While much of the country is facing snow and freezing temperatures, Sanibel Island is thriving with activity! February and March are still peak tourist season, which means local establishments are offering some of their best entertainment of the whole year. If you’ll be in Sanibel this February or March, here are some of the exciting events you’ll want to be sure to check out!

Ding Darling Alligator

FREE Gators & Crocs Day at Ding Darling

Saturdays in February and March

The “Ding” Darling Animal Refuge is offering some incredible FREE programs this season that will both educate and delight the entire family! Among these offerings are Gator & Croc day each Saturday in February & March. Learn the difference between alligators, crocodiles, gharials, and other members of the Order Crocodilia! Remember your sunscreen, water bottle, and mosquito repellent, and learn more about this fun event (and others!) here.

Sanibel Lighthouse Sunset

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

February 14, 5:15 – 6:45pm

Need a last minute Valentine’s Day date idea? The Sunset Dolphin Cruise put on by Adventures in Paradise, Inc. makes for a beautiful and romantic evening! Watch the sunset with your loved one while listening to tropical music and cruising the serene waters of the San Carlos Bay. Free soft drinks, water, and cupcakes are included with your fair. Make sure you buy tickets ahead of time!

Sanibel Arts & Crafts Festival

February 16 & 17

Held annually by the Rotary Club, the Sanibel Arts & Crafts Festival hosts more than 120 of the nation’s most talented artists in a tree-lined show at the Sanibel Community House. Add in food vendors and an incredible silent auction and you’ve got the makings of a fun and memorable weekend. Our favorite part? Proceeds from entrance fees go to a great cause, supporting college scholarships as well as many important regional and national projects. Learn more here.

Parker Quartet

Parker Quartet

February 24, 3:30-4:30pm

The Grammy Award-winning Parker String Quartet will be dazzling the audience at our very own Schein Hall. The highly sought ensemble has performed at renowned music centers such as Schubert Club, Skidmore College, St. John’s College, University of South Carolina, Kansas City’s Friends of Chamber Music, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. If you’ve got an ear for fantastic music, you won’t want to miss out on this incredible performance.

Sanibel Shell Festival

March 7-9

Did you know that Sanibel Island is known around the world for its sea shells? This makes it the perfect location for a sea shell show (say that 10 times fast)! Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of shells and the mollusks that make them at the 82nd Annual Sanibel Shell Show & Festival. In addition to the exhibits containing sea shells from around the world, there will be t-shirts, artwork, and shells for sale as well as live mollusk tanks. Only a $5 donation is required for admittance. Get more info here.

PEEK Home Tour Sanibel

Peek at the Unique Home Tour

March 16

This event WILL sell out! Join a guided tour to check out four of the most unique and lovely homes on Sanibel Island! As an attendant, you’ll get a tour and information about each of the featured homes, as well as food and refreshments provided by some of the top chefs and restaurant on the island. Tour proceeds benefit the Zonta Foundation, whose mission is to empower women and girls on island, in Lee County and throughout the world. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

BIG ARTS Community Chorus Spring Concert:

March 27 & 28, 7:00 PM

Join the BIG ARTS Community Chorus at Schein Hall for a lovely evening celebrated in song. This talented group always puts on an enjoyable show. Be sure to buy your tickets now, as this event traditionally sells out quickly!

Can’t get enough of these adventures? We’ve got one more for you – and it might just change your life! Why not schedule some home tours while you’re here and make your stay a bit more permanent? We have some fabulous listings available. See something you like? Call Ann at 239-850-0979 and we’ll schedule a tour while you’re in town!