By Lauren Reeves
Feeling crabby? Come and see the start of a new event tradition March 27-29 in downtown St. Pete Beach on Corey Avenue. What better way to kick off spring than with tasty seafood, local talent, and sunshine? This new 3-day event is created for fun and relaxation by mixing great food and great local music groups, all set amidst the charming community of St. Pete Beach. On Friday, the food booths open at noon with live music beginning at 4 pm and continuing until 10 pm. Relaxation and enjoyment continue Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm. Finish the weekend strong by squeezing every moment out of Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is free, just bring your walking shoes and a smiling face. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and graciously hosted by the Corey Area Business Association.
For food, choose from a variety of seafood (lots of crab options, of course), meat and vegetarian dishes all cooked fresh on site. Select from a diversity of side dishes and, of course, delectable desserts. Liquid refreshments include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, soda and water, along with a marvelous selection of fruit drinks. During breaks between the live performances, you can enjoy shopping a marketplace of fine arts, crafts and select fine products and food items, all presented by Florida locals. All as a way to welcome spring and get the warmer season started right!
While dining, listen to live performances by some of Florida’s top musical groups. For Friday evening, enjoy the North Jetty Allstars (Classic & Yacht rock, bluegrass), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul) and Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty Tribute Band). On Saturday, enjoy Ari & The Alibis (funk, jazz, samba), West Coast Steel Pan Band (jazz, Caribbean), The Verge (classic rock 70’s to present) and Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band). Finish Sunday listening to Bryan Spainhower (fusion: flamenco, jazz, rock, country), JP Soars & The Red Hots (soul, blues) and The Black Honkeys (rock, soul).
Come partake in the festivities as this event was designed specifically with Florida’s natives in mind. Feel free to bring your leashed dog as your festival companion. To assist in getting you to the event and avoiding parking hassles, we encourage you to use the wonderful transport options of Free Beach Ride, the Free Island Hopper, Uber and Lyft. See event website for details: https://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-70-St.+Pete+Beach+Crab+%26+Music+Festival+.html