Arts & Culture

Bayfest returns to Anna Maria Island

It's the longest-running festival on Anna Maria Island, and one of the most popular.

Bayfest is the island's annual two-day celebration of music, food and arts and crafts. The 14th annual edition gets going Friday evening and then runs all day and into the night on Saturday.

The music kicks off a little after 5 p.m. Koko Ray & the Keepers, followed by Uncle John's Band, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, from 8-10 p.m. Scott Pritchard is the emcee for the evening.

On Saturday morning, Pine Avenue is closed off and local arts and craft vendors set up shop. Also on tap for Saturday is a classic car show and a kids zone with games, bounce houses and a climbing wall.

The music lineup for Saturday, emceed by Mike Sales, starts with Can't Turn Left (11 a.m.-noon), SoulRCoaster (12:30-2:30 p.m.), Scott's Garage (3-5 p.m.), Kettle of Fish (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and the Dr. Dave Band winding things up from 8 until 10 p.m.

The food court features tacos from the Waterfront Resturant, ribs and puled pork for T&L BR B Q, seafood from The Feast Restaurant, brisket from T-Bone's, Greek food from Quality Foods and pizza and sandwiches from J Burns PIzza.

Details: Oct. 17-18, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Times: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: Free, Information: 941-778-1541,

--Marty Clear