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April 5 - April 7 2019

DeSoto Seafood Festival

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Join Us For Great Music, Delicious Food, Beautiful Art!


DeSoto Seafood Festival has evolved over the 30 years to become the largest regional festival in Manatee County. Getting its start as the River Fest on downtown Bradenton’s “Sandlot” at Rossi Waterfront Park and only open on Saturday and Sunday. After decades of fine-tuning, this event has become a 3-day festival comprising of Food, Music, Arts & Crafts and Family Fun that is hosted in the the Historic Sutton & Lamb Park in Palmetto, FL.

Festival Details:

Chairs Permitted in Designated Areas Only – No Pets – No Coolers


5pm – 10pm Friday April 5th, 2019

11am – 10pm Saturday April 6th, 2019

Noon – 6pm Sunday April 7th, 2019


Sutton Park, Palmetto, FL


FREE Admission all weekend long



In addition to the great Seafood and Music, the Heintz & Becker DeSoto Seafood Festival also offers many local artisans, commercial vendors, a Kid’s Zone, and more!

The Hernando de Soto Historical Society produces the annual DeSoto Seafood Festival for over 35 years now! we are a not-for-profit community organization of 225 volunteer member 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 DeSoto Heritage Festival, now entering its 80th year!

Proceeds generated from the DeSoto 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 education programs including a student exchange program with Barcarrota, Spain (Bradenton’s Sister City), funds collegiate scholarships.