Fifth Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

This event ended on September 30, 2018

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This information is for 2018. Please check back for 2019 information.

The Fifth Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns Sept. 21-30, 2018, to fill The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel with music and fun at a number of tropical venues.

The festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands. It’s also a chance for fans to hear popular songs they’ve heard on country radio performed by the actual songwriters

Some of the 2018 Island Hopper singer/songwriters include Earl Bud Lee (“Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks), Dylan Altman (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen), Lee Thomas Miller (“Whiskey and You” by Chris Stapleton), Wendell Mobley (“There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney) and many more.

The festival kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 21-23, then moves to historic downtown Fort Myers on Sept. 24-27, and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 28-30.

Island Hopper app: The official Island Hopper mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. This new app was designed to enhance your festival experience. Features of the app include:

  • First chance to purchase tickets for select performances
  • Personalized schedule
  • Artist information
  • Performance times and venues
  • Festival coupons
  • Island Hopper hotel deals
  • Festival maps
  • Updates and alerts
  • Enter to win*
  • And more!

Download the app at

Countdown widget: Are you counting down the days to this year’s festival? The new event website features include a countdown widget and an image gallery generated by fans who use #IslandHopperFest.

Island Hopper Radio: iHeart Radio is launching Island Hopper Radio, a channel that includes music written by artists featured at the music festival.

Featured Entertainers

Midland at Fort Myers Beach: Midland will perform Sept. 30 at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach. The Texas country trio is coming off a big win for New Vocal Duo or Group from the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, and the band’s No. 1 single “Drinkin’ Problem” also received a Grammy nomination.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 on the Island Hopper mobile app.

Midland, known for its hip-country throwback sound blended with road-tested rock ’n roll, includes lead vocalist Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Midland’s critically acclaimed debut album, “On the Rocks,” features songwriting credits from each member alongside hit makers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

Click here for other information on live music on Fort Myers Beach!

This event runs from September 21, 2018 to September 30, 2018.