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Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019

The Gulf of Mexico sits right in our backyard. The Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean are located a short distance away. So, fresh seafood acts as a mainstay in many dishes around our town. Sounds like a great location for the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019 to me!

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019 offers three days of delicious food, beautiful arts and crafts, and tons of great music at Veterans Park to raise money for local Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

What: Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019
Where: Veterans Community Park (901 Park Ave)
When: March 22 & 23rd, 11 am to 9 pm, March 24th, 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: $10 per day or $16 for any two days, kids under 12 FREE
Contact: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce (239) 394-7549

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019

Over the course of the three-day Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019 event, guests dine on the best seafood around. Not a huge fan of fish dishes? Don’t worry. Chefs serve up some meat and vegetarian meals as well. No one goes hungry here! Dozens of arts and crafts vendors show off their wares for sale. Let your children play in the Kids Zone while you shop around.

In addition to the amazing food and artists’ offerings, top-notch musicians perform for the crowds as well. Each night offers a different headline act to finish off that day’s jamboree of fun. On opening night, Disco Inferno closes out the evening with their covers of the hits you would have danced to at Studio 54. Saturday’s festivities end with The Landsharks Band headlining. They perform their tributes to the music of Jimmy Buffet and the Beach Boys. Finally, the entire Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019 finishes up with country duo One Night Rodeo’s headlining performance. Several other fantastic bands also play throughout each day of the festival, too.

Tickets for the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 2019

The festival offers two separate ticket options: a one-day pass or a two-day pass. For $10, you gain access to the festival for one as well as free parking for that day. Pay just $6 more and add a second day. You choose which two of the three days you want to attend. Kids under 12 years old get in for free. For tickets, please visit the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival website here.

For 11 years now, the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival has acted as a fundraiser for our local Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. Money raised benefits the charities they work tirelessly to help throughout the year. Your patronage is greatly appreciated.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

Living on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, we enjoy fresh seafood year round. And our local chefs are second to none. So, when the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club wanted to raise money for their philanthropic endeavors back in 2007, it made sense that seafood should be a part of it. With the help of another local rotary club and the Kiwanis, this annual event quickly became a local favorite. A few years later, music was added into the mix. Now, more than 10,000 people come to the festival every year. The latest incarnation, the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, just may be the biggest event of its kind on Marco Island ever.

Help the Rotary & Kiwanis clubs continue their community programs by attending the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. You enjoy three days of fun. Our community and our children reaps the rewards.

What: 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
Where: Veterans Community Park (901 Park Ave)
When: March 23rd & 24th 11 am to 9 pm, March 25th 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: $10 1-day pass, $16 2-day pass, $75 VIP 3-day pass
Contact: Marco Island Chamber (239) 394-7549

2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

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Naples’ own Bill’s Steak & Seafood restaurant signed up to bring lobster rolls and meals to the masses for the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival for the first time. Marco Island’s own Pincher’s Crab House joins in with tasty chowders, crawdads, grouper, fresh fish, shrimp, stone crab, and crab cakes. Not much of a seafood fan? That’s OK. You’ll have plenty of other “landlubber” fare to choose from. A special Kids Zone opens at 11 am each day of the festival. After all, this is a family-friendly event. In the Kids Zone, children are free to do some rock climbing, play in the bounce house, slide down the giant inflatables, and work off their frenetic energy on the trampolines. Meanwhile, you get to shop to your heart’s content on vendor row. While musical acts keep guests entertained throughout the entire day, the headliners are the Ben Allen Band (Fri, 6 pm to 9 pm), Almost ABBA (Sat, 6 pm to 9 pm), and Deb & the Dynamics Band (Sun, 2 pm to 5 pm).

Tickets for the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

Whether you choose to come to just one day of the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival or want to be present for all three days, there’s a ticket package for you! Single-day passes cost just $10 per adult (ages 12 & up). Receive a discount when you purchase a two-day pass for $16 per adult. But for the ultimate experience, spend $75 for a VIP ticket. VIPs receive special seating in a reserved tented area, $15 in food vouchers, four drink tickets, private restroom access, and a ticket for a cruise raffle. The VIP ticket is good for all three days of the festival. Kids under 12 years of age and parking are both free all three days of the festival. VIP tickets are in limited supply. Contact the Marco Island Chamber to find out how to purchase your ticket today.

Money raised from the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Musical Festival helps fund local community and children’s programs sponsored by the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. So, not only do you get to have a great time, but you’ll be helping the community at the same time. Not a bad way to spend a lovely spring weekend here in Southwest Florida!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

What will you find at the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival? Fine food, live music and so much more. Three days of top shelf fun!Great music.  Awesome food.  You get that and more at the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival.  When you can have this much fun and also raise money for a great cause, I call that a success.

What: 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
Where: Veterans Community Park (901 Park Ave)
When: March 24th to 26th, 11am to 9pm Fri & Sat, 11am to 5pm Sun
Admission: $10/person/day or $16/person/2 day pass, $60/person VIP passes, kids 12 & under FREE
Contact: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce (239) 394-7549

2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

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Seafood is the main event at the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival.  They’ll have crab cakes, grouper, crawdads, shrimp and just about any seafood offering you could imagine.  Not a fish fan?  There’ll be landlubber food available, too.  Chase it down with a fine craft beer or local wine.  Don’t forget to visit the arts and crafts vendors.  Each day features different live musical acts, too.  The Ben Allen Band headlines Friday night.  Enjoy the musical stylings of the Carribean Chillers on Saturday night.  The festival wraps up on Sunday with Rick and the Speed Bumps.  Plenty of other talented musicians fill the bill in between.  Don’t worry about the kids.  They’ll stay busy playing among the bounce houses, rock wall, trampoline and slide in the Kids Zone.

Tickets for the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

All adults aged 13 or older must have a ticket to enjoy the 2017 Marco Island Seafood Music Festival.  For a single day pass, tickets cost $10 per person.  Receive $4 of admission when you purchase a two day pass for $16 per person.  VIP tickets cost $60.  This grants you admission to all three days of the festival, free parking, four drink tickets, a lobster meal and private seating under the VIP tent.  VIP tickets can only be purchased through the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.  Call (239) 394-7549 to find out how.

Proceeds from the 2017 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival benefit the Marco Island Rotary Club.  This will help them continue their community service efforts and charity work throughout the year.  Come to Veterans Community Park for music, food and family-friendly fun!

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2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair

If you miss this weekend's 2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair, the Center for the Arts hosts two more this year: Feb 4th & 5th and March 4th & 5th.Every year, the Marco Island Center for the Arts hosts their Winter/Spring fine arts fairs.  In fact, this has become something of a tradition in our Marco Island community.  January’s 2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair takes place this weekend at the Center for the Arts.  A couple of days of beautiful work created by talented artisans sounds like a nice respite from a busy week to me.

What: 2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair
Where: Marco Island Center for the Arts (1010 Winterberry Dr)
When: January 7th & 8th, February 4th & 5th, March 4th & 5th, 10am to 4pm
Admission: FREE (donations accepted)
Contact: Pam Patullo, Marco Island Center for the Arts (732) 223-3710 or via email

2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair

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Welcome in the new year with the 2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair.  Local and national artists set up booths at this fair to showcase their wonderful work.  Want to add some new artwork for your Marco Island home?  Need a birthday or anniversary gift?  Do you love jewelry?  Visit the fair this weekend to find just what you’re looking for?

Instead of shopping online or visiting a large chain store, purchase goods from the amazing artists at the 2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair.  Here, you’ll find sculptures, pottery, paintings, woodwork, leather goods, handcrafted jewelry, bead work and so much more.  The fair takes place in the parking lot of the Marco Island Center for the Arts.  The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island allows visitors to park on their site right across the street for free.

Admission to the 2017 Marco Island Fine Art and Craft Fair is absolutely free.  However, they won’t turn down a donation or two if you are so inclined.  Any money collected for admission helps the Center for the Arts continue their efforts to cultivate an appreciation for the arts in our community.  If you miss this weekend’s event, you have two more chances this year to make it up.  They will be back on the first weekends of February and March.

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Marco Island Pokemon Go Lure Party 2016

The Marco Island Historical Museum hosts their Marco Island Pokemon Go Lure Party 2016 from 10am to 2pm this Sat, Aug 6th, with lures, a scavenger hunt & more.Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard about the new Pokemon Go craze.  Just a few weeks in and we can already declare it a genuine phenomenon.  Everywhere you look, people of all ages have their eyes glued to their cell phones…even more than usual.  The search for elusive Pokemon characters continues this Saturday with the Marco Island Pokemon Go Lure Party 2016.

What: Marco Island Pokemon Go Lure Party 2016
Where: Marco Island Historical Museum (180 S Heathwood Dr)
When: Saturday, August 6th, 10am to 2pm
Contact: Marco Island Historical Museum (239) 252-8476

Marco Island Pokemon Go Lure Party 2016

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One of the best things to come from this latest craze has to be that it gets people off the couch and out into the real world.  Sure, you’re staring at a screen.  But you have to be mobile in order to catch Ditto, Snorlax, Dragonair or the ever elusive Mewtwo.  If you think this is just a kids’ game, you are sorely mistaken.  Adults in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and even older can be found wandering around parks, sidewalks, open air theaters and other places trying to fill their Pokemon Go stables.

The Marco Island Historical Museum wants to get in on this sensation.  They will be hosting a Marco Island Pokemon Go Lure Party 2016 this Saturday at their facility.  They plan on placing lure modules throughout their location between 10am and 2pm.  Trainers of all ages are invited to attend.  In addition to the lures, guests have the opportunity to participate in several Pokemon-themed activities, including a scavenger hunt.

Can’t make it out to Marco Island this weekend?  Collier County Museum hosts their own Pokemon Go party next Saturday, August 13th.  They’ll be setting up lures all around the museum from 10am to 2pm, too.  For more info, contact them at (239) 252-8476.

Go outside.  Catch some Pokemon.  Have fun.  Spend time with your kids while getting in a bit of exercise at the same time.  It’s all good.

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