We are approaching our wonderful Fall weather. Sometime in early October the summer heat and humidity will surrender and make way for the clear, balmy weather of Fall. This is a special time on Sanibel. While the change in weather is welcome it also brings about new merchandise in stores, new books in the library and maybe even new menus in the restaurants. And there are special events to help celebrate the joys of our island sub-tropical Fall.

The 5th Annual Island Hopper Festival

Scheduled on Captiva from September 21 thru 30. This popular festival features such well known artists as Al Anderson, Dylan Altman, Clint Daniels and many more. For more information call 239 338 3500.

The Annual Ding Darling Days

Scheduled at the Refuge the weekend of October 12 thru 14th. It celebrates Ding Darling and the Duck Stamp. Everything is free on the 14th, including the tram rides. Call 239 472 1100.


is in full swing on Sanibel. The city has suggested that trick or treating be done between 5 and 8:30 PM. during which time the city police cars will all have candy for the little wanderers. There is also a festival at the Community House with trick or treating, games and a hay ride. Entrance is one bag of candy. Call 239 472 2155


Usually scheduled at the Community House the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving week. It is a gathering of residents and visitors. All are asked to bring some canned goods or donations for F.I.S.H of Sanibel and Captiva. A sense of thanksgiving and community lead the evening. Call 239 472 2155.

The 34th Annual Luminary Trail

Scheduled December 7th from 5:30 to 9 PM. The luminaries are placed the length of Periwinkle Way and Captiva Drive. The stores are all lit up and just waiting for you to drop in. It is a joyous chance to share the beginning of the Christmas season with your friends and neighbors. For more information call 239 472 6565.

More To Enjoy

Sanibel is a city that enjoys the seasons and holidays with special events – most of which are widely known and attended. There is the Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner in February, the Ding Darling Catch and Release Tournament in May, the Rotary Arts and Crafts Fair in February, The Sanibel Music Festival and the Shell Fair in March and other events that reflect the friendly, interesting community of Sanibel. A further report of events can be found at

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