Naples packages its May events into a two-week CityFest

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— CityFest hasn’t even started, and it’s growing already. The reincarnation of the Tropicool Festival of the 1990s for Naples locals and luck shoulder season visitors now has an extra incentive to bring the kids: They ride free every morning on the Double Sunshine dolphin watching and sightseeing cruise. Kids come free on Wednesday evenings as well.

The festival starts fast, with a push mower race at 10 a.m. Saturday offering a comic challenge: a mower rally, with contestants pushing their own decorated push mower or four-wheeled car through a challenging obstacle course for the chance to win $500 for either best design or fastest time. There’s a $25 registration fee, but you can still get your decked out entry in. (See the schedule, below.)

Then, the Naples Junior Woman’s Club will fete the foremost race in the country — founded in the city where Naples’ earliest developers hailed from — with a Kentucky Derby party at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Derby Dash is at Handsome Harry’s restaurant at 1205 Third St. S. The $30 presale tickets (see schedule for details) buys appetizers and Kentucky Derby-themed nibbles, a signature Derby drink and giveaways. Wear your wildest hat and win a prize. And don’t miss the chance to sing “My Old Kentucky Home” and watch the race at 6:30 p.m.

Stay hungry. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday is Taste of Collier, in its 27th year, including 35 restaurants, student chefs creating jaw-dropper fruit and vegetable carvings and the popular — and cool— ice sculpture competition. There will be cooking demonstrations and food, food, food.

And that’s only the first weekend. Read on, because there’s a bit of patriotism added too: a salute to American troops on the final day.

Here is the entire, updated schedule:

Daily events

These events continue through every day of the CityFest.

Cruise Naples – “Loving Locals”: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Kids age 12 and younger ride free. Double Sunshine dolphin watching and sightseeing cruise, Tin City; contact: 263-4949

Princess Diana exhibit: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Von Liebig Art Center. Contact: Von Liebig Art Center/Naples Art Association, 262-6517

Saturday

Farmers market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third Street South Shopping District, parking Lot behind Tommy Bahama’s/Gattles. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

CityFest’s 10th Street Design District’s Push Mower Race: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10th Street South (Central Avenue to 5th Avenue North). Contact: 263-9448

Dixieland Jazz Summer Series: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Norris Community Center, Cambier Park. Contact: 213-3058

Derby Dash: Naples Junior Woman’s Club, 5 p.m., Handsome Harry’s. Contact: 431-7180 or www.naplesjuniors.com

Naples Backyard History: City of Naples Pioneering Matriarch Photo Exhibit, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bayfront. Contact: 594-2978

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Sunday

Gulf Coast Runners’ Tropicool 5k Run: 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., starting at Third Street South and Broad Avenue South and continuing through Old Naples. Contact: George Dondanville, 434-9786

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

27th annual Taste of Collier: 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: Ray Singer, 272-1907

Naples Backyard History: Heritage Trail Museum Seminole Everglades Exhibit, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: (239) 594-2978

Naples Daily News Jazz Band: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., free concert at the Cambier Park Bandshell. Contact: Corbin Wyatt, 262-1361

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Monday

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Tribute to City of Naples Heritage Trail, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gallery One at 1301 3rd Street South. Contact: 263-0835

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Tuesday

Naples Backyard History: Coffee Chickee Chat at the City Dock with Bem Storter, founding family of Everglades City, and Johnny Morgan, founding family of Marco Island; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., City Dock/ Crayton Cove. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Wednesday

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Port-O-Call Marina open house: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Port-O-Call Marina. Contact: Jenny Foegen 649-2275

Naples Backyard History: Tribute to Local Artists, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayfront Inn Patio. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Wednesdays on the Waterfront Tour, 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tin City Mini Museum/Bayfront Mini Museum. Contact: Dr. Lois Bolin, 732-5554

Cruise Naples — Sunset Speakers Series: local authors, 6:45 p.m. departure, Tin City. Contact: Jesse Chesser, 263-4949

Bayfront Walkabout: Segway demonstrations, 7 p.m., Bayfront/Extreme Rentals. Contact: Roger Baker, 263-8088

Cruise Naples – “Loving Locals” evening cruise: 7-8:30 p.m. Kids 12 and younger ride free. Double Sunshine dolphin watching and sightseeing cruise, Tin City. Contact: 263-4949

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Thursday

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Heritage Trail Museum Seminole Everglades Exhibit, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: 594-2978

Thursdays on Third: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Third Street South Shopping District. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: History Lecture Series with Art Ullman, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1170 3rd Street South. Contact: 775-3484

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 7

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: City History Exhibit with Phil Fisher, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 810 12th Avenue South/Crayton Cove. Contact: (239) 403-8393

CityFest Block Party: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fifth Avenue South, music and food. Contact: 435-3742

Naples City Improv: 8 p.m., Norris Community Center/Cambier Park. Contact: Norris Community Center, 213-3058

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 8

Farmers market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third Street South Shopping District, parking Lot behind Tommy Bahama’s/Gattles. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Bike Rodeo: Naples Pathways Coalition and Naples Police Department, 9 a.m. to noon, Fleischmann Park. Contact: Michelle Avola, 810-5949

34th annual Great Dock Canoe Race: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Crayton Cove/Naples Bay. Contact: Caroline Martino, 594-8875

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Dixieland Jazz Summer Series: 2 p.m. to

4 p.m., Norris Community Center. Contact: (239)213-3058

Naples Backyard History: History Month Trolley Tour, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Naples Transportation Tours, 1010 6th Avenue S. Contact: 262-7300

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 9

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 10

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

May 11

Naples Backyard History: Coffee Chickee Chat at the City Dock with Bem Storter, founding family of Everglades City and Johnny Morgan, founding family of Marco Island, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m, City Dock/ Crayton Cove. Contact: Gina, 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

May 12

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Tribute to Local Artist, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayfront Inn patio. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Wednesdays on the Waterfront Tour: 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Tin City Mini Museum/Bayfront Mini Museum. Contact: Dr. Lois Bolin, 732-5554

Cruise Naples — Sunset Speakers Series: local authors, 6:45 p.m. departure, Tin City. Contact: Jesse Chesser, 263-4949

Bayfront Walkabout: Segway demonstrations, 7 p.m., Bayfront/Extreme Rentals. Contact: Roger Baker, 263-8088

Cruise Naples – “Loving Locals” evening cruise; 7-8:30 p.m. Kids 12 and younger ride free. Double Sunshine dolphin watching and sightseeing cruise, Tin City. Contact: 263-4949

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 13

Farmers market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Third Street South Shopping District, parking Lot behind Tommy Bahama’s/Gattles. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Thursdays on Third: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Third Street South Shopping District. Contact: Terry Banks, 649-6707

Naples Backyard History: Art Ullman Aerial Historic Photo Lecture: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1170 3rd Street S. Contact: 594-2978

Evenings on Fifth: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fifth Avenue South Shopping District. Contact: Lisa Swirda, 435-3742

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 14

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Lecture by John Stobart: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Naples Yacht Club. Contact: 594-2978

Welcome to My World: Local artist Natalie Guess, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 824 5th Avenue South. Contact: (239) 659-2787

Naples Backyard History: Historic District Lecture by Karin Peiffer, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,1170 3rd Street S. Contact: 594-2978

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

May 15

Naples Backyard History: First Mayor’s Exhibit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall. Contact: 594-2978

Naples Backyard History: Waterfront Art Students Art History Tour, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Double Sunshine/ Tin City (registration required). Contact: Frank Russen, 649-8088

Naples Backyard History: Working Waterfront Exhibit,10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tin City. Contact: 594-2978

41st annual City Tennis Tournament: all day, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park. Contact: Tennis Center 213-3060

Naples Backyard History: Heritage Trail Museum: noon to 6 p.m., Bayfront. Contact: 594-2978

CityFest Family Day: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cambier Park. Contact: Norris Community Center, 213-3058

Dixieland Jazz Summer Series: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Norris Community Center. Contact: (239)213-3058

CityFest Concert/Dance/BBQ Nite: featuring the Dazzling Del Rays and 1950s and ‘60s music, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tin City, 1200 5th Avenue S. Contact: Dennis Hosier, 262-4200

“Importance of Being Earnest”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Sunday; Sugden Theatre Main Stage, Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

“Greater Tuna”: 8 p.m., Sugden Theatre/Tobye Studio on Fifth Avenue South. Contact: 263-7990

Salute our Troops: 4-7 p.m., Veterans Memorial at Cambier Park. Contact 263-2807

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