Bayfest set for Oct. 18-19 in Anna Maria Island

The popular annual features live music and crafts, plus activities for kids

October 17, 2013 

The Anna Maria Privateers join the celebration at a past Bayfest. HERALD FILE PHOTO

One of the most popular annual events in Anna Maria Island is Bayfest, the two-day celebration of music, food and arts and crafts. The 13th annual Bayfest, which is sponsored by the Anna Maria island Chamber of Commerce, gets going and 5 p.m. Friday. Oct. 18, and continues through Saturday, on Pine Street. It’s all free, family-friendly and open to the public. Friday’s music kicks off with DJ Mike Sales plus live music from Dean Johansen, Steve Arvey and Koko Ray. Bayfest runs until 10 p.m. Friday, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, and then starts up again Saturday morning all along Pine Avenue with music from Gulf Drive, Can’t Turn Left, Renegade, Mike Sales & the Restless Natives, Scott’s Garage and Shotgun Justice. Chris Grumley will be the emcee for the Saturday’s music lineup. There’s plenty to do when you want to take a break form the music, too, including Bayfest food, arts, crafts and retail vendors, a classic car show and lots of activities for kids. Details: Oct. 18-19. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Festival times: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 9:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-778-1541 www.annamariaislandchamber.org. —Marty Clear

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