2015 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez – The 33rd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, February 14th-15th from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Art, music and seafood will bring scores of people to the historic Cortez fishing village and you won’t want to miss it!

cortez commercial village festival

Admission – $3.00 for Adults – Children 12 under free

To find Cortez Village on a map, locate Bradenton which is about 50 miles south of Tampa. Find State Road 684, known locally as Cortez Road or 44th Avenue, and go west to the beaches.

Remote Parking for the Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Every year there is a something new at the Festival. Festival goers will want to note that there is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. You can avoid the traffic and enjoy the bus ride with your friends to the Festival ($2.50 round trip). The new parking site is located at G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209). Just turn east off of 59th St. onto 33rd Ave. W. You can’t miss it.

As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site.

Also, the parking area just east of the village off of Cortez Road has been expanded again this year. But get there early or later in the day as this parking area tends to fill up quickly. Parking spots open up later in the day.

Another option is to park in the western part of town. Many folks manage small parking areas throughout the village with some charging a fee depending on how close they are to the village.

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

2014 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez – Just over the bridge from Anna Maria Island is the little town of Cortez. A fishing village to this day, it’s home to the Coast Guard, Starfish Food Co. and more. Once a year in February, this tiny piece of Florida history is home to the Cortez Fishing Festival.

Featuring great live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, more seafood than imaginable and, of course, beer, the Cortez Fishing Festival is an event unlike few others in Manatee County. Admission is $3 at the door , children 12 and under are free.

2014 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in Cortez Florida

Music Schedule

Saturday February 15th

10:00 – 10:20 am:  Shanty Singers
10:45 – 12:00 pm: Passerine
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Awards and Introductions
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones
2:30 –  4:00 pm: Eric von Hahmann
4:30 –  6:00 pm: Razing Cane

 

Sunday February 16th

10:30  – 12:00 am: Soupy Davis and his Band
12:30  –  2:00  pm: Eric von Hahmann
2:30  –  4:00 pm:   Soul R Coaster
4:30 –  6:00 pm:   Shotgun Justice

Parking and Directions

The Cortez Fishing Village is just over the Desoto Bridge in Bradenton Beaach. Head over and veer to the right. You can’t miss it. There is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. You can avoid the traffic and enjoy the bus ride with your friends to the Festival ($2.50 round trip). The new parking site is located at G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209).  Just turn east off of 59th St. onto 33rd Ave. W. This same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site. You might even be able to find a parking spot in the surrounding neighborhoods, but they property owners may charge a price.

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Shanty Singers Playing at Cortez Fishing Festival

shanty singers Cortez Fishing FestivalShanty Singers will be taking the stage at 11:30 AM on Saturday, February 16, 2013 along with other bands at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The event will feature plenty family fun, fresh Florida seafood, and entertainment for everyone!

To learn more about the event and a full schedule of the live music and entertainment click here!

Scott’s Garage Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

scott's garageScott’s Garage will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Scott’s Garage take the stage at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2013. They are the last performers and will wrap up the festival with their act so be sure not to miss it! Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

You can find fresh Florida seafood, live music, and family fun galore at the 2-day festival!

For a full schedule of the entertainment at the festival you can click here!

Passerine Opening Act at Cortez Fishing Festival

Passerine will be the opening act at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They will be taking the stage at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!
passerine

Lots of family fun, seafood, and live music to take in at this event!

For more information about the event and the other bands playing click here!

Shotgun Justice Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Shotgun Justice will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They are taking the stage at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

Live music, fresh Florida seafood, and family fun can all be found during the 2-day event in Cortez Village.

The full entertainment schedule and additional information about the festival can be found by clicking here!

Soupy Davis and His Band Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

soupy davis Cortez VillageSoupy Davis and His Band will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. They take the stage at 10:30 AM on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The second day of this 2-day event will feature Soupy Davis and His Band and much more entertainment! Fresh Florida seafood, family fun, and plenty more will also be present at the festival as well!

The full entertainment schedule and more can be found if you click here!

Razing Cane Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Razing CaneRazing Cane is playing the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They take the stage as the first day’s closing act at 4:30 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The festival takes place in Cortez Village just south of Anna Maria Island featuring live music, fresh Florida seafood, and fun for the whole family!

To get a full schedule of entertainment click here!

Soul R Coaster Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Soul R Coaster will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They will take the stage at 2:30 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The two day festival features endless entertainment, fresh Florida seafood, and plenty of live music to satisfy all of your tastes.

For more information on the event and a full entertainment schedule click here!

Eric Von Hahmann Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Eric Von Hahmann will be playing the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! He takes the stage at 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013, and again at 12:00 PM on Sunday, Februray 17, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The event features unlimited family fun, fresh Florida seafood, and entertainment galore!

For a full schedule of entertainment, the other bands playing, or more information about the festival click here!