Island Events

OCT 2020

20th – “Ding” Darling 75th Anniversary “Ding”: The Man, The Art, The Stories Exhibition Opening

27th – Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum “Mollusk Monster Mash” at Traders.

NOV 2020

All month – 39th Taste of the Islands – Renamed “Taste of the Islands Reimagined” – CROW’s annual fundraiser – not a gathering, but participation by local restaurant with a proportion of food & drink proceeds to benefit CROW. Check CROW’s website on getting a passport to be stamped at the restaurants to participate in prize drawings & voting.

3rd – “Ding” Darling 75th Anniversary Proclamation at City Hall

13th – SCCF’s Wines in the Wild 2020 – not at the Bailey homestead this year, but at your homeINstead. Contact SCCF before November 6 to reserve your party box which will be available November 13 for touchless drive-up pickup. It includes a bottle of white & red wine; food by chefs from Cielo, Catering by Leslie Adams, Spoondrift, & Sweet Melissa’s Café; centerpiece designed by Native Landscapes & Garden Center; link to a specially curated Wines in the Wild music playlist; & dessert, & surprises too.

30th – “Ding” Darling Holiday Shopping Night

DEC 2020

1st – Official Ding Darling 75th Anniversary Celebration & “Ding” Darling Day & 32nd Annual “Ding” Darling Day

4th – 11th – Luminary 2020 – “Coastal Distance Edition”. Instead of single night events, this year’s event runs from Friday through Friday during normal operating hours when businesses will offer special discounts & deals. With tagline, “Eat, Shop, Stay, Play” like traditional Luminary celebrations, it promotes commerce on Sanibel & Captiva. Unlike past Luminaries, this year there will be no luminary light bags, alcohol (except where licensed), & no entertainment, events, or activities that might attract a crowd. More info on The Chamber website.

JAN 20201

14th – “Ding” Darling Volunteer Training

29th – Mar 19 – “Ding” Darling Lecture Series

FEB 2021

10th – 2021 Annual Fundraiser, Ding Darling

MAR 2021

22nd – Ding Darling, Earth Day at the Refuge

MAY 2021

14th – Ding Darling, 9th Annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament (sold out)



big arts logoBIG ARTS = Barrier Island Group for the Arts,


CHR = Sanibel Community Housing Resources,


CROW   =  Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife,

Ding Darling Society logo

“Ding” Darling = J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge,


FISH  = “Friends in Service Here” of Sanibel,

Lsanibel-library-logoIBRARY = Sanibel Library,

Museum Logo

MUSEUM = Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Community House logo

SCA = Sanibel Community Association at Sanibel Community House,

sccfSCCF = Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation,

bailey-mathews shell museum signSHELL = The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum,

Sanibel Sea schoolSSS = Sanibel Sea School

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