Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

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2022 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival 

2022 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Admission is only $5 for adults, while kids under 12 are free. The entrance to the festival is at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., with plenty of parking for a small donation of $5 to the local Boy Scouts.


This year’s theme is “gearing up,” a term fishermen use in reference to getting their equipment ready to head out to sea. A fitting term since the festival was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19. 

Cortez is easy to miss as you make your way to Anna Maria Island. The sleepy fishing village is located off Cortez road on Sarasota Bay. As you enter Cortez you will notice the small cottage style homes, fishing boats, and commercial fishing gear. Cortez is home to two of the areas large fish houses, AP Bell Fish Co. and Killer Bait. 

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival logo

Don’t miss out on some of the best seafood in the area! Cortez is home to restaurants serving only the freshest locally caught fish in the area. One of our favorites is Swordfish Grill! Call ahead and put your name on the list (941)798-2035.

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival - Swordfish grill logo
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival - Tide Tables view of the bay from table

Tide Tables is our go to spot for Grouper Tacos! Dockside dining! Serving only locally caught fresh seafood made possible by the commercial fisherman the Cortez Commerical Fishing Festival is celebrating and bringing awareness to. 

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