MADEIRA BEACH Ė Some of the areaís tastiest seafood will be up for grabs when the 32nd annual Johnís Pass Seafood Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27, at Johnís Pass Village and Boardwalk.
The two-and-a-half day outdoor festival features continuous musical entertainment, an art and craft show and more local seafood vendors than ever, according to organizers.
Hours this year are Friday, Oct. 25, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
This yearís amenities include a Halloween block party Oct. 25, 7 to 11 p.m. The event, sponsored by Vino Florida, will include music by DJ Infinite Skillz and an adult costume contest offering $1,000 in cash prizes.
The food area has been expanded onto Village Boulevard and will include more seafood and healthier menu selections as well as specialty samples at more than a dozen different food stands. A ďBest Grouper EntreeĒ contest will be judged Friday at 5 p.m. Peopleís Choice awards will be given over the weekend for ďBest $5 SampleĒ.
At 6 p.m. Friday, 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 childrenís Halloween costume contest will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. at Windworks. Trick or treating will take place throughout the Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary trick or treat bags can be picked up at the Bubba Gump Seafood Co. tent near Delosaís Pizza.
Saturdayís music headliners include Tom Gribbin and the Salt Water Cowboys at 5:30 p.m. and The Mad Beach Band at 7 p.m. Live music throughout the day will include Tony Arnone, 10 a.m.; Jon Moffitt, 11 a.m.; The Ordeal, noon; Nervous Energy Band, 1 p.m.; Ries Brothers, 2 p.m.; Scotty Lee Rexroat, 3 p.m.; and The Fabulous Deltonas, 4 p.m.
Sundayís festivities include an oyster eating contest at Hubís Tavern at 3 p.m.
Sundayís concert lineup will close with The Black Honkeys from 4 to 6 p.m. The dayís schedule includes Ed Carter and Alan Whitman, 11 a.m.; Tapped In, noon, Joe Bonfiglio, 1 p.m.; and The Hanging Chads, 2:15 p.m.
A second stage will host favorite local musicians near the Bamboo Beach Bar and Grill throughout the weekend.
Parking for the festival is available both in Johnís Pass Village and off-site. $15 parking within Johnís 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 Johnís Pass Village.