St. Augustine is home to many festivals throughout the year, but one of the favorites is the St Augustine Lion’s Club Seafood Festival. Well, delicious smells will once again fill the air the weekend of March 21-23, 2014 as the St. Augustine Lions Club hosts its 33rd Annual Seafood Festival at Francis Field. Eat, Shop and Enjoy the fun.This popular event features great seafood dishes of every style, over 100 arts and crafts vendors and some of the best Bluegrass, Americana and Jazz music you’ve ever heard.
Let’s talk music. Friday night is Jazz Night and features the Evans Trio at 4-6 pm, followed by the Bill Doyle Quartet 6-9 pm featuring Linda Cole, niece of legendary Nat King Cole. Linda, the “First Lady of Song”, has sung professionally since she was 3 year sold and her family’s group, “The Singing Coles” are a part of Illinois music history. What a treat to have Linda here in the Old City kicking off the first night of musical entertainment.

Saturday is huge with Brittney Lawrence, the Florida State Bluegrass Band featuring Mr. Ernie Evans, the WestWend band out of Tennessee, local favorites Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards. Look for Katherine Archer and Pirate minstrels strolling the festival grounds. Ms. Brittney Lawrence opens the festival on both Saturday and Sunday. This St. Augustine local is on the verge of hitting the big-time and will knock your socks off with her sultry voice. Sunday continues the show with John Dickie & Collapsible B, Go Get Gone, Katherine Archer and more.Let’s talk food. Gator Skewers, Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Catfish, Lobster Nachos, Grilled, Fried and Steamed Shrimp, World Champion Chowder, Paella, Fried Grouper, Shrimp Tacos, Maine Lobster rolls….need we say more? Over 12 food vendors will be cooking up everything under the sea and more. It’s hard to pick a favorite here, but you’ll have fun trying. Come hungry and stay late.

Pirate and magic shows run throughout the day and over 100 exhibitors are featured at the arts and crafts village. Adult admission is $3, and no coolers or pets are allowed. Children 12 and under are free and can enjoy the afternoon at the Kids Zone and Pirate Landing. Get there early because the Arts Village closes at sundown.

The event is held at 25 W. Castillo Dr. behind the Visitor’s Information Center, the festival is open from 3-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Presented by Winn Dixie, sponsors also include RE/MAX 100 realty, VyStar, the St. Augustine Record, Fresh from Florida, Eclipse Recording Company, Beaver Toyota of St. Augustine, Coors Light, Ocean grove RV, Hasty’s Carpet & Flooring, Money Pages and United Rentals. Proceeds benefit Lions charities, the world’s largest service organization. For complete details go to www.lionsfestival.com or www.facebook.com/staugustinelionsfestival. Tweet them @staugustinelion