Whether you’re looking to rock out to the soulful sounds of local blues group Duffy Bishop, want to take a walk on the human-size hamster water wheel or prefer to peruse the Arts & Crafts village for artisan gifts, the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival offers a bit of something for everyone.
Now in its 40th year, the Seafood Festival returns to the Nation’s Oldest City on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, for a two-day extravaganza of food, arts and crafts, live music, rides and fun activities at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine.
Founded in 1981, this year’s festival expects to draw more than 15,000 attendees. New highlights for the 40th Annual Seafood Festival include a Giant Crocodile Slide, Moon Bounce, Kids Obstacle Course, and more.
Returning fan favorites include an Arts & Craft village, Pirate Magic with Captain William Mayhem and daily appearances by famous characters, such as Rapunzel, Mirabel and Superman as well as face painting, balloon sculptures, caricatures and funnel cake.
Live music is another highlight of the festival with a diverse line-up of local and regional acts, including Pyrates of Inequity, Bad Dog Mama, Collapsible B, Slang, Duffy Bishop, The Free Rangers, Thick and Thin String Band, Brothers Futch, and more. For a full schedule and set times, go to lionsfestival.com/entertainment.
“Since life has finally returned to as normal as it can be, we are anticipating seeing old friends and new at this fun event,” says Lion Memory Hopkins, festival chairman. “We have varied some of the entertainment with more pirates and more magic. We have some surprises for the on-stage entertainment as well. Don’t miss it!”
Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 25, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26. The Arts & Crafts village closes at sundown. No pets allowed. Shuttles will pick up and drop off visitors on March 25 at three shuttle locations provided by the City of St. Augustine. More information on parking and shuttles will be posted on the websites lionsfestival.com and citystaug.com as well as at Facebook.com/staugustinelionsfestival.