Major Annual Events

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Immokalee are home to a diverse selection of events all throughout the year. There are three great seafood festivals, other food, wine and craft beer festivals and event, top-rated art festivals, nature-themed festivals and events, great tropically-themed holiday events, and even the Swamp Buggy Races - the only ones in the world! 

Check this list for the area’s top major annual events and the main events calendar for hundreds of events happening all throughout the year. 

Ranger-led Activities in Big Cypress National Preserve
November 15, 2017-April 11, 2018 | Big Cypress National Preserve
Experience the beautiful Big Cypress swamp up close and personal. A variety of regularly scheduled ranger-guided boardwalk hikes, wet swamp walks, canoe trips and interactive talks occur in the preserve throughout the Florida dry season. Activities are free but you must reserve your spot in advance.
Ranger-led Activities in Big Cypress National Preserve
Experience the beautiful Big Cypress swamp up close and personal. A variety of regularly scheduled ranger-guided boardwalk hikes, wet swamp walks, canoe trips and interactive talks occur in the preserve throughout the Florida dry season. Activities are free but you must reserve your spot in advance.
Wine & Wildlife at Emmanuel Lutheran Church
February 22, 2018 | Emmanuel Lutheran Church
This exciting evening combines good wine, great food, and live wildlife in celebration of our national parks! Learn more about South Florida's national parks, meet the rangers who protect these special places and talk to famed wildlife biologist Joe Wasilewski about his adventures with alligators, c...
Wine & Wildlife at Emmanuel Lutheran Church
This exciting evening combines good wine, great food, and live wildlife in celebration of our national parks! Learn more about South Florida's national parks, meet the rangers who protect these special places and talk to famed wildlife biologist Joe Wasilewski about his adventures with alligators, crocodiles, and pythons in South Florida. For this year's event, our returning wildlife stars, an American alligator and a Burmese python, will be joined by new (and fluffier) surprise wildlife guests! Also on tap: A feast of stone crab, oysters and more
39th Annual Naples National Art Festival
February 24-25, 2018 | Naples Art Association
The 39th Annual Naples National Art Festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in downtown Naples, Florida. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Naples National draws some of the finest artists in the cou...
39th Annual Naples National Art Festival
The 39th Annual Naples National Art Festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in downtown Naples, Florida. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Naples National draws some of the finest artists in the country. Sunshine Artist Magazine has ranked this art festival as high as the number nine art festival in the United States and has included The Naples National in its Top 10 national festival seven years running. This is a juried art festival with artists applying in 18 categories including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture and wood. The local community counts Naples National among its premiere, must-see events thanks to the high quality of the art, the engaging personalities of the artists and the festive atmosphere. More than 20,000 residents and visitors flock to this outdoor weekend art festival to enjoy the art, live performances and our world-class restaurants in downtown Naples. Festival attendees take full advantage of the opportunity to meet artists from across the country and to learn about their inspiration and techniques.
Naples Craft Beer Festival at Bayfront
March 03, 2018 | Bayfront
The Naples Craft Beer Fest is a celebration of the art of craft beer. A wide variety of beers from breweries across the country and the world are available for tasting. To enhance the tasting, many local restaurants are a part of the Fest and provide food pairings with select beers and are specifica...
Naples Craft Beer Festival at Bayfront
The Naples Craft Beer Fest is a celebration of the art of craft beer. A wide variety of beers from breweries across the country and the world are available for tasting. 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. These talented chef’s 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. Lastly, the Naples Craft Beer Fest showcases local musical talent to create a truly festive atmosphere.
Free Kids Fishing Clinic
March 09, 2018 | Naples Pier
The Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Naples Pier is a one-day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation with the help of the Outreach and Education (O&E) Subsection of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Co...
Free Kids Fishing Clinic
The Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Naples Pier is a one-day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation with the help of the Outreach and Education (O&E) Subsection of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, part 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 the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems and ethical angling skills. The Clinic also teach fundamental saltwater fishing knowledge and skills while promoting a positive fishing experience. Kids age 5 to 15 are welcome. All receive a free rod and reel until supplies run out.
St Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth
March 17, 2018 | Fifth Avenue South
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 17 on Fifth Avenue South 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 lik...
St Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 17 on Fifth Avenue South 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 like you, the Parade has prospered in the decades since. The Parade is now the largest privately-funded Parade in the state. It draws over 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America. The Foundation has donated over $200,000 to local high school bands and scholarships in the last five years.
Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, 2018 | City of Naples
Wear your green and enjoy the revelry of the 40th annual Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade, followed by an all-day celebration with live music at Sugden Plaza on Fifth Avenue South. Forty years ago a group of fun-loving Neapolitan’s got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s ...
Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wear your green and enjoy the revelry of the 40th annual Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade, followed by an all-day celebration with live music at Sugden Plaza on Fifth Avenue South. Forty years ago a group of fun-loving Neapolitan’s 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. It is now the largest privately-funded Parade in the state. It draws over 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America. The parade is sponsored by the the Naples St. Patrick foundation, a non-profit charitable organization. You can start the day at The Dock at Crayton Cove at 9:30 a.m. with the traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade Flag Raising Ceremony. Parade Route: The parade will start on 10th Avenue South, go north on 3rd Street South to Fifth Avenue South, then east to 8th Street South. Parking: The city suggests parking in the two downtown parking garages. Plan to arrive early. Road closures: 5th Avenue South will be closed 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3rd Avenue will be closed 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
March 23-25, 2018 | Veterans Community Park
The 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival offers a full weekend of fun. It begins on Friday, March 23 and the party continues through Sunday Marco 25. In addition to a weekend of great music, all your favorite seafood specialties will be available including fresh fish, grouper, crab cakes, st...
Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
The 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival offers a full weekend of fun. It begins on Friday, March 23 and the party continues through Sunday Marco 25. In addition to a weekend of great music, all your favorite seafood specialties will be available including fresh fish, grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder, lobster and more. There is a huge assortment of traditional landlubber favorites, too. Beer and wine will be available to quench your thirst. Over 60 arts and crafts vendors will open Friday morning at 11:00 AM. A kid’s zone with bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall, trampoline and more to wear off some of that energy while you enjoy the music, the food and the friends. Join us for a weekend of great food and music! Single Day Admission $10 Per Person. Two Day Admission $16 Per Person. A limited number of three day VIP passes are available for $60 per person. Call the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase VIP tickets at 239-394-7459.
Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
March 24-25, 2018 | Naples Art Association
Approximately 250 artists from all over the country exhibit their sculptures, paintings, jewelry items, photography, ceramics and more. The festival stretches along scenic 5th Avenue South in beautiful downtown Naples. This festival takes place in the street allowing thousands of art-savvy festival ...
Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
Approximately 250 artists from all over the country exhibit their sculptures, paintings, jewelry items, photography, ceramics and more. The festival stretches along scenic 5th Avenue South in beautiful downtown Naples. This festival takes place in the street allowing thousands of art-savvy festival goers to mill about the 200+ booths and tents that participating artists set up under the canopy of oak boughs and golden trumpet trees that shade flower-lined Fifth Avenue South from southwest Florida’s brilliant springtime sunshine from State Road 41 west to Second Street, just one block from the Gulf. The setting is definitely a big part of the allure associated with this end-of-winter season art festival, where artist tents and booths are nestled between rows of Mediterranean-accented buildings. You can also shop or enjoy the European-style boutiques, high-end jewelry stores, prestigious art galleries and some of the finest restaurants, bistros and outdoor cafes in all of southwest Florida. Old-fashioned city clocks, public art sculptures and a bevy of bubbling fountains add to Fifth Avenue’s aesthetic appeal and ambiance. Sunshine Artist Magazine ranks this art festival as the #9 art festival in the country and South Florida’s highest ranked show.
2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
April 21-28, 2018 | East Naples Community Park
Don't miss all the exciting play during the 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships! The 2017 Minto US Pickleball Championships were a huge success, thanks to all of you! But not as huge as the plans we have for 2018. Expanded facilities! More and more players at all skill levels! Great food, dr...
2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
Don't miss all the exciting play during the 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships! The 2017 Minto US Pickleball Championships were a huge success, thanks to all of you! But not as huge as the plans we have for 2018. Expanded facilities! More and more players at all skill levels! Great food, drinks, and entertainment to keep the party rolling day and night! You gotta be there! It's championship pickleball! It's beautiful Naples! It's April 21-28, 2018! But you need to make you plans early to hold your place in history.
Stay in May Festival at Multiple Naples Venues
April 23-May 12, 2018 | Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
The StayinMay Festival (formerly the ArtsNaples World Festival Inc.) has now produced six world-class festivals with over 60,000 attendees featuring the best of the cultural arts of Russia, the Latin Americas, Italy and France. Throughout multiple and unique venues across Naples, The StayInMay Festi...
Stay in May Festival at Multiple Naples Venues
The StayinMay Festival (formerly the ArtsNaples World Festival Inc.) has now produced six world-class festivals with over 60,000 attendees featuring the best of the cultural arts of Russia, the Latin Americas, Italy and France. Throughout multiple and unique venues across Naples, The StayInMay Festival presents concerts and events spanning art, chamber music, cinema, culinary, dance, opera, fashion, theater and orchestra. The StayInMay Festival combines the best of the arts in Naples with amazing talent from around the globe.
Naples Restauant Week
May 31-June 13, 2018 | Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
SWFL Restaurant Week is a 14-day food event promotion that celebrates the BEST dining at an affordable price. Participating restaurants offer 3 course menus starting at $25 and $35. The goal of Restaurant Week is to encourage increased dining out at locally owned establishments and to celebrate the ...
Naples Restauant Week
SWFL Restaurant Week is a 14-day food event promotion that celebrates the BEST dining at an affordable price. Participating restaurants offer 3 course menus starting at $25 and $35. The goal of Restaurant Week is to encourage increased dining out at locally owned establishments and to celebrate the array of cuisine available here in Southwest Florida.
Summer Jazz on the Beach at Naples Beach Hotel
June 02-September 29, 2018 | The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will host its 32nd “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series. This free concert series combines an appealing and diverse selection of Jazz entertainment with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunse...
Summer Jazz on the Beach at Naples Beach Hotel
A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues, as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will host its 32nd “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series. This free concert series combines an appealing and diverse selection of Jazz entertainment with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets, cool breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf. “SummerJazz on the Gulf” will take place one Saturday evening per month June-September. The dates have not been released but please check back.
Naples July 4th Parade
July 04, 2018 | City of Naples
Bring the family and enjoy the annual Naples 4th of July parade. The parade route goes from Broad Avenue South to Third Street South,up to 5th Avenue South, then east on 5th Avenue South, turning South on 8th Street South past City Hall, ending at 8th Avenue South and 8th Street South.
Naples July 4th Parade
Bring the family and enjoy the annual Naples 4th of July parade. The parade route goes from Broad Avenue South to Third Street South,up to 5th Avenue South, then east on 5th Avenue South, turning South on 8th Street South past City Hall, ending at 8th Avenue South and 8th Street South.
Naples Boat Show Downtown
October 13-14, 2018 | Marine Industries Association of Collier County
The Naples Boat Show Downtown is the premier In-Water recreational show in the Naples-Marco Island area. The show will feature displays by marinas, boat dealers, other marine related businesses, food vendors and more. The show is downtown at the Naples City Dock and Crayton Cove on October 13 and 14...
Naples Boat Show Downtown
The Naples Boat Show Downtown is the premier In-Water recreational show in the Naples-Marco Island area. The show will feature displays by marinas, boat dealers, other marine related businesses, food vendors and more. The show is downtown at the Naples City Dock and Crayton Cove on October 13 and 14. The show is FREE for the whole family! Wander through Crayton Cove, along 12th Avenue through the booth vendors and large boat displays, dine at one of the fantastic restaurants or grab a quick bite from a show vendor as you meander the Naples City Dock gazing at the million dollar yachts, even hop aboard! You won't want to miss this fabulous event by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County- MIACC. Parking: Free Shuttle transportation aboard the Naples Trolley from these locations: City Parking Garages: * 400 8th Street South * 801 6th Avenue South Parking Lots: * 8th Avenue South and 8th Street South * 3rd Avenue South and 7th Street South The Landings Park Perimeter Parking around Cambier Park, Broad Ave., alley parking behind 5th Avenue South to the north and south
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