Ave Maria


Couple smiling at camera while attending the 2023 Margarita & Taco FestivalNAPLES, FL., — January 12, 2024 – (Ave Maria, Florida) Ave Maria, an award-winning community situated in eastern Collier County, announces its 2024 event line-up.

All of the following events are free, open to the public and will be held in the Ave Maria Town Center, 5076 Annunciation Circle, #104, Ave Maria, 34142. For more information, call 239-352-3903 or visit AveMaria.com. Events are subject to change.

WHAT: Farmers Market & Live Music

WHEN: Every Saturday Now through April 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Browse locally sourced goods and handmade creations from a great mix of 60+ vendors. Discover locally grown produce, flowers, honey, specialty foods and baked goods, home décor and accessories, artisans and much more. Brought to you by SW Florida Markets.

WHAT: Trolley Tours & Live Music

WHEN: Every Tuesday January 16 through April 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tour Collier County’s ‘Community of the Year,’ 9-years running, during a 1-hour narrated trolley tour and discover all that’s new. Explore the town, learn its history, and enjoy live music. After the tour, grab lunch, do a little shopping, and view 25+ model homes by premier builders CC Homes, Del Webb, Lennar, and Pulte Homes. Guests receive a complimentary trolley bag filled with swag items, coupons, and more. Tours are free and reservations are not required.

Resin art featured at the Ave Maria Arts & Crafts FestivalWHAT: Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off with Arts & Crafts Festival

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2024

Arts & Crafts Festival is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off is from 2 – 6:30 p.m.

Come join us for the 14th annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off.  This is the largest steak competition east of the Mississippi.  Why not make a day of it.  There’s something for the entire family to do with an Arts & Crafts festival, live music & even a bounce house for the children. All proceeds from the Steak Cook-Off benefit local charities supported by the Knights of Columbus.  Please visit https://avemariakofc.org/2024-sunshine-state-steak-cook-off-tickets for more information.

Family of four sitting in the grass at 2023 Taste of Ave eventWHAT: Taste of Ave!

WHEN: Saturday, February 3, 2023, 12 – 5 p.m.

Sample a variety of eats from our restaurants, shop boutiques and a 60+ farmers market vendors. Live music from hometown bands Steinbeck Way and the Back Country Boys, free-entry raffles, plus a variety of family-friendly activities, arts and crafts vendors, and small business booths. Free admission and parking.

WHAT: The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2023, 12 – 5 p.m.

Enjoy full sets by Southwest Florida’s biggest names in blues entertainment! The fun includes vintage and high-performance car exhibits, finger-licking good barbecue and a wide assortment of craft beers, plus a great selection of retail vendors, mechanical bull, face painters, and kids’ activities. Music by Old School, Little Eddie & the Fat Fingers & Deb & the Dynamics.  Free admission and parking.

Father and daughter with balloon and dancing at the 2023 Margarita & Taco FestivalWHAT: The Margarita & Taco Festival

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2023, 12 – 5 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs for this annual celebration and enjoy the afternoon with live music by the Outta Hand Band & Austin James Band, food trucks featuring Mexican specialties and desserts, plus a variety of refreshing margaritas! Anticipate Lucha Libre wrestling, farmers market and local vendors, car shows and exotic animal encounters, plus plenty more family-friendly activities. Free admission and parking.



Ave Maria has been named a Top 20 Master Planned Community in the United States, 2015-2023 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Blue Zones Certified Community, and its active adult community, Del Webb Naples, has been named a Top 20 Places to Retire. Located in southwest Florida, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining town including shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks and recreation, and is zoned for all A-rated Collier County public schools.  At its build out, the town will include up to 11,000 residences, and 1.8 million square feet of retail, office, and business park uses in its 5,000 acres.  Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County.  The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 25 minutes. For more information, please visit  https://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.



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