Patrons visit the 2014 Sanibel Shell Festival at the Community House. SC photo by Dorothy Wallace
Patrons visit the 2014 Sanibel Shell Festival at the Community House. SC photo by Dorothy Wallace

The 78th annual Sanibel Shell Festival returns to the Community House on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5-7.

Whether you are a die-hard shell connoisseur, a casual collector, someone who admires intricate craftsmanship, or a beach lover looking to learn about shells, the Sanibel Shell Festival is a must-do affair.

At the festival you will find world-class, prize winning, shell specimens on display, educational exhibits, plus an array of intricately made shell art and crafts that will amaze you.  In addition, you’ll find an array of “treasures from the sea” you can take home as gifts or souvenirs.

The festival will be held at the Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, on:

·      Thursday – Friday: Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Shell Show Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

·      Saturday:  Festival and Shell Show Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Shell Festival Raffle Draw 3 p.m.

Admission is free for the outdoor shell area, and a $5 donation to enter the inside Shell Show. Parking is free and food and beverages will be available.

Also, be sure to purchase tickets for the Shell Fair Raffle for a chance to win some unique and valuable shell-themed items.   Tickets are on sale now!  Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10, and you can purchase them at the Community House or at the Shell Festival.  The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 7, and you need not be present to win.  Proceeds go towards the maintenance of the Community House. 

For more information visit or call 239-472-2155 or visit us at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Our mission is to enrich community spirit through educational, cultural and social gatherings in our historic Community House. Sanibel Community Association is a 501c 3 Organization.

Also visit the Sanibel Shell Club's general website and its Shell Festival website for more information on the Shell Festival.