Things to do in Beautiful Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Get Ready to Pound Sand!

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Come celebrate 30 years of Sand, Sun, Art and Music!

The 30th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is returning with even more activities, more vendors, and more sculptures to see in 2016!

Make your plans to come to Fort Myers Beach and come join us for one of our most exciting events yet. With Sand, Sun, Art and Music, the American Sand Sculpting Championships 30th Anniversary promises to meet and exceed all expectations!
What: American Sand Sculpting Championship
Where: 6890 Estero Boulevard, Ft. Myers Beach, FL
When: November 18 – 27, 2016
Click for more information on exhibit schedule and where to stay.

Paint the Beach

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Paint the Beach Plein Air Festival invites artists from across the country to come and experience all Fort Myers beach has to offer and create artwork of the environs. During the event, the public is invited to observe this challenging form of open air painting as artists compete in a three-day art competition throughout Fort Myers Beach. The artists capture the beauty, texture and light of the local landscape. The celebration culminates in a two-day sale at Santini Marina Plaza, where the artists display the art they created all week long.


Set your compass for the 11th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Join jolly pirates, wenches, corsairs and beauties as they make camp and prepare for battle on the edge of the Historic Seaport District of Old San Carlos. The swashbuckling fun doesn’t stop for a moment during the Columbus Day weekend celebration.

Named the #2 Pirate Festival in the Country by USA Today, this family-friendly event attracts thousands of people that come to enjoy the pirate bazaar, themed live music and performances, exhilarating live ship battles, children’s activities and the jolly pub quest (21+ event).

Pirates and landlubbers both young and old are sure to walk away with memories to treasure.

Fair winds, me mateys, and see ye thar…

A $5 donation for adult entry (Ages 12+)

More information on schedule, ticketswhere to stay, and transportation to the festival.

Get Your Groove On

It’s Time for the 2016 Island Hopper
Songwriter Fest

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.


Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key

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.


It’s Tapa Hop Time!!

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!
Click here for more info.
Name: TAPA HOP 2015
Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM9:00 PM EDT
Location:The Hop will start and finish at:
Pinchers Crab Shack
18100 San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Accomodations: Need a place to stay? Check out Cocoplum Beach House.

Battle on the Blueway SUP Race

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

Event Price:

*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.

“Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament

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)

20th Annual Taste of the Beach

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 AM6:00 PM EDT

Location: Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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