Beach Baptist Farmers Market

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The farmers market offers several produce stands, many different food stands (Award winning BBQ, crepes, French bread and cheeses, pastries, guacamole and salsas) and many artists of handmade items like pearl and leather jewelry, gemstone jewelry, raffia hats, soaps and beauty products, hand-painted kids furniture, lazy susans, painted wineglasses, hand-painted thirsty stone coasters, tie dyed bamboo clothing, greeting cards, wind chimes, colorful, lobster-rope doormats, soy candles, metal art and more. With over 40 vendors, it is known as the “Best on the Beach!”

What? Beach Baptist
Farmers Market

Where: 130 Connecticut Street
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

When? Wednesdays 9am-2pm
October – April

More info? http://www.41markets.com/beach-baptist-farmers-market

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

#IslandHopperfest

Kayaking Southwest Florida

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

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

Estero Bay Scenic View

Exit from Mound Key looking south

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
Owner/operator: www.ecopaddlesportz.com

Howl’oween Pet Parade

Fort Myers Beach Pet Parade Halloween

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4th Annual Pawsitively Amazing Pet Parade on October 18 at Santini Marina Plaza in Fort Myers Beach. Join the fun as pets and their owners attend the Pet Parade dressed in Howl’oween Costume and are judged. The event includes vendors with crafts, etc.

When: October 18 at 9 am

Where: 7205 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Cost: Free

2014 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest coming to Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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The first ever Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will bring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, including Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Thompson Square, to the islands of Captiva and Ft. Myers Beach. Presented by BMI, along with iHeartRadio, Cat Country 107.1, and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the festival will take place over two weekends at popular island venues. With dozens of FREE shows to select from, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of the artists in intimate island settings (please note not all the events are free. Click here for more info. Check out the schedules for Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island festival events.

When and where? Captiva Island, Sep. 26-28, 2014, and Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 2-5, 2014. Schedules below subject to change. Click on the links above for most updated information.

Event Time Venue
A Cowboy Jack Clement Tribute with Austin Church, Brent Moyer and Joe Sun Friday, September 26, 2014 2:00 PM 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Lisa Malone, Doug Drake @ Keylime Bistro Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Phil O’Donnell & Billy Montana @ The Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Will Bowen @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Songwriter Performance at Robert Rauschenberg’s Beach House with George Ducas & Jeff Cohen Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 PM 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers
JJ McCoy, Danny Myrick @ Crow’s Nest Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Dylan Altman & Marshall Altman @ Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Jeff Cohen @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Austin Webb @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Scotty Emerick, Frank Myers & Wynn Varble @ Crow’s Nest Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Brandan Fontes & Bob Gaffney @ Mucky Duck Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Doc Ford’s Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kristen Kelly & Ruth Collins @ Cantina Captiva Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Royal Shell Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 AM 15050 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Scotty Emerick & Billy Montana @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Megan Linville & Will Bowen @ Cantina Captiva Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Chloe Friedman & Jordan Miller @ RC Otter’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Wynn Varble @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:30 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Marshall Altman & Danny Myrick @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Megan Linville & JJ McCoy @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Frank Myers & Phil O’Donnell @ RC Otter’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Kristen Kelly @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Gary Hannan & Dylan Altman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Ruth Collins @ Cantina Captiva Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
JJ McCoy & Dylan Altman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 4:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Lisa Malone & Doug Drake @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
John Butler @ RC Otters Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Megan Linville & Kristen Kelly @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Will Bowen and Ruth Collins @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Frank Myers @ Keylime Bistro Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W.
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 7:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
George Ducas & Wynn Varble @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Danny Myrick @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Billy Montana and Marshall Altman perform at Royal Shell Celebration Home, “Captured.” Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 15050 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Gary Hannon @ Doc Ford’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Bob Gaffney @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Bob Gaffney & Jordan Miller @ Mucky Duck Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 11546 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Scotty Emerick, Phil O’Donnell & Dylan Altman @ Doc Ford’s Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Caleb Hawkins & Brandan Fontes @ Crow’s Nest Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Island Hopper Songwriter’s Festival Brunch @ Tween Waters Inn with Whiskey Rose, Dylan Altman & Billy Montana at the Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:30 AM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva
Danny Myrick & Will Bowen @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Whiskey Rose @ Brunch at Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Dylan Altman & Billy Montana @ Brunch at Old Captiva House Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:00 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Frank Myers & Scotty Emerick @ Keylime Bistro Sunday, September 28, 2014 2:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Scotty Emerick & Gary Hannan @ Keylime Bistro Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:00 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. S.W. Captiva
Jeff Cohen & Marshall Altman @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kylie Sackley & Phil O’Donnell @ Cantina Captiva Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:30 PM 14970 Captiva Drive, Captiva
Ruth Collins & Kristen Kelly @ RC Otter’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:30 PM 11509 Andy Rosse Ln. Captiva
Wynn Varble & George Ducas @ Doc Ford’s Sunday, September 28, 2014 4:00 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Kickoff Beach Bash with Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Red Coconut Thursday, October 02, 2014 6:00 PM 3001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Open Mic Jam Session-Parkside @ Red Coconut Thursday, October 02, 2014 8:00 PM 3001 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Brandan Fontes @ Nervous Nellie’s Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Paul McDonald @ Matanzas Upper Deck Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Marti Fredrickson & Rebecca Lynn Howard @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Marti Fredrickson & Rebecca Lynn Howard @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 7:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phil O’Donnell & Wynn Varble @ Yucantan Beach Stand Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Tim James @ The Beached Whale Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Dave Gibson @ The Beach Pierside Grill Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sheena Brooke @ Nervous Nellies Friday, October 03, 2014 8:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Gary Hannan & Phillip White @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Friday, October 03, 2014 8:30 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kristian Bush @ Nervous Nellies Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Sonia Leigh @ Yucatan Beach Stand Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Chloe Friedman @ The Beached Whale Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Mark Mulch & Jeff Prince @ The Cottage Gulfshore Friday, October 03, 2014 9:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Coconuts @ Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brandan Fontes & Jordan Miller @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim James & Mark Mulch @ Coconuts at the Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sonia Leigh & Paul McDonald @ The Cottage Saturday, October 04, 2014 12:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Phil O’Donnell @ Matanzas Upper Deck Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Even Stevens @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Jeff Prince & Dave Gibson @ Coconuts at the Pink Shell Saturday, October 04, 2014 1:30 PM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Gary Hannan @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Ken Johnson & Andi Zack @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phillip White & Wynn Varble @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 4:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 4:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Phillip White & Niko Moon @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Jordan Miller & Ken Johnson @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Paul McDonald @ The Beach Pierside Grill Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Tim James & Phil O’Donnell @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:30 PM 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Gary Hannan & Kendell Marvel @ Nervous Nellies Saturday, October 04, 2014 7:39 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Wynn Varble @ Yucatan Beach Stand Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Tim McGeary & Chloe Friedman @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Dave Gibson & Brandan Fontes @ The Cottage Saturday, October 04, 2014 8:00 PM 1270 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Loving Mary @ Nervous Nellies Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 1131 1st St.Fort Myers Beach
Cory Young & Jeff Prince @ The Beached Whale Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 1249 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Sonia Leigh & Mark Mulch @ Smokin Oyster Brewery Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:00 PM 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brunch @ Pink Shell Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:00 AM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Brunch @ Pink Shell with Gary Hannan & Sonia Leigh Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:00 AM 275 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Pool Party at Cabana’s Beach Bar Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Niko Moon & Paul McDonald @ Matanzas Upper Deck Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Songwriter’s Tailgate @ DiamondHead Beach Resort with Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Tim McGeary, Jordan Miller Sunday, October 05, 2014 12:00 PM 2000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Wynn Varble & Tim James @ Nervous Nellies Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Cory Young & Mark Mulch @ The Beach Pierside Grill Sunday, October 05, 2014 1:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Brandan Fontes, Chloe Friedman & John Butler@ Matanzas Upper Deck Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM 414 Crescent Street, Fort Myers Beach
Kevn Kinney & Phillip White @ Yucatan Beach Stand Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM 250 Old San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Kendell Marvel & Dave Gibson @ Nervous Nellies Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 PM 1131 1st St. Fort Myers Beach
Even Stevens & Phil O’ Donnell @ The Beach Pierside Grill Sunday, October 05, 2014 3:00 PM 1000 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Thompson Square at Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures Sunday, October 05, 2014 4:00 PM 2500 Main St. For Myers Beach
Megan Linville & Jordan Miller @ Crow’s Nest Sunday, October 05, 2014 7:00 PM 15951 Captiva Dr. Captiva