Welcome to this month's edition of the Southwest Florida Insider — fun things to do and see around our beaches. Please enjoy this calendar of events throughout the month. If you have an event(s) you would like to see us share next month, please let me know.
Have a wonderful month! All the best,
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
November 6 | Daylight Savings
November 8 | Election Day
November 11 | Veterans Day
November 24 | Thanksgiving
Florida Panther Festival This festival celebrates another year of life for the endangered Florida Panther. This family-friendly event encompasses outdoor exhibits by conservation partners, one-on-one conversations with wildlife experts and all regular zoo activities. Florida Panther Festival is free for all Collier County residents.
Bark For Life American Cancer Society is hosting Bark for Life at Mercato, a canine event to fight cancer. This fundraising event honors cancer survivors and the caregiving qualities of canine companions. The day will start off with a walk and will continue with demonstrations, drawings, contests and games.
Evening on Fifth Come enjoy live music, shopping and great food. This free event will have numerous live musical artists interspersed throughout Fifth Avenue. Restaurants and bars along Fifth will be offering specials on dining and drinks. Be sure not to miss out on a great night of fun!
A Salute To Our Veterans Naples Advanced Toastmasters is hosting a special event to honor all veterans, active military and first responders. Keynote speaker Rob Fulton, author of Up In The Air: A Pilots Journey will be speaking at this ceremony. Come out and enjoy on the Mercato lawn!
Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off at CJ’s on the Bay is here! At this fundraising event, enjoy live music from Florida Straits Music, happy hour drinks, appetizers, and of course, chili! Proceeds go to providing financial relief to fire rescue personnel and their families in times of injury and illness.
Naples Veg Fest This unique event is for everyone! At this festival, find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products and food. Learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. Featuring expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors and animal rescues — with entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Latin Infusion Gulfshore Opera presents Latin Infusion! This is a festive concert celebrating Hispanic arts and culture at Bodega Olé. A vibrant group of renowned international performers will present a variety of Latin music. This night includes an incredible performance and a four-course, elegant Spanish dinner.
Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival For the beer lover, this event is for you! Enjoy an unlimited sampling of 50-plus craft beers, live music from West Wave, food trucks, games, contests and more. This event is benefiting PACE Center for Girls of Collier County. Be sure not to miss out on a great night.
Cars and Coffee 239 Come to Mercato and enjoy some of the most diverse and unique cars that Southwest Florida has to offer. This month, they will also be doing a food drive. While exploring the wide variety of cars, grab a cup of coffee from Narrative Coffee Roasters and enjoy the live music!
Annual Edison Ford Fall Garden Festival Edison and Ford Winter Estates is holding its annual Fall Garden Festival. More than 40 garden vendors from around the state of Florida will have tropical and garden plants for sale. There will be food trucks and live music throughout the festival. Come learn all about gardening and see some unique, hard-to-find plants.
The North Pole on Third The start of the Christmas season is here! Santa will arrive on a vintage fire truck and light the Christmas tree on Third Street — which is forecasted to have snowfall! Throughout the night, enjoy the lights, live music and elaborately decorated storefronts.
Thanksgiving Week on Third Starting the holiday spirit strong, Third Street will be celebrating all weeklong. There will be traditional Christmas carolers and a Naples snowfall each evening. Throughout the night, enjoy the sparkling lights and holiday decorations with the Naples community.
The Gobble-Gobble Thanksgiving 5K Start your Thanksgiving Day off running at North Collier Regional Park. This 5K will give you a running start to your Thanksgiving festivities. After the race, there will be a celebration for you to enjoy. All proceeds from this race benefit St. Matthew's House.
Christmas Tree Lighting Mercato is kicking off the holiday season by lighting the largest REAL tree in Southwest Florida. At this celebration, there will be an electric violinist, dance performances and a holiday igloo. Be sure not to miss out on a great start to the holiday season!
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