FAQ's

FAQ's

Welcome!

The 5th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is proudly produced by the Lee County Tourist Development Council, BMI, iHeartMedia and Cat Country 107.1. We hope you enjoy this 10-day festival on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Island Hopper Fest is the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida and offers a unique experience to interact with songwriters who wrote your favorite hits. Sit back and relax - we hope enjoy your time here!

Festival tips:

Here at Island Hopper, we like to have a good time but encourage respectful listening and quiet conversations during performances. Please show appreciation to the fantastic bartenders, restaurant and hotel staff that make this event possible. We encourage you to explore the various venues as each offer a different experience.

Please arrive at each show early as seating is limited.

Note: Open container laws in Lee County state that alcoholic beverages must be consumed prior to departing our bars and restaurants. It is unlawful to drink or consume any alcoholic beverage on public streets, sidewalks or beaches.

When and where is the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest?

The festival is Sept. 21 - Sept. 30, 2018.

  • Captiva Island: Sept. 21 - 23, 2018
  • Downtown Fort Myers: Sept. 24 - 27, 2018
  • Fort Myers Beach: Sept. 28 - 30, 2018

Where should I stay?

This depends on which portion of the festival you attend. Lodging deals are available here

How much does it cost to attend?

Thanks to our partners, most of the performances are free! Check the performance schedule for a few special experiences that require a ticket purchase.

How do I know if an event is ticketed?

View the performance schedule here or in the festival app. Limited access performances are noted with a ticket icon.

Do you have an app?

YES! The new Island Hopper Fest app is now available for iOS and Andriod users. Features include personalized schedules, festival discounts, maps, performance alerts and more. More app info is available here.

How can I see when my favorite songwriters are playing?

The 2018 performance schedule will be available in August in the Island Hopper Fest app and here

Where are the festival headquarters (HQ) located?

The festival HQs are a great resource for information. Stop by the locations below for assistance, schedules and more. 

  • Captiva Island: Cone Rooms, 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, Florida 33924
  • Downtown Fort Myers: Lobby of Lee County Admin East Building, 2201 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • Fort Myers Beach: Harbour House at the Inn (across from Nervous Nellies), 450 Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

I do not have a car, how can I get around on the islands?

Rent a car with the official car rental company of the festival! 

Ride services such as Uber and Lyft are available on Captiva Island, in Downtown Fort Myers, and on Fort Myers Beach.

There are also a number of taxi services available:

  • Captiva Island: Sanibel Taxi, Sanibel Double D, Majestic Transportation Services
  • Downtown Fort Myers: Night Owl Taxi LLC, A Better Taxi, Bluebird Taxi
  • Fort Myers Beach: Coconut Crab Airport Taxi, Errol’s Taxi, Majestic Transportation Services

I plan to drive to the festival, where can I park?

  • Captiva Island
    • Chadwicks Square, 5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
  • Downtown Fort Myers
    • Parking garages, open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
      • 2118 Bay St, Fort Myers, FL 33901
      • 2286 Main St, Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • Fort Myers Beach
    • Lynn Hall Beach Park, 950 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
    • Street parking is available for $3 per hour throughout the Town of Fort Myers Beach
    • Private cash-only parking lots may be found along Old San Carlos Blvd. 

Take the Trolley!

Captiva Island:

Park and ride FREE from Tween Waters Inn, Andy Rosse Lane or South Seas Chadwick Square

  • S-CAR-GO generously provided by the Key Lime Bistro – Hop on Hop off!
  • Adventures in Paradise Trolley schedule:

Friday, Sept 21: 3-11pm

Saturday, Sept 22: 1:30-11:30pm

Sunday, Sept 23: 1:30-6:30pm

Downtown Fort Myers:

Nickel Ride runs on an average of 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, riders will be able to schedule their on-demand Nickel Ride service by telephone or through a branded mobile application. With an enthusiastic local driver behind the wheel, and up to 5 guests per ride.

Fort Myers Beach:

Trams:

  • Sept 28-30: LeeTran will provide FREE trams running between Bowditch Park and Matanzas Preserve with extended hours to accommodate festival attendees.

Trolleys:

Address of Beach Park & Ride is 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.

  • Sept 30: *3:30-8:30pm Park & Ride the Island Hopper Trolley (route 490) from Beach Park & Ride on Pine Ridge Rd to Pink Shell Resort for closing concert featuring MIDLAND.

*Trolley is free of charge if you show concert ticket*

Doors open at 4:30pm, concert begins at 5:00pm.

I have a question, who can I call?

For more information please call 239-338-3500. Standard office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm ET.