Fairs & Festivals

Freedom Festival debuts in Bradenton

It's billed as a "celebration of freedom," and one of its highlights is a speech by libertarian anti-government activist Adam Kokesh.

But there's a good chance that a lot of the people who attend the Freedom Festival on the Bradenton Riverwalk this weekend will be there for the food, music and kids activities more than for the political speeches.

This year's Freedom Festival -- which is being billed as the "first annual" event -- features performances by politically oriented singer-songwriter and Josh Page (he's a vocal supporter of Ron Paul and writes a lot of songs about Paul's views), the Sarasota-based Savannah Brady Band and Bradenton bands the Hobies and Big Daddy.

Kids activities include a rock wall, a bungee trampoline, face painting and games.

The Freedom Festival strictly prohibits coolers -- which is a bit ironic -- but offers beer, daiquiris, coffee, water and soft drinks for sale, and food from area vendors ranging from barbecue and seafood to shaved ice and frozen yogurt.

The festival's free, but the event's website says you can help spread the message of freedom by making a donation, for which you'll receive a T-shirt.

Details: Noon-8 p.m. June 13, Mosaic Amphitheater on the Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Tickets: Free. Information: 614-402-4826, flfreedomfestival.com.

-- Marty Clear