What to do in August: Elvis tribute, new Rookery Bay, Baker Museum exhibits

Elvis tribute artist Chris MacDonald


“Prison Nation” ― a new exhibition on the third floor of the Baker Museum ― looks at how can images tell the story of mass incarceration in the U.S. and how can photographs visualize a reality that disproportionately affects people of color and, for many, remains outside of view. Exhibit runs through Sept. 17 at the museum in Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. artisnaples.org or 239-597-1111

“Evening on Fifth”: Enjoy night of live music, food and fun.”Evening On Fifth” is along Fifth Avenue South from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Also enjoy shopping and dancing in downtown Naples. For more call 239-692-8436 or visit FifthAvenueSouth.com.

Rookery Bay art exhibit: Friends of Rookery Bay and United Arts Collier will present their “2023 Summer Exhibition” at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road in Naples, from Aug. 1-Oct. 27. Selected works are from 30 artists who depict Florida nature in a wide variety of media. Show kicks off with opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Admission to reception is free and includes wine and light refreshments, but reservations are required at rookerybay.org/events.

“Queen of Marco and the Creation of Collier County “: It’s last call to visit the Marco Island Historical Museum to learn more about Tommie Barfield, a pioneer who played a major role in creating Collier County. The museum is at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free admission. 239-389-6447 or theMIHS.org.

Hand & Harvest Artisan Market: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 12 and Aug. 28 and Sept. 9 and Sept. 23, at Mercato, 9110 Strada Place, Naples. Work of local artisans plus cooking demos and more. experiencemercato.com

Artist Jill Gordon's

Movies on the Lawn: See “Jaws” on the Mercato event lawn at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Bring chairs and blankets. Mercato’s event lawn is at 9127 Strada Place, Naples. Upcoming films, which are on the third Tuesday of the month: “Encanto” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19; “Nightmare Before Christmas” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17; “Knives Out” at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 21; and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 19. More at experiencemercato.com

Visit a museum: Collier County has a rich history, and there’s five museums to learn about it — Collier Museum at Government Center (Naples), Museum of the Everglades, Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, Naples Depot Museum, and Marco Island Historical Museum. Visit colliermuseums.com to learn more.

Revs Institute: Visit the Revs Institute may not look like much on the outside, a gray-looking concrete bunker, but it’s the inside that counts. Among the top auto museums in the U.S. (and possibly the world). Take a break from the summer heat and walk back in time. Reservations required. revsinstitute.org or 239-687-7387


Pinky Patel: The comedian performs standup at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 3, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

T.J. Miller: The comedian performs standup at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

John Rudnitsky: The comedian performs standup at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901


Counting Crows: The rockers behind ‘90s hits “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here” bring their Banshee Season Tour to south Fort Myers. Dashboard Confessional opens. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. $59-$125. Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the Florida SouthWestern State College Campus, 13350 FSW Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com

Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band: Weekly summer concerts every 1-3 p.m., 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. 30 except Sept. 9 and Sept. 16. naplesjazzsociety.com

Live music at Miromar Outlets: Enjoy musicians playing on the plaza, between Ford’s Garage & Naples Flatbread and in the Restaurant Piazza. More at miromaroutlets.com.

Stevie Nicks tribute: NightBird ― The Ultimate Tribute to Stevie Nicks performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at South Street City Oven and Grill at Founders Square, 8845 Founders Square Drive, Naples. Tickets $20 ($24.80 after fees). Southwest Florida-based Angela Chang performs hits from the Fleetwood Mac and solo Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. More at 239-331-4149 or southstreetnaples.com.

Elvis tribute: The renowned tribute artist Chris MacDonald performs his touring show “Memories of Elvis.” MacDonald brings to life several stages of The King’s career, from the early years to the movies to his black-leather 1968 comeback to his jumpsuit-wearing 1970s Vegas shows. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. $49. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. 658-1313 or moreinparadise.com

Jason Aldean performs during CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium early in the morning on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jason Aldean: The country superstar performs a nearly sold-out show, but you’ll have to reach deep into your pockets if you don’t have tickets yet. Only verified resale and official platinum tickets remain. Those range from $159-$675. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero.  948-7825 or hertzarena.com

Los Tigres del Norte: The Grammy-winning Mexican-American band has sold millions of albums and is famous for its politically charged corridos and its stories about working people, immigrants, outlaws and politicians. Their name translates to The Tigers of The North. 8 p.m Friday, Aug. 25. $50-$200. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero.  948-7825 or hertzarena.com

El Gran Combo: Puerto Rico’s hugely successful salsa dance band has racked up many hits over the last six decades, including “El Menu,” “Timablero,” “Brujeria” and “Me Libere.” 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. $79-$125. This show is nearly sold out. Seminole Casino Hotel, 506 S. First St., Immokalee. 658-1313 or moreinparadise.com

Songwriters for Vets 2023: Nashville songwriters return for another Southwest Florida concert raising money for military veterans through the Songwriters for Vets foundation. They’ll perform and tell the stories behind their songs. The lineup includes Tim Nichols, Channing Wilson, Tyler Reeve, Patrick Davis and Django Walker. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. $125. VIP packages also available. The Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. songwriters4vets.com

Jesse Jones Jr.: The Miami native is a virtuoso saxophonist who started his first band, the Melt-Jess Jazz Quintet, in high school with trumpeter brother Melton Mustafa (who later left to play with Count Basie). Jones formed his own quartet and remains a longtime fixture in Miami’s jazz scene. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. $35. Arts Bonita Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artsbonita.org


Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”: See the Naples Players’ KidzAct youth theater adaptation of the popular 1991 Disney animated musical film. Four shows at various times July 28-30 at Naples United Methodist Church, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples. $20. More at gulfshoreplayhouse.org


Guided tours at Aububon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: There’s many ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer. The Blair Audubon Center, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples, is open daily at 8 a.m. with the last admission at 3 p.m. Cost is $17 for adults, $6 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 and younger and for Corkscrew members. Online tickets are available at corkscrew.audubon.org/visit. For a complete list, visit corkscrew.aububon.org/events or call 239-348-9151:

  • Early Birding Walk: 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, experience sights and sounds of the awakening swamp with a naturalist guiding guests on boardwalk. Learn tips on identification, about the birds’ habits and importance of the native upland and freshwater wetland plants and habitats that occur at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Cost $30 per person (nonmembers).
  • Guided Forest Bathing Meditation: 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, connect with nature and listen, look, and breathe the beauty of the world’s largest virgin bald cypress forest. This is a guided sensory experience. Free with Sanctuary admission, suggested $5 donation for instructor.


Open Jam: 7-10 p.m. every Monday at Z’s Music Kitchen, 12655 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. Enjoy music and food. More at 239-304-9552 or zsmusickitchen.com.

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. sneakypetesbonita.com

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

Trivia: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at South Street City Oven and Grill at Goodlette Corners, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 4, Naples.

Trivia: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at South Street City Oven and Grill at Founders Square, 8845 Founders Square Drive, Naples.


Naples Invitational: The newest exhibit at Naples Art, 585 Park St., Naples, will showcase local artists through Oct. 15. Curated by Naples Art Executive Director and Chief Curator Frank Verpoorten, “this exhibit will feature an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of approximately 40 artists, whose dynamic works reflect the complexities and opportunities of the American experience today,” Naples Art’s website reads. Free to Collier County residents, with proof of county residence (driver’s license); Naples Art Institute members and students; and children younger than 18. Cost is $10 for everyone else. naplesart.org

Plan ahead:Mexican cuisine, Frida Kahlo and horticulture: Naples Botanical Garden’s hidden gem café

Frida and Her Garden: Exhibit that runs through Sept. 10 explores the influence of home and nature to Frida Kahlo’s work. The exhibit at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, re-created portions of La Casa Azul (the Blue House), Kahlo’s residence in Mexico City’s Coyoacán borough, and the expansive garden surrounding it. Exhibition is hosted in partnership with Museo Frida Kahlo. Exhibit is included with Garden admission. naplesgarden.org

Three Degrees of Separation: Artistic Connections in the Permanent Collection, organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, April through fall 2023, first floor.

Three Degrees of Separation: Artistic Connections in the Permanent Collection: New exhibit runs through fall 2023 on first floor of The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Exhibition unites range of works from the museum’s permanent collection in a new interpretation to tell the story of artistic connections in the Americas between 1907 and 1968. Divided into five sections, each explores aspects of Modern art. bakermuseum.org

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 leighherndon@comcast.net. 


Third Street South Farmers Market: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays in parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats. From April through October, market will leave Third Street South and set up in parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas

St. Paul’s Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 3901 Davis Blvd., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Naples. Gift shop and unique boutique.

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 floridastateparks.org.

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 farmermarket2.com for more. 

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.

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 fdacs.gov.

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

Estero Farmers Market at Miromar Outlets: 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. 


Palm Cottage: The oldest house in Naples is reopening. Self-guided tours resumed in early April, with docents on hand to answer questions. No RSVP needed. A seven-month project helped restore the 1895 building after Hurricane Ian roared through Southwest Florida on Sept 28, 2022. More at NaplesHistoricalSociety.org or 239-261-8164.

Dave Osborn is the regional features editor of the Naples Daily News and News-Press. Follow him on Instagram and Threads @lacrossewriter and on Twitter @NDN_dosborn.


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