Looking for events and other fun things to do in Southwest Florida this weekend? Our weekend Insiders’ Guide showcases our top picks for Naples events and happenings, updated every Thursday.
THURSDAY, JAN. 16
Naples Boat Show
Whether you’re shopping for a new boat or just, uh, planning ahead, the 53rd annual Naples Boat Show is full of on-the-water eye candy. The show, which features displays by marinas and boat dealers, takes place on land at the Naples Airport and in the water at Naples City Dock, with complimentary shuttle service between the two. (But we recommend the free parking at Naples Airport.) Admission is $12 per day; kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
FRIDAY, JAN. 17
Brew in the Garden
Raise a pint to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Historic Palm Cottage, Naples’ oldest house, from 5-8 p.m. at the cottage. Enjoy craft brews from local Naples Beach Brewery, including the unveiling of a new brew, Haldeman Hops. Tickets are $25 per person ($15 for Naples Historical Society members). Reservations are required online or by calling (239) 261-8164.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18
DIY Wood Workshop
Get creative at AR Workshop, where you can build and customize a wood project of your choice (anything from pet beds to plank signs to game boards or photo frames). Bring the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or make it a date night from 6-9 p.m. Registration is available online.
SUNDAY, JAN. 19
Pets on Third
It’s a pet party on Third Street South from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dress your pet as his or her “spirit animal” for a chance to win prizes in the annual Pets on Third parade. There will be dozens of other pet-friendly activities and vendors during this event to benefit Naples Zoo. For additional info and to register for the parade, click here.
If you missed it at Artis—Naples, there’s still a chance to see the highly lauded musical Hamilton, as it lands at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers through Jan. 26. The story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, this Grammy Award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. Tickets for various dates are available online.