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Island Hopper Songwriter Festival: What to Do, Where to Stay

Sun. Sand. And plenty of Songs.

Those are the three key ingredients that have made the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival one of the most anticipated events in the Ft. Myer’s area.

This country-music focused festival is not to be missed.  Just consider the numbers: 10 days of original music, more than 70 songwriters, and three beautiful locations to take in all the sounds.  The festival will take place Sept. 20-29 this year, including musical performances on stages on Captiva Island, downtown Ft. Myers and Ft. Myer’s Beach.

In its sixth year, the Island Hopper Festival is the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida, according to the Lee County Tourist Development Council that organizes the event. The event brings a unique experience that highlights the songwriters behind the song.

While festival admission is free, there are some special ticketed events to check out. To get a full list of who’s playing and where download the festival’s app.

This year’s performer highlights include Grammy-winning songwriter Kristian Bush pairing up with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Bush is one-part of the Country group Sugarland. You can see the performance for $30 at downtown Ft. Myer’s historic Florida Repertory Theater on Sept. 22.

While you’re in downtown Ft. Myer’s, take a stroll through Ft. Myer’s River District where you’ll find charming boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

Take in the sounds of the sea and sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when rock-country quartet Gone West will perform with Ryan Hurd at Pincher’s at the Marina at Edison Ford.

While there you can visit the historic estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both who maintained winter homes in the area.

While the songwriter festival is taking place in three different locations, the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Ft. Myers is a great central location to stay while you’re attending.