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Lee County events and Festivals – October 2021 through July 2022

By Staff | Aug 2, 2021

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has released its upcoming festivals and events calendar for the 2021-2022 season.

Visit FortMyers-Sanibel.com as more events will be added as dates and times continue to firm up:

Festivals and annual events

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Sept. 17-26

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns for its seventh year with an impressive lineup of talented singer-songwriters, including Jimmie Allen and Michael Ray.

The free 10-day music festival – except for a few ticketed events – kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 17-19, then moves to historic downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 20-23, and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 24-26. The event is the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida and offers a unique experience to interact with songwriters at pool parties and beachside venues. This year, more than 60 singer-songwriters from around the country will perform more than 100 shows.

While most of the festival performances are free, a few exclusive ticketed shows are available on the official festival app – Island Hopper Songwriter Fest – which is available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

Roar Offshore, Fort Myers Beach

Oct. 7-9, 2021


35rd Annual Oktoberfest, Cape Coral

Oct. 22-24, 29-31, 2021


33rd Annual J.N. “Ding” Darling Day, Lakes Park, Fort Myers

Oct. 10, 2021


Lee County Alliance of the Arts 4th Annual Arts on Tap, Fort Myers

Nov. 12-13, 2021


The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Gulf Shore Shakespeare Festival

Nov. 12-14, 2021


CROW Taste of the Island, Sanibel Island

November 2022


Gift from the Sea Community Celebration, Captiva Island

Dec. 5, 2021

46th Annual Holiday Nights at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

Nov. 26-Jan. 2, 2022


River District Holidays, downtown Fort Myers

Nov. 20-Dec. 31, 2021


Annual Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum Lighting, Boca Grande

December 2021


37th Annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral

Jan. 8-9, 2022


ArtFest Fort Myers, downtown historic district

Feb. 4-6, 2022


Annual Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, Fort Myers

February 2022


Spring training 2022

Boston Red Sox Spring training

February-March 2022

JetBlue Park, Fort Myers


Minnesota Twins spring training

February-March 2022

CenturyLink Sports Complex, Fort Myers


85th Annual Sanibel Shell Festival, Sanibel Island

March 3-5, 2022


Annual Sanibel Shell Show, Sanibel Island

March 3, 2022


23rd Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Myers

March 5, 2022


ECHO Global Food and Farm Festival, North Fort Myers

March 10-12, 2022


64th Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, Fort Myers Beach

March 12, 2022


12th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival

May 18-22, 2022


10th Annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament, Sanibel Island

May 13, 2022


Red White & BOOM!

Fourth of July block party and fireworks, Cape Coral

July 4


24th Annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival, Pine Island

July 2022