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Discover Sanibel Island's Culture of Art and History: Part 2

Sanibel Island Culture and Art
2 Jun 2017
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Beginning with the island’s early Calusa people, Sanibel Island has always had a deep appreciation for nature. This has produced a tradition of art inspired by the area’s natural beauty. Whether you’re looking to break up your beach days, are searching for rainy day activities or just want to get to know a different side of Sanibel Island, explore these art-inspired events and things to do. 


If you’re looking for art and entertainment on Sanibel Island, look no further than BIG ARTS. The organization was created in 1979 and has since grown to offer classes and workshops, lectures and discussions with renowned thought leaders and high-quality shows. With performing arts, fine arts, community collaborations and more, a visit to BIG ARTS and one of their events should be on your priority list for Sanibel Island.

Herb Strauss Theater

You may be surprised to find Broadway-caliber shows on Sanibel Island, but that’s exactly what the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater delivers. Explore their calendar to find an innovative drama, comedy or musical that fits your schedule, and get ready to be entertained by professional actors from all over the U.S. in an intimate atmosphere.

Sanibel Art Studios

Sanibel Island offers a selection of art studios to peruse on your travels. Take a walking tour of the area’s collections and be sure to visit Sissi Janku Art Studio, Tower Gallery an Artist Co-Op and Hirdie Girdie. 

Sanibel Arts & Crafts Fair

Held annually over President’s Day Weekend, this Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club event showcases over 120 of the nation’s most talented artists and combines fine art, island history and natural beauty. From humble beginnings over 30 years ago, the Sanibel Arts & Crafts Fair is now one of Southwest Florida’s premier art shows. Located at the Sanibel Community House, the tree-lined show features unique, one of a kind art pieces.

Sanibel Music Festival

If you enjoy classical music, consider planning your vacation around the Sanibel Music Festival. Founded in the 1980’s by musician Marilyn Lauriente, the festival aims to present high-caliber classical music and promote the careers of emerging artists. The festival is held during the “Save March for Music” season and typically presents seven concerts with piano and chamber music.