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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!


Q: When is the Heintz & Becker DeSoto Seafood Festival?

A: The festival is Friday April 5th, 2019 (5-10pm), Saturday April 6th, 2019 (11am-10pm), Sunday April 7th, 2019 (12pm-6pm)

Q: What is the admission price?

A: Admission is FREE all weekend long! Enjoy the Festival!

Q: Is the Festival an all ages event?

A: Yes, everyone young and old is welcome to attend the 2019 DeSoto Seafood Festival

Q: Do vendors accept credit cards? 

A: Cash is required to purchase food & drink tickets (dollar-for-dollar). ATMs are conveniently located at the festival. Some Arts & Crafts vendors accept credit cards, but be sure to bring enough cash!

Q: What items should I leave at home? 

A: Backpacks, professional camera equipment and recording devices, cameras with detachable lens or video capabilities, roller skates/roller blades, bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, outside food and drinks, 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.

Q: Is there plenty of parkng?

A: Yes! There is plenty of parking all around the festival within two to three blocks in any direction. Parking Map coming soon!

Q: Are pets allowed? 

A: No. Though we love to see your furry friends, due to insurance and crowd safety, we do not allow pets inside the festival.

Q: Can I record the show? 

A: Sorry to say, but due to artist contracts, we do not allow recording devices of any kind inside of the festival.

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.