When is the Festival?
The Festival officially opens on Thursday at 3 PM for vendors in the Village.
What is the cost of Admission to the Festival?
NO ADMISSION FEE – THIS IS A FREE EVENT!
Where can I park?
Please see Getting Here for more information
Do you offer handicap parking?
There is very limited handicap parking at John’s Pass Garage. We do offer shuttle bus services from several locations in Madeira Beach (see Getting Here). For your convenience, the Public Drop Off spot is located at 130th Ave and the North entrance to John’s Pass Village.
Is there a Public Drop Off spot?
For your convenience, the Public Drop Off spot is located at 130th Ave and the North entrance to John’s Pass Village. The traffic flow is limited to north bound traffic only in this area. Please plan accordingly.
I am bringing a Tour Bus. Where do I drop off/pick up my guests and where can I park my Tour Bus?
Tour buses will be permitted to drop off/pick up at John’s Pass Park, located on the west side of the bridge across from John’s Pass Village. This is also our VIP Ticket holder parking lot with Valet Parking. Please follow the signs. Tour Buses can park for free at the Winn Dixie Tour Bus/Vendor Parking lot, located at 15200 Municipal Dr, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. A free shuttle is provided for bus drivers and vendors back to the Festival.
What if I need extra cash?
ATM’s will be located on site at the Festival.
Can I use a Credit Card to purchase food tickets?
Are Street Performers allowed at the Festival?
Only authorized street performers are permitted at the Festival. Anyone who does not display a badge/identification as a sanctioned performer will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
Are pets allowed at the Festival?
Over the last thirty-five years, the number of people visiting the Festival has steadily grown. Over the past several years, the Festival has noticed a dramatic increase in the number of pets. In order to ensure the safety of our patrons and of the pets, please leave pets at home.
Where can I stay during festival weekend?
Please refer to our Accommodations page for recommended properties for our guests.
Safety Policy Statement
In order to allow the Festival performances to be heard and maintain pedestrian traffic flow and safety, the following activities are prohibited in the festival streets during festival hours:
– The use of sound amplification equipment (except for official Festival vendors and stages);
– The erection or use of temporary platforms, stages, or other structures (except for Festival vendors);
– Other activities that significantly impede the flow of pedestrians through the Festival;
The Festival streets are closed to non-authorized vehicle traffic. Authorized vehicles include board member golf carts and emergency service vehicles (medial, fire and police). No skateboards, bikes, scooters, rollerblades, motocycles or motorbikes are permitted on the festival streets during festival hours.
One of the goals of the John’s Pass Seafood Festival is to promote the commercial fishing industry throughout the state of Florida as well as buying American caught seafood. Every food vendor that is sanctioned by the festival is asked and encouraged to purchase their seafood from local fisherman, their distributors and retailers; however we cannot guarantee or police what vendors purchase. We can only encourage the practice of supporting the wonderful industry that is a beloved part of our vibrant economy.