APOLLO BEACH — The 22nd annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts kicks off two days of arts, crafts and nonstop live music at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The nationally known juried fine arts and crafts show is upping the ante this year in an effort to expand the berth of the festival with a greater emphasis on musical arts in addition to the crafts displayed each year.
Performances include Dixie Rose Band, Betty Fox Band, Come Back Alice, Stacey Knights and LadyHawke Light. The lineup is a mix of jazz, soul, country and rock.
In addition to viewing the professional and quality workmanship on display, visitors can enjoy a food court with adult beverages and a free children's creativity center.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is free and includes a shuttle to the festival and the Manatee Viewing Center.
The festival is located at Tampa Electric SouthShore Events Center, 302 Noonan Branch Road, about 2.5 miles off Interstate 75 at Exit 246.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and March 9.