Update: The 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will go on as planned, September 22 to October 1, on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel… because nothing stops the music!
The Island Hopper Fest will be good tunes & vibes, filling our beach with the magic of singer-songwriters voicing the poetry of our sub-tropical lives!
It’s set for September 22 through October 1 in downtown Fort Myers, on nearby Captiva Island and on our very own Fort Myers Beach.
The fourth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns with dozens of star-studded performers set to play against our island backdrop.
The singer-songwriters performing in the 2017 Island Hopper Fest have penned No. 1 hits for major artists including Jake Owen, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Celine Dion and Ariana Grande. They will perform at a wide variety of venues.
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Oh, you’ll readily recognize many of the songs set to be delivered by the writers, even though they were made hits by some of entertainment’s top stars.
Presented by BMI, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1, and The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, festival-goers will have the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of the songwriters in intimate island settings. As you hop from island to island, all venues are easily accessible, and within walking distance.
Almost 80 songwriters are scheduled to appear at over 100 performances in 21 different venues (including 8 on Fort Myers Beach) throughout the two-week festival. Most of the events are free and tickets are priced very reasonably for the few ticketed events.
Island Hopper Fest Map
Here is our Island Hopper Fest Map with the locations of Fort Myers Beach Performances
Island Hopper Fest Instagram List
New artists have a chance to enter the festival, too, with a Singer-Songwriter Competition set for August 25 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center in downtown Fort Myers.
The 2016 Island Hopper Fest garnered four SUNSational Awards from the Florida Festival & Events Association and the Southeast Tourism Society named Island Hopper one of their “Top 20 Events” for 2017.