Captiva Island Events Travel Guide


Welcome to the Captiva Island Events travel guide.

Captiva Island and Sanibel Island both play host to several events and celebrations throughout the year. From sportfishing tournaments and boat races, to Fourth of July revelries and other holiday festivities, you’re sure to find something of interest during your visit to Captiva Island. Summer season is a great time to catch fireworks shows, live music performances on the harbor, and other special events taking place along the waterfront.


The island is decorated with lights and displays during the holiday season, and this is among the most beautiful times of year to visit. The Luminary Festival begins in December and it’s a time when three miles of lighted paper luminaries are placed around the stores, shops and other venues throughout the downtown area. Don’t miss the annual sandculpting competition heldin Fort Myers Beach near Captiva Island, an annual celebration that attracts hundreds of locals and residents each year.


Some of your best bets for Captiva Island events include:


  • J.N. Ding Darling Days

  • Annual BaileyFest

  • Annual American Sandsculpting Championship Festival

  • Captiva Luminary Festival

  • Black Maria Film & Video Festival

  • Annual Sanibel Shell Fair and Show