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Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival

The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival return for its sixth year on January 14-16, 2022. Join us in JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street. Bring along your family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. The event begins Friday night January 14 with festivities running 4 pm-10 pm. The event continues Saturday from 11 am-10 pm and Sunday 11 am-6 pm. General admission is FREE!

The event, hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association with the Humane Society of Sarasota County a Special Guest, offers a diverse menu of foods cooked fresh on site. Seafood items are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Meat and vegetarian offerings also are on the menu, along with a variety of side dishes and of course – tantalizing desserts! Alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and fruit drinks are available along with a selection of sodas and bottled water. In the breaks between performances, explore shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items.

While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock, and Caribbean sounds. Performers in 2020 were: Dr. Dave Band (classic rock, country, bluegrass), JP Soars & The Red Hots (soul, blues) and Black Honkeys (rock, soul), The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, rock, variety), the Billy Rice Band (country rock), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul), The Verge (classic rock 70’s to present) and 22N (rock, funk, variety), Big Night Out (dance, rock, alternative), Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae), and Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band). Check back as the event approaches to see the bands participating and their performance times. They will be posted on this page in the column to the right.

The Humane Society of Sarasota County will have their “Big Mac” mobile adoption center onsite during the event. Please take a few moments to stop by and say “Hi” to the dedicated staff and meet their extended family of friends awaiting adoption. Find a new life companion while lending support to a wonderful and compassionate organization that makes a difference.

So come enjoy, relax and leave refreshed. We will lay the table, all you need do is come and partake!

NOTE: Bands and performance times subject to change.

Check back just prior to the event for the most updated information.

NOTE: Dogs are allowed!

Dates: January 14-16, 2022
Timing: Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Driving Directions

1. from St. Armands Circle: take John Ringling Blvd (SR-789) across Rt. 41 to the intersection of Cocoanut and Gulfstream (~4 minutes / 2.33 miles). The Oktoberfest festival is in JD Hamel Park, directly ahead of you starting at Main Street and proceeding south.

2. from North or South of downtown Sarasota: take Rt. 41 toward Marina Plaza/Main Street. Turn east on Main Street and continue on Main Street to Gulfstream. The Oktoberfest festival is in JD Hamel Park on your right.

GPS Address: JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL

Parking Information

The Palm Avenue Garage (1289 Palm Avenue)

Garage parking is available at the award-winning 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. 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 Blvd. 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 space available in either the 2-hour parking “shopper zone”, or the 4-hour time restricted area on levels 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 levels 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 Avenue. 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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