Skip to main content
Back to News

Mark Your Calendars for the 87th Annual Shell Festival

Presented by the Sanibel Community Association Shell Crafters

Sponsored in part by:

Mark your calendars and join us at The Community House for a weekend filled with wonder, education, and the natural beauty of seashells. Your support helps us continue this cherished island tradition and fosters a sense of community spirit on Sanibel. Don’t miss the 87th Annual Shell Festival – where shells come to life!

Whether you’re an avid collector, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking a memorable family outing, the 87th Annual Shell Festival has something to offer everyone. Come immerse yourself in the world of shells, support our local artisans, and be part of a cherished tradition that spans generations.

A Rich History:

The Shell Festival has deep roots, dating back to the 1920s, mirroring the enduring legacy of The Community House itself. Over the years, it has grown into the world’s longest-running and largest shell festival, drawing visitors from far and wide to celebrate the natural beauty of seashells.

Supporting the Community:

A vital aspect of this event is its impact on the community. The Sanibel Community Association Shell Crafters, the heart and soul of the festival, generously contribute their time and talents to make this event a reality. Their efforts help support The Community House, ensuring it continues to serve as a hub of cultural and social activity for Sanibel and beyond.

A Bigger and Better Experience:

This year, the Sanibel Community Association Shell Crafters are taking the lead in organizing both the inside and outside shell show. Their dedication and passion will shine through as they curate an even more extensive and captivating display of seashell artistry. Visitors can look forward to an artistic area featuring people’s choice awards, showcasing the incredible talent within our community.

Something for Everyone:

Beyond the mesmerizing shell exhibits, the festival boasts a vibrant marketplace with a diverse array of vendors offering unique treasures. From handcrafted jewelry and art to coastal-inspired décor, you’ll find something special to commemorate your visit to Sanibel.

Join Us:

Mark your calendars, and join us at The Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way on March 7th, 8th, and 9th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Together, let’s make this year’s Shell Festival larger, more vibrant, and more enchanting than ever before. We can’t wait to share the beauty of Sanibel’s seashells with you!

Calling all Shell Lovers:

We are accepting Student and Adult Artistic Entries for Exhibit through February 1, 2024. Click HERE for 2024 SCA Shell Festival Exhibitor Rules & Entry Form.

Call all Art Vendors:

Reserve your table today! 8FT TABLE $150/3 DAYS. Click HERE for 2024 SCA Shell Festival Art Vendor Application, call 239-472-2155, or send us an email at

Offsite Location:

Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club @ Sanibel Harbour Marriott, Fort Myers

‹‹ Prev Post | Next Post ››

Related News

Donate Today!

We invite you to support events in our historic building, the only island venue that is uniquely Sanibel. There is always something happening at The Community House.

Click Here to Donate!