The first Shrimp Festival was held in 1959. Today the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival raises tens of thousands of dollars for charities like providing eye glasses, cataract and other surgeries for our areas residents in need, the Florida Lions Eyebank, Baskin Palmer Eye Institute, Southeast Guide Dogs, largeprint books for the local library, Little League and our WE SERVE Beach Lions Scholarship Fund.
The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp is the major event of the year for Fort Myers Beach. The local Lions Club heads the individual events of the festival such as the parade, exhibition, Queens Pageant and the newly incorporated shrimp-eating contest! Drawing thousands of visitors from almost every state and many countries, the Lions Club Shrimp Festival is an event that locals count on year after year to put a smile on their faces, delicious “Pink Gold” shrimp dinners in their bellies and all the while, funds what serves to provide those less fortunate with opportunities they would otherwise not have.