Each February, artists paint the wonderful buildings, fountains, plazas, and courtyards of the Third Street South historic district. The Birthplace of Naples with its original cottages, The Pier, Crayton Cove, The City Docks, and at its center, Third Street South with its shops and restaurants, is a perfect model. Watch the artists create, look for the paintings on display in the shop windows, and if you love one, bid on it as they are all for sale. Third Street South will host 40 professional artists who will be painting the streets, avenues, parks and hidden treasures of beautiful Naples, Florida. The public is invited to come watch these internationally and locally renowned artists as they work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 4-5, 2013. After you have seen our artists painting live on the streets of Old Naples, come to the auction and bid on your favorite paintings to benefit the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. For more information, including a list of artists, contact Third Street South at (239) 434-6533.
February 9 - 10, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Collier-Seminole State Park will host its annual Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival. Scheduled
events will take place on each day, including a 9:30 am Sunday morning Southern
Gospel jam. Featured bands are:
·Gary Mackey & Friends
·Danny Stanley & The Bluegrass Gentlemen
·Ernie Evans & Florida State Bluegrass Band
Free parking with shuttle to event area. Covered concert
area, the festival will be held rain or shine. Bring your chairs. No pets,
alcohol, smoking or coolers permitted in festival area. A variety of food and
craft vendors will be on site. Cost of festival does not cover camping rates in
the campground. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Collier- Seminole
State Park, a Citizens Support Organization(CSO), all proceeds from the
festival will benefit the park. Admission to the event is $15 per day or $25
for both days. Admittance is free to children 13 and under as long as they are
accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, contact Collier-Seminole
State Park at (239) 394-3397.
February 7 - 11, 2013 from 11a.m. - 7p.m., the 2nd Annual Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry show will feature the stunning collections of more than 75 internationally acclaimed exhibitors. Guests will have access to 50,000 square feet of fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, contemporary art and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century. Admission is $15 daily or $25 for 4-day pass. For more information, contact (239) 252-2384.
Interested in making a gem of an experience out of your
Naples vacation? How about trying a new water sport has proven to be safer than
jet skiing and parasailing? From 8:30am to one hour before sunset daily,
year-found, fly a water-propelled jet pack in Naples, Florida. Instruction and
flight lasts up to 30 minutes. First time flyers can expect initial
instructions and personalized training. You will begin floating in the water
chest high learning easy wide turns, while holding your chest water level
position. After you reach your comfort level, your instructor guides you to
elevate your waist out of the water. After you master the turns and elevation
control at waist high, your instructor will guide you to have only your feet in
the water, only after reaching your comfort level. The next level will be free
flight and some tricks. Make sure to bring a friend to take pictures as you
glide through the air! To reserve a time, call Captain CJ's Jetpack Adventures
at (239) 389-9JET.
Did you know that no matter where you are in Florida, you
are no more than 60 miles from a beach? With the beautiful beaches of the
Paradise Coast, it's easy to see why beach-going is the activity at the top of
everyone's to-do list. If you're hitting the beach, make sure you don't leave
home or your hotel room without:
We know you’re eager to get that sexy tan on your vacation. Unfortunately, you
are not going to get tan in one day and, as too many tourists have experienced,
the Florida sun can burn you much faster than you think. In fact, your
sun exposure will not be visible until after you have been out of the sun at
least 2 hours. It takes almost 24 hours before the full extent of the sun burn is
visible. Avoid sun
exposure during the hottest hours of the sun's rays (between 10:00 a.m. and
3:00 p.m.) and apply sunscreen with a SPF 15 or up (SPF 30+ for children). Thoroughly
apply sun screen to the more "bony" areas of the body which are prone
to burn quickly including the face, nose, ears, shoulders and tops of your feet.
It’s not just a fashion statement. Sunglasses (with ultraviolet protection) and
wide-brim hats help keep the glaring sun at bay. Even beach umbrellas offer greater
protection from the sun.
Towels: Enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf Coast. Each member of your beach
excursion should have at least one towel and it's always a good idea to bring
along a few extras.
·Drinks and Snacks: The hot Florida sun will quickly make you thirsty. Bring plenty
of drinking water to ensure you stay hydrated. Avoid alcoholic beverages
and caffeine as they dehydrate the body, worsening the effects of heat. Snacks
are great ideas for more lengthy excursions. But avoid glass bottles as they are prohibited at
·Cameras: Unless you are ready to get sand stuck in your shutter, don't bring your
expensive camera to the beach. You can purchase waterproof disposable cameras and
save the aggravation of damaging your pride and joy. If you are taking a smart
phone, sandwich bags are great options to avoid getting sand stuck in small (and
seemingly unreachable) crevices.
Plastic Bag: Make sure the end of your trip is enjoyable. A plastic bag to keep
sandy towels and clothing from dusting your vehicle is a good idea. Just
remember to take wet items out as soon as possible. Damp items deprived of
air quickly mildew in Florida’s humidity.
Share any helpful tips or good Florida beach stories you have below!
February 8 - 10, 2013, Everglades City hosts it's annual Seafood Festival from 5 p.m. -11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy three days of live music, carnival rides, arts, crafts, and incredible food! The Everglades Seafood Festival offers something for all tastes and fun for all ages. Over 100 vendors offer a wide variety of great seafood, refreshments, midway, and hand-made arts and crafts. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Betterment Association of the Everglades at (239) 695-2277.
The last Thursday of the month, make your way to the Village on Venetian Bay for a great time! Join Modern Steps School of Dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as they perform to the best of ballroom, swing and Latin music. Enjoy DJ Michael J. Levaul at the North fountain and Ron J. on the south. Admission is free.
Southwest Florida will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2013 with its annual downtown parade.The 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade will take place at 11 a.m. Monday in downtown Naples. The parade begins at Broad Avenue South and Third Street South, makes its way down Third Street South before going up Fifth Avenue South. The parade — which ends at Cambier Park on Eighth Street South — is expected to last an hour. A post parade celebration will be held at Cambier Park immediately following the parade, and is expected to go until 3 p.m. The annual parade and celebration is hosted by the NAACP of Collier County and the City of Naples.
A pink ribbon has become synonyms for breast cancer and women's health. But did you know that the most prevalient killer of women is not cancer, but heart disease? For women, heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. It is the cause of 1 in 3 women's deaths each year and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
So while it may not be as synonymous as the pink ribbon, February 1st is Wear Red Day. Go Red for Women is inviting
women and men from Southwest Florida don their best red garb, grab their
friends, and join the Go Red For Women Red Dress Dash fundraiser for the American
Heart Association February 1, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. The dash will
be from the corner of Park Street ending near Café Lurcat in downtown Naples. Prizes will be awarded for most red, most glamorous and most spirited. Tickets are $25 and donations are accepted.
For more information, contact Go Red for Women at (239) 495-4903.
Stay past the normal closing time or just come for the
evening program on monthly nightly events at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Corkscrew After Hours Programs are from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and include
guided or self-guided walks on the 2.25 mile boardwalk through the old growth
bald cypress forest, live music, art exhibits and environmental special
educational programs that include:
·Wednesday, January 23, 2013: Stars & Planets
·Wednesday, February 20, 2013: Stars &
·Wednesday, March 20, 2013: Stars & Planets
·Wednesday, April 17, 2013: Bird Migration
·Wednesday, May 22, 2013: Reptiles & Frogs
·Friday, June 21, 2013: Summer Solstice
·Friday, July 12, 2013: Moths, Fireflies &
Admission is $12 per adults and $4 children for children 6-18.
For more information, contact Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon
Center at (239) 348-9151.
The final Wednesday of each month, the Naples Museum of Art
offers free admission to their extended hours from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Art After
Hours features live entertainment, refreshments and docent-lead tours.
Enjoy all the museum exhibits including Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film &
Television. For more
information, contact the Naples Museum of Art at (239) 597-1900.
Collier County's early development in the 1930's and 1940's was highlighted by the emergence of strange looking vehicles featuring huge balloon tires, gun racks, and usually sporting an unusual name like "Dirt Dobber or Tumblebug". These contraptions were born out of necessity, as there was no effective way to penetrate the vast, boggy mire known as Collier county except for the versatile "Swamp Buggy". Tuning, testing, waterproofing, camouflaging, and stocking up with food, fuel, and ammunition would make ready these unique vehicles for a couple weeks worth of rugged workouts among the gators, snakes, and moss laden cypress hammocks of the murky Florida swamps. Before long, one owner challenged another to a buggy race through the local muddy potato patch and swamp buggy racing was born. As the popularity grew, Hollywood stars like Gary Cooper were seen in Naples riding Swamp Buggies.
Today, drivers race for thousands of dollars in prizes to grandstands packed with spectators. Come see what all of the fuss is about January 25 - 26, 2013! Tickets range from $6 - $65. Saturday gates open at 10:30am. Time Trials 12:00pm - 3:30pm. Sunday gates open at 10:30am. Racing begins at 12:30pm - 4:30pm. For more information, contact Florida Sports Park at (239) 774-2701.
January 25 - 27, 2013, Naples, Florida hosts the Naples Winter Wine Festival. The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10
arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. Since 2004, the
festival has earned the distinction of being the most successful charity wine
auction in the nation according to Wine Spectator. The event brings many of the
world's finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and
philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida. The trustees' vision of the Naples Children and Education
Foundation (NCEF) made the dream of the Naples Winter Wine Festival a reality.
The vision was based on creating an exquisite event, with proceeds benefiting
local charities that assist underprivileged and at risk children. Since 2001,
the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised $107 million to improve the lives of
underprivileged and at risk children. For more information, including event pricing and program details, contact the Naples
Children and Education Foundation at (239) 514-2239.
January 26, 2013 is the annual Run for the Paws coordinated by the Gulf Coast Runners. Run for the Paws
benefits the more than 2,200 animals per year Humane Society Naples rescues and
makes available for adoption at Southwest Florida’s premier no-kill pet
shelter. Participants can run or walk with their dogs to raise money for the
animals at the Humane Society who want nothing more than a forever home. Over 780 runners and
walkers in a variety of age categories raised nearly $13,000 during the 6th
Annual Run for the Paws Annual 5km race last year. Unique scenic route around NaplesMunicipalAirport. Check in at the
Civil Air Patrol building. Staggered race start times: 8am solo runners; 8:05am
runners with dogs; 8:10am for walkers. $30 for day-of-race registration,
discounts for early registration. Fundraising/sponsorships encouraged. This is
a dog friendly race! Prizes awarded for various age group categories. For more
information, contact the Humane Society of Naples at (239) 643-1555.
On Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., collect numerous 1.5 million year old Caloosahatchee specimens with Dr. Schmelz at an exciting new fossil site in Charlotte County. Specimens include giant apple murex, cowries, miters, vase shells and others. During a lunch raffle, you may even win some fossils from Dr. Schmelz’s private collection. Admission is $95 and registration required. For more information, contact the Conservancy of Southwest Florida at (239) 262-0304 x 266.
Sweet Liberty's Sailing Adventure Cruise departs the City
Dock at 9:30 a.m. every Friday from January 18, 2013 through April 26, 2013.
Enjoy a three-hour environmental excursion with two naturalists from the
Conservancy of Southwest Florida as they describe local wildlife and
ecosystems. Explore the magical habitat where dolphins often play in the waves
around the boat, exotic shore birds preen, and osprey eye prey from tree tops. The
cruise includes a one-hour retreat to KeewaydinIsland
where attendees can join the naturalists for a nature walk, find untouched
shells to collect, or just go for a stroll on the remote beach. Tickets are $40
per person. Please call (239) 793-3525 for reservations.
Showtimes: January 10, 11,
12, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm and January 13 & 20 at 2:00 pm.
It is 1928. The world is
between wars. The stock market is booming. Berlin is the center of high life and
optimism rules the day. The musical focuses on events taking place over the
course of a weekend in an elegant hotel and
the intersecting stories of the eccentric guests of the hotel, including a
fading prima ballerina, a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper, a
young, handsome, but destitute Baron, a cynical doctor, and a typist dreaming
of Hollywood success. The Grand
Hotels is a musical that boasts an engaging, non-stop story-line and a powerful
score that is sure to sweep you away with all of the lavishness of the 1920s.
Admission is $43.00 to $48.00. For more information, contact Threatre Zone at (888)
Every Friday during September 21, 2012 to March 29, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy an outdoor Farmer's Market overlooking the Gordon River at Bayfront Place. There will be multiple vendors selling everything from organic produce to handmade soap. Participants include Megan Rose Boutique clothing, Green Ivory Jewelry, Florida Crackerz and Dancing Dragonfly Soap Company. Plus live music to make your visit really enjoyable! Admission is free. For more information, contact (239) 649-8700.
Enjoy a carnival-style evening celebrating all things South American. This
fundraising event will benefit The Guadalupe Center. The Guadalupe Center was
started to address the immediate needs of feeding and clothing the hungry
children of Immokalee has evolved into a group of programs and services that
are specifically designed to break the cycle of poverty for the children and
families. The GuadalupeCenter is now the largest
single-site provider of Early Childhood Educational services; serves over 650
children in its after-school and summer programs; employs 62 high school
students in the Tutor Corps and has over 80 children currently in
The event will host silent and live auctions in the
beautiful surroundings of NaplesBotanical Garden. Dance
to live entertainment and enjoy a great evening that benefits underprivileged children in the community. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Call
(239) 643-7275 for ticket information.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., travel with a professional
naturalist to places rarely seen on the Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary
in North Naples. Tours will be held several dates throughout
the month, including January 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th. See the
magnificence of Nature in Southwest Florida,
in her true form, in quiet, easy to handle kayaks and learn about this
beautiful estuary area, with many birds (herons, egrets, osprey, pelicans),
dolphins, manatees and other critters. $40 per person includes equipment;
reservations are required. For more information, contact GAEA Tour Guides at
Wishing You A Very Prosperous and Happy New Year from the Hilton Naples!
If you are planning on visiting Florida in 2013, keep a few of these travel tips from USA Today in mind:
Florida is one of the most visited states in the country, attracting millions of visitors each year. Top destinations in Florida include Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Naples and St. Petersburg and each city is brimming with a wealth of activities, attractions and sites. Whether you are visiting Florida for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, spend a little time planning your itinerary to make the most of your experience.
Learn About Local Events: Live entertainment, community events, carnivals and fairs are just some of the local events taking place throughout Florida each month. Visit the city's Chamber of Commerce web page to learn about upcoming events that you can add to your itinerary.
Consider the Weather: South Florida's most comfortable travel season is between October and February, while the northern regions of Florida are best visited during the summer. Central Florida stays relatively hot year-round, but temperatures can dip to the lower 50s during November and December. Monitor the weather in your selected destination so that you can make the most of the sunshine and avoid the rainy and humid seasons.
Protect Yourself From the Sun: You will see sun in the forecast more often than not throughout the SunshineState. Make sure that you wear sunscreen every day and apply it at least once every two hours if you are going to the beach. Loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing will reduce your risk of heat stroke, and a wide-brimmed hat or visor will offer some extra sun protection.
Book in Advance: If your heart is set on an event, book your reservations at least 60 to 90 days in advance. Events fill up fast, especially during peak season, so plan ahead by making reservations as soon as you book your trip.