Performing Arts & Entertainment on Sanibel Island & Captiva Islands

Theaters and music festivals are alive and well here on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers. The island’s lively arts are made up of one local playhouse on Periwinkle Way, a 414-seat performing arts hall at BIG Arts and a professional and amateur theater in downtown Fort Myers.

BIG ARTS (Barrier Island Group For the Arts)

presents world-renowned music and dance, intimate live theater, distinguished speakers, arresting art exhibits, fine films, and workshops taught by gifted artists and instructors.

BIG ARTS provides quality cultural experiences to Sanibel and Captiva’s residents and visitors. For more information call (239) 395-0900, email to BIG ARTS or

BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater

Sanibel’s only professional theater, BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater presents innovative dramas, comedies, and musicals. The recent technical upgrades and show selections exemplifies the Theater’s commitment to quality entertainment. The Theater offers Broadway-caliber talent in an intimate atmosphere.

Theater Box Office number is (239) 472-6862 or BIG ARTS Theater

The Florida Repertory Theatre

Florida Rep is an ensemble based company that was established in 1998 as a Not-for-Profit 501, when Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo was offered the historic Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. Now, as the Florida Repertory Theatre enters its sixth season, it is pleased to boast a 66% increase in admissions, a year-round season, and many education and outreach programs which benefit both the theater and the community. Contact:
2267 1st St., Fort Myers (239) 332-4488 Toll-Free: (877) 787-8053 or

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, Florida

The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is now celebrating its 17th Spectacular Season. The theater entertains over 170,000 guests annually.  The facility has expanded a number of times and now includes an additional 90-seat “black-box” theater called The Off Broadway Palm Theatre, and two banquet facilities – Café Cabaret and The Art Café.  The theater seats 448 and can be found on Florida’s sunny west coast between Tampa and Miami. In 2013, the theater won the Chrysalis Award for its cultural achievement, click here to learn more. Call the box office at 239-278-4422 or


Sanibel Music Festival – “An Island Tradition”

Festival History

Marilyn Lauriente, musician and impresario founded the Sanibel Music Festival in the 1980’s.

  • The mission of the Festival is to present classical music of the highest standard and to promote the careers of emerging artists through performance opportunities.
  • The Festival presents seven concerts each “Save March for Music” season, with piano and chamber music.
  • Out reach and education programs include a concert for children at the Sanibel School.


For information and brochure please call (239) 344-7025


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