Culture and the Performing Arts

Culture and the Performing Arts in SW Florida

Over the past decade, the arts have transformed Southwest Florida into one of the state’s most cosmopolitan areas. Audiences delight in our performing arts scene, where talented local actors bring life to Broadway favorites and new plays at intimate community playhouses. Fine arts lovers will enjoy a host of exceptional galleries and studios. The galleries are bursting with brilliant renderings of the picturesque local environment, unique wildlife and breathtaking sunsets. In addition to the natural selections, you’ll find a wide variety of modernism, cubism, impressionism and abstract arts.

In Naples, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Artis – Naples) is the premier performing arts hall in Southwest Florida, hosting more than 400 events a year including world-class dance, opera, classical and popular music and Broadway musicals. The Phil features four art galleries and two sculpture gardens. The Collector’s Corner offers an outstanding variety of art and rare gifts for sale.

Another venue for Southwest Florida performing arts is Fort Myers’ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. For 20 years the venue has played host to the most popular shows and performing artists in the country. Cats, Mama Mia!, The Producers, Movin’ Out. You name it, they’ve had it. And if the show you’re looking for hasn’t played yet, chances are, it will.

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THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ~ February 10th

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

When you start thinking about things to do this weekend in Southwest Florida, get all of your senses ready. The Everglades Seafood Festival is a big headliner along with the legendary Chicago musical now playing at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. There will be plenty of food, good music and theater at several area events proving that there is always something to do in Southwest Florida.

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THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ~ Feb. 3, 2017

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

February 3, 2017

Don’t get stuck looking for things to do this weekend in Southwest Florida. We know the main event is Super Bowl LI, but while your waiting for the big game to start, check out this line up that will have you ready to rev your engines and get your groove on.

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Source:  John R. Wood Properties, Ashley Wells

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Things to do in Southwest Florida this Weekend

Check out the line up of things to do  in Southwest Florida this weekend and prepare to catch the holiday spirit!  Start tonight with a Holiday Evening on Fifth, followed by the Naples Santa Pub Crawl on Friday, and the Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday night. If you’re feeling more like a scrooge this weekend, there’s also a line up of non-holiday concerts, art shows, and comedy routines to choose from.

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Holiday Events in Southwest Florida

From new parties to annual parades, Naples and the surrounding area hosts a variety of local holiday events and traditions every year. Whether you’re looking for an entire evening dedicated to Christmas shopping or the best time to bring your children to meet Santa, we’ve rounded up dozens of events to serve as your guide to celebrating the holiday season.


Holiday Lights

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On December 1, guests can enjoy the 42nd annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Fifth Avenue, while the Evening on Fifth: Rockin’ & Shoppin’ for the Holidays event features live music, shopping, dining, and dancing on December 8.

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The Naples Botanical Garden’s Night Lights in the Gardenevent will run from December 15-23 and December 26-30and will include live musical performances, family activities, thousands of twinkling lights, and the garden’s newest seasonal exhibit, Origami in the Garden, lit especially for the evening events until 9 p.m.


Holiday Tea

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s annual holiday tradition, Tea at The Ritz, will be December 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, decked out in holiday decor.

Brambles Tea Room will host a special Tales and Tea event on December 8 featuring a storyteller sharing a wonderful story as well as a seasonal tea complete with sandwiches, scones, and pastries including Christmas cookies and a red velvet yule log.

The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host its Beaux Art Holiday Tea, an annual holiday tea party featuring a special performance by Jackie Pierce, on December 15.

Cultural Performances

The Miami City Ballet brings to life George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker December 3 and 4 on stage at Artis—Naples. After winning an epic battle against the dastardly Rat King, Marie and her nutcracker prince set off on an adventure to the Land of Sweets, where they’re treated to majestic balletic sequences set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.

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The Florida Everblades Figure Skating Club will present their annual holiday show on December 11 at the Germain Arena. This year’s theme is “Holiday Playlist,” and more than 35 young skaters will perform to medleys from favorite holiday movies.

The Holiday Pops concerts at Artis-Naples are part of an all-new program of holiday classics featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Youth Chorus. Multiple performances will run from December 15-18.

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The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s third annual holiday market on December 12 encourages shoppers to browse for gifts while enjoying demonstrations by local specialty artists featuring paintings, pottery, natural jewelry, nature photography, and more. Guests are also invited to walk the boardwalk and visit the Blair Audubon Visitor Center Tea Room Café for refreshments.

On Christmas Eve, enjoy a festive snow show, complimentary photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, and strolling holiday carolers while shopping at the Village on Venetian Bay.

For Animal Lovers

istock-185327249Celebrate Christmas Marco Island-style with activities ranging from the Holiday Pets on Parade party on December 6 at CJ’s on the Bay to enjoying cookies and milk with Santain Mackle Park on December 17. The annual street parade on San Marco Road is scheduled for December 17 as well, while guests can enjoy ice-skating at Veteran’s Community Park on December 19. Visit christmasislandstyle.com for more activities.

The Naples Preserve’s annual holiday celebration will take place December 9-11, with each evening featuring musical entertainment, light refreshments, sunset boardwalk tours, and special animal guests.

Meet adoptable pets at the Humane Society’s Santa Paws event on December 13 at the Village on Venetian Bay, or bring your own pups out to meet and take holiday photos with Santa.

During the Winter Fest at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens from December 16-18, guests can watch as Naples zoo staff deliver gifts to the animals including beautifully wrapped presents and holiday-related delicacies.

On the Water

Southwest Florida’s coast offers plenty of chances to show off merrily decorated watercraft in parades on pleasant tropical evenings.

Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade, December 10: Best views from Pinchers Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant, Naples City Dock, and Naples Landings Park. Sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County, the event’s proceeds benefit the Ricky King Foundation.

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Marco Island Christmas Island Style Boat Parade, December 10: Best views from The Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River.

Village on Venetian Bay Boat Parade, Naples, December 13: Best views from Bayside Seafood Grill, Fish restaurant, The Pub, M Waterfront Grille, and MiraMare. T-Michael’s has views from indoors. Bonus: Enjoy live entertainment, face-painting, a snow show, and Santa Claus.

Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade, December 10: Best views at Riverside Park along the Imperial River, the U.S. 41 Bridge, and the Imperial River Boat Ramp. Views from homes along the river are especially ideal.

More Celebrations

Christmas at Palm Cottage - The Naples Historical SocietyDon’t miss the quintessential Naples holiday experience—the annual Christmas at Palm Cottage. “This year’s tour reflects a more sincere presentation of what the holidays back in the day would look like,” says Naples Historical Society Executive Director Elaine Reed. The historic halls will be decked with charming, finely detailed decorations. Reed recommends booking tours online for $13 a person, as space is limited.

Naples’ 2016 Christmas Parade will be held December 6, and will line up on Broad Avenue. The floats will turn right onto Third Street South, right onto Fifth Avenue South, and end on Eighth Street South.

The Jewish Federation of Collier County will host their Seventh Annual Community-wide Chanukah and Menorah Lighting Celebration December 26 at Mercato. Preschool and Religious School children will perform and the Naples Klezmer Revival Band will provide live music.

The Seventh Annual Marco Island Community Chanukah Celebration will take place December 29 at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. This family-friendly event will feature Chanukah music, a candle lighting ceremony and lots of holiday spirit.

Source:  Naples Illustrated

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Weekend Scoop: Things To Do In Southwest Florida

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Things to Do – Sandsculpting Championships!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend in Southwest Florida there are a few annual favorites in the line up of things to do,  including Sandsculpting Championships, Taste of Bonita, Edison Fall Garden Festival, and the Fort Myers Boat Show.  As usual, there are also plenty of options surrounding the arts and music scene, so don’t miss out!

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Weekend Scoop – Things To Do In Southwest Florida

Things to do in Southwest Florida – There are plenty of tricks and treats to enjoy this weekend in Southwest Florida.  Our top picks:  the Naples International Film Festival, and the Stone Crab Festival.  Where will you be ?

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Stone Crab Festival

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Weekend Scoop – Things To Do in Southwest Florida

Things To Do in Southwest Florida

Get the weekend started early!  Care to see a celebrity bartender do some magical mixology?  Then you’ll want to grab a seat at Bar Tulia tonight. Follow up the libations with a line up of artistic talents and outdoor delights all weekend long.

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Summer Staycations in Town

FORGET THE AIRPORT – THESE LOCAL RESORTS ARE OFFERING SOME OF THE BEST VACATIONS RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARD.

 

As summer draws to a close, there’s no better time to take a much-needed vacation than right before the hustle and bustle of the start of the season. If you’re craving a little rest and relaxation without the additional stress of making last-minute travel plans, why not try a staycation right here in town? These local resorts are featuring a variety of special offers for thesummer, some tailored specifically for Florida residents.

 

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-10-35-23-amThis summer, guests can enjoy a series of special summer packages and room rates at Naples’ Ritz-Carlton resorts, including a family package with two rooms. Our top pick? The Summer Beach Package, valid through October 31st, which starts from $429 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples and $229 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Perfect for those who like to lie on the beach and enjoy delicious dining, this package includes overnight accommodations, daily breakfast, a $50 nightly dining credit toward lunch or dinner at Terrazza or dinner at Lemonia, complimentary use of two beach chairs and one umbrella at Vanderbilt Beach, and more.

 

The Vanderbilt Beach Resort is offering a complete minThe Vanderbilt Beach Resorti summer vacation package for just $205 per person. The mini vacation includes gulfside hotel accommodations for two nights, continental breakfast served in the resort’s Turtle Club restaurant each morning, lunch and dinner vouchers to a selection of local restaurants, and attraction tickets ranging from admission to the Naples Botanical Garden or the Naples Zoo to a Pure Naples boat cruise or narrated sightseeing trolley tour.

 

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At The Edgewater Beach Hotel (pictured right), Florida residents can save 25% off select room types plus a $25 daily resort credit. And if that’s not enough, try the Sun, Sand, and Savings package, which includes one umbrella rental per day, breakfast for two adults, and a waived resort fee. Valid through September 30, this offer is perfect for those hoping to spend the entire day relaxing on the the white sand of Naples Beach.

Source:  Naples Illustrated by Anna Bjorlin

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Labor Day Weekend in Southwest Florida

The lineup of things to do in Southwest Florida each week proves that we are an area offering a diverse cultural experience.  Contrary to popular belief, our community consists of more than retired seasonal residents and native full-timers.  We are an accumulation of well-traveled and successful young professionals, established businesses owners, CEO’s, growing families, foreigners, and yes the elite and rightfully retired, among many other types.   

This diversity in our population demands a sophisticated cultural experience along with a workforce willing to make it all possible.

Proving that we are a true paradise not just for the beaches, our calendar of events for Labor Day Weekend offers something unique and fun for everyone.  On Labor Day, we send our best to all the hard working folks that call Southwest Florida home whether for a week, a month, or year round.  It’s the contributions of everyone that makes this such a magical place to live and why we have such an entertaining schedule of things to do this Labor Day weekend in Southwest Florida.  Enjoy!

 

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Source: Labor Day Weekend in Southwest Florida