82nd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival
March 7, 8, & 9, 2019

Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way

Hours:       9:00-5:00 Thursday & Friday
                 9:00-4:00 Saturday

Free Admission to the Festival Grounds
Free Parking

$5 Donation Includes Admission to the Exhibit Halls plus
One Free Admission to The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
(a $15 value)

Facts about the Sanibel Shell Festival:

  • Shell collecting is the second most popular collecting hobby in the world. Only stamp collectors outnumber shell collectors.
  • This well-known event draws shell enthusiasts from across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and other countries.
  • The Sanibel Shell Show is an integral part of the Shell Festival. This judged competition is the longest running and most prestigious shell show in North America. The competition between shell collectors and shell artists is open to everyone from the United States and around the world.
  • Throughout the year, volunteers meet at the Sanibel Community House to create elaborate floral bouquets and other shell art items that are offered for sale at the festival.
  • Shells can be bought at the "Shell Tent" for as little as 25 cents.

 What is there to do at the Sanibel Shell Festival?

  • Be amazed at the floral arrangements, sailors valentines and other magnificent works of art entered in the Shell Show.
  • Observe live seashells (mollusks) and learn about them at the Live Tank.
  • Enjoy free shell crafting demonstrations.
  • See extensive collections of shells from around the world that are entered in the Shell Show.
  • Meet the artists who use shells and other sea life as their medium.
  • Watch videos about mollusks. Learn how they create their shells, eat, move, protect themselves and how they reproduce.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to purchase shells and intricate shell art. Shell prices start at 25 cents.
  • Make a simple shell flower or shell animal to take home with you.
  • Buy a $5 or (3) for $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes.
  • Have lunch or enjoy a snack at the food vendors.
  • Buy a Sanibel Shell Festival T-shirt. There are five to choose from. Click on the subpage below to see the shirts.

Who benefits from funds raised at the Shell Festival?

The Annual Shell Festival is the major fund raising event of the year for both the Sanibel Community Association and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club.

All the funds raised by the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club are given in the form of grants to several local marine education and conservation organizations and for scholarship funds to the University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University Departments of Marine & Ecological Science.

The funds raised by the sale of shells and shell art outdoors on the Festival grounds support the Sanibel Community House.


Call:    (239) 472-2155