Bradenton – Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is an event to celebrate “old Florida” and the fishing heritage of Cortez Village. The festival was founded in 1981 and drew in over 500 people to this small fishing village. The event has grown having an average attendance of 25,000 people. Considering the Cortez Village is less than 10 blocks large that is a significant amount of people for the community.

The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival offers many things such as great live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, more seafood than imaginable, and of course, beer. This is one party you don’t want to miss.

Parking can be trouble if you don’t get there early enough. There are two satellite parking lots this year, G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209) and Coquina Beach (the southern most end of Anna Maria Island) with a shuttle to the festival for $2.00 round trip.

Admission is $3.00.

2013 Entertainment Schedule
Saturday February 16th
10:00 – 11:30 am Passerine
11:30 – 12:00 pm Shanty Singers
12:00 – 12:15 pm Awards and Introductions
12:30 – 2:00 pm Eric von Hahmann
2:30 – 4:00 pm Soul R Coaster
4:30 – 6:00 pm Razing Cane

Sunday February 17th
10:30 – 11:30 am Soupy Davis and his Band
12:00 – 1:30 pm Eric von Hahmann
2:00 – 3:30 pm Shotgun Justice
4:00 – 5:30 pm Scott’s Garage

Cortez Village
119th Street
Bradenton, FL 34209

9 thoughts on “Bradenton – Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival”

    1. Hi Deb –

      Not sure where you can purchase T-shirts before the festival but you will see vendors on your way into the festival selling T-shirts and will be able to grab one then.

  1. Greetings….We recently attended the 2013 Cortez Fish Festival with out of town family members…Loved everything about the festival but especially the Pretzels from one of the food vendors….Would love to contact or receive information about that vendor…Does anyone have inf or a list of food vendors who were at the festival on Sat…Thank you so much..

    Mary G

        1. Hello Erick –
          We are happy to hear that you and Mary found the best pretzels that you have ever had at the Cortez Fishing Festival!

          Unfortunately we do not have a list of the vendors because we did not host the festival, we wrote a blog about the festival for all of our guests to find events & fun things to do in the Anna Maria Island Area.

          If you would like to know more about the Annual Cortez Fishing Festival I suggest contacting the people who did host the event.

          Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
          Post Office Box 606

          Cortez, FL 34215

          Thank you,

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