Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

January 20-21, 2018, Sarasota, FL

The 3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival will be held on January 20-21, 2018.  This year the event moves to its new location on Gulfstream to the site where the Sarasota Fine Art festivals are held each year (Gulfstream and Main near JD Hamel Park). General admission to the event and the live musical performances is free, as is parking in downtown Sarasota on the weekend. VIP Tent admission is $130, including an open raw bar of oysters, shrimp and crablegs, open bar serving premium drinks and linens on the table tops.  Come enjoy downtown Sarasota, great food and drinks, and outstanding live musical performances. 

Select from exquisite foods cooked on site incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Choose from seafood dishes using grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs and more. Meat entrees and a variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are offered. Choose from a selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups performing live onstage in such genres as R&B, rock, soul, jazz and steel pan sounds.  The 2018 performers include RJ Howson, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Hard Luck Society and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio on Saturday. Sunday performers include ACT 3, Kettle of Fish, The Black Honkeys Band and Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul. Performance dates and times can be viewed to the right.

For dessert, enjoy shopping in a Marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products.

Hours are 10 am to 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Come join us - you are the missing ingredient in this feast!  VIP tickets also can be purchased at the gate the day of the event, depending on availability. 

January 20-21, 2018
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Event admission is Free; VIP tent admission $130
Driving Directions

GPS Address:  33 S. Gulfstream, Sarasota, FL  34236

Driving Directions to the 3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

1) from St. Armands Circle:  take John Ringling Blvd (SR-789) across rt. 41 to the intersection of Cocoanut and Gulfstream (~4 min / 2.33 mi).  Turn right and proceed South on Gulfstream.  The show begins at Main St.
2) from North or South of downtown Sarasota:  take Rt. 41 towards Marina Plaza and Main St.  Turn East on Main St. and continue on Main Street to Gulfstream - the seafood & music festival is to your right.

Parking Information

The Palm Avenue Garage (1289 Palm Ave.)

Garage parking is available at the Palm Avenue Garage, located one block from Main Street on North Palm Avenue, only steps away from Five Points intersection in downtown Sarasota. The Palm Avenue Garage is a newly designed and LEED Certified facility utilizing the latest technology in equipment and design.  The garage has spaces for 729 vehicles with handicap parking located on each floor close to the elevators with.  The city provides four reserved electric car-charging stations on the ground floor. The Palm Avenue parking garage is a perfect location to park short or long-term visits to downtown Sarasota.  


State Street Garage (1538 State Street)

The parking garage bi-lateral entrance and exit points will provide excellent access from both State Street and Ringling Boulevard.  Parking spaces are located on levels 2 through 6, with motorcycle, bicycle and  Handicap van access on the ground floor.  With downtown parking demands so high, parking time limits will ensure there is always a parking spaces available in either the 2-hour parking "shopper zone", or the 4  hour time restricted area on level 4 through 6. 


2nd Street Garage (1400 Block of 2nd Street)

The 2nd Street Garage is located between First and Second streets, directly across from Whole Foods.  Ground floor parking is intended for customers of Whole Foods,  while the second and third level of the garage are open to the public (except where posted).  The public parking access ramp is located on Second Street, near the corner of Central Ave.  There are time restrictions in the facility that are monitored by the City Parking Division and for which citations are issued for time violations.  The time restrictions are as  follows:

Ground level:  2 hours              Levels 2 and 3:  4 hours




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