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.

Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest

Music and over 75 Beers to Sample at the Ft. Myers Beer Fest October 4

The Marina at Edison Ford is pleased to announce the inaugural Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4th on site at their location in the River District.

This one-day festival will feature more than 75 craft beers from around the world and live musical performances. Kick off will begin at 12:00 p.m. with entertainment by Wholetones until 2:30 p.m., followed by Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Deb and the Dynamics from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free and advance tickets for $30 provide an unlimited sampling wrist band, $35 at the gate. However, single craft beer tastings will be available for $5. Advanced wristbands can be purchased at http://www.PinchersUSA.com or at the Marina at Edison Ford through Oct. 3.

The Pure Fort Myers grand opening festivities will also be on-site that day, featuring food from Texas Tony’s, a visit with members of the professional hockey team, the Florida Everblades team and cheerleaders, as well as a special appearance by Swampy, their mascot. Pinchers and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will also be offering specials on kids meals and tours as Pure Fort Myers river excursions will be running 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and a sunset cruise at 6 p.m.
Location: The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL.

Cost: Free – There is no charge to attend the event. However, single craft beer tastings will be available for $5, with all you can taste wristbands selling for $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.

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

9th Annual Pirate Fest

Fort Myers Beach – October 10-12, 2014

Ahoy mateys! Save the date Columbus Day Weekend for the Pirate Fest on Fort Myers Beach! Don’t miss this family friendly weekend of grub, grog and fun on Fort Myers Beach!  Admission to the Fest is ABSOLUTELY FREE!

pirate-fest Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival 2014

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The Tale of the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest………

Only three years have passed since Lord Henry Hyde arrived here in the Port of Old San Carlos. The Crown dispatched the governor to ensure commerce runs smoothly in the Port, and under his direction all forms of enterprise have flourished, both legitimate and otherwise. They all pay the Governor’s taxes, one way or another. And so the Port has become a haven for the most notorious and flagrantly shameless pirates, privateers, and ne’er-do-wells. Most recently the notorious Captain Flood was left ashore by the mutinous Morgan Levy, and is looking for payback and the return of his ship, the Briar Rose. Flood now commands a small fleet, having built alliances with the captains of several vessels of war; the Black Pearl, the Pieces of Eight, and the Black Duck. He hopes to persuade the Lord Governor to allow him the use of the Port’s cannon batteries to retake his ship. A storm is brewing near the Port!

Date: October 10, 2014October 12, 2014

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

Working Waterfront Tour Wednesdays

Ft. Myers Beach Waterfront Tour

Shrimp Boats
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Did you know that the Fort Myers Beach Shrimping fleet is the largest commercial fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico? Shrimping, known as “Pink Gold”, contributes millions of dollars to our economy.

Here is your chance to learn first hand about the Commercial Fishing Industry.

Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center offers a Three-Hour Guided Tour. The Tour includes a 1 1/2 hour guided visit at the Science Center includes a history of the industry and area ecosystems with many exhibits. The Tour continues with a visit to the commercial fishing industry docks, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp loading dock and Beach Seafood. See how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is processed, and other important factors used in this unique industry. Bring your camera for a memorable experience!  Click for the Waterfront tour schedule.

When: Every Wednesday morning in season.

Cost: $15.00 per adult; $10.00 for children over 6 years of age.

Call for reservations: (239) 765-8101.

Grab Your Passport and Get Ready to Shuffle!

Ft. Myers Beach sandsculpting

Sand Shuffle 2013 – Ft. Myers Beach

As part of the Annual Sand Sculpting Championship at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, event organizers have added the new “Sand Shuffle,” a passport program with 5 participating locations throughout the area including: Seminole Casino of Immokalee, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, DiamondHead Resort, Fish-Tale Marina and the Wyndham Garden Hotel Fort Myers Beach. Prior to the event, each location will have a two ton of sand sculpture sculpted by one of the participating artists. When visitors arrive at each location, they can get their passport stamped at the designated area. They are also encouraged to take photos with the Sand Sculptures and share on Facebook and Instagram at #sandshuffle.

Kids can also take part in the Sand Shuffle Scavenger Hunt. With each sculpture there is a question to answer. Once visitors have visited at least three of the five sand sculptures and had their passport stamped or scavenger hunt question answered correctly, they’ll be eligible to enter the drawings for great prize giveaways from our participating Sand Shuffle Partners. To enter, completed passports can be brought to the main entrance of the 2013 American Sand Sculpting Championships held November 22 to December 1, 2013.

Get your passport at participating locations:

WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL/PINCHERS CRAB SHACK

Fort Myers Beach sand sculpting event

Grab Your Passport

6890 Estero Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL ph: (239) 463-5711
www.wyndhamgarden.com  www.pincherscrabshack.com

 

SANTINI MARINA PLAZA
7205 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL ph: (239) 463-3600
www.thefishtalemarina.com

 

DIAMONDHEAD BEACH RESORT & SPA
2000 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers beach, FL ph: (239) 765-7654
www.diamondheadfl.com

 

SEMINOLE CASINO
506 South 1st Street, Immokalee, FL ph: (800) 218-0007
www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

 

EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL ph: (239) 334-7419
www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

 

For more information about the 2013 Sand Shuffle, visit the event website.