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September in Sunny Naples: Get a Start on the Vacation Season

Imagine Naples with all the amenities of the winter season but none of the crowds!

As the vacation mecca of Naples grows, the vacation season begins earlier every year. This year the shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues in Naples are ready for you as early as September. Plan to come early this year and check out what’s new and wonderful. 

On Fifth Avenue South in Naples


A touch of New England style comes to Naples

The new clothing shop Cape Madras is bringing the classic fashions of New England to Naples: Bermuda shorts, shirts, and blouses in colorful Madras cotton, plus crisp striped seersucker sundresses that evoke the Kennedy era. You’ll even find the cool striped seersucker used in Madras plaid patterns. Best of all, in Naples you can wear your favorite summer clothing all year long.

When you’re ready to take a break from shopping, pay a visit to “The Journey of the Hispanic Artist in America,” an exhibition of works by artists from the Caribbean and Central and South America. It’s at the Naples Depot Museum on Fifth Avenue South Sept. 3 through Oct. 21. You’re invited to a free opening reception for the exhibit Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

At the beach

Swing out with the Betty Fox Band in a SummerJazz on the Gulf concert 7–9 p.m. Sept. 21 on the spacious Watkins Lawn at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Parking is just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park (free with your Naples beach sticker). The band, fronted by blues vocalist Betty Fox, won a “Best of the Bay” award as the Tampa/St. Pete’s best local blues act. Bring lawn chairs or a beach blanket. Food and drinks are available from hotel concessions.

At the museums

painting by Donna Babcock

“Half a Smile” by Donna Babcock, on exhibit at the 6th Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows Exhibition at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples in September

The von Liebig Art Center opens the 6th Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members “Show of Show” Exhibition Sept. 9. This two-month exhibit features artwork in all media by members of the Naples Art Association. From Sept. 9–Oct. 4, the center also hosts the Southwest Florida Craft Guild show “Dimensions in Art.”

Wine and Dezine! Rediscover your artistic talents Sept. 19 in this fun three-hour class at the von Liebig Art Center. The class, run by the Naples Art Association, is $50 for Florida residents, $75 for non-residents. All supplies are  provided, and you’ll create your own work of art under the guidance of the association’s Master Artist.

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