Welcome to this month's edition of the Southwest Florida Insider

Welcome to this month's edition of the Southwest Florida Insider

  • 05/2/23
Welcome to this month's edition of the Southwest Florida Insider
A sampling of fun things to do and see around our beaches. Please enjoy this snapshot of happenings throughout the month. If you have an event(s) you would like to see us share next month, please let me know.
May 5 | Cinco de Mayo
May 14 | Mother's Day
May 29| Memorial Day



May 4-7
3rd Street South Semi-Annual Sidewalk Sale
Get ready for the highly anticipated Spring Sidewalk Sale on Third Street South! Join the excitement as local merchants offer special deals and showcase new products, creating the perfect shopping and dining experience. Don't miss out on this bi-annual event - come explore the unique offerings and treasures waiting for you on Third Street South.
May 5
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Join Mercato in celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a fun-filled event on the event lawn at 2 pm. Enjoy delicious Mexican food, refreshing drinks, and a live DJ while soaking up the festive atmosphere. Later, experience the full Santana tribute band when Sanctum Soul hits the Mercato stage. Gather your friends and come celebrate!
May 6
2023 Kentucky Derby Party
Join Naples Therapeutic Riding Center and Ferrari of Naples for a Kentucky Derby watch party. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, Vintage Italian Prosecco, and an open bar. Dress to impress and compete for awards for Best Hat for ladies and Best Pants for gentlemen. Don't miss out on this exciting event!
May 10
Crazy Pantz
PACE, a non-profit organization, is hosting the "Crazy Pantz" event to raise funds for providing young women with a better future through education, training, counseling, and advocacy. Join the evening filled with crazy fun as distinguished men of SWFL showcase their pants for bidding, and support the girls of PACE.
May 11
Evening on 5th Avenue South
Experience the vibrant music scene of Naples on the sidewalks of 5th Avenue South. Enjoy live musical performances, while exploring the various dining and shopping options. This event is the perfect way to gather with friends, family, and the community to enjoy the lively atmosphere and festive ambiance of 5th Avenue South.
May 12
Top Gun Maverick at Cambier Park
Join the Naples Community under the stars at Cambier Park for a screening of the highly-rated movie, Top Gun Maverick. Bring your own beach blanket or folding chair and enjoy the experience with family and friends. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather while watching an amazing movie.
May 13
Jesse Rice LIVE at the Ritz Carlton
Jesse Rice, a CMA and TropRock award-winning artist, is set to perform live at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón's "Live on the Lawn" stage. The Pirate Session concert will feature an acoustic set of Rice's coastal hits on May 13th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets sales will support the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, while Rice's latest album, Pirate Sessions V, is available now.
May 13
Music in the Garden
Experience the cool reggae beats of Hat Trick as they take to the outdoor stage at the Water Garden at the Naples Botanical Gardens. Relax in a tropical setting, bring your own chair or blanket, and enjoy the music. Hat Trick is a fusion of jazz, blues, calypso, African, and Latin American music to their performances.
May 13
Brew for the Zoo
Riptide Brewing Company is hosting the return of Brew at the Zoo in Naples, offering limited-time brews of Uno Ale and Athena Ale, named after Naples Zoo panthers. Riptide will donate $2 from every pint sold, while limited 4-pack cans, commemorative t-shirts, and custom art by Athena the Florida Panther will also be available for sale. 100% of proceeds support the Naples Zoo Conservation Fund's efforts for Florida panthers in the wild.
May 18
Brews & Burgers
Come to the Brews and Burger Bash at Tamiami Ford hosted by the Collier Building Industry Association and enjoy a great time with beers and burgers! The event will feature fun activities like a 50/50 raffle, axe throwing, live music, and a dunk tank. Proceeds will benefit the Association's Foundation and Toy Drive, as well as other programs. Don't miss this opportunity to have a blast with numerous activities while supporting a good cause!
May 20
Community Day
Celebrate the arts at the popular family event, Community Day, on the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. Explore the entire campus with free access to live music, hands-on art experiences, an instrument petting zoo for kids, and all exhibitions and galleries in The Baker Museum. There's something for all ages to enjoy, so don't miss out on this opportunity to discover all the arts have to offer.
May 28
Red, White & Tunes Festival
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with a bang at the Red, White & Tunes Music Festival, held at Caloosa Sound Amphitheater on Sunday, May 28! Enjoy a day filled with incredible live music from talented artists such as The Winters Brothers Band, Carter Smith, Roxx Revolt & The Velvets, and Jaded Aerosmith Tribute, as well as vendors, food, bars, games, and activities. This is the perfect way to start the long weekend with a-rockin' good time!
May 29
Memorial Day Ceremony
Join Fort Myers Memorial Gardens for their annual Memorial Day service and cookout. The live service honoring local and national heroes will take place in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens’ Field of Honor at 9:30 am, featuring a military aircraft flyover, the Guns N Hoses Pipes and Drum Corps of SW FL, and keynote addresses from members of the Collier-Lee Honor Flight.
May 31
Art After Hours
Artis—Naples is hosting an exciting community event at the Baker Museum, offering a rare opportunity to explore art after dark. The event will feature live music, concessions from Heidi's Place, and free admission to all museum exhibits. Join Artis-Naples for a night of entertainment and discovery.




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