It’s Time for the 2016 Island Hopper
The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest brings music back to the beach with new artists and new events in 2016.
The free festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The festival kicks off on Captiva Island, September 23-25 and wraps up September 30-October 2 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will once again feature midweek performances. There will be a limited number of ticketed events for special performances.
Get excited for our first headlining act, Maren Morris, whose single, “My Church” is currently in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.
More information about artists performing in this year’s festival, schedules, lodging, and venues.
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on August 25, 2016
Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) has joined with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA), to offer a series of monthly Free Acoustic concerts of all original music this upcoming season.
The second scheduled concert will feature three local musicians, Mike McMillan, Kip Lawrence and David Hintz. These songwriters will share original Americana music in Bluebird Cafe style.
The concerts are free with paid park entry fee. They will take place in the large gazebo, located on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Seating is available for the first 80 people. Bring a beach chair for additional seating. Please arrive early enough to walk or take the tram to the Gazebo on the beach.
Snacks and beverages will be available by donation. Proceeds will benefit FOLKS.
Songwriters at Sunset 2016 concert dates are scheduled for January 26, February 18, and March 15.
For more information click here.
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on January 9, 2016
Ft. Myers Beach’s yearly pub crawl features trolley transportation to six great area restaurants, each providing appetizer items or ‘tapas’ included in the price for the event. The event will also include raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run. Don’t miss out on the fun!
for more info.
Name: TAPA HOP 2015
Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Location:The Hop will start and finish at:
Pinchers Crab Shack
18100 San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on July 15, 2015
The Battle on the Blueway SUP Race will be held May 30th, on the Calusa Blueway in Fort Myers Beach, FL. This sanctioned WPA points event will feature two distance races (7 mile and 2 mile), a kids’ and Special Olympic race, a demo day, vendors displaying paddle merchandise, and non profits displaying nature / history materials and artifacts. This is a family oriented event with a festival atmosphere that brings paddling and Florida’s native wildlife and Calusa heritage together.
May 29-31, 2015
1100 Crescent Beach Family Park
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
*Free for spectators. Racers – Online Registration Only, starting May 1st, there will be a late registration fee added: 7 mile – $85, 2 mile – $65, so please register early! The last day to register is May 29, 2015. No payment or new registration will be accepted on race day.
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on April 12, 2015
4th annual “catch, release, and care” tournament in Ft. Myers Beach
To celebrate the history of the first documented tarpon caught on a rod-and-reel in “Ding” Darling’s Tarpon Bay in 1885, Doc Ford’s and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge have partnered to host this tournament, one of the best in this area. Registration is $500 per team of 4, 100% of which goes toward awards. The Captain’s Pre-Party takes place on May 8 starting at 5 p.m. The fishing begins the next day at 7 a.m. For more information click here. Don’t delay – registration deadline is 4/30/15.
Location: Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone: (239) 292-0566
Event Date: May 08, 2015 – May 09, 2015
Event Price: $500 (entry fee for boat of up to 4 anglers)
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on April 9, 2015
Come on down to Fort Myers Beach to enjoy tasty samples from local area restaurants as well as great live entertainment at the Taste of the Beach.
The 20th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held Sunday May 3, 2015, on Old San Carlos Blvd. Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Beef or Veal Dish, Best Seafood Dish, Best Chicken Dish, Best Dessert, Best Luncheon Specialty Dish, Best Decorated Booth, and People’s Choice. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Food will be served until it runs out or at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on site. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets will be $1.00 each, with a $5 average food serving price.
Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 11am-6pm
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Location: Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on April 6, 2015
The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is back for its ninth year, attracting independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Attendees come from all over the world to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes.
The festival begins on April 22nd and and goes through April 26th, 2015 with events for all ages.
For more information, check out their website.
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on April 3, 2015
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Relay for Life on 4/11/15 – Ft. Myers Beach, FL
For more information click here. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on March 31, 2015
by Eric Lindner
Southwest Florida offers a variety of outdoor activities. Kayaking the area provides a first- hand vantage point of the unmatched beauty of our aquatic ecosystems. There are such diverse paddles available ranging from pristine beaches, mangrove swamps, freshwater rivers and creeks, the adventures seem endless. Not only does kayaking provide a direct connection with nature it is an effective, low impact workout that is excellent for your core and upper body.
I would like to highlight a beautiful short day paddle that only takes half a day. Lovers Key to Mound Key Archaeological State Park in Estero Bay is just under a 5 mile round trip paddle. The launch for this trip begins at Carl E. Johnson boat ramp directly across from Lovers Key State Park. The bay is very scenic with numerous opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife like manatee and dolphin. By paddling the suggested route two unique views of the islands of the bay can be experienced.
Paddling route from Lovers Key to Mound Key
The halfway point of the trip is Mound Key. Believed to be the capital of the Calusa Indians, the island’s shell mounds reach heights of 30 feet. The self-guided hiking trail starts at the northwest and southeast sides of the island under canopies of cabbage palms and gumbo limbo trees. The top of the mound provides a scenic view of the bay. This provides an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs before the return trip.
Estero Bay Scenic View
Exit from Mound Key looking south
About the author: Eric Lindner is an avid kayaker with
extensive knowledge of Florida's ecosystems.
Graduated University of Florida: Environmental Sciences
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on March 30, 2015
Ft. Myers Beach Easter Egg Hunt 2015
Ready, Set, Scramble for Eggs! Don’t miss the fun as kids scramble for Easter eggs and candy.
Location: Beach Elementary School, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone: (239) 454-7500
Event Date: April 4, 2015 @ 9:30am
Event Price: Free Admission
Posted by Visit Fort Myers Beach on March 28, 2015