The 2019 Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival


2019 Official Worlds Richest Tarpon Tournament Artwork
Artwork: “Richest Memories”
Artist: Kelly Reark

Friday, June 7  10 am – 6 pm

Saturday, June 8  10 am – 4 pm

Downtown Boca Grande

Park Avenue & 4th Street

Artists Include:

Carroll Swayze

Rich Fizer

Steve Whitlock

Mel Landon

Lisa Rogers

Linda Heath

Stephanie Pollack

Kelly Reark

Serge Bojan

Linda Wholean

Jenny Cunningham

Tye Thurkow

Rick Austin

Evan Schwarze

Monika Urbanska

Melanie Cech

Karin Villaroman

& many more

World Class Art Meets World Class Fishing

It’s spring in Florida and Tarpon Season is here.  Excitement is building for the 37th Annual World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, a long-standing island tradition and the 2019 Tarpon Festival which is held each year in beautiful downtown Boca Grande to celebrate the return of the fish to Boca Grande Pass and the beginning of Tarpon Season.  This year’s festival will take place on Friday, June 7th from 10 am – 10 pm and on Saturday, June 8 from 10 am – 4 pm and the island is preparing for the biggest street party of the year.

The Annual Tarpon Festival is a week of festivities celebrating Tarpon Fishing and the Annual World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament and culminating in a World Class Art Show, The Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival.  Local Artist, Carroll Swayze, along with Wesley Locke, Director of the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce both work very hard together to produce this amazing event each year.

The Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival will take place on Friday, June 7th from 10 am – 6 pm and on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am – 4 pm.  The Art Festival will feature the handmade Fine Art & Fine Crafts of 60 Marine, Nature and Wildlife Artists from across the country.  There will be something for everyone, all medias are represented from oils & acrylics to sculpture, glass and fine jewelry.

The Tarpon Festival is free and open to the public.  The Art Festival is a great place for art lovers to add to their personal art collections, but it is just part of the day’s festivities.  There will be live music all day and into the evening, fishing, conservation and community business vendors, local food booths providing delicious food and a beer and wine café set up near the stage for thirsty festival goers

The Street Party begins on Friday afternoon at noon with live music by Wyatt Locke, Kenny Rose, Marty Moss and The Swinging Bridge on the 3rd Street Stage throughout the day.   The Awards Ceremony for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament will be held on Friday evening, June 7, at 9:30 pm, then the street party continues with the Swinging Bridge on the stage until 10 pm.  The Art Festival and Street Party continues Saturday, June 8, from 10 am – 4 pm with live music all day.

           Everyone is welcome so bring your friends and family to Boca Grande for the Annual Tarpon Festival on Friday & Saturday, June 7-8 for a day of art, fishing and fun in a beautiful setting.

For more information about the Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival please call Carroll Swayze at (941) 266-6434.