Sanibel Island


Sanibel Island, Florida

sanibel island, florida

Sanibel makes a powerful statement about itself by setting aside nearly one-third of the island as a wildlife preserve. Sanibel is a large island–twelve miles long and, in some places, three miles wide. Captiva is a separate island, just north of Sanibel, and is about five miles long and much narrower than Sanibel. North Captiva is another, separate island north of Captiva that can be reached only by boat or airplane.

Sanibel is about more than just the beach. It is an island experience completely unique to Sanibel. Despite the large population of visitors that vacation on the island, there is still a very strong sense of community. And the community is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the island.

There are no tall condominiums on these islands, no fast food chains, no large discount shopping centers or malls. Development has been strictly controlled. Even in the areas with shopping and restaurants, on Periwinkle Way, plenty of green space has been left and the foliage is beautiful. One third of the island is a wildlife refuge: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Sanibel Island, Florida Events




Fort Myers Film Festival Indie Film Screenings

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

2301 First Street

Every Monday Thru- March



Salon d’coller Interactive Art Exhibit

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

2301 First Street




Treasure! The Exhibition

The Imaginarium

January  – May

239-321-7420 or


Ronin Riding Club Annual Bikers for Babies on the BayWalk

Benefit: March of Dimes Bikers for Babies

Old San Carlos Blvd. on Ft. Myers Beach


call 239-440-6673


Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Corvette Show

Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main St., Ft. Myers Beach

3rd Monday of every month 5-8pm or call 239-463-3257


Annual Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire

Lakes Regional Park, Ft. Myers

January or call 239-839-8036


Cracker Day Rodeo



SWFL Winter Narional Wood Art Expo & Competition Show

Harborside Event Center Ft. Myers



Annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival


Centennial Park




Lee County Posse Cracker Day Rodeo


Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral

Phone: 239-462-1042



Contemporary Quilt & Fiber Art Show


Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral



Pug Fest VII ~ PugOlympics

Bell Tower Shops


239-533-4826 or




Cattle Barons Ball (American Cancer Society of Lee County)

Fort Myers, Florida





Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science & Inventor’s Fair

Harborside Convention Center, Fort Myers






“City Lights”


High Point Place 2110 West First St. Ft. Myers

Tour Exquisite, Designer Decorated Units, Boutique and Art Gallery

To benefit the Southwest Florida Symphony





Artfest Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers, Florida

(2443 First Street,Fort Myers, FL 33901)




VIP Preview Gala


High Point Place 2110 West First St. Ft. Myers

To benefit the Southwest Florida Symphony



(239)995-1261 or (239)482-7008


Southwest Florida Burrowing Owl Festival

Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Road

Cape Coral, FL 33914

Contact: Pascha Donaldson, President



Annual Parade of Homes


Thursdays – Saturdays 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sundays Noon – 5:00pm


Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Corvette Show

Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main St., Ft. Myers Beach

3rd Monday of every month 5-8pm or call 239-463-3257




Boat Cruise and Tour at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Every Wednesday 10am-4:30 pm

Captiva Cruises



Behind the Scenes Tour at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Every Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm

2350 McGregor Blvd.



Edison Festival of Light: Light Up the Town

2254 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 (Downtown Fort Myers)





Edison Festival of Light: Crafts on the River

Centennial Park (Edwards Drive), Downtown Fort Myers




Edison Festival of Light: 5k Run and Light Parade

Time: Championship Race 5:45 PM

Location: TBA




Swamp Cabbage Festival

Barron Park, State Road 29 (Bridge Street) & Park Avenue

City of LaBelle, Florida





Grapefruit League

Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins vs. Regional Spring Training Teams

City Of Palms, Downtown Fort Myers

(2201 Edison Ave, Ft Myers, FL 33901)

Dates: To be announced.




Annual Lee County Fair

Lee Civic Center

(11831 Bayshore Road North Fort Myers, Florida 33917)





Annual Winter Crafts Fair

Lee Civic Center

(11831 Bayshore Rd. Fort Myers, Florida)





Annual Soup Kitchen Benefit

Sam Galloway Ford Dealership

For tickets & information

(239)332-7687, ext. 107



Parrot Key Caribbean Grill Corvette Show

Salty Sam’s Marina 2500 Main St., Ft. Myers Beach

3rd Monday of every month 5-8pm or call 239-463-3257



St. Patricks Day Block Party

Downtown River District



Annual Irish Festival

Cape Coral Irish American Club



Fort Myers Springs Boat Show

Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers, Florida


Annual SWFL Reading Festival



Annual Sanibel Shell Fair and Show

The Sanibel Community Association and

The Sanibel – Captiva Shell Club

2173 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, Florida, 33957





Greek Fest – Greek Food, Music, Dance and Family Fun

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

8210 Cypress Lake Dr. Fort Myers, Florida

(239) 481- 2099




Annual All- Florida Championship Rodeo

Arcadia (124 Heard Street, right off of US Highway 17).




Major League Baseball Spring Training

Red Sox:

City Of Palms Park, Downtown Fort Myers

(2201 Edison Ave, Ft Myers, FL 33901)



Minnesota Twins:

Hammond Field, South Fort Myers

(14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33912)

Dates: To be announced.




Fort Myers Shrimp Festival

Fort Myers Beach

(Lynn Hall Park, Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach, FL)





Annual Lehigh Spring Festival

Veterans Park, Lehigh

(55 South Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, FL, 33936)





Annual Caloosa Cook-Off

Lee Civic Center’s Tinsley Pavilion





Bonita Springs Tomato and Seafood Festival

Bonita Recreation Center, Bonita Springs



Florida Wiener Dog Derby

Shell Factory & Nature Park

Call Doug Dailey (239)839-7760




Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz

Jaycee Park 4125 SE 20th Place Cape Coral, FL


Dates: To be announced




Annual Orchid Show & Sale








Fort Myers River and Blues Festival

Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers



Dance Alliance Annual Spring Concert

Alliance’s Foulds Theater

April 8th & 9th 8pm






Father Anglim Academy Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

The Club at Renaissance




Annual Edible Mollusk Festival Oyster Eating Contest

The Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market



Dollhouse Miniatures Exhibit

Mini Delights Miniatures Club



Annual Earth Day Festival

Koreshan State Historic Site

April 23

(239) 574-1500


Easter “Egg”-stravaganza

First Assembly of God Church

(239) 936-6277






Cinco de Mayo Block Party

The City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation

(47th Terrace between Coronado and SE 9th PL)





An Evening of Kentucky Derby

Dinner with Berne Series





Praise Fest 2011

Lee County Civic Center




American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Centennial Park




Annual Tarpon Fishing Competition

Boca Grande and other locations





Annual Taste of the Beach

Fort Myers Beach, Florida









Caloosa Catch & Release Fishing Tournament

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva, Florida






Red, White and BOOM

Cape Coral Pkwy, Cape Coral





Fourth of July on the Beach

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier & Times Square, Ft. Myers Beach





Fort Myers Freedom Fest

Downtown Fort Myers River District

Block Party 2pm ’til Midnight – Fireworks start at 9:30pm





Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

Periwinkle Way and Sanibel Causeway, Sanibel Island





Family Freedom Fling

Calusa Nature Center

July 2nd 3pm-8pm

(239)275-3435 x24





Annual Cat Show

Araba Schrinrs Hall, 2010 Hanson St. Ft. Myers, 33901

Charlene Campbell (239) 772-5399 or











Southwest Florida Folk and Blues Fest

KOA Campgrounds, South Fort Myers





Teeing off with Miami Dolphins and Other NFL Greats

Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club

10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, 33966





Annual Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

Fort Myers Country Club

3591 McGregor Blvd, 33901

(239) 332-2930





The Shell Factory & Nature Park

2787 N. Tamiami Trail (US 41), 33903

(239) 839-7760




49th USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship


Fiddlesticks Country Club

15391 Canongate Drive

Ft. Myers, FL 33912





Lakes Park Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Extravaganza


Mon. – Thurs. 6-9 pm, Fri. 5-10 pm,Sat. & Sun. 10 am-10 pm




Friendly Forest

Calusa Nature Center

October 22-23,29-30 10am-3pm

(239)275-3435 x24



Annual Healthy Kids Festival

Harold Avenue Recreation Center

23400 Harold Ave., Port Charlotte

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10 am – 1 pm





 Annual FAA Fall Festival

Blessed Pope John Paul Church

13060 Palomino Lane (off Daniels Pkwy)Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10 am – 1 pm





Imaginarium’s Annual Boo Bash Family Fun Event!

2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, 33916

Come in costume and receive $1 off regular admission.

(239) 321-7420




Annual Oktoberfest

German-American Club

2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral





Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

Estero Community Park

9200 Corkscrew Road, Estero

For more information or to register visit




Haunted Walk

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Ave., Ft. Myers




Jazz On The Green

Outdoor Jazz Concert to benefit the Children’s Hospital of SW Florida

Estero Community Park, Estero





Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival

annual festival will begin on October 23rd and extend to

until November 1st







The Junior League of Fort Myers Annual Taste Of The Town

Centennial Park, Downtown Fort Myers



Annual Jewish Book Fair

Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Myers at the Bell Tower

Sunday November 20, 10:00am – 11am




Fort Myers Beach Sandsculpting Festival

Between Holiday Inn and Outrigger resorts, Ft. Myers Beach



Forever Family Foundation Annual Conference

Is There an Afterlife – An Exploration of the Unseen World

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center

(631) 425 7707



Fort Myers Boat Show

Harborside Event Center and City Yacht Basin




Sanibel/ Captiva Taste of the Islands

Sanibel Community Park

2221 Periwinkle Way





Holiday Art Market

Harborside Event Center

Downtown Fort Myers, Florida




Festival of Trees

Sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

(866) 995-2106 ext. 247







Annual Classic Car and Bike Show

Lee Civic Center




Holiday House at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates

Edison & Ford Winter Estates, McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers




Imaginarium’s annual Holidayland Family Fun Event

2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, 33916





Holiday Arbor Lights

Calusa Nature Center


(239)275-3435 x24



Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Ft. Myers Beach



Holiday Boat-A-Long

Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral, Florida




Christmas Luminary Trail Open House

Various Locations on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Sanibel Island




The Downtown Countdown, New Year’s Eve

Downtown Fort Myers, Ft. Myers