The Hernando de Soto Historical Society produces the annual De Soto Seafood Festival, now in its 30th year! We are a not-for-profit community organization of 225 volunteer members who celebrate the historical significance of the 1539 landing of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto on the Manatee River. While keeping De Soto’s legacy alive, the Society produces Manatee County’s largest entertainment events each year, culminating with the De Soto Heritage Festival, now entering its 77th year.
The Heintz and Becker De Soto Seafood Festival is widely recognized as one of Florida’s most outstanding events and is attended by thousands each year. A great lineup of continuous entertainment includes the best the local music scene has to offer, as well as nationally-known recording artists.
- April 1-3, 2016
- Friday, April 1
- Saturday, April 2
- Sunday, April 3
Seafood and More
Our three-day family event features some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors.
About the Festival
Located in Sutton & Lamb Parks in historic Palmetto, Florida10th Avenue West and 6th Street West
Proceeds generated from Seafood Festival benefit our Conquistador Historical Foundation. As the charitable arm of the Society, the Conquistador Historical Foundation distributes funding to other community charities, provides educational programs including a student exchange program with Barcarrota, Spain (Bradenton’s Sister City), funds collegiate scholarships, and maintains a cultural museum in downtown Bradenton.
- Nearby Accommodations
- Courtyard by Marriott Riverfront (official hotel partner)
- Hampton Inn & Suites, downtown Bradenton
Become a Sponsor
Opportunities are available to support the Hernando de Soto Historical Society’s mission through sponsorship and advertising.
All the info you need for the 2016 De Soto Seafood Festival
- When is the Heintz & Becker De Soto Seafood Festival?
- The festival is Friday, April 1, (5-10pm), Saturday, April 2 (11am-10pm), and Sunday, April 3 (12-6pm)
- What is the admission price?
- Gate entry is $5 per day and $10 after 4pm on Saturday. Check out our 3-Day pass available for $12.25!
- Is the festival an all ages event?
- Yes, everyone young and old is welcome at the De Soto Seafood Festival! Children ages 11 and under are admitted FREE!
- Do vendors accept credit cards?
- Cash is required to purchase food & drink tickets (dollar-for-dollar). ATMs are conveniently located inside the gates. Some arts & crafts vendors accept credit cards, but be sure to bring plenty of cash.
- What items should I leave at home?
- Backpacks, professional camera equipment and recording devices, cameras with a detachable lens or video capabilities, roller skates/blades, bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, outside food and drink, weapons of any kind, pets, illegal or illicit substances of any kind, glass Containers, metal aerosol cans, coolers, unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.
- Can we bring our own chairs to sit in and watch the show?
- YES! You can bring your own chairs, but for crowd safety concerns, you must be in the designated “Chair Area.”
- Am I allowed to leave the festival and re-enter later?
- 3-Day passholders only will be allowed to exit and re-enter the festival at any time.
- Is there plenty of parking?
- Yes! There is parking all around the festival within two to three blocks in any direction. Parking map coming soon!
- Are pets allowed?
- No. Though we love to see your furry friends, due to insurance and crowd safety, we do not allow pets inside the festival.
- Can I record the show?
- Sorry to say, but due to artist contracts, we do not allow recording devices of any kind inside the festival.