Sanibel Island attracts thousands of visitors every year. While the sand and scenery are enough to draw in the vacation crowd, Captiva also features premier entertainment that is sure to suit any musical taste. Below are our picks for some of the hottest musical events, venues, and acts in the area.


Sanibel Music Festival

Every March, the Sanibel Music Festival comes alive with performances of some of the greatest Classical Music ever written. The “Island Tradition” features everything from string quartets and symphonic ensembles to solo piano concerts. The festival stretches out over the entire Month of March and helps promote the careers of emerging artists.


Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

If classical music is a bit heavy for your coastal craving, then we recommend the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. This creative event is hosted by Keylime Bistro in the Captiva Island Inn and attracts music enthusiasts from all over the country. From the end of September through the beginning of October you can enjoy a wide range of folk, country, and popular music as performed by numerous singers and songwriters.


The Marty Stokes Band

Hometown heroes, the Marty Stokes Band, delivers raw melodic Blues that is sure to sizzle your musical taste buds. This iconic band is a fixture on Sanibel Island and performs in this area several times throughout the year. They play both original tunes and well-known classics from B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn to Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and other legends.


BIG ARTS Strauss Theater

The Strauss Theater is Sanibel’s only professional performing arts center. It presents innovative dramas, ridiculously funny comedies, and stunning musical productions that are sure to please any member of your family. The theater recently renovated their facilities to include advanced technology that produces eye-popping effects in Broadway-style musicals. Check the Strauss Theater calendar and box office for upcoming events and ticket availability.


Captiva Cruises

While in Captiva, you need to check out the Sunset Serenade Cruise from Captiva Cruises. You can enjoy cocktails and a delicious meal as well as top-shelf Caribbean-style entertainment that is sure to get you up and dancing. The 90-minute cruise sails along the Sanibel Island coastline as the sun sets along the beautiful sea horizon.


Enjoy the Sanibel Nightlife with Captiva Retreat

Top off your weekend of live musical entertainment with an overnight stay at the Captiva Retreat. You can enjoy our free-standing home that accommodates up to 8 guests. You’ll have plenty of amenities and lots of privacy to enjoy your stay. Call us today at 952-225-0310 and reserve your resort today!