John's Pass Seafood Festival
Presented by John's Pass Village Association
October 26 - October 28, 2012
For more than 30 years, John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk has offered festivities for the whole family at the annual Seafood Festival. The 31st annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival takes place at Historic John’s Pass Village located in beautiful Madeira Beach, FL. This two ½ -day outdoor festival, features continuous musical entertainment, an art and craft show, fireworks, a haunted house and a wide selection of local seafood vendors to tempt your taste buds. This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 26 from noon. to 11 p.m (with limited activities from 7-11pm), Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free.
New this year, the festival will open at noon on Friday. At 6pm festival organizers will hold a blessing of the fleet for the fishermen who risk their lives every day in order to bring our favorite dishes to our tables. Fireworks will take place at 9pm and a street dance in the main food court from 7-11pm, sponsored by Vino Florida will top off the evening with live entertainment, fresh local seafood and Florida wine. On Saturday, Gators on the Pass will host a Halloween party from 9pm – 2am, featuring live music and costume contests with fabulous prizes.
The many features of the event include an Art & Craft Show with 60 local and regional artists showing and selling their work, tons of fresh local seafood, a live mermaid exhibit and photo op, over 100 unique retail shops, live music throughout the village, fiddler crab races at Don’s Dock and a children’s area. The annual haunted house, “John’s Pass Shop of Horrors”, will be opened to the public during select hours on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. A children’s Halloween costume contest will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Windworks and trick or treating will take place throughout the hours of the event. All children’s costume contest participants will receive a prize. The event will also host a fish cutting competition at Don’s Dock and an oyster eating contest at Hub’s Tavern.
Parking for the festival is available both in John’s Pass Village and off-site. $10 parking within John’s Pass Village is accessible from the 129th and 131st Avenue entrances to the Village. Additional conveniently located $5 parking is also available at Gators on the Pass. Your $5 parking includes $5 in “Gator Bucks”, which can be redeemed at Gators, and a free shuttle to John’s Pass and back. 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. Sponsors include City of Madeira Beach, John’s Pass Village Association, Gators on the Pass, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Cox Media Group, Travel Resort Services, John's Pass Condos, Windworks, Vino Florida, Friendly Fisherman Restaurant, Budweiser and more.