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Things To Do In Naples – January 2017

January 7-8, 2017
Naples New Year’s Art Fair & Art in the Park
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fifth Avenue South & Park Street, Naples FL 34102

Naples Art Fair

The Naples Art Association presents the 21st annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th. Start the New Year off in style along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples at this well-established art festival. Augmenting the number of participating artists, available art and ambiance of the event on Saturday is Art in the Park. Art in the Park is an art fair held on Park Street by Naples Art Association members on the first Saturday of each month between November and April.

There will be 254 professional artists from around the country in categories ranging from original oils and acrylics on canvas to watercolors, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more.

Admission is free and there is parking all around 5th Ave South.


January 13-15, 2017
13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival
300 Tower Rd., Naples, FL 34113


Mark your calendar for field trips and lectures during the 13th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival! Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Field trip prices range from $15 – $135, and registration is required.


January 27-29, 2017
Naples Winter Wine Festival
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples


Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose vision is to make a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of children’s lives. NCEF is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at risk children in Collier County. Event activities include a meet the kids day and grant awards luncheon; private vintner dinners at the homes of festival trustees; the annual auction; a wine down party; and a farewell brunch. Since 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised more than $123 million for local area children in need. The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. This ranking by the Luxury Institute is 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.  Admission: $8,500 per couple.

January 28-29, 2017
Swamp Buggy Races
Florida Sports Park


Experience the world’s muddiest races as swamp buggy vehicles speed around the track known as the Mile O’ Mud. The World Famous Swamp Buggy Races return to The Florida Sports Park January 28 & 29th, 2017. This 67th season is sure to be history in the making as the Jeeps, Air Cooled and Four Cylinders duke it out on Saturday in and effort to get to the class finals on Sunday. Where the Stock V8 and Pro Modified’s will be going head to head in a double elimination bracket racing style format. Hold on to your seats grab a drink and cheer on your favorite driver. Gates open at 12:00 noon with racing action beginning at 1:00 pm.


January 28, 2017
Run For The Paws
Humane Society Naples


The Humane Society Naples and Gulf Coast Runners invite all runners and their dogs to lace up their shoes for the 11th Annual Run for the Paws 5K walk/run fundraiser to be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 28 at the Naples Municipal Airport.

Last year’s race drew runners from across Florida and the United States, and there were even several runners from outside the U.S. A total of 946 registrants – and 180 dogs in tow – raised over $17,000 for the orphaned pets at The Humane Society Naples.

This is absolutely one of the BEST charitable 5K’s around. If you aren’t pre-registered, you can do so starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Civil Air Patrol Building at Naples Airport. Race starts promptly at 8:00 a.m.

The race follows a unique scenic route around Naples Municipal Airport. Shirts are only guaranteed to the first 500 registered. Pre-race packet pick-up on Friday 1/29 at the Humane Society Naples 10am-4pm. Pets are welcome to walk or run! Dogs are allowed to participate with their guardians, but must be up to date with their vaccinations, be able to complete the distance of the event, and must be on a non-retractable leash at all times. The retractable leashes are not permitted due to tripping concerns that we have experienced in previous years. Cats in strollers are allowed! Please arrive early to allow yourself time to park, register, pick up your timing chip, and get to the start line. Day-of registration WILL CLOSE AT 7:45 a.m. TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS TIME TO GET THEIR CHIP AND GET TO THE START. If you arrive after 7:45, there is no guarantee that you will be timed and included in the event results!

We encourage participants to bring items for the pets at the Humane Society Naples, items that they are always in need of are cat litter, laundry detergent, bath towels, paper towels, hand sanitizer, canned dog food, and dryer fabric softener sheets.

Admission: $25 adults
(All information courtesy of paradisecoast.com.)