Free Seafood Festival Offers Fresh Fish, Halloween Costume Contest

Annual family-friendly John’s Pass celebration returns this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2009

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (October 22, 2009) – If you find yourself in John’s Pass this weekend, don’t be so shocked to see a ghost eating grouper.

The John’s Pass Seafood Festival returns to Madeira Beach’s quaint fishing village and boardwalk October 24-25 to serve up a bevy of fresh finds from the Gulf of Mexico.

The annual two-day celebration is free to attend and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more than a quarter-century, John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk has hosted the family-friendly event that’s dedicated to Fishermen Lost at Sea. 

Arts and crafts from more than 50 local and regional artists will be on display and available for purchase. A street dance, fishing expo, children’s area and the Village’s unique shops help make the event about more than just the eats.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and trick or treat throughout the festival. A costume contest will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. and all participants will receive a prize.

An abundance of parking is easily accessible from the 129th and 131st Avenue entrances to the Village. Free additional parking is available at Madeira Beach Middle School (591 Tom Stuart Causeway), with free shuttle service to and from the festival.

For more information on the Seafood Festival, visit 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information:
Contact: CVB Assistant Director David Downing:
Phone: 727.464.7213

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