Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
February 16-17, 2013
This two-day event is held the third weekend of February every year.
In 1981 the first event drew 500 people to this small fishing village on Florida’s central west coast. They gathered to celebrate Florida’s commercial seafood industry – its past, its present and its future. Since then the festival has grown from a one day event to two days with an average attendance of over 25,000. Considering that the entire village is less than 10 blocks, that’s a lot of visitors for the community.
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.