Cortez Village Fishing Festival

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The Cortez Fishing Festival is held the 3rd weekend in February every year.  Come and enjoy fresh seafood in Old Florida near Bradenton Florida for 2 days, February 17 - 18, 2018!

Cortez Village Fishing Festival - Event Details

Date: February 17 , 2018 to February 19, 2018

Times: 10 am - 6 pm

Location: Village of Cortez,   4600 124th St. West, Cortez FL 34215

Admission: Admission to the Cortez Festival is $4 and children under 12 are free. Parking is free and round trip shuttle service is $3.


Fishing in Cortez Florida

Fishing in Cortez Florida

Cortez Village is located Bradenton, 50 miles south of Tampa, Florida.  Visitors and locals celebrate “Old Florida” heritage and pride in a fisherman’s life.  The Cortez Fishing Festival is a two day event with live entertainment, music, boat rides, marine life exhibits, arts, crafts and tons of delicious fresh seafood. 

In 1981, there were about 500 attendess to the event.  Now there’s more than 25,000 visitors to this seafood extravaganza.

Cortez Village and Things To Do

An old town in Florida.  When you turn off the main road into Cortez Village you’re taking a step back in time. The houses are small cottages with collections of commercial boats and gear in the yards.

Go two blocks down to the shoreline and you’ll discover a number of fish houses where local fishermen sell their catches. Cortez is located on the northern edge of Sarasota Bay and it might just be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Add great live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, tasty seafood to Cortez Village to make up a great festival in February every year.

Directions to Cortez Village

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. As you approach Cortez Bridge which leads to Bradenton Beach, you will turn left, or south, at 124th St. Ct. West, into Cortez Village.

Parking near Cortez Village

Some parking is available in Cortez Village if you arrive early enough. There is additional parking at Coquina Beach on the island and at Sugg Middle School at 3801 59th Street West, just north of the intersection of Cortez Road and 59th Street West. Buses shuttle visitors from both of these locations to Cortez for $3.00 round trip. New this year, remote parking with bus service ($3.00) at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209.