The Sanibel Arts & Crafts Show is home to an excellent selection of local artists. From painting to pottery to more unusual crafts, you are sure to find your next great treasure here!
Frequently Asked Questions for Art Fair Attendees
When is the next Sanibel Captiva Arts & Crafts Show?
The Annual Arts and Crafts show is held in February over the Presidents Day Weekend – a great time to visit Sanibel Island! On Saturday, the Fair opens at 10am and closes at 5pm, and on Sunday, the Fair opens at 10am and continues until 4pm. Artists will stay all the way until closing, but you’ll want to come early to have enough time to fully explore all the great booths and displays you’ll find.
Where is the Art Fair located?
Please see our Location & Hours page for maps and directions to the Sanibel Island Art Fair.
If you’re looking for a map of the grounds themselves, click the image to the left or here to get a full-sized printable version.
How much does it cost to get in?
There is a suggested donation of $5 for entry into the Art Show. We also welcome any non-perishable food items at the ticket booth for the benefit of the Fort Myers Soup Kitchen. Rotarian volunteers will be waiting to assist you at the front entrance.
Is there an ATM on site?
There is a Bank of America 1/4 mile West of the show and a Bank of the Islands 1/4 East of the show both with ATM machines.
Are there concessions and bathrooms on site?
Yes, a variety of concession stands will be at this year’s show, including ice cream!
Clean nice family-friendly, handicap accessible restrooms are located inside the Community House.
Don’t forget to go inside for the Silent Auction.
Attending artists donate a special piece of their Art for the Auction. This is the time to bid on that special piece of Art. In addition many local businesses donate their own special products. Hotel and Condo stays as well as Restaurant gift certificates and High end Jewelry, are among some of the fantastic gifts.
Come inside and sit down to finish your lunch or chat with friends in a great atmosphere.
Where do I park, and is there a parking fee?
Free parking is available across the street from the A&C Fair at the play house. When this location fills up signs will direct visitors to numerous other locations. These locations will have a shuttle system to provide a ride to the fair. The shuttle is free with plenty of room for all.
There is a $6 toll to cross the Sanibel Causeway bridge from Fort Myers. You can pay with cash, or with your Leeway or Sunpass transponder.
Is the Art Show a family-friendly event?
Most definitely! Children are welcome, as are pets on a leash. There is an outdoor play area with shade and tables for children to play (under your supervision). And of course, please stay with your children at all times. There is a friendly but firm “You break it, You bought it!” policy in place at the Art Fair, and lots of beautiful but fragile artwork around!
What should we wear to the Art Show?
That depends on the weather! We would advise that you check the weather ahead of time, and plan to wear layers if it’s going to be chilly in the morning. And of course, don’t forget your sunblock! You can check the weather at Weather Underground or via the widget to the right.
If we want to stay overnight, where should we stay?
There are many lodging options on Sanibel, from cozy cottage to seaside Inn to luxury hotels. For detailed information on lodging options, please see the Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce website here.
Who does the Art Fair benefit?
The proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Fair go to the Rotary Foundation for worthy causes on Sanibel Island, in Lee County, Florida and around the world. In past years we supported the following:
- The Sanibel School
- Rotary Dictionary Project – 3rd Grade
- Brightest Horizons
- Ding Darling Wildlife Society
- Children’s Cancer Ward at HealthPark
- Friends Who Care – Sanibel
- Friends in Service (FISH)
- Angel Flight of SW Florida
- Hope Hospice
- Girl & Boy Scouts
- Rotary Camp Florida for Terminally Ill Kids
- Rotary’s Polio Plus
- Nigeria & Asia Water Wells
- Rotary Foundation
- Prostate Cancer Research Institute
- Two Endowed University Scholarships to students meeting state income requirement.
- Rotary District Polio Plus committed to eliminating Polio throughout the world.
- Gift of Life saved the life a young girl from Venezuela
- Shelter Box for crises in Chile
- African Caribbean American Center
- Rotary Kids Camp for Permanently Disabled and Terminally Ill Kids.
If you would like details on any of these programs please call Chet Sadler at (239) 472-7257.