Venice Seafood & Music Festival set for May 3-5

Events planned in Centennial Park

Image from the festival website

The third Venice Seafood & Music Festival will be held in Centennial Park in downtown Venice May 3-5, Venice MainStreet has announced.

Relaxation with food, drinks and music will begin Friday, May 3, at 4 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., a news release says. The event will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and Venice MainStreet, with the Humane Society of Sarasota County a special guest, the release points out.

Admission to the festival is free, the release stresses.

Participants may choose entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) cooked fresh on-site, the release explains. A variety of side dishes, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, will be available, too, the release notes, “and of course — some scrumptious desserts!”

“Enjoy your meal relaxing to the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents,” the release continues.

Friday evening, the Ocean’s Eleven Big Band (Big Band, jazz and swing), The Sarasota Steel Pan Band (Caribbean) and Offshore Riot (rock, reggae) will perform. On Saturday, the public may enjoy performances by The Billy Rice Band (country rock), Kettle of Fish (blues, rock reggae), CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion (blues, soul, roots), the Bob Marley Tribute Band featuring Yvad (reggae) and Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band).

Finally, on Sunday, May 5, the band lineup will featureUnlimited Devotion (Grateful Dead-inspired music), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul) and the Johnny Diamond Band (dance, pop, rock).

During breaks between performances, the public may enjoy shopping in a marketplace with vendors offering arts and crafts, gourmet food products and specialty items, the release notes.

During the event, the Humane Society will have its “Big Mac” mobile adoption center on-site, as well. “Find a new companion and lend support to a wonderful and compassionate organization,” the release adds.

For more information, contact Venice MainStreet at 941-484-6722 or by e-mail at The event website is