular brew. Local chefs compete to win the People’s Choice award for best pairing, as well as the Brewer’s Choice award, decided by the many brewer representatives in attendance at the Fest. In addition, the Naples Craft Beer Fest showcases local musical talent to create a truly festive atmosphere.
Ticket Price Includes: Tasting glass, beer samples, food pairings, and entertainment Click here for more information (including a list of participating brewers) or to purchase tickets. The event is a charity fundraiser for the Naples North Rotary Club Foundation 501(c)3 and 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity.
March 9, 2019
The Kids’ Fishing Clinic
If you want to introduce your children to the joys of fishing, head over to Naples Pier 25 12th Avenue S. in Naples from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Kids' Fishing Clinic is a one-day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation, with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The primary goal of this program is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about Florida's marine ecosystems and ethical angling skills. The Clinic also teaches fundamental saltwater fishing knowledge and skills while promoting a positive fishing experience.
Registration is free and sign up starts at 9 a.m. and continues through Noon. The clinic ends at 1 p.m. Kids must go through five educational skill sessions - tackle, touch tank, casting, knot tying, and good angler - then it's time for them to fish from the pier with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Click here for additional information.
March 16, 2018
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This year’s St. Patrick's Day Parade is Saturday, March 16 on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples starting at 11:00 AM. A little over 40 years ago a group of fun-loving Neapolitans got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Through the hard work of many volunteers and the generous support of patrons, the parade has prospered in the decades since. The parade is now the largest privately funded parade in the state—drawing more than 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and culture in America. The Naples St. Patrick Foundation has donated over $200,000 to local high school bands and scholarships in the last five years.
March 22 - 24, 2019
The 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
The 2019 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival offers a full weekend of fun beginning on Friday, March 22 and continuing through Sunday, March 24. In addition to a weekend of great music, all your favorite seafood specialties will be available fresh fish, grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder and more. There is a huge assortment of traditional landlubber favorites, too. Beer and wine will be available to quench your thirst. More than 60 arts and crafts vendors will open Friday morning at 11:00 AM. Plus the kids can enjoy a kid’s zone with a bounce house, slide, a rock-climbing wall, and a trampoline and more to wear off some of that energy while you enjoy the music, the food, and the friends. Single Day Admission is $10 Per Person and a Two-Day pass is $16 Per Person. Click here for additional information.
March 23 - 24, 2018
Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
701 Fifth Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Celebrate a wide variety of artistic expression on Fifth Avenue South in Naples on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. This is one of the last major art festivals of the winter season on beautiful 5th Avenue South in Naples. The Naples Downtown Art Show is a favorite show for art enthusiasts and collectors and is rated among the top seven percent on Sunshine Artist magazine's Top 200 Outdoor Art Shows list. The Naples Downtown Art Show is a juried art show with openings for 250 artists looking to show in the popular seasonal destination of Naples, Florida. Admission: is FREE but donations are always greatly appreciated and benefit The Naples Art Association art education programs.
April 24, 2019 - April 28, 2019
Film Fest 239 at Silverspot Cinema
9118 Strada Pl.
Naples, FL 34108
Founded by film industry veterans Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, along with Program Director Claudia Puig, this inaugural festival will showcase notable feature films and documentaries, providing the Naples community with a unique opportunity to engage with prominent and emerging filmmakers about their work. Contact Silver Spot Cinema at 818-385-1396 for more information.