Get seafood wasted at five local fests, starting Thursday

John's Pass, Frenchy's, Cooters and others have seafood overloads in store Thursday to Sunday.

click to enlarge John's Pass is one spot  that's hosting a seafood bash over the next few days. - John's Pass Seafood Festival via Facebook
John's Pass Seafood Festival via Facebook
John's Pass is one spot that's hosting a seafood bash over the next few days.


OK, seafood fiends. Five Bay area festivals — three are honoring stone crabs — are set to offer impressive selections of fresh from-the-sea eats for your tasting pleasure. It's like Thursday through Sunday were made for you.

COOTERS 22ND ANNUAL CRABFEST

Happening: Thursday to Sunday

Cooters Restaurant & Bar's annual family-friendly stone crab festival will feature crustacean delicacies like king crab, snow crab and stone crab, of course, at wholesale prices. Live music and drink specials will also be highlighted throughout the Clearwater Beach event's four-day run. Free, money for food and drinks. Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach, 727-462-2668.

FRENCHY'S 31ST ANNUAL STONE CRAB WEEKEND

Happening: Friday and Saturday

Nab claws fresh off the boat, at discounted prices, during the annual stone crab celebration from Frenchy's Original Cafe. This two-day block party will showcase food and drink specials, a lineup of live music and kid-friendly entertainment. Proceeds from the event's raffles will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, and winners will be contacted Sunday. If folks are unable to attend, the crab deals will continue until Sunday, while supplies last, at the Frenchy's locations in Clearwater Beach and Dunedin. Free, money for food and drinks. Fri. and Sat., noon-10 p.m. 41 Baymont St., Clearwater Beach, 727-446-3607.

34TH ANNUAL JOHN'S PASS SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Happening: Friday to Sunday

At John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, expect grouper sandwiches and 100-plus other seafood items from this yearly three-day food fest. The family-friendly affair will also showcase a beer truck, full bar, live entertainment and an arts and crafts show. Don't miss the large Halloween block party and costume contest for adults, where more than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be offered starting at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Free, money for food and drinks. Fri., 3-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 12902 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach, 727-322-5217.

MULLET FESTIVAL

Happening: Saturday

Head to Dunedin's Weaver Park for fresh mullet and more throughout this gathering, but if you're not into seafood, Jet's Pizza will also be available. The event, which plans to have live entertainment from DJ Michael Nichols and a Dunedin Fine Arts Center kids hangout with art activities, will benefit Blooming Place for Kids. Free, money for food and drinks. 10 a.m. 2750 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin.

PALM PAVILION STONE CRAB FESTIVAL

Happening: Sunday

Making its inaugural debut to Clearwater, the Palm Pavilion's stone crab event will unite families seeking a place to unwind beachside. Chow down on crab claws while listening to live tunes by musicians like the Railway Kings and Noel Bisesti Trio. The Palm's regular menu will also be on hand. Free, money for food and drinks. 10:30 a.m. 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, 727-446-2642.

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