Island Hopper Songwriter Festival Postponed Until 2021

The 7th annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus. The new dates will be Sept. 17-26, 2021.

The 10-day music festival in Southwest Florida features more than 80 artists performing more than 100 shows, most of which are free in small, intimate venues across Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, and downtown Fort Myers.

“After extensive consideration, and in light of the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the most prudent way to proceed,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. “We are just as disappointed as our songwriters and fans but we’re looking forward to next year.”

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest organizers have produced three monthly installments of Songs from the Sofa – a virtual experience featuring previous Island Hopper songwriters on Instagram Live. Songs from the Sofa will continue on the third Thursday of every month, and updates will be shared on


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