Like music? Love seafood? Have I got an event for you. Widely considered to be one of Florida’s most outstanding downtown events, the Seafood Festival on the waterfront in downtown Bradenton, Florida is not to be missed.
Although the festival’s claim to fame is the great seafood on offer from local and national restaurants and food vendors, in recent years its music has become just as popular. Featuring continuous live performances on three stages, this year’s lineup is more spectacular than ever, with thirteen different acts, including:
- Tracy Byrd: His party sing-alongs made him a country star in the ’90s. Byrd will perform Saturday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.on the Main Street stage
- Cas Haley: This America’s Got Talent finalist will perform Friday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. on the Main Street stage
- Syesha Mercado: This American Idol finalist who hails from Sarasota, Florida will be performing Friday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Street stage.
With great eats, terrific entertainment, a full program of kids activities, more than 100 art and craft vendors, and a spectacular location along Bradenton’s lovely waterfront, it’s easy to see why this event attracts more than 30,000 attendees each year. There is no entrance fee for the event, which is scheduled for April 3-5, 2009, however there is a charge for the seafood.
Bradenton, a sleepy little town (except during the festival), is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, midway between Tampa/St. Pete and Sarasota. Accommodations to fit all budgets are available in and around Bradenton.
Photos courtesy of Barbara Weibel
Article by Barbara Weibel of Hole In The Donut Travels