Islamorada 25th Annual Island Fest
Founders Park, Islamorada
Will be held on April 9-10, 2016
Island Fest to Celebrate Spring
in Islamorada April 9-10, 2016
Visitors and residents head outdoors to enjoy live music, art, food, classic cars, and fun at the 25th annual Florida Keys Island Fest. This spring weekend-long event is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 2016 at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside in Islamorada.
The two-day arts and crafts show will feature over 100 artists and crafters whose work includes everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and fine crafts.
In addition to admiring the work on display, attendees will also be able to purchase works, which vary in price range and style. This year's Island Fest poster artist is by Big Pine Key local, Noel Skiba. Noel paints free style in acrylic and oil paints. This year's poster, entitled, "Palm Sunset in Paradise" is a gorgeous tropical sunset scene that is sure to be a hit. Noel will be available at the event both days to sign posters.
Back for its fifth year at Island Fest is the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show, featuring antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. The show will be visible from US-1, Florida's only official "All American Road", so passersby with an interest in antique and unique cars are likely to stop and check out the free show. Awards will be presented for Coolest Cruiser, Raddest Rod, KeyZ Rider, Longest Haul, Big Kahuna, Funkiest Foreign, Best of Show and People's Choice.
An array of popular musical acts appealing to lovers of genres ranging from blues to country rock will perform throughout both days of activities. On Saturday, Cecilia Lauren and the Ocoee River Band will work the crowd with their energetic and edgy "redneck rock". The Miami blues band, Pit Bull of Blues is slated to perform Sunday afternoon and is known for pleasing crowds with a fantastic blues show. The Tim Charron band will also take the stage on Sunday, serving up their own brand of country rock with a twist of lime.
Kids will have a chance to paint a life-sized dolphin statue, build sand castles and compete in hula hoop contests. Teams will compete on Saturday to create the word "Island" out of colorful sand on the beach.
New to Saturday's festivities this year is the "What Floats Your Boat?" home-made boat race. Participants will create a "boat" to enter in the race, which will begin at 1pm. There is no entry fee and the Chamber is currently seeking entries. Winners for several categories will be given: Yachtiest Award, Thriftiest Award, Anchor Award, Krazy Krewe Award, Sink and Swim Award, and the big winner will be presented with the Lucky Ducky Admiral Award.
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. Events are to take place rain or shine.
Featuring music, art, food, classic cars and fun, the 25th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest offers something for everyone! Plan to spend Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016, at Founders Park, MM 87, bayside. Show times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free. For more information, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305.664.4503.