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Keeping it Local

Explore events and festivals held throughout the year in Sanibel Island and Ft. Myers, Florida.

Popular Local Events in Sanibel, Florida

In Sanibel we live on island time, which means there is always a festival or celebration in the works. From music festivals to the holiday boat parades, there are plenty of events and festivals for visitors to explore. Plan your next stay at Sanibel Siesta on the Beach around these celebrations.  Stay up-to-date on the latest area happenings through our friends at TOTI Media.

Annual Sanibel Area Events:

January – Annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, ArtFest Fort Myers: Both are popular art festivals with arts, crafts, history, and food vendors.

February – Edison Festival of Lights: Annual festival honoring Thomas Alva Edison and seeking to improve education related to his work. Includes parades, crafts, 5K, car show, and much more.

March – Sanibel Island Sea Shell Festival:  Celebrate the world-famous seashells of Sanibel Island during the Sanibel Island Sea Shell Festival.

April – Sanibel Music Festival:  Hosted by Sanibel Congregational Church, this festival features music by emerging artists of piano, chamber music, and vocal ensembles.

July – 4th of July Celebrations: There are usually fireworks and festivals, view the Fort Myers/Sanibel event page for more details.

September – Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest: Popular music festival on the beach featuring music from nationally acclaimed singers and songwriters.

October – "Ding" Darling Days:  For one week each October, the refuge invites families to celebrate nature with fun festivities. Programs on wildlife preservation, guided beach walks, puppet shows, hot dogs, crafts, face painting, live animals and tons of environmental displays cater to families for an entire week 

November – CROW's Taste of the Islands: A fun family friendly event with live music, kid's activities, silent auction and features specialties from more than 22 Sanibel and Captiva restaurants!

December – Sanibel Luminary Festival: This community-wide Holiday event features visits from Santa, a live nativity scene, and activities for the family

Recurring Weekly/Monthly Sanibel Area Events

Fort Myers Art Walk : Held from 6-10 pm on the third Friday of each month, this event is a self-guided walking tour of the local artists and galleries in the area.

Sanibel Farmers Market (Every Sunday from November to April): Since 2008, this local farmers’ market has provided locals and visitors alike a place to purchase local produce, bread, honey, seafood, meats, flowers, and cheeses.

For more information about local events or to book your stay at Sanibel Siesta on the Beach, please contact us at (239) 472-4117.