November 12th & 13th, 10am – 6pm
November 12th & 13th, 10am – 6pm
Located at Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar in Cortez Village – 4628 119th Street West
Fresh stone crab and seafood available all weekend long! Enjoy LOCAL house specials like smoked fish spread, peel & eat gulf shrimp, clam chowder, shrimp & grits and more!

Event Information

Join the fun for the 10th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival. This outdoor event is being held at 4628 119th Street West in Cortez Village on Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM both days. Music will continue into the evening on stages at the Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar and The Cortez Kitchen.

We will have plenty of fresh, local seafood, ice cold beverages, many talented music acts appearing on 3 different stages, and lots of stone crab. There will also be a Kid’s Zone and many local artists displaying their wares. A seating area with a large tent will be in place for protection from the sun, or in the event of rain.

Parking will be available at the FISH Preserve for $5 per car, guests are advised to enter at 116th Street.

Live Music

  • Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio

    Sunday @ 2pm-3:30pm
    Main Stage
  • Damon Fowler

    Saturday @ 4pm-6pm
    Main Stage
  • Stone Crab Steve Arvey and Friends

    Sunday @ 10am – 11:30am
    Main Stage
  • RJ Howson, Mike Kach & Friends

    Sunday @ 4pm – 6pm
    Main Stage

2022 Music Lineup

Steve Paradis

10am-11:30am – Main Stage

Chad Tallman

11am-1pm – Swordfish Stage

Eric Von Band

12pm-1:30pm – Main Stage

Concrete Edgar

2pm-3:30pm – Main Stage

Damon Fowler and Friends

4pm-6pm – Main Stage


5pm-9pm – Cortez Kitchen Stage

The Stockton Brothers Band

6pm-9pm – Swordfish Stage

Stone Crab Steve Arvey and Friends

10am – 11:30am – Main Stage

Taylor Opie and Co

11am-1pm – Swordfish Stage

Trevor Bystrom Band

12pm–1:30pm – Main Stage

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio

2pm-3:30pm – Main Stage

Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots

2pm-5pm – Swordfish Stage

Poppa Grump

2pm – 6pm – Cortez Kitchen Stage

Mike Kach, RJ Howson & Friends

4pm-6pm – Main Stage

The Rocking Relics

6pm-9pm – Swordfish Stage


Great fun for kids of all ages
We are excited to announce a new and improved Kid Zone at the 10th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival! Admission to the festival is free for children ages 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by parents.
Fresh stone crab and seafood available all weekend long! Enjoy LOCAL house specials like smoked fish spread, peel & eat gulf shrimp, clam chowder, shrimp & grits and more!

Featured Vendors of the 2022 Stone Crab & Music Festival

Below are only a few examples of the many vendors attending from all over the state of Florida and beyond!


Fresh stone crab and seafood available all weekend long! Enjoy LOCAL house specials like smoked fish spread, peel & eat gulf shrimp, clam chowder, shrimp & grits and more!

  • Breezy Bakery

    Breezy Bakery

    Breezy Bakery is the Cortez sweet spot with everything 100% made from scratch! Selling homemade Florida Key Lime Pie FROZEN on a stick, dipped in chocolate!  Beat the heat with this tart treat, al…
  • Barbara’s Kitchen

    Barbara’s Kitchen

    You don’t want to miss Sharon & Dwight (aka “The Dreaded Fisherman”), they are so fun and offer the best recipes and recommendations to pair with their delicious products! Launched in 2016 Bar…
  • Flood Glass Studios

    Flood Glass Studios

    My work is inspired by our fragile ecosystem, particularly where land meets sea.
  • Cortez Curse Rum Nuts

    Cortez Curse Rum Nuts

    Rum Coconuts pair perfectly with Stone Crab! Cortez Curse Rum Nuts have been serving their secret fisherman-famous recipe since 2012!
  • Gulf Coast Art & Mural Co.

    Gulf Coast Art & Mural Co.

    We are so happy to be a part of this festival for another year! Born and raised in Florida, artist Jeff Riggan creates original nautical and beach-themed pieces inspired by his surroundings-w…
  • Chervon Cakes & Cookies

    Chervon Cakes & Cookies

    Kelly Chervon
    Locally pre-packaged scratch made baked goods:  Decorated Cutout Cookies, Gourmet Jumbo Cookies, Cake Slices & more!
  • Walking Dog Toys

    Walking Dog Toys

    Walking toys that bark, roar, meow, etc.
  • Brushes & Bouquets

    Brushes & Bouquets

    Mike Parrott
    Coastal Inspired paintings on reclaimed wood, canvas, or watercolor, or most any surface. Shop beautiful original art by Mike Parrot.
  • Beach Blossom’s Studio

    Beach Blossom’s Studio

    Artfully decorate yourself & your home with beach inspired original art – created into handmade jewelry, home decor, apparel & personal accessories. I’ve always loved to make and teach art…
  • Pet Wants

    Pet Wants

    All natural Pet treats & chews. Homemade paw products-skin sprays, balms, salves. We started with the goal of improving the health and well-being of our own pets. Now, we hope to use what we h…
10 Years in the Making
10 Years in the Making
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2022 Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival Brought to you by

Cortez Stone Crabbing

Our Stone Crabs Never Travel by Land!

The onset of winter in Florida not only brings wonderfully mild sunny weather but also the eagerly anticipated annual harvest of stone crab claws. Florida stone crabs are a local delicacy. Our crabs are as sweet as lobster and made up of firm yet flakey juicy meat. Best served cold with lemon and house-made mustard sauce. Stone crab season is October 15th – May 1st. Our crabs are harvested commercially by baited traps dropped and pulled by our very own crab boat, the Boss Lady. The captain of the Boss Lady is John’s oldest son, Cole Banyas. The Boss Lady’s crew harvests more than a TON of stone crab claws for the annual festival! Ten years ago the Stone Crab Festival came to be to celebrate and honor the hard working stone crabbers of Cortez. Cheers to TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING!

Meet the Owner

John Banyas is a fourth generation fisherman from Cortez, Florida. Boats, water, wind & fish have permeated his life. He grew up fishing and surfing and listening to his grandfather’s fishing stories and from high school on, he has never stopped fishing. After his grandfather, whom N.E. Taylor Boatworks Company is named after, passed away, John set out to catch bait, mullet and stone crab in earnest under the name Cortez Bait & Seafood. John has been fishing and working ever since. Later opening Swordfish Grill & Tiki to provide sustainable seafood in the oldest active fishing village in the state of Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Cover charge will be: $5 Adults and 12 & Under Free

What time does the festival start?
Saturday & Sunday November 12th & 13th Festival Hours: 10am-6pm
Are dogs allowed?
This is a dog friendly event and there will even be a booth to grab treats for your pet! Please be courteous to the crowd and clean up after your dog.
Are there bathrooms available?
Absolutely! We will have portable restrooms available for patrons. Those dining at the Swordfish Grill will have access to their restrooms.
Where do we park?
Parking will be available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve. don’t worry, we will have plenty of signs to guide you!
Will there be handicap parking available?
Yes!  There will be a parking lot reserved for handicap parking, please have your handicap tag displayed.
Do we have to purchase tickets?
You will need tickets to purchase food or participate in the Kid Zone area. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the ticket tent located near the Swordfish Grill entrance. Tickets must be purchased with cash, but there will be an ATM available. Art vendors will not accept tickets, but most will accept cash and credit cards.
What if it rains?
Large covered seating area is available for cover if needed.
What if we need cash?
There will be an ATM available on site.
What if I want to come by boat?
Absolutely! We are located at Marker 49. Dock space is limited and at a first come first serve basis. Please be courteous when parking and leave as much room as possible for additional boats. Dock lines are not provided.
Will the Swordfish and the Cortez Kitchen be open? Can I make a reservation?
Both restaurants will be open but will not be accepting reservations. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

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