Oct 27, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016
In an annual ranking determined by an online poll of thousands of locals and visitors, Visit St. Pete Clearwater has announced the John’s Pass Seafood Festival as the #1 festival in Pinellas County! One of the longest running seafood festivals in the United States is now gearing up for their 35th annual event to take place October 27-30, 2016. New this year, the event will offer a beach kids zone, extended hours and more remote parking options than ever before. The 4 day outdoor festival features continuous musical entertainment, competitive challenges, an art and craft show, and more local seafood vendors than ever before. The first grouper sandwiches (and over 100 other seafood options) will be served, beginning at 12:00pm Thursday this year, with classic rock on the main stage and Local Chef Competitions for the best seafood dishes in Pinellas County. Friday evening, things heat up with Tampa Bay’s largest Halloween block party and costume contest (for those over 21), from 7:00pm until 11:00pm, with over $1000 in cash and prizes. Saturday offers country music artists, the Battle in the Gulf Fishing Tournament, and a kid’s costume contest. Sunday opens with the World's Largest Bloody Mary Toast and beach party music on tap all day long. Ongoing family fun throughout the weekend will include fiddler crab races, trick or treating, an art and craft show, a beach kid’s zone and more seafood cuisine than ever before. Healthy menu options will consist of steamed, grilled, smoked, and sautéed dishes, as well as traditional fried foods and non-seafood items for the landlubbers. Extended hours of operation for this year’s festival are Thursday 10/27 from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Friday 10/28 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday 10/29 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.