Annual Events in Fort Myers
It’s time to party! Fort Myers has more than its fair share of noteworthy annual festivals, so you’re sure to stay entertained during your visit. Whether you’re hoping to celebrate Celtic culture, American independence or tasty Gulf shrimp, Fort Myers has an exciting annual festival for each of these and many more. Don’t see an event that lines up with your travel plans? Check out our daily events and activities on-property at Pink Shell. Arts and crafts, nature tours and live music await!
Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival
Want to listen to more live Celtic music than you could ever dream of? The Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival is the place to go. With half a dozen Celtic performers, you’ll definitely get your fill of Irish music and dancing.
Edison Festival of Light
Embrace your inner inventor at the Edison Festival of Light. As the name implies, this event is put on in honor of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb and part-time Fort Myers resident. Today, this festival includes a parade, crafts, a 5k, food trucks, a car show and more!
Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival
Shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi and coconut shrimp—yum! These dishes are just the start of all of the mouthwatering shrimp plates served at the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. But there’s more to this quirky, yet beloved annual event than meets the eye. You’ll also get to celebrate tasty pink Gulf shrimp with a shrimp parade, shrimp pageant, shrimp eating contest and so much more. Can’t make it to the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival? Get a taste of the area’s fresh, local shrimp right here at Rae’s Real Italian!
Taste of the Beach
Come hungry and leave happy. During the annual Taste of the Beach event in May, all of the best restaurants in Fort Myers come together. Each eatery serves up its signature dish for a chance to win an award—and some coveted bragging rights! Are you ready to be the judge?
Fourth of July
Fort Myers Beach’s Times Square is the place to be on the Fourth of July. After a day playing and lounging on Pink Shell’s picturesque private beach, make your way downtown in your chosen mode of transportation. From there, you can watch the incredible Fourth of July parade, enjoy special holiday happy hours at local restaurants and watch the fantastic firework show over the Gulf of Mexico.
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest
Calling all music lovers! Each September, the best songwriters in the country come together to participate in the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. This event is filled with fantastic songwriting, incredible performances and all around good vibes. To make things even cooler, Pink Shell hosts one of the events during its annual pool party!
Start your (boat) engines! Roar Offshore is the national championship of powerboat racing. With boats speeding by at up to 180 miles per hour, you’ll be in absolute awe at this thrilling event in Fort Myers Beach. So what are you waiting for? Snag a seat near Salty Sam’s Marina and get ready to watch these pros in action.
Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Christmas parades are one thing, but Christmas boat parades are another. Each December, Fort Myers Beach puts on an incredible Christmas boat parade—just one of the many reasons to plan a Fort Myers Beach holiday vacation. This favorite Fort Myers event includes fabulous Christmas music, a fun atmosphere and dozens of brilliantly decorated boats sailing through Matanzas Pass.
New Year’s Eve & Fort Myers Beach’s Birthday
Enjoy double the fun when celebrating New Year’s Eve in Fort Myers Beach! Not only do you get to commemorate the start of a new year, you’ll also get to celebrate the birth of Fort Myers Beach, which was officially founded on New Year’s Eve in 1995. So to celebrate the town’s incredible birthday, you can eat free cupcakes, listen to live music and watch dazzling fireworks light up the sky. Happy birthday, Fort Myers Beach!
The Pink Shell Resort & Marina is absolutely amazing! I took my fiancé here last week for a week stay for her birthday. I could not have asked for a better place. From the moment we arrived the staff were extremely polite, helpful, and very kind. The room was extremely clean everyday from the day we arrived until the day we left... The octopool is awesome, and jacks restaurant has a delicious breakfast every morning! We can’t wait for them to be back to 100% open and we will DEFINITELY be back! It’s an amazing place and well worth every penny!
What a find!!! As British we definitely appreciated the Malton brown toiletries, the bracelet that works as a door key, the bottled water and free tote bag! The room had brilliant facilities we were not expecting from coffee machine, full fridge, sink and plates etc. The staff were super friendly and I'm so sad we only had chance to stop one night.
This resort gets an "A" for effort! And views! And staff! And food! Fort Myers is recovering from the hurricane last year. I don't know how the Pink She'll has pulled it off but they did. They are up and running and doing an excellent job. Thank you for a phenomenal vacay, Pink Shell!
Absolutely loved this resort. We have twin babies and our villa was ready with all accommodations requested. Staff super friendly and helpful, the room was spotless and beautiful ocean and marina views. We will definitely return.
Amazing and heartwarming. The staff exceptional!! Breakfast what a treat hot and cold. The room perfect... Loved the screened in balcony right on the beach. What an amazing experience. Heartwarming on how everyone, every single staff member, with all they have and still are enduring, made this for their guests such an amazing experience I applaud everyone!!
The Pink Shell is a great place for a family vacation. They are on a beautiful spot on the beach, a short walk from Bowditch Point Park and close to Times Square,, with everything you need for a great trip. We stayed in one of the one bedroom villas and it was fantastic to have a full kitchen and laundry machine right in our room. The staff were friendly and helpful too. We'd totally go back.