February 8, 2016

Mardi Gras is coming to Naples!

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February 9th, Evenings on Fifth will be hosting a special Mardi Gras night to celebrate the occasion. The night will have its usual events of live music and entertainment, along with the shops and restaurantsThe live music will be joined by dancing, and guests are invited to dress up in costumes and beads to get the full Mardi Gras experience. 

The event will be hosted from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is a family-friendly event so do not forget to bring the kids! Downtown Naples is conveniently located just 4 miles from Hilton Naples. For more information on downtown Naples or the Mardi Gras event, click here.

February 5, 2016

Spend your Valentine's Day at the Hilton Naples!

Valentine's Day is 9 days away! If you don't have any plans yet celebrate this holiday at Shula's Steak House at the Hilton Naples! It is only $65 per person and comes with complimentary champagne. Reservations are required. Call 239-430-4999 for more information. 

February 1, 2016

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Wetland Day

Did you know that February 2 is World Wetlands Day? This weekend, February 6, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is celebrating by hosting a full day of fun activities including live music all day, free guided boardwalk walks of different themes, an outdoor meditation class, and a paid backcountry adventure tour. 
For children, there is a kids photography walk for ages 9-15 from 10am-12pm where they can bring their cameras and smartphones to take beautiful pictures of the sanctuary with a guide. There are also different discovery stations taking place where there will be crafts and different hands-on experiences. 
The festival is suppose to bring awareness to the wetlands and show the importance they play in our lives. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a designated Wetland of International Importance. This is an honor given by a worldwide wetland association, RAMSAR. 
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located 25 miles away from the Hilton Naples. For more information visit Corkscrew Wetland Day website

January 28, 2016

Happenings this weekend: January 30

January 30

Country Jam Music & Rib Fest will be at the Collier County Fairgrounds beginning at 1pm. This event will have barbeque food from some of the best barbeque teams, family activities, and national recording artists. There will be two stages at this event with performers and there will always be music playing. This event is the largest festival in Naples and it benefits the not for profit activities that are chosen by the Collier County Fairgrounds. 

Also on January 30, there will be Run for the Paws which is a 5k walk/run that is hosted at the Naples Municipal Airport. The airport is located 7 miles from Hilton Naples. This is the only dog friendly 5k in the area! This event benefits the Humane Society Naples and it begins at 8am. You can sign up online or on-site from 7-7:45am and the $25 fee is going straight to the humane society.

January 20, 2016

Chalk Art 2016 at 5th Avenue South

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Watch the streets of 5th Avenue South come to life with an array of colors this Saturday, January 23! Artists from the area will be making beautiful drawings made all out of chalk. Go with your family and help judge for the best artwork. Spend the day on 5th looking at the drawings, listening to live music, eating delicious food, and taking advantage of the great shopping 5th Avenue has. 
This event runs from 8am-5pm. Downtown Naples is conveniently located just 4 miles from Hilton Naples. For more information on downtown Naples or the Chalk Art 2016 event, click here.

January 18, 2016

After Hours at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Returns!

The popular after hours program is coming back to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary this Friday, January 22 from 5:30pm-9pm. This event is themed "Full Moon of the Wolf: Traditional Seminole Legends and Art." This event spotlights the culture, history, and artwork of Seminole and Southeastern native people. There will be two members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Zedro and Brian Zepeda, who will be demonstrating arts and crafts in the nature center and will also lead a presentation. 
Other things to do at the after hours event include guided and individual walks on the boardwalk, interpretive exhibits, listen to live music, stargazing with astronomers, and more. 
There is no extra fees other than admission which is $14, but that is good for two days so you can go back to the Sanctuary and experience it during the day.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located 25 miles away from the Hilton Naples. Visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Website for more information. 

January 14, 2016

What's Happening this weekend January 15-17

January 15-17

Southwest Florida Nature Festival is happening at Rookery Bay. This festival is to celebrate the nature around us. Explore local environment through special field trips around SWFL. On January 16, there will be speakers at Rookery Bay talking about various related topics. Nature fest lectures are included in the price of admission.

Also on the 15-17 at the Golden Gate Community Center there will be the 'Ziggy Dick's Rotary Festival. This festival will have a kid's corner with games and activities, a beer garden, live entertainment, and more! There will also be a midway area with rides and tons of good BBQ. This festival helps raise funds for children in the area so come on out to support a good cause.

January 17

Pet's on Third is a celebration of all pets big and small! This event will be on Third Street South from 10am until 2pm. There will be specialty vendors with items to buy for your furry friend along with a special pet costume contest with various prizes for the winners. Remember to stay around from 1pm to 2pm to see the parade of all the animals in their finest costumes. This event is only 6 miles away from the Hilton Naples!