After the lazy, hazy days of summer Naples, Florida, comes alive with events almost every day of the week. Listed here are annual major fall events that are a must-see, must-do!
Haunted Gross House
Admission: $15 per person for 1 walk through the Haunted “Gross” House. This is a benefit for the Making Life “Fair” Fundraiser.
- October 13 & 14, 2017
- October 20 & 21, 2017
- October 27 & 28, 2017
- Gates open at 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm
6th Annual Rocktoberfest 10 Miler and Relay
October 15 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
This rare distance course is one of the only 10 milers in the entire state of Florida and the only one in Southwest Florida. The 2-person relay category is another fun option that will have 2 runners each racing a 5-mile section of the course.
*Dress up as your favorite Rock star or any other Halloween character and we’ll have special prizes for winners of the costume contest.
Post-race festivities include the latest popular music, refreshments, and a variety of snacks. Don’t miss your chance to get a PR and listen to some great Rock n’ Roll Music while running.
6th Annual Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival
October 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of craft beer tasting, rare and limited release Power Hours, stein holding contests, lawn games, a silent auction and live music by Rockin’ Horse. All proceeds from the Brew-Ha-Ha benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. BUY TICKETS HERE!
8th Annual Stone Crab Festival
The annual Naples Stone Crab Festival is back this year at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront, including Tin City, Bayfront, Pinchers Crab Shack and Port of Naples Marina. The Stone Crab Festival will offer plenty of fresh stone crab claws, music, events, art and a ton of fun activities for the whole family
3-Day Event! View all events here.
– Friday, October 27: 4pm-10pm at “Tin City” Only
– Saturday, October 28: 10am-5pm at various locations
– Sunday, October 29: 10am-5pm at various locations
7th Annual Halloween Spooktacular
October 31 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Costume contests, live music, games, street dance, spooky movies, Trick or Treating, and so much more! This fantastic event attracts more than 30,000 folks to 5th Avenue South.
Florida Panther Festival
November 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Make plans to join us for this family-friendly event to celebrate our local wildlife including the endangered Florida panther and like us on Facebook.
Along with all regular zoo activities including see a living Florida panther, you’ll enjoy outdoor exhibits by area conservation partners, fun activities for kids, guided nature walks on the Gordon River Greenway, and practical talks about living with wildlife presented by experts. The Festival will also once again be hosting an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day to provide a home for unwanted exotic pets instead of having them released into the wild.
Free Admission for Collier Residents: November 4 is a Naples Zoo Free Saturday for Collier County residents. Just bring a driver’s license with a Collier County address or other proof of residency.
November 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
If you love bacon, enjoy a family-oriented festival and want to make a difference in the lives of the children of our community, this event is for YOU! This event features Bacon–themed Food and Merchant Vendors, games and activities for the young and young at heart and live music throughout the day. There’s even a Bacon Eating Contest judged by several Celebrity Judges.
Net proceeds from BaconFest Naples go toward ending Childhood Hunger in SWFL via the Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay, St. Matthews House, Blessings in a Backpack and the Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids.
28th Annual Old Florida Festival
November 18 & 19th @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Time travel back over 10,000 years of South Florida history at one of the largest and most popular living history gatherings in the state. This two-day festival features over 90 historical reenactors, craftworkers, demonstrators, folk musicians and storytellers depicting everyday life on the Southwest Florida frontier, from Calusa and Seminole Indians to World War II.
This year’s event includes a Spanish fort and garrison, complete with mounted Conquistadors, cannons, a missionary, displays and a Spanish colonial cooking demonstration. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museum and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Admission is $10 for adults 13 ; $5 for children 5 – 12; children 4 and under are free.
34th Annual Taste Of Collier
November 19 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Taste Of Collier, a long-standing Naples tradition, is an afternoon of family fun featuring live performances by area musicians, crowd-pleasing ice-carving demonstrations, cooking competitions with local top chefs, and of course, savory samples from over 40 of the best local restaurants in Collier County!
Taste Of Collier is a way for area restaurants to say “Thank You” to the year-round residents for their patronage, while also raising monies for local charitable organizations.
General Admission is $5 per person (Children under 10 are free) to enter the event – this includes access to our live entertainment, ice carving stations, cooking demonstrations, and much more! Skip the line – buy your tickets online.
Farm City BBQ
November 22 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce initiated the Farm City BBQ to help facilitate relationships with the county’s urban and rural residents attracting 1,500 attendees. The regulars know to show up in jeans and boots, but you still see a few in suits and skirts.
The event is steeped in tradition from the steak and corn to the tables made from stacked pallets. Immokalee farmers also donate vegetables fresh from the farm. The vegetables are usually packed in a plain brown bag and sold for $10, with the proceeds benefiting local youth development programs through the Collier County 4H Association, Youth Leadership Collier, The Collier County Junior Deputies League, and the Key Club International.
Gobble Gobble Four Miler
November 23 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Start your Thanksgiving off on the right foot by joining us at The Village for our annual 4-mile walk/run. Dress up in your best Thanksgiving-themed gear for a special prize and bring the little ones for the Lil’ Gobbler Dash!
All proceeds benefit St. Matthew’s House.
Grand Illuminations Tree Lighting
November 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free to attend! The Village Shops of Venetian Bay will be hosting their annual tree lighting ceremony! Enjoy a snow show, holiday carolers, a magician, face painting, complimentary photos with Santa and with Mrs. Claus! Tree lighting at 7 pm!
Holiday On The Bay
November 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a festive snow show and take delight in holiday entertainment including complimentary photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers, dance group performances and extraordinary shopping and dining all evening. Snow show starts at 7 p.m. (4 p.m. on December 24th)
Every Saturday from Thanksgiving until Christmas from 5pm to 8pm, and Christmas Eve 2pm to 5pm!
What are your favorite annual Naples events?