Be in the know on what is taking place locally in Naples, Florida during the month of July. Celebrations! Special Occasions! Entertainment!
JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES
Reading of the Declaration of Independence: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2. Estero Historical Society Museum, 9285 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero Park., Estero. Estero Historical Society’s traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence returns after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Local historian Jacob Winge, dressed in authentic 18th-century period costume, reads the declaration with the feeling for the Founding Fathers emotions in 1776. Gary Israel will sing the national anthem and the Estero Fire Rescue team will raise the flag. Watermelon will be served picnic-style for all attendees following the ceremony.
Everglades City Independence Day Celebration: Annual event kicks off July Fourth celebrations in Collier County. The day begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, with opening ceremony. Parade follows and attendees encourage to deck out in patriotic garb, with contests, food, shopping and more through the morning and afternoon. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Handicapped parking available at Everglades Community Church, 101 S. Copeland Ave. visitevergladescity.com
Naples Fourth of July Parade: The annual event is 10 a.m. to noon Monday, July 4, in downtown Naples. The parade starts near the intersection of Third Street South and 10th Avenue South; turns east onto Fifth Avenue South; and then south on Eighth Street South and ends in front of Naples City Hall. Fifth Avenue South will be closed off to traffic between Third Street and Eighth Street South, allowing for a variety of viewing options up and down the street. FifthAvenueSouth.com
Star Spangled Bonita: Annual daylong festivities kick off at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4, with parade along Old 41 Road. And at 6 p.m., the celebration continues at Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., and festivities culminate with fireworks at night. The Ben Allen Band performs and food and beverages available for purchase. The event is free. Note road closures, beginning with Old 41 Road at 8:30 a.m. for the parade, from Rosemary Drive and end on Kentucky Street. The road will reopen after the parade. The second road closure begins at 5 p.m. and on Old 41 from Wilson to Childers streets. The road will reopen after the event at about 10 p.m. More at 239-298-4706 or bonitaspringsparade.com.
Fireworks at Naples Pier: Bring chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks launch Monday, July 4, from a barge north of Naples Pier. The fireworks can be seen from all along the Naples beach. Personal use of fireworks and sparklers is prohibited. Parking is limited, so visitors are urged to plan ahead and find parking on the street or in downtown parking garages; or to walk, take bicycles or use a ride service. Fireworks launch at about 9 p.m. Free. The pier will be closed from 6-11 p.m. Naples City Pier, 12th Ave. S., Naples. naplesgov.com/parksrec/page/city-naples-4th-july-events
4th of July Fireworks Celebration: 3-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples.Collier County Parks & Recreation hosts this annual Fourth of July event with bounce houses, live entertainment, food trucks and fireworks. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is limited. Overflow traffic can go to nearby East Naples Community Park. 252-4000
Fireworks cruise: Get a "front-row seat" from the water for the Naples Pier fireworks. The sunset cruise travels along Collier County’s coastal waterways before stopping for the fireworks show. 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 4. $145 includes dinner. The M/V Double Sunshine departs from Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. 263-4949 or purefl.com
Alfie Oakes’ Fourth of July American Celebration: The owner of Oakes Farms and Seed to Table hosts an Independence Day party on Little Marco Island, including food, beer and live music by The Joel Fry Band and singer Ira Dean (best known as half of former country duo Trick Pony). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2. $45 for transportation to the island ($25 for ages 17 and younger), $35 for food and drinks ($20 for ages 17 and younger). Shuttle service starts at 8 a.m. at Naples Outlet Collection, 6060 Collier Blvd., Naples, or use your own boat. https://freedom-friday.ticketleap.com/alfie-oakes-2nd-annual-fourth-of-july-american-celebration/
FREE DAY AT NAPLES ZOO, OTHER EVENTS
Naples Zoo: It's Free Saturday for Collier County residents. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2. On the first Saturday of every month, Collier residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Enter any time, all day long, up until 3:30 p.m. with no coupon required. Proof of residency required for all adults. Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. State-issued photo ID with Collier address, like driver's license. If you have an out-of-area photo ID, but own property in Collier, bring a utility or tax bill for a property in Collier County with a matching name photo ID. napleszoo.org
Summer Streamed Opera: 3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays through October. Wang Opera Center; 2408 Linwood Ave., Naples. Famous operas from Europe's best known theaters — La Scala, Baden Baden, Salzburg, more — with stars like Asmik Grigorian, Renée Fleming. July 6, "Madama Butterfly"; July 20, "Turandot"; Aug. 3, "Ariadne auf Naxos"; Aug. 17, "Faust"; Sept. 7, "Falstaff"; Sept. 21, "Der Rosenkavalier; Oct. 5, "Rusalka"; and Oct. 19, "Elektra." Refreshments available, including popcorn. $22; $10 students. See peranaples.org for details.
Keep in shape, meet friends: 6.30 p.m. Tuesdays. Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples. The Factory Run Club is a fun social run around the lake loop — just under 1 mile — adjacent to The Cove at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. Your skill level is the right one. Jog a single lap or run as many as you choose. Drinks at The Cove afterward are discounted for participants. And you'll be ready to cool off after that virtuous workout. You get a R.I.O.T. shirt after completing eight runs. And it's free, free, free.
Youth Jazz Camp concert: 7 p.m. Friday, July 1. Daniels Pavilion, Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. Concert of music from the weeklong jazz camp for teen players, led by Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra member and Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra Director Dan Miller. Free, but reservations required at artisnaples.org
Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 16 and 30 in the Norris Center, Eighth Avenue South and Eighth Street South, Naples. Free but donations are requested and appreciated. Concerts are at the same time and place every Saturday through Sept. 24 except July 9, July 23 and Sept. 17. naplesjazzsociety.com
Sunset Saturdays: Live music from 4-10 p.m. Saturdays in Paradise Coast Sports Complex at The Cove Beer & Wine Bar, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples, featuring Sunset Sangrias and Coronas for $3. More at playparadisecoast.com/the-cove/
Katie Dietz: Acoustic guitarist performs 7-10 p.m. every Friday at South Street Naples, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. southstreetnaples.com or 239-435-9333
The Daniel Wolkoff Band: New York native and his band perform 7-10 p.m. every Saturday at South Street Naples, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. southstreetnaples.com or 239-435-9333
Jebry's Jazz and Blues Jam Session: 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Dogtooth bar and restaurant, 5310 Shirley St., Naples. 239-431-7004.
Karaoke: 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Sneaky Pete's, 3465 Bonita Beach Road SW, No. 120, Bonita Springs. 239-498-8887. sneakypetesbonita.com
Karaoke: 7 p.m. Thursdays at Naples Flatbread, 9118 Strada Place, No. 8170, Naples; 239-431-8259; naplesflatbread.com
Karaoke: 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays at Z's Music Kitchen, 12655 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Visit Z's Music Kittchen on Facebook.
Twisted Bingo: 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Dylan's Drafthouse, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. 239-300-0192. dylansdrafthouse.com
Trivia: Wednesdays at Dylan's Drafthouse, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, and Naples Flatbread, 9118 Strada Place Suite, No. 8170, Naples.
Twisted Trivia: Thursdays at Tavern on the Bay Naples, 489 Bayfront Place, Naples. 239-530-2225. tavernonthebay.net
Retro Game Night: 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 29. Naples Depot Museum 1051 Fifth Ave S., Naples. Bring your own blanket and revisit your childhood game closet with the following retro games being offered: Twister, Monopoly, Trouble, Sorry!. Uno, Simon, Yahtzee, Chutes & Ladders, Battleship and more. Free, but reservations requested at colliermuseums.com
"Something Rotten": Various times now through July 24. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave., Naples. Wot? Music AND dancing AND a storyline? The Bottom Brothers are having a horrible time scoring a hit in their 16th-century oeuvre of London, especially against a guy named Will, until a soothsayer whispers the wave of the future to them. Hit Broadway musical comes to The Naples Players. $47. naplesplayers.org or 239-263-7990
"Newsies Jr.": 7 p.m. July 1-2, 2 p.m. July 2-3. Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Musical tale of young news carriers who take on a publishing titan who wants to raise prices solely for greed. $17 and $23. artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989
Open Mic Bonita: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Poetry, spoken word, music, comedy, dance, storytelling — it's all here from local talent. $10. artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989
Staged Readings: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8. Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Compare and contrast different styles as actors stretch into roles they might not otherwise get to play in readings of some unusual plays, speeches, monologues or even string together wisdom from fortune cookie messages. $25. artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989
"Art": Various times July 22 through Aug. 7 Joan Jenks Auditorium, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. TStudio Players production about three men whose 15-year-old friendship is torn apart, and then resolved, by a white canvas. It won 1996 Best Comedy Awards for both Oliver and Evening Standard and has been translated into 35 languages. $30, $15 students with ID. thestudioplayers.org or 239-398-9192
"Dear Edwina Jr.": 6:30 p.m. July 1-3, 2:30 p.m. July 2. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave., Naples.In this KidzAct production, plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire Edwina Spoonapple directs the neighborhood kids in buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly “Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends. $20. naplesplayers.org or or 239-263-7990
Mara Darrow Exhibition: Now through July 5. La Petite Galerie, Marco Island Center for the art, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Photography of artist and interior designer Mara Darrow, continuing the celebration of Earth Day with her nature photography. Free. 239-394-4221
Birds of Paradise: July 1-Sept. 30. Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Exhibition of works by local artist Inez Hudson, award-winning painter of birds, nature and wildlife of the Everglades. There's a reception with the artist 4:30– 6 pm. July 14. Light refreshments available, courtesy of the Marco Island Historical Society. 239-252-1440 themihs.info
Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography Exhibition: See it 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 20 at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Exhibition presents the life work of one of America’s most dynamic railroad photographers, Wallace W. Abbey. As a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, Abbey captured often overlooked perspectives spanning primarily from the 1940s through the 1970s, showcasing the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II. 239-252-8419 or colliermuseums.com
Hoods Up: Revs Institute, 2500 Horseshoe Drive S., Naples. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays through July . Revs Institute is is opening — or completely removing — the hoods of 35 historical, exceptional automobiles to reveal the engines that power them. Also, “Jewels of the Road,” an exhibit of glass, Lucite and other rare car mascots (hood ornaments) has been extended through July 31. Reserved ticket admission. $20, $15 for students, educators and the military, free for ages 11 and younger with adult. revsinstitute.org or 239-687-7387
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 27 at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave., Immokalee. Exhibit explores little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts. This bilingual exhibit, which explores the experiences of the workers and their families, was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. 239-252-2611 or colliermuseums.com
Toulouse-Lautrec, Master of the Belle Époque: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (Thursdays until 9 p.m.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays now through July 17. Naples Art, 585 Park St., Naples. 150 prints, drawings, lithographs and other works, including books illustrated by the artist who brought graphic arts to the level of high art and immortalized the characters of Moulin Rouge. Docent tours available. $15. naplesart.org or 239-262-6517
Baker Museum: Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 Sundays. Docent tours 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; 1 p.m. only on Sundays. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. The museum is closed for summer maintenance from July 25 until Sept. 6. Exhibition schedule as follows:
“The Everglades: A World Worth Keeping”: Rosen Gallery, 2172 J&C Blvd., Naples. Julie Kimball’s abstract landscape show. Information: 239-405-2826.
Batik/rozome or shibori dyeing of silk scarfs or paintings: Classes at Inspirations Gallery, 5450B Shirley Street, Naples. All levels welcome. $150 plus $50 supplies for four afternoons. Call or email for days: 603-686-2187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Street South Famers Market: 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday, in the parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas, in Old Naples. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.
Sunday Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday. Koreshan State Park, 800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, street food, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more. Free with paid park admission — $5 for up to 8 in vehicle, $4 for single occupancy vehicle, $2 for bikes and pedestrians. Information at floridastateparks.org.
Farmer Mike's U-Pick: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays year-round at 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs, with an onsite market and cafe, as well as U-pick produce and flowers. Call 239-498-4576 or click farmermikesupick.com for more.
Golden Gate Community Farmers Market: Open year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit farmermarket2.com for more.
Immokalee State Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit fdacs.gov.
Inyoni Organic Farm: This 6-acre all-organic farm offers online ordering with Saturday pickup on the farm. Learn more at facebook.com/inyoniorganicfarm.
Miromar Outlets Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays near Corkscrew Road entrance; 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Find it on Facebook for more.
Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 3370 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples. Find it on Facebook for more.
OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO TOGETHER
Mango Days!: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9. Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch 1215 Roberts Ave, Immokalee. Celebration of the mango harvest at Roberts Ranch, with fruit-themed activities and crafts for the whole family, and you can take home a bag of the season's bounty to enjoy. 239-252-2611 or colliermuseums.com
Florida Pirates: Fact & Fiction: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S 41 E., Naples. Thomas Lockyear, manager of Museum of the Everglades, and former museum professional at the Pirate Soul Museum in Key West, explores our fascination with nautical history’s most notorious ne’er-do-wells, how they figure into Southwest Florida history and what their exploits were here. Both in-person talk and Webinar available, with signup at colliermuseums.com
All Aboard for Story Time: 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 13. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave S., Naples. For 2-5 years. Explore the excitement of transportation in books read by museum staff in the 1947 Budd Train Car every second Wednesday this summer. Free. Children must be accompanied by adult. Limited seating, RSVP required. at colliermuseums.com or 239-252-8419.
Make-and-Take Day: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 14. John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center, The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples Family workshop, free with admission to The Baker Museum, provides kids with an opportunity to make their own unique artworks using styles and techniques from a featured in exhibition at the museum. $10 adults, $5 active military and full-time students with Reduced admission of $1 with SNAP EBT card and valid ID. Information: 239-5971900 or artisnaples.org
Take Flight Family Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Collier Museum at Government Center 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Fun-filled celebration of all things that fly. Family-friendly crafts and activities that celebrate flight. Take time to see the bird's eye view from in the exhibit "Viewed from Above: Aerial Photos of Collier County." Free. colliermuseums.com
"See You Later, Alligator": Subtitled "Poachers, Promoters and Protectors of the Everglades' Keystone Species." 2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Museum of the Everglades, 105 Broadway W., Everglades City. An exploration of what the alligator has meant to life in every way in Southwest Florida. Free. Webinar for those who cannot attend the in-person talk; registration required. colliermuseums.com
Conservancy Little Explorers: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through August. Little Explorer Play Zone in the Nature Center, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Preschool programs for ages 18 months to 5 years old, with various themes for each month — June, ocean animals like seahorses; July, nature, such as tracking critters and learning where turles live; August, land animals, such as living like a black bear. Plan your visit around one of the daily talks for adults at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Free with admission. $17.95 adults, $9.95 ages 3 and older. See details on the website, conservancy.org or call 239-262-0304
Collier County Public Library programs: Various times and dates rotating among all libraries. Some, like "Introduction to 3-D Printers," and book reviews are for adults; others are for teens ("Cricut Basics," "Introduction to Juggling") and others with crafts and story times for toddler on up. For a complete list and registration forms, see the Events section of the Collier County Public Libraries website, collierlibrary.org
"Rediscover Rookery Bay”: The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, butterfly garden, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 benefits the Friends of Rookery Bay, a nonprofit that supports the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round, as are guests on kayak and boat ecotours booked through Friends of Rookery Bay. More at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
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