NAPLES — It happens only once a year in Naples. It's Florida Stone Crab time, and the city is feasting.
"This is the largest number of people I've ever seen at Tin City in the 11 years that I've lived here in Naples," said Joan Wood referring to the crowd of nearly 300 at Tin City off of Fifth Avenue South Saturday, dancing to the live music, drinking beer and of course sucking on the succulent delicacy.
What makes stone crab so unique is simply its origin. From October 15 to May 15, the Florida stone crabs are captured by traps and one claw is removed. This one claw is the secret treat. The crab takes 12 to 24 months to regenerate the claw and for it to reach legal size.
The Stone Crab Festival is on until 9 p.m. Sunday. But by 6 p.m. the $2 claws with a prominent black tip that looks like Hawk's beak were sold out.
If you go
Stone Crab Fest, Naples Backyard History and Waterfront District: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tin City, Crayton Cove, Kelly’s Fish House, Marine Max, Port-O-Call, Cove Inn, City Dock, Naples Bay Resort, Bayfront, and Bayfront Inn. For information call 777-2281.
Philharmonic Concert: 3 to 5 p.m. Cambier Park Bandshell. For information call 213-3058.
Cruise Naples Loving Locals: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kids ride free on Double Sunshine dolphin watching and sightseeing cruise. For information call 262-4949.
Music on the Waterfront: 5 to 9 p.m. Bayfront. For information call 777-2281.
History Films, Naples Cultural Landscape/Naples Backyard History: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Third Street South from Broad Avenue South to 12th Avenue South. For information call 777-2281.
Farmers Market: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Third Street South behind Tommy Bahamas. For information call 649-5707.
“Naples Own” Artisan Festival, Downtown Naples Association and 10th Street District: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Third Avenue North and River Park Community Center courtyard. For information call 435-3742.
Swamp Buggy Parade: 10 a.m. to noon, U.S. 41 from Fleischmann Boulevard to Third Avenue South. For information call 435-3742.
“Films and Flavors” Festival, Downtown Naples Association and the Naples International Film Festival: 3 to 10 p.m., Fifth Avenue South from Third Street South to Ninth Street South. For information call 435-3742.