You won’t want to miss this year’s Bay Jam Festival. Come to Islamorada in the Florida Keys on Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM EDT at the Founders Park ICE Amphitheater at 87000 Overseas Highway.
This will be the 24th year of the Original Upper Keys Music Festivals and will feature arts and craft vendors, Upper Keys Musicians, food vendors, and local beer and wine. A special VIP Package will include a Viewing and VIP Tent area, great food by Caribbean Catering, Sushi, snacks, T-shirt, and a stainless steel pint glass that you can fill with five complementary drinks of the Florida Keys Brewing Company with a choice of beer or wine.
Known as the “Village of Islands” and the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World,” this is a tourism-oriented community in Monroe County just an hour south of Miami in the Florida Keys, all of which are connected by U.S. One, the Overseas Highway. Consisting of four islands of approximately 3,900 acres that span 18 linear miles, it is a popular destination for vacations and especially fishing and boating and has a small-town atmosphere, scenic views, quaint shops, restaurants, and galleries. The population as of the April 1, 2010, United States Census was 6,119 with an estimate on July 1, 2016, of 6,645.
Islamorada was first sighted by adventurers from Spain on May 15, 1513. During a 1733 hurricane, a treasure fleet from Spain was wrecked on the local reefs, and a thriving wrecking industry existed from late in the 1700s to the 1870s because payment was a proportion of the total value of what they salvaged from various wrecked vessels.
ICE, Organizer of the Bay Jam Festival
A 501C-3 not-for-profit organization, ICE’s dedication is to enhancing local arts and the support of young artists. These goals are accomplished by providing music, art, and dance grants and scholarships to local students and in-school programs. Those grants fund in-school visual arts, theater, music, video production, and dance programs.
ICE also brings high-quality cultural events and entertainment to the Upper Keys residents and provides arts workshops by professional artists in local schools as well as venues for young artists to exhibit their talents. In addition to many free and low-cost events, ICE subsidizes special events to keep the prices reasonable. From generous donations, ICE has presented the beautiful TIB Amphitheater, which it manages free of charge and presents amazing events.
While you’re in the Keys, stop by Mangrove Marina, located in nearby Tavernier, to rent a beautiful, spacious, and comfortable houseboat for your accommodations when attending the Bay Jam Festival. When you’re not at the festival, you can spend time perhaps fishing off the houseboat’s back deck with ample supplies provided, watching for manatees, relaxing on a over water patio, make use of a on board kitchen, enjoy the marina’s pool and fabulous sunset views, and more.