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Fort Myers’ Winter Arts Scene

Creativity is always flowing throughout Fort Myers’ islands, beaches and neighborhoods, and winter is when artists really get to shine. In January, February and March 2024, discover world-class art festivals and exhibits from local artists who are inspired by Southwest Florida.

ArtFest Fort Myers

Feb. 2–4, 2024

Spend a whole weekend immersed in art. At Southwest Florida’s premier art festival, more than 200 hand-picked artists come from around the world. Admire visual art in every medium, from paintings and sculptures to blown glass and ceramics — available at price points to fit every budget. There’s energy all weekend long, kicking off with a free opening night performance from the Gulf Coast Symphony. The Publix Art Yard sparks the imaginations of young artists, a Chalk Block inspires students to create colorful murals and local food trucks satisfy every craving.

Bonita Springs National Art Festivals

Jan. 13–14, Feb. 10–11 and Mar. 2–3, 2024

Riverside Park in Bonita Springs transforms into an artist enclave over three weekends in early 2024. Only about 200 artists are invited to attend this open-air festival, arriving from abroad and around the country to showcase their best work.

Cape Coral Art Festival & Market Place

Jan. 13–14, 2024

Now celebrating its 39th year on Cape Coral Parkway, this festival showcases works from over 300 artisans. Browse paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and scores of other unique works that are intermingled with food vendors and other purveyors in this time-honored local tradition.

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Sanibel Shell Show

Mar. 7, 2024

Where else would you want to celebrate seashells if not in the Seashell Capital of the World? The Sanibel Shell Show is the leading event of its kind, inviting curious seashell collectors and malacologists alike to talk bivalves with scientists and meet renowned seashell artists. See how individual seashells — or entire collections — can inspire shell flowers, decorative mirrors, photography, needlework, and more.  

In between exploring premier art festivals, enjoy Fort Myers’ vibrant culture built around its local art scene. Tour the historic River District, attend an event at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, join a monthly Art Walk, and discover much more on an artistic adventure in Fort Myers.