You will not want to miss the 22nd Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts. This year’s festival is set to run on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the TECO SouthShore Community Event Center located at 302 Noonan Beach Rd. in Apollo Beach. There is a free shuttle service to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center.

Manatee Festival of the ArtsThe Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is a nationally-recognized juried art show. Over $11,000 will be given out in awards to the artists. The Festival is dedicated to excellence in the arts and selects quality artists each year. As a result, this has become a well-respected show.

The purpose of the Festival is to promote the awareness and preservation of the West Indian Manatee, as well as the visual and performing arts. Local artists have submitted entries for this year’s T-shirt design, so be on the look out for the winning T-shirt design to be announced soon.

Festival attendees can meet and interact with almost 100 artists from the local community as well as from across the country. Visitors have the opportunity to meet and interact with artists, to view their work and purchase fine art from the artist who created it.

The Art Festival Committee has worked hard to make this a world-class art show as well as a fun festival. Melanie Morrison, Executive Director of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, said, “It is going to be fun this year.” Last year, the committee worked to make the festival a true Arts and Music Festival. Morrison added, “We will have lots of local bands with great local followings this year.”

In addition to the fine arts and music, the festival features a wide variety of food and beverage vendors. Many local non-profits will be on hand to help educate and show ways to protect wildlife and other causes. Do not miss the Children’s Creativity Center that features many hands-on arts and crafts.

For more information about the 22nd Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts, please call 645-1366 or e-mail


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