Sanibel and Captiva Islands are filled year around with events and fun things to do for all ages and interests.
Many island events are traditional and set to occur at the same time every year. The Sanibel & Captiva social scene becomes extremely busy from October thru Easter with many events occurring in one week. Be sure to sign up for our weekly emails which link to reminders for upcoming event dates.
The Committee of the Islands better known to local residents as COTI was formed in 1975 and is essentially as old as the City of Sanibel.
COTI's MISSON: To ensure the continuity of good local government, to protect the environment, and to help preserve the sanctuary character of our barrier island community.
Established in 2011, the Captiva Island Historical Society was made possible by the work done as part of the Captiva History Project which was founded by Stella Farwell.
The Captiva Civic Center is home to CIHS where much of Captiva's History is on display and will be enjoyed for many generations to come.
BIG ARTS feature Darlene Love February 23rd. "You Gotta Have Love".
Darlene Love is Darlene Wright's stage name. Her voice defines the Motown Sound of the 1960s and 70s. The song "He's a Rebel" a number 1 hit single in 1962 forced the spotlight on her voice. Darlene is ranked #84 in the Rolling Stones top 100 Greatest Singers of all time.
Produced by 7-time Emmy Award winner David E. Carter, this film documents 100 years of Sanibel's Black History. Beginning in 1917 when Isaiah Gavin and Hannah Gavin moved from Walkulla County in the panhandle of Florida near Tallahassee to Sanibel Island.
The Gavin-Walker Legacy began with the marriage of Elnora Walker (daughter of Harry Walker Sr. and Pearl Alice Walker) to Edmond Gavin in 1933. They went on to have 20 children. Their families have over 100 years of Sanibel Island History to tell.
This documentary sponsored by Bank of the Islands, Bailey's General Store, Island Inn and Pfeifer Realty Group tells a story that has never been told before.