13 February 2019
ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Families are to gather to celebrate music, art, food and fun at the 28th annual Florida Keys Island Fest Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, in Islamorada.
The outdoor grounds and beaches at Founders Park, mile marker 87, are to become a musical, artistic and green-market emporium featuring over 100 exceptional local and national artists and vendors.
Attendees can browse paintings, sculptures, jewelry and fine crafts, and watch independent artists paint on location in plein-air tradition. Artwork for purchase varies in price and style.
The inspirational art to adorn Island Fest’s signature poster this year is a whimsical, colorful manatee depiction by artist Jen Callahan.
The two-day arts and crafts show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A live music concert is set for 5-7 p.m. Saturday, completing a fun-filled day as attendees watch the sunset over Florida Bay.
Antique vehicle aficionados can vote for their favorite each day during the old-fashioned All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show featuring cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. The People's Choice Category daily winner is to be announced each afternoon.
Scheduled live entertainers in virtually all musical genres keep the groove moving both days. Other planned highlights include Saturday’s wacky What Floats Your Boat race for homemade “boats” crafted of nonmaritime materials and Sunday’s mouthwatering Taste of Islamorada culinary competition.
Kids can have their own beachside fun painting, building sand sculptures or competing in hula-hoop contests beneath kite-filled skies.
Festival admission is free and on-site parking is available for a $5 donation. Organizers suggest attendees bring lawn chairs and blankets to maximize enjoyment of a full day's fun on the beach. Events are to take place rain or shine.
Event information: islamoradachamber.com or 305-664-4503
Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
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