For more than 30 years, John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk has offered festivities for the whole family at the annual Seafood Festival. The 32nd Annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival takes place at Historic John’s Pass Village located in beautiful Madeira Beach, FL. This two and ½ -day outdoor festival features continuous musical entertainment, an art and craft show and more local seafood vendors than ever before to tempt your taste buds. This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 25 from 3 to 11: 00 PM (with a Halloween Block Party from 7-11pm), Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 27 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission to the event is free. The many features of the event include free concerts, an Art & Craft Show with 60 local and regional artists selling their work, tons of fresh local seafood, over 100 unique retail shops, live music throughout the Pass and children’s activities.
New this year, the festival will open at 3:00 PM on Friday. The food area has been expanded onto Village Blvd and will include more seafood than ever before, healthier menu selections as well as specialty samples at more than a dozen different food stands. A “Best Grouper Entree” contest will be judged at 5:00 PM, and people’s choice awards will be given over the weekend for “Best $5 Sample”. At 6:00 PM, festival organizers will hold a “Blessing of the Fleet” honoring the fishermen who risk their lives every day in order to bring our favorite dishes to our tables. A Halloween Block Party in the main food court from 7:00 -11:00 PM, sponsored by Vino Florida, will top off the evening with DJ Infinite Skillz and an adult’s costume contest with $1000 in cash and prizes. Fresh local seafood, Vino Florida wine and a cash bar will also be available during the block party.
On Saturday, a children’s Halloween costume contest will take place at Windworks at 3:00 PM and trick or treating will take place throughout the Village from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary Trick or Treat bags can be picked up at the Bubba Gump Seafood Co tent near Delosa’s Pizza. Children’s costume contest prizes are sponsored by Windworks and Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches. The event will also host an oyster eating contest at Hub’s Tavern at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Saturday’s free concert will feature headliners Tom Gribbin and the Salt Water Cowboys at 5:30 PM and The Mad Beach Band at 7:00 PM. Live music throughout the day will include; Tony Arnone at 10:00 AM, Jon Moffitt at 11:00 AM, The Ordeal at 12:00 PM, Nervous Energy Band at 1:00 PM, Ries Brothers at 2:00 PM, Scotty Lee Rexroat at 3:00 PM and The Fabulous Deltonas at 4:00 PM. Sunday’s concert will close with The Black Honkeys from 4-6:00 PM. The days lineup includes; Ed Carter & Alan Whitman at 11:00 AM, Tapped In at 12:00 PM, Joe Bonfiglio at 1:00 PM and The Hanging Chads at 2:15 PM. A second stage will host favorite local musicians near the Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill throughout the weekend.
Parking for the festival is available both in John’s Pass Village and off-site. $15 parking within John’s Pass Village is accessible from the 129th and 131st Avenue entrances to the Village. Free parking is available at Madeira Beach Fundamental School with complimentary shuttle service to and from John’s Pass Village.
The Seafood Festival is hosted by the John’s Pass Village Association and produced by SIK Promotions. Sponsors include City of Madeira Beach, Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Cox Media Group, Surf Style, Windworks, Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches, Vino Florida, Budweiser, South Beach Grill, Paradise News and more.
For more information or to become a participant, please contact Suzanne King at 727-322-5217, SuzFest@gmail.com, or visit our website at wwwJohnsPassVillage.net.