This 10 day mostly, free event features the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of some of the most influential and internationally-recognized singer-songwriters at some of the most famous venues across Captiva, Sanibel, Historic Downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach!
Typically occurring about the last 10 days of September, each year. In 2017 not even Hurricane Irma could keep this festival off the books. Less than 2 weeks after the hurricane, well as they say, "the show must go on" and it did.
Venues stretch along the SW Florida coast from Captiva Island south to Fort Myers Beach, with stops anywhere and everywhere in between. Some of the featured artists from year's past include Sheena Brook (a SW Florida native!), The Bass Brothers, Big Al Anderson, Chas Sandford and many many others.
Typically, events for Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers and those on Ft. Myers Beach are all scheduled on concurrent days. That way you can pop into one venue and watch one show and then move along to the next, which may be next door or just a short walk away. Some of the usual venues, in Captiva are: Doc Fords, Key Lime Bistro, the Mucky Duck and South Seas Plantation. In Fort Myers: the City Tavern, Florida Repertory Theatre, the Barrel Room and Pincher's at Edison Ford. While those on Fort Myers Beach include: the Lighthouse Inn & Resort Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie's and the Yucatan Beach Stand.
For the full schedule of events and artists, check out the official Island Hopper Songwriter Fest website!
Many of these artists are also featured performers at the Key West Songwriters Festival, well. Which is held each May.