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!
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.
The festival is Sept. 21 - Sept. 30, 2018.
This depends on which portion of the festival you attend. Lodging deals are available here.
Thanks to our partners, most of the performances are free! Check the performance schedule for a few special experiences that require a ticket purchase.
View the performance schedule here or in the festival app. Limited access performances are noted with a ticket icon.
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.
The 2018 performance schedule will be available in August in the Island Hopper Fest app and here.
The festival HQs are a great resource for information. Stop by the locations below for assistance, schedules and more.
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:
I plan to drive to the festival, where can I park?
Take the Trolley!
Park and ride FREE from Tween Waters Inn, Andy Rosse Lane or South Seas Chadwick Square
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:
Address of Beach Park & Ride is 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.
*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.
If you are a BMI songwriter, please contact Dan Spears at DSpears@BMI.com to be considered.