Weekend events: From Edison Parade, art festival, Asia Fest

OK, here we go for the coming weekend (Feb. 19-21, 2010). From a major art festival in Naples to an Asia Fest to the grand parade for the Edison Festival of Light to a radio-controlled model airplane show to a bridal fair, you've been booked solid if you're looking for something to get out and experience (and don't forget the farmers' markets).

* 31st annual Naples National Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, 2010, Cambier Park, Eight Street South, downtown Naples. Click here for NDN coverage. Nearly 300 artists showcase works at one of the top art shows in the nation.

* Asia Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Mercato, northeast corner of U.S. 41 North and Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. The event, sponsored by Southwest Florida Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, includes a variety of Asian performances and foods representing Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and other Asian cuisines to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Performances include Japanese taiko drummers, Korean dancers, Chinese lion dancers and martial arts. Admission: $2 donation.

* Edison Festival Light Grand Parade, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, Fort Myers River District. Tickets available at American Red Cross, (239) 278-3401; Boy Scout Troop #35, (239) 693-4650; Boy Scouts of America, (239) 936-8072; Boy Scout Troop #761, (239) 849-2807; Cypress lake Band Booster, (239) 481-2233, ext. 7103; and Zion Lutheran Church, 481-4040. Free to stand or $8.50 for street seat tickets.

* 'Kids Love Fishing -- On Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Florida Sports Park, will offer fun sprinkled with some education for hundreds of children as the Collier County Junior Deputies League hosts "Kids Love Fishing." Youngsters of all ages will use cane poles to land tilapia, bass, bream and catfish. Participants will also experience the thrill of a swamp buggy ride and petting and alligator. "Kids Love Fishing" will wrap up with a free lunch. Each child will have his picture taken as a way to remember the day. The event will take place at the Collier County Junior Deputies League, Inc.'s Camp Discovery at the Florida Sports Park. "Kids Love Fishing" is free, although donations to the Junior Deputies League will be accepted. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

* Cultural Heritage Celebration, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, River Park Community Center, 10th Avenue North, Naples.

* Jo Koy, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, 2010) and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Captain Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. $18. 389-6900.

* Radio controlled scale air show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, 2010, Fritchey Road (off Greenway Road), Naples. The event, sponsored by the Collier Model Aeronautics Club, features warbirds and sport planes. $3 admission. www.cmac1.org.

* Needlework exhibit, “The Art of Embroidery,” by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, noon to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Saturday, Moorings Park, 120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples. $5. 495-7161.

* "Beau Jest" comedy theater by Gulfshore Playhouse at the Norris Center, Naples. Tickets available by calling (886) 811-4111 or online at www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

* "The King and I," opening this week and running through April 10, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422; www.broadwaypalm.com.

* "Are We There Yet?" musical comedy, playing through March 7, The Off Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422; www.broadwaypalm.com.

* Bach Ensemble of Naples presents Winter Sarabande: Come Let Us Sing, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. Tickets available at the door.

* Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus presents Brahms at the Beach, 4 p.m. Sunday, Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers Beach. Tickets available at the door, or at 418-1500 or www.swflso.org.

* Bridal Blast 2010 bridal show, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Free, brides; $5, others. 431-7565.

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Let's not forget the farmers' markets across Southwest Florida:

* Farmer’s market, 7 a.m.-noon Saturday through April (closed March 13) the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26841 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs.

* Third Street Farmer’s Market, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Tommy Bahama parking lot, 1220 Third St. S., Naples. Free admission. 649-6707.

* Farmer’s Market, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples.

* Farmer’s Market at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through April, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples. 643-10197.

* Farmer’s Market, with arts, crafts and produce, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through April, Battista Farms, 19490 U.S. 41 S., Fort Myers. 267-1133.

* Marco Island Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 249-0431.

* North Naples Green Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, the Collection at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Beach Road and Airport-Pulling Road. Free admission. 249-9480.

* GreenMarket, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Alliance for the Arts grounds, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Free admission.

* Friendly Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Audubon Plaza, 15495 U.S. 41 N., Naples. (954) 599-5551.

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