Bradenton's Seafood Festival kicks off Friday

March 30, 2012 

The Hernando DeSoto Heritage Festival's relocated Seafood Fest kicks off this Friday night in downtown Bradenton.

The Friday through Sunday event will still bring action to the waterfront on Barcarrota Boulevard, including the west stage; but the rest of the event will take place on 10th Street West, from Fourth Ave­nue to Barcarrota, and Third Avenue West between Ninth and 12th streets.

The main stage will be at 10th Street and Third Avenue West.

Headliner Clay Walker is scheduled to perform from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Other acts include One Night Rodeo (5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday), AC/DC tribute band Highway to Hell (8-10 p.m. Friday) and Big Daddy (4-6 p.m. Sunday).

For the children, there's a free "kids zone."

The Hernando de Soto Historical Society event is attended by thousands each year, according to the organization's website.

The three-day family festival promises "some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors."

Area artisans and craft vendors as well as other family-friendly activities round out the offerings at the SeaFood Festival.

Incidentally, the downtown Bradenton farmers' mar­ket for Saturday has been cancelled. The market will resume at its usual time of 9 a.m. on April 7.

Details: 5-10 p.m. March 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. March 31-April 1; on the waterfront in downtown Bradenton. Admission: Free. Information: 941-747-1998 or

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