Live Music on Sanibel

Where to Find Live Music on Sanibel Island

After a fun-filled day on the beaches of Sanibel Island, the perfect way to unwind is to catch some live music. Whether you just want to watch the sun go down as you enjoy some great tunes or you’re looking to hit the dancefloor, there are a number of great places to find live music on Sanibel Island.  Here are some of our favorites.

George & Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille

There’s something about enjoying the sounds of a live band along with the feel of the sea air and the taste of delicious fresh seafood. It will certainly remind you that you’re enjoying a delightful beach break!

This is what’s on offer at George & Wendy’s Sanibel Seafood Grille, a favorite with visitors and locals alike. They have a hearty menu that’s heavy on the locally sourced seafood, as well as a brilliant calendar of live music and events. Nearly every day of the week there’s something on, from open mic nights to local bands including folk, rock and reggae. Hours of operation are seven days a week 11:00am – midnight (and sometimes later).

George & Wendy’s is located at 2499 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | | Phone: (239) 395-1263

Traditions on the Beach

You’re on vacation – so it’s time to indulge in some delicious food, perhaps a little wine, and definitely some fabulous live music. All of this is available at Traditions on the Beach, a beautiful contemporary restaurant in West Sanibel.

The historic restaurant features a full calendar of events nearly every day of the week, with a focus on jazz, soul and more. Things usually kick off from 6:30pm, so why not head down to watch the sunset, sip a cocktail and then enjoy some great tunes? Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, as the bands love to get you moving! | Traditions is open from 4pm – 9:30pm (10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

Address: 3111 West Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone: (239) 472-4559

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar

A Caribbean rum bar mixed with an American sports bar? It might sound a bit unusual, but it certainly works at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar. Add in a calendar of brilliant bands and vocalists, and you have one of the best places to find live music on Sanibel Island.

The menu is excellent – the owner is famed author Randy Wayne White, who started out as a fishing guide on Sanibel, so he knows a thing or two about seafood – and the music is fabulous. From smooth, relaxing soul to beats that will have you up and dancing, it’s a varied and fun calendar that’s sure to make your stay on Sanibel Island even more memorable. Doc Ford’s is open seven days a week, 10am – 11pm.

Address: 2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957 (also on Captiva) | | Phone: +1 (239) 472-8311


Il Cielo

If you are looking to fancy things up a bit for the perfect romantic dinner, Il Cielo is your spot. Featuring top notch food, perfect wine pairings and excellent service, Il Cielo is perfect for date night. And every Tuesday through Sunday at 7 PM, bask in the emotive notes of the grand piano permeating the air, as you enjoy an after-dinner cocktail in the bar.

IL Cielo is Italian for “The Sky or “Heavenly”, and it certainly fits. IL Cielo offers a dynamic and heavenly culinary experience featuring creative American cuisine with internationally inspired specials.

Il Cielo is located at 1244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957, | Phone (239) 472-5555



Traders is one of our favorite spots for casual food, live music and much more! Featuring coastal-inspired dishes and nightly seafood selections by the executive chef, Traders is a staple for locals and visitors alike. In addition to an extensive and varied wine list, Traders offers a great selection of premium draft beers and signature cocktails. We recommend the Mango Mai Tai and the Key Lime Martini, while you relax and enjoy live music every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Night from 7 to 10 PM! And for a special treat, try one of the world-famous Norman Love Chocolates, now available exclusively on the Island at Traders!

Traders is located at 1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Phone 239-472-7242

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