Plan a group trip to Paradise Coast this fall. (Photo: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB)
Fall in Paradise Coast is prime time for outdoor festivals, events, markets and more. The cooler temperatures and — finally! — lower humidity bring everyone out into the sunshine to enjoy everything the area has to offer. Between September and November, the calendar on Florida’s Paradise Coast is jam-packed with fun things you can only do there. Put a couple (or all) of these on your agenda during your next autumn vacation in Paradise Coast.
Get crackin’ at the Stone Crab Festival
Enjoy a fresh catch at the Stone Crab Festival. (Photo: McQuaid Marketing & Promotions)
Fall is stone crab season on Florida’s Paradise Coast, and the Stone Crab Festival in Naples is the crustacean’s annual coming-out party. The last weekend in October is when crab lovers from all over descend on Tin City, Bayfront and the Port of Naples to crack their way through stone crab claws, listen to live music and have a blast at the area’s biggest block party. Guests can also take advantage of discounted cruises on the Naples Princess, Miss Naples Catamaran, Double Sunshine and all on-the-water experiences at Pure Florida.
Boogie to live music at Third Thursday on Third
Free outdoor music happens weekly during the fall. (Photo: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB)
After sheltering in the air conditioning all summer, fall is the time to get out and dine at one of Naples’ best outdoor patios on Third Street South, the city’s main arts and entertainment thoroughfare. During Third Thursday on Third, visitors can stroll the street, pop into galleries, window-shop and dine out while listening to free live music at the Fleischmann Courtyard and on the terrace of Bad Ass Coffee from 5-8 p.m.
Snap the perfect picture at Naples Botanical Garden’s Fall Walk
Celebrate fall at the Naples Botanical Garden. (Photo: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB)
Costumes are encouraged (but no masks, please!) at this autumn extravaganza at Naples Botanical Garden from 6-9 p.m. October 17-31. Guests will find fall-themed lights, music, an epic pumpkin patch (perfect for that annual selfie) and family-friendly activities. The Scott Florida Garden is the ideal spot to watch an early evening sunset, and Fogg Café plays host to new seasonal menu items.
See the stars at the Naples International Film Festival
See top films at this year’s Naples International Film Festival. (Photo: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB)
Artis-Naples, the Paradise Coast’s ground zero for all things performance art, hosts the Naples International Film Festival each October. This year’s 11th annual event will welcome filmmakers, producers, actors and film lovers from all over the globe for more than 60 screenings over four days. The competition films screen at Silverspot Cinema, a boutique theater with second-to-none sound and digital projection. After the screenings, head to one of many events and parties celebrating films and those who love them.
Stroll through the swamp at Big Cypress National Preserve
Adventure through the Everglades at Big Cypress National Preserve. (Photo: Big Cypress Gallery)
In the tiny Everglades town of Ochopee, fall is the time to head into the water and take a swamp walk on Florida’s wild side at Big Cypress National Preserve. During Big Cypress Gallery’s Fall Festival event, October 26 to 27, visit Clyde Butcher’s fine art photography art gallery (and meet the artist himself!), and then join park rangers and volunteers for a journey under the cypress dome. Tours leave every hour from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and advance sign-up is recommended, as space is limited. All proceeds from the $50 admission tickets are donated to the Big Cypress National Preserve education department.
Take in a show during Arts Month in November
Enjoy a free community concert featuring Naples Ballet with the Naples Philharmonic. (Photo: ArtisꟷNaples)
Visitors who appreciate cultural events and the performing and visual arts should aim to visit Florida’s Paradise Coast in November, when the United Arts Council of Collier County sponsors Celebrate the Arts Month. This four-week celebration highlights the area’s various venues with live performances, free concerts and festivals. Musicians, visual artists, students and entertainers descend on Naples and the surrounding communities to stage performances and showings for guests of all ages.
Ready to book your fall getaway? Visit paradisecoast.com to get started.
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