4 Reasons Why the John Pass Seafood Festival Is One of the Best

Did you think fun festivals ended with the summer season? You were wrong, wrong, wrong! After the hot days of August and right before Halloween, there’s a festival you simply can’t miss if you love the St Petersburg area. John Pass Seafood Festival is the perfect mix of delicious food, great music, and unique crafts! Make your summer fun last a little longer and read on to discover all the amazing things you can expect to find during the three-day celebration.

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4 Things You Can Expect To Find at the John Pass Seafood Festival

The John Pass Seafood Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Happening every year in October, it’s become over the years one of the largest seafood festivals in the country. John Pass Boardwalk is an iconic location, featuring several beach shops and restaurants, all honoring the fishing tradition of the city of Madeira Beach. It has attracted thousands of visitors over its 37 years of existence, and if this brief description hasn’t convinced you yet, here are four reasons that might!



  • Delicious Seafood


Of course, the main attraction of the festival is the delicious and fresh seafood it features! It was created to promote the products and restaurants located on John Pass Boardwalk and in the town of Madeira Beach! Now, it includes vendors from across the Southeast, and many fantastic local restaurants. Taste the flavors of the ocean, straight from the fishing boats to your plate!


  • Non-Stop Musical Performances


Once you’ve treated yourself to some incredible seafood, it’s time to enjoy the festivities and attend one of the numerous free concerts! You’ve read it right. Not only is the admission to the festival is free, but so is the entertainment! Enjoy non-stop concerts, from country, rock, but also reggae genres.


  • The Best Activities in Town


Now, if the food and concerts weren’t enough, the John Pass Seafood Festival also offers an incredible variety of activities to entertain you and your entire family! You can participate in a fishing tournament, a costume contest, a chef showdown competition, the world record Bloody Mary toast, Kids Makeup workshops, and buy souvenirs for your folks at home from the hundreds of vendors present at the event!


  • A Gorgeous B&B Less Than 20 Minutes Away!


Patio view of Isabelle's with twinkle lights at duskNo need to drive for hours to have fun! After spending a great day at the John Pass Seafood Festival, come home to a comfortable room at the Historic Peninsula Inn! We’re located barely less than twenty minutes away from the festival. Our beautiful inn has been at the heart of the community since 1905 when it was still known as the Bayview Hotel. Nowadays, we offer elegant and comfortable accommodations that are the best in Gulfport.

Take a look at our Burma Suite! With a cozy queen bed in the main room and a loveseat that can sleep one adult, it’s the ideal choice for a weekend getaway with a best friend or significant other. Get a good night’s sleep and wake up the next day to the charming sound of birds right outside your window! It’s way better than your usual alarm we guarantee it! Follow the sweet smell of coffee downstairs where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits and get ready to continue exploring Gulfport!


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