This year marked the 2nd Annual Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival and it was a phenomenal event! The weather was an absolutely perfect temperature Siesta Key day. Guests were treated to clear blue skies and if you stayed for sunset, a super moon could be viewed opposite of the sunset.

There were many very popular local bands that played, people danced and sang along while enjoying their tropical libations, beers and most importantly….the Seafood!!

Sarasota’s favorite local restaurants lined the stands and provided some of their best seafood items of which I can’t think of one type of seafood that wasn’t there. Choices ranged from Lobster Bisque and full Lobster dinners to shrimp mac and cheese, jambalaya, paella, crab legs, crawfish, prawns, and so much more.

Restaurants included favorites such as Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Walt’s Fish Market, Gypsy Fish, Bobby Poole, Cindy’s Seafood, Blasé Café, and several others are serving up of our areas more authentic local flavor.

Eight local bands provided the music: Ari and the Alibis, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, The Hard Luck Society, Kettle of Fish, Greg Billings Band, and Reverend Barry & The Funk.

“There is local support, the music is great, the food is great … it’s been a phenomenal, phenomenal weekend,” said Kinney. “The sand has everything to do with it — the sand under your feet. … That’s a seafood festival.”

-Sarasota Herald-Tribune-

Organizers moved the festival to the South end of the Siesta Key Beach Parking lot into the sand to make it easier to have guests access the festival and to have beach goers able to access the beach. This made it super cool as the festival is literally a beach festival with no shoes required. I spent the afternoon barefoot, enjoying the music with Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio with shrimps and mac and cheese and local beers. It was fantastic.

This year included a VIP access tent with lounges, seafood buffet and areas to kick back, with some great views of the stage.

Oh and don’t forget the Alligator bites that were available too! there was so much more than seafood.

While the Christmas countdown begins for most, on Siesta Key we have been counting down the days until Paragon Fine Arts Festivals brings our island the 2nd annual phenomenal Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival. A perfect blend of crystal white powder sugar sand, tranquil gulf waters, incredible cocktails, delectable seafood creations, and the very best in local music that will make you want the evening to never end! Although the access VIP tent admission will run you about $130.00 general admission is absolutely free. VIP tickets are limited so make sure to reserve in advance if you want to be in the special tent.

If you are looking to be impressed… than Siesta Key is where you need to be this weekend. Some of the areas most impressive restaurants will make sure your experience will exceed your expectations. Top names like Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Walt’s Fish Market, Gypsy Fish, Bobby Poole, Cindy’s Seafood, Blasé Café, and several others are serving up of our areas more authentic local flavor.

Wanting to plan your beach day around Sarasota’s Best Local Music? Here’s the line up:

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival

Saturday December 2, 2017
Ari and the Alibis 10:30-Noon
Sarasota Steel Pan Band 12:30-2pm
RJ Howson 2:30-4pm
Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio 4:30-6pm

Sunday December 3, 2017
Hard Luck Society 10:30-12p,
Kettle of Fish 12:30-2pm
Greg Billings Band 2:30-4pm
Reverend Barry & the Funk 4:30-6pm
Aside from the all of the impressive food, music, drinks, and gorgeous beaches of Siesta Key.. you will also impressed with the arts and craft vendors at this one year party at the #1 beach in the USA.

The Holiday’s are here… And there is no better place to be than Siesta Key! If you are looking for last minute hotel reservations contact Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key’s Friendliest Beachside Hotel. Call 941-349-3330.


Its time for one of our favorite events of the year this weekend! The Siesta Key Craft Festival is being held and it promises to have incredibly unique, high quality and gorgeous items for your enjoyment.

There are Rows and rows of vendors with artwork, jewelry, crafts and other knickknacks to purchase for yourself or your loved ones. Take in the sand and the sea along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road as you discover wonderful crafts including handmade jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, paintings, photography and much, much more. All crafts are handmade in the U.S.A., and adding to the arts & crafts will be an expansive Green Market with plants, floral and handmade soaps.
There are so many different, cool people that will also be gracing the sidewalks, walking their pooches and enjoying the gorgeous weekend weather that we are going to experience this weekend! The weather is expected to be in the mid to upper 70’s and sunshine, perfect for a weekend on Siesta Key.

The Festival is held in Siesta Key Village on Ocean Blvd. Parking will be tricky, so if you can take a free ride or ride bikes, that would definitely be an advantage. There are a few different FREE ride options for getting you down to the event. Try Jerry’s Siesta Key Free Ride – 941-952-8294 -or- Jonny’s Free Ride – 941-928-9200.

There are tons of different food vendors too. Look for fresh squeezed lemonade, gyros, seafood, sausage and peppers and lots of other goodies..maybe even some funnel cakes!

The Festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm and Admission is FREE!

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Siesta Key Craft Festival

Siesta Key Craft Festival