Thirty-First Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

There's something for everyone at this year's festival!

There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival!

February 16 and 17, 10 – 6.

Festival Website click here

Get ready for two unique days of fun and family entertainment along the historic and picturesque shoreline of Cortez.  If you love seafood and want to savor a taste of Florida’s history, don’t miss the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.

The Festival is a special event: visitors will be welcomed to help Cortezians celebrate their love of marine life and pride in their heritage.  Festival goers will enjoy a variety of live entertainment, music, clog dancing, boat rides, marine life exhibits, plenty of delicious seafood, and the beautiful vista from the Cortez shoreline will provide a day you won’t soon forget.  You will also be treated to a nautical Arts and Crafts Show and tours and displays on local marine life and the commercial fishing industry.

All Festival proceeds are committed to purchasing 95 acres of mangrove wetlands immediately east of the village — The FISH Preserve.  This area is one of the last few undeveloped shorelines found in Sarasota Bay.  Come on out for a wonderful day and, at the same time, provide your support for helping your community protect the health of bay waters.

Plenty of delicious seafood!

Plenty of delicious seafood!

Admission is $3.00, kids under 12 free.

Offsite parking available at available at G.T Bay Park overflow parking (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209 – turn east off of 59th St onto 33rd Ave. Dr.) or at Coquina Beach with shuttle bus to Cortez ($2.50 round trip).  Additional parking will be available east of the village off of Cortez Road (5 minute walk)—get there early or come later in the afternoon, as the lot is pretty full during the middle of the day.


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