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Published on April 11, 2024
38th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival Serves Up a Weekend of Oceanside FunSource: Google Street View

The 38th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is casting its net to bring in a crowd this weekend at Community Park. On April 20th and 21st, this beloved event promises a smorgasbord of seafood, live music and a host of vendors for those ready to dive into the festivities. Marking a tradition in the local calendar, beach-goers and seafood aficionados alike are set for two days of oceanside fun.

Proceedings begin at 11:00 a.m. on both days, with Saturday's celebration reeling in the night until 10:00 p.m., and Sunday winding down at 7:00 p.m. In an attempt to make the event more accessible, ticket prices have been halved down to $20 for a full weekend pass, single-day admissions are an inviting $15. Last year's parking fee at the park has been scrapped, too, assuring attendees that their only investment is in good times, the $10.00 fee from the last time, is now free, though there's still preferred parking available at Pompano Beach High School for the same price.

This community staple is not just about cracking claws and tapping toes to the music. It's built on the backs of local charities and civic organizations, as reported by the City of Pompano Beach's official site. Teams from Pompano Beach High School, Blanche Ely High School, the Boy Scouts of America, and several other community groups are the festival's backbone, ensuring good times translate into good deeds.

Over 120 booths will dot the park, presenting festival-goers with more than just a sampling of the ocean's bounty. Arts and crafts, clothes, and even boat and car displays will flank the seafood stalls. As for the music, South Florida's popular bands and a few instrumental surprises are on the docket. Music lovers can catch a "Blues Jam" on Saturday and a roster of funk and rock on Sunday, with "Ajeva" set to close out the festivities.

New to the scene is Broward Health's Pompano Jacks Tent / Stage, which promises a chill vibe for those looking to take a break from the bustle. Visitors can plant themselves in the shade or on the grass, enjoying local acts such as Andrew Morris and Shannon Battle. For the full beat-by-beat breakdown of the weekend's tunes or to snag your tickets ahead of time, the festival's website has the complete rundown.

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