15 Dec Major Annual Events in Naples, Florida
It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. 2016 is coming to a close and it’s time to look ahead to 2017 and what new adventures the year will bring. If you’re smart, you’ve already settled on a trip to the happiest, healthiest city in the US: Naples, Florida. And if you’re even smarter, you’ll plan your trip around one of the many incredible, year-round local events. So pack your bags, keep an eye on flight costs, and get ready for the SWFL vacation of a lifetime. Here are some of the major annual events happening in Naples in 2017.
Naples New Year’s Art Fair | January 7 & 8
This year marks the 21st annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair. The event takes over 5th Avenue South in Downtown Naples (walking distance from Trianon Old Naples Hotel) and showcases works of art by professional artists from all around the country. Locals and visitors alike have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists to ask about their work or even commission a unique piece.
Southwest Florida Nature Festival | January 13 – 15
Looking for a family fun trip to learn more about Florida wildlife? 2017 marks the 13th annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival. Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife spots around Southwest Florida with lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The festival also offers birding walks, buggy rides, and boat tours!
Naples Winter Wine Festival | January 27 – 29
Ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is a can’t-miss event. Not to mention, all proceeds benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation so you can sip all the wine you’d like, guilt-free! Guests often fly in from around the world so buy your tickets before they sell out!
Naples National Art Festival | February 18 & 19
With its national ranking and the beautiful weather in SWFL this time of year, the Naples National Art Festival is considered by locals as one of the city’s premier, must-see events. Walk along 8th Street South in Downtown Naples and the scenic Cambier Park while judges assess artists across eighteen different categories, including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture, and wood.
Naples Craft Beer Festival | March 4
Come together at Naples Bayfront to celebrate the art of craft beer with samples of beers from across the country and the world. The Naples Craft Beer Festival offers a full day of food, brews, and entertainment. Local restaurants join in to provide food pairings with select beers designed to match that unique brew, while local musical talent plays the soundtrack for a truly festival atmosphere.
Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 11
The luck of the Irish is at it again with the 40th annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Don your best green outfit (or get pinched!) and join in on the day-long revelry at Sugden Plaza. This St. Patty’s Day parade is the largest privately-funded parade in all of Florida, so it’s guaranteed to astound and impress.
Marine Music & Food Festival | April 1 & 2
Support the local marine industry while enjoying this unique Naples event! Sponsored by the MIACC, the Marine Music & Food Festival is the only event in Naples of its kind. Grab your own lawn chairs and blankets and settled in for a weekend of live music and delicious seafood.
City of Naples Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks | July 4
The Fourth of July is an all-day celebration in Naples, FL! Start your day off at 10:00am in Downtown Naples to catch the annual Fourth of July Parade. Then make your way down to Naples Pier, grab a spot on the beach, and get ready for a half-hour long Fourth of July Fireworks Display.
Naples Stone Crab Festival | TBA
If you love seafood (especially stone crab), then you don’t want to miss the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Get cracking and celebrate the start of stone crab season the right way, with a weekend of food and fun. The festival takes place along the beautiful Naples waterfront and offers family fun activities for all ages with activities on land and by water.
Old Florida Festival | November 18 & 19
If you want something fun and educational, the Old Florida Festival is the place for you! Travel back in time to see over 10,000 years of South Florida history at one of the largest living history gatherings in the state. The event features two days of historical re-enactors, craft-workers, demonstrators, folk musicians, and storytellers depicting everyday life on the SWFL frontier.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks | December 31
Whether you find a perfect spot along Naples Beach or book a spot on one of the sightseeing tour boats, don’t miss the final event of the year! The Naples Pier offers another impressive display of lights and colors for the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks.