3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit John’s Pass Seafood Festival

John's Pass Seafood Festival

Do you love seafood and live music?  Then you don’t want to miss the 35th Annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival!  The festival, which takes place in John’s Pass Village on Madeira Beach, includes fun events and delicious food and drink.  Recently, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater named it the #1 Festival in Pinellas County, with over 145,000 visitors last year alone!  It probably won’t surprise you to hear that it’s also the longest-running festival in Pinellas County.

This year, the festival will be held from Thursday, October 27th through Sunday, October 30th.  Come on out and join the fun!

3 Reasons You Should Visit the John’s Pass Seafood


  1. Top-Notch Seafood:

    Come enjoy fresh seafood in historic John’s Pass, “The Grouper Capital of the World.”  This year, the Seafood Festival is proud to offer its largest selection of seafood ever!  Come sample some of Florida’s finest seafood!

  2. Family-Friendly Entertainment

    If you’re not a seafood eater, there are still plenty of fun events occurring throughout the week.  One of the most popular events is a fishing tournament, the Battle of the Pass.  On Saturday, from 3:30 – 7:30, they’ll conduct a weigh in to crown the winner of their Spanish Mackerel and Inshore contests.  The winners will receive $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.

    The chefs amongst you may want to check out the Chef Showdown and Jr. Chef Showdown.  The Jr. Chef Showdown takes place from 12 – 5 on Saturday, with the Chef Showdown starting at 5:30.

    Those of you with small children will definitely want to dress them up for the Children’s Halloween Contest on Saturday.

  3. Live Entertainment

    There’ll be no shortage of live entertainment, either!  The weekend’s concert schedule includes a number of rock and reggae bands.

    The star of the show, however, may be Michael Jackson (or, at least, his music and dancing).  Saturday, at 5:15, a Michael Jackson impersonator takes the stage to perform a variety of his hits.  At 6:00, visitors will be treated to a show entitled “Thrill the World St. Petersburg,” put on by the Thriller Zombie Dancers from Around the World.

It doesn’t necessarily fall in any of the above categories, but on Sunday at 12:05 p.m., the St. John’s Seafood Festival will attempt to set the world record for the world’s largest Bloody Mary toast.  Don’t miss out on a chance to make history!

If you want to learn more about the festival, please visit the Seafood Festival’s webpage.  VIP tickets include access to an air conditioned VIP tent, private seating for all concerts, backstage passes, free food and drinks (including up to 6 servings of alcohol), gift bag, and free rides on their air conditioned shuttle to and from your off-site parking spot.  Only 50 of these tickets are available per day.  The earlier you buy, the lower the price ($200 until 8/31, $275 from 9/1 – 9/30, and $350 from 10/1 – 10/20).

And if you’re coming down to beautiful old Florida, why not book your stay at the Historic Peninsula Inn?  The inn is located in Gulfport, less than a 20 minute drive from the John’s Pass Seafood Festival’s Madeira Beach location.  We offer a variety of beautiful suites perfect for the solo traveler or the family of four.  We hope you’ll join us!

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