75-plus things to do in July: Enjoy concert in Naples, see rare ghost orchid at Corkscrew


Christmas in July: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Empty Bowls Naples Inc., 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples. "Bowltique" to benefit its nonprofit hunger program, with 10 percent off all items and 20 percent off holiday-themed items. Attendance limited; reservations at Information at

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary:  Daily, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last ticket) Residents of Lee and Collier counties can visit for half-price through Sept. 30. Stroll the 2.25-mile boardwalk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, freshwater marsh and the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. And it's a great opportunity this month to see the rare "Super" ghost orchid. Several days a week, uniformed naturalists are there to answer questions. Talks (online reservations required): Introductory guided boardwalk — July 1,8, 15 and 29; sunset stroll — July 6; butterfly orientation and walk — July 7 and 15; early birding walk — July 12;  night walk — July 25. Discounted admission of $8 adults, $3 youth and free ages 5 and under. Regular admission (for non-Lee and Collier residents) is $17 adults, $6 kids 6-14, free ages 5 and under. Online tickets  at

The famous ghost orchid at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County is starting to bloom again. It has one bloom with several more on the way. The orchid was found in 2007. The rare orchid is a record breaking orchid because of how many blooms it produces and how high it is off the swamp floor. To see the orchid it is recommended that visitors bring binoculars or long photo lenses . Binoculars can be rented at the sanctuary.  Photographed on Friday, July 1, 2022 with a 600 mm lens with a 2x converter and a sturdy tripod on most of the images.

Summer Streamed Opera: 3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays through October. Wang Opera Center; 2408 Linwood Ave., Naples. Famous operas from Europe's best known theaters — La Scala, Baden Baden, Salzburg, more — with stars like Asmik Grigorian, Renée Fleming.July 20, "Turandot"; Aug. 3, "Ariadne auf Naxos"; Aug. 17, "Faust"; Sept. 7, "Falstaff"; Sept. 21, "Der Rosenkavalier; Oct. 5, "Rusalka"; and Oct. 19, "Elektra." Refreshments available, including popcorn. $22; $10 students. See for details. 

Keep in shape, meet friends: 6.30 p.m. Tuesdays. Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples. The Factory Run Club is a fun social run around the lake loop — just under 1 mile — adjacent to The Cove at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. Your skill level is the right one. Jog a single lap or run as many as you choose. Drinks at The Cove afterward are discounted for participants. And you'll be ready to cool off after that virtuous workout. You get a R.I.O.T. shirt after completing eight runs. And it's free, free, free.

"Bucolic Florida":  July 7-Sept. 10. COCO Art Gallery, Coastland Center, Naples. Juried exhibition from the Arts Council of Southwest Florida (ACSWF) along with COCO Art Gallery. The theme celebrates peaceful, happy scenes and aspects of Florida life. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. July 7. 

Call for entries: Naples Art is seeking artists/designers submissions of original, creative “wearable art” concepts for the sixth Annual “Scene to Be Scene” Runway Art Show on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Art in all media and styles will be considered in a blind submission selection process, including but not limited to sculptural creations, repurposed items worn as garments, found object ensembles, paintings on fabric and creative accessories for both men and women. For more information or to apply, visit or call Naples Art at 239-262-6517.


Jiaoying Summers: The comedian performs July 19-20 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $35 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. both nights. or 239-389-6901

Tommy Davidson: The comedian performs July 21-22 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $35 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 22. or 239-389-6901

Zarna Garg: The comedian performs July 23-24 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23; and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 24. or 239-389-6901

Pinky Patel: The comedian performs July 28-31 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28; 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, July 29; and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31. or 239-389-6901

Philadelphia Plowden: The comedian performs July 30-31 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30; and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31. or 239-389-6901


Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 30 in the Norris Center, Eighth Avenue South and Eighth Street South, Naples. Free but donations are requested and appreciated. Concerts are at the same time and place every Saturday through Sept. 24 except July 23 and Sept. 17.

Sunset Saturdays: Live music from 4-10 p.m. Saturdays in Paradise Coast Sports Complex at The Cove Beer & Wine Bar, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples, featuring Sunset Sangrias and Coronas for $3. More at

Jazz for Jesus: 7 p.m. Friday, July 29. St John Evangelist Church, 625 N. 111th Ave. Naples. Carl Granieri, national band leader/arranging star and 10 more jazz artists, including a vocal ensemble, perform jazz tunes and melodies tailored to a Christian message, some by title, such as "Swingin' Praise," and others with new lyrics in standards such as "With a Song in My Heart." $30 (students $15 with ID) through poster QR codes or on Eventbrite under "Jazz for Jesus"


Katie Dietz: Acoustic guitarist performs 7-10 p.m. every Friday at South Street Naples, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. or 239-435-9333

The Daniel Wolkoff Band: New York native and his band perform 7-10 p.m. every Saturday at South Street Naples, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. or 239-435-9333

The Big Bad Wolves: Perform 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Aug. 2 at Cavo Lounge, 9108 Strada Place, in Mercato in North Naples. The Southwest Florida band plays rock 'n' roll hits, including some of its own songs. Visit the band's Facebook page for more, or

Jebry's Jazz and Blues Jam Session: 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Dogtooth bar and restaurant, 5310 Shirley St., Naples. 239-431-7004. 

Karaoke: 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Sneaky Pete's, 3465 Bonita Beach Road SW, No. 120, Bonita Springs. 239-498-8887.

Karaoke: 7 p.m. Thursdays at Naples Flatbread, 9118 Strada Place, No. 8170, Naples; 239-431-8259;

Karaoke: 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays at Z's Music Kitchen, 12655 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Visit Z's Music Kittchen on Facebook.

Twisted Bingo: 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Dylan's Drafthouse, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. 239-300-0192.

Trivia: Wednesdays at Dylan's Drafthouse, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, and Naples Flatbread, 9118 Strada Place Suite, No. 8170, Naples. 

Twisted Trivia: Thursdays at Tavern on the Bay Naples, 489 Bayfront Place, Naples. 239-530-2225.


"Something Rotten": Various times now through July 24. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave., Naples. Wot? Music AND dancing AND a storyline? The Bottom Brothers are having a horrible time scoring a hit in their 16th-century oeuvre of London, especially against a guy named Will, until a soothsayer whispers the wave of the future to them. Hit Broadway musical comes to The Naples Players. $47. or 239-263-7990

"Chicago: High School Edition": 7:30 p.m. July 21-23, 2 p.m. July 23, 3 p.m. July 24: Gulfshore Playhouse teens perform the Kander & Ebb musical comedy about two very different women working to get themselves cleared on murder charges — and strangely finding themselves teamed up. $20. or 

"Art": Various times July 22 through Aug. 7 Joan Jenks Auditorium, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. TStudio Players production about three men whose 15-year-old friendship is torn apart, and then resolved, by a white canvas. It won 1996 Best Comedy Awards for both Oliver and Evening Standard and has been translated into 35 languages. $30, $15 students with ID. or 239-398-9192

The sentiment and the magic in the small-town life of Grover's Corners created by Thornton Wilder comes to the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Theatre's "Our Town."

Thornton Wilder's "Our Town": 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, and 2 p.m. July 30-31. 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. The writer's classic look, warm-hearted but honest, into the lives of a small town, presented by the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Theatre. Center for Performing Arts, Hinman Auditorium,  $17-23. or 239-495-8989

"Seussical Jr.":  6:30 p.m. July 29, 30, 31 and 2 p.m. July 30. SOLD OUT. Tobye Studio Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. he Naples Players KidzAct troupe transports audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, as the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, as well as guarding an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. 239-263-7990 for wait list information.

This long, lean 1938 BMW Type 328 looks as good inside as out, and the Revs Institute is offering a look at some of its flashiest engines during "Hoods Up," opening just before Father's Day on June 18.


Christy Noonan — Meditations on Waterlilies: Through Sept. 11.  Kapnick Hall, Naples Botanical Garden, 4860 Bayshore Drive, Naples.  Florida native Christy Noonan visited the Garden for over a year to study the floating wonders known as water lilies and capture their delicate, yet fierce, nature. She'll be at the garden to discuss her works 9 – 10:30 a.m. July 23, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3. Adults, $25; ages 4 – 17, $10; ages 3 and younger and members, free

Birds of Paradise: Through Sept. 30. Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Exhibition of works by local artist Inez Hudson, award-winning painter of birds, nature and wildlife of the Everglades. There's a reception with the artist 4:30– 6 pm. July 14. Light refreshments available, courtesy of the Marco Island Historical Society. 239-252-1440

Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography Exhibition: See it 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 20 at Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Exhibition presents the life work of one of America’s most dynamic railroad photographers, Wallace W. Abbey. As a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, Abbey captured often overlooked perspectives spanning primarily from the 1940s through the 1970s, showcasing the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II. 239-252-8419 or

Hoods Up: Revs Institute, 2500 Horseshoe Drive S., Naples. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays through July. Revs Institute is is opening — or completely removing — the hoods of 35 historical, exceptional automobiles to reveal the engines that power them. Also, “Jewels of the Road,” an exhibit of glass, Lucite and other rare car mascots (hood ornaments) has been extended through July 31. Reserved ticket admission.  $20, $15 for students, educators and the military, free for ages 11 and younger with adult. or 239-687-7387

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 27 at Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave., Immokalee. Exhibit explores little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts. This bilingual exhibit, which explores the experiences of the workers and their families, was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. 239-252-2611 or

Toulouse-Lautrec, Master of the Belle Époque: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (Thursdays until 9 p.m.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays now through July 17. Naples Art, 585 Park St., Naples. 150 prints, drawings, lithographs and other works, including books illustrated by the artist who brought graphic arts to the level of high art and immortalized the characters of Moulin Rouge. Docent tours available. $15. or 239-262-6517

Baker Museum: Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 Sundays. Docent tours 11 a.m. and 2  p.m.; 1 p.m. only on Sundays. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. The museum is closed for summer maintenance from July 25 until Sept. 6. Exhibition schedule as follows:

  • Through-Sept. 25. "True Likeness," a new look at portraiture and its revelations.
  • Through Jan. 8. "Recent Acquisitions: 2019-Present." 
  • Through July 24. "Ocean Gleanings." Debris art from Pam Longobardi, artist, art professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta and winner of the 2013 Hudgens Prize. 

$10, $5 active military and full-time students 18 and older; SNAP EBT card entry, $1. 239-597-1900 or

“The Everglades: A World Worth Keeping”: Rosen Gallery, 2172 J&C Blvd., Naples. Julie Kimball’s abstract landscape show. Information: 239-405-2826.

Batik/rozome or shibori dyeing of silk scarfs or paintings: Classes at Inspirations Gallery, 5450B Shirley Street, Naples. All levels welcome. $150 plus $50 supplies for four afternoons. Call or email for days: 603-686-2187 or 

New classes: Naples Art Studios, North Line Plaza, 2172 J&C Blvd., Naples. Clay hand building and raku techniques; palette knife oil painting; beginners macramé workshop. 239-821-1061


Third Street South Famers Market: 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday, in the parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas, in Old Naples. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.

Sunday Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday. Koreshan State Park, 800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, street food, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more. Free with paid park admission — $5 for up to 8 in vehicle, $4 for single occupancy vehicle, $2 for bikes and pedestrians. Information at

Immokalee State Farmer's Market is open year round. Most of the produce sold here is grown in Florida and, when in season, the Immokalee area. Immokalee is a large farm worker community.

Farmer Mike's U-Pick: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays year-round at 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs, with an onsite market and cafe, as well as U-pick produce and flowers. Call 239-498-4576 or click for more. 

Golden Gate Community Farmers Market: Open year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit for more. 

Immokalee State Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit

Inyoni Organic Farm: This 6-acre all-organic farm offers online ordering with Saturday pickup on the farm. Learn more at

Miromar Outlets Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays near Corkscrew Road entrance; 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Find it on Facebook for more. 

Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 3370 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples. Find it on Facebook for more. 


"See You Later, Alligator": Subtitled "Poachers, Promoters and Protectors of the Everglades' Keystone Species." 2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Museum of the Everglades, 105 Broadway W., Everglades City. An exploration of what the alligator has meant to life in every way in Southwest Florida. Free. Webinar for those who cannot attend the in-person talk; registration required.

Retro Game Night: 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 29. Naples Depot Museum 1051 Fifth Ave S., Naples. Bring your own blanket and revisit your childhood game closet with the following retro games being offered: Twister, Monopoly, Trouble, Sorry!. Uno, Simon, Yahtzee, Chutes & Ladders, Battleship and more. Free, but reservations requested at

Conservancy Little Explorers: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through August. Little Explorer Play Zone in the Nature Center, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Preschool programs for ages 18 months to 5 years old, with various themes for each month — June, ocean animals like seahorses; July, nature, such as tracking critters and learning where turles live; August, land animals, such as living like a black bear. Plan your visit around one of the daily talks for adults at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Free with admission. $17.95 adults, $9.95 ages 3 and older. See details on the website, or call 239-262-0304

Collier County Public Library programs: Various times and dates rotating among all libraries. Some, like "Introduction to 3-D Printers," and book reviews are for adults; others are for teens ("Cricut Basics," "Introduction to Juggling") and others with crafts and story times for toddler on up. For a complete list and registration forms, see the Events section of the Collier County Public Libraries website,

"Rediscover Rookery Bay”/Free Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.300 Tower Road, Naples. Aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, butterfly garden, picnic areas and walking trails.  There is a free-admission day for Collier County residents Saturday, Aug. 13, the last date of this summer special. Regular admission of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 benefits the Friends of Rookery Bay, a nonprofit that supports the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round, as are those on kayak and boat ecotours booked through Friends of Rookery Bay. More at or call 239-530-5972.

Naples Zoo: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Guests may buy tickets at the admission counter. For express entry, guests can still purchase online. 239-262-5409 and

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. New exhibit: Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks. The exhibit consists of 11 aquariums home to giant clams, gastropods and a Giant Pacific Octopus. Admission is $23.95 for adults (18 and older), $21.95 for seniors, $14.95 youth (12 to 17) and students with their ID, $8.95 for children (5 to 11) and free to children younger than 5, and also active military. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. 239-395-2233 and

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