100-plus things to do in September: Luke Bryan postpones Sept. 29 concert in Estero

Audubon Florida on Monday announced this year’s Volunteer of the Year: Naples resident Joan Dunn, who spends her volunteer hours at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples won the accolade.


Summer Opera Series: 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. Sept. 7, "Falstaff"; Sept. 21, "Der Rosenkavalier; Oct. 5, "Rusalka"; and Oct. 19, "Elektra." Refreshments available, including popcorn. $22; $10 students. See  for details. 

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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: Daily, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last ticket). 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Residents of Lee and Collier counties 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. This month, see the rare "Super" ghost orchid. Night walk is 8-10:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 ($40 for its special guided tours in the dark). Discounted daily 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 younger. Online tickets  at

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. Free.

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. 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.


POSTPONED BECAUSE OF HURRICANE IAN: Brandon T. Jackson: The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. or 239-389-6901

Carlos Mencia: The comedian performs Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1-2 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. or 239-389-6901


Trumpet player Marc Gerber (left) and clarinet player Lance Schulz (right) perform Dixieland Jazz with the Naples Jazzmasters at The Norris Community Center  in Naples, Fla,. on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

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

Luke Bryan sings 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye' at his Farm Tour in Conway Township Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.

POSTPONED BECAUSE OF HURRICANE IAN —Luke Bryan: The country superstar has postponed his 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, concert at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. His new date is Wednesday, Nov. 2. More at 948-7825 or


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 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. 

Enjoy karaoke at various establishments in Collier County.

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: 7-10 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.


"Beer for Breakfast": 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 23-Oct. 9. Joan Jenks Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. The Studio Players production of a comedy that turns the guys' fishing cabin weekend on its head when, instead of their buddy, his wife shows up. $30, $15 student with ID. Information: 239-398-9192

"Blithe Spirit": Sept. 28-Oct. 23. 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Sugden Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. The Naples Players recreate the witty Noel Coward comedy of a man who is visited by his dead wife's ghost, back and ready to be his — but with no one else able to see or hear her. $47.thenaplesplayers or 239-263-7990


CTA – Art Done With or About Technology: Through Oct. 4. Gallery reception 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 13. Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Technologically assisted or inspired works of art. In La Petite Galerie, works by Stacie Krupa through Sept. 6; Skelfish Metals  handcrafted metal art Sept. 12– Oct. 4. Free. Gallery reception, Sept. 13. or 239-394-4221

"Nature’s Blueprint — Biomimicry in Art and Design": Sept. 2-Oct. 20. Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. The natural world inspires the design of everything—from raincoats to skyscrapers. Biomimicry, as it's known, helps in designing better concepts for human use, and this exhibition shows it at work. Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 2; free family activities 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 3.  Free. or 239-495-8989

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. Light refreshments available, courtesy of the Marco Island Historical Society. 239-252-1440

“Searching” by Inez Hudson

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. Exhibition schedule includes:

  • Through-Sept. 25. "True Likeness," a new look at portraiture and its revelations.
  • Through Jan. 8. "Recent Acquisitions: 2019-Present." 
  • Sept. 6-Nov. 27, "Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990-2003," the late soak-stain paintings of the 20th-century color master
  • "Envisioning Evil: 'The Nazi Drawings' by Mauricio Lasansky,  a series of monumental drawings to grapple with the Holocaust as seen from the artist's viewing of the  televised trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann

Art after Hours at 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, offers admission to all museum exhibitions, live local music, concessions at Heidi’s Place. $10, $5 active military and full-time students 18 and older; SNAP EBT card entry, $1. 239-597-1900 or

"Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades": Sept. 10-Dec. 31. Opening reception/talk 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10; talk at 6. Naples Depot Museum 1051 Fifth Ave S., Naples. Abandoned  Vehicles of the Everglades is a journey into night photography deep in the heart of the Everglades. Through a decade of research and effort between Matt Stock and Charles J. Kropke, this series of photographs creates nighttime environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned in the Everglades, including close to 70 vehicles from Central Florida to the Redlands. Free. Information at 239-252-8419 or

From the Great Lakes to the Sunshine State — Exploring U.S. 41: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays Sept. 13–Jan. 21. Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. The roots of this road go back to the dawn of the automobile age, and it has a long history as a bridge between the Midwest and the South. From the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan to the Gulf Coast here in Naples, the route passes through eight states along the way. Free. Information at 239-252-8476 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

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. 


"Waste Not, Want Not" pioneer life hack classes: Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave., Immokalee.

  • Noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, "Darn It!" class on mending
  • Noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, washtub laundry class. 

 Free. Information at 239-252-2611 or

Free Sunrise Yoga:  7 a.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 18. The Factory, Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples. With instructor Patty Kulak.. No admission charge. 

Family Drum Circle: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays — Oct. 8. Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. Then 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Family-friendly event for drum enthusiasts and spectators to enjoy, with playing and spontaneous dance. No cigar or cigarette smoking, alcohol, or drugs in or near the circle. Bring a chair and a drum. Donations requested to defray rental costs. More on Facebook.

Family Drum Circle: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays — Sept. 24, Oct. 22. Band shell area at Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Then 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Family-friendly event for drum enthusiasts and spectators to enjoy, with playing and spontaneous dance. No cigar or cigarette smoking, alcohol, or drugs in or near the circle. Bring a chair and a drum. Donations requested to defray rental costs. More on Facebook.

2022 Young Artist Academy applications: Marco Island Center for the Arts is  accepting applications for the Young Artist Academy, which offers art experiences for middle and high school students, who show  talent and an interest in visual and performing art. It is free to eligible students in grade 6 through grade 12.  There are a limited number of spaces and places will be filled on a first-to-apply basis.  Applications are online at Deadline: Sept. 17

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary:"School's Out" programs: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Full-day programs timed to Collier County Public Schools holidays: 

  • Sept. 26 — Animal CSI: Critter Scene Investigators: How to tell what animals have been here through scat, scratches, tracks and other telltale signs.
  • Oct. 17 — Bird Brainiacs: "Spend a day in the brain of a bird," says the description of a class which tells you whether birds recognize you after repeat sightings, whether they can memorize songs given to them and more.

$65, $45 for members, with sibling discounts available. Information at 239-348-9151or 

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”: The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, butterfly garden, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 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. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round, as are guests 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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