Cotee River Seafest
Sims Park, Downtown New Port Richey, Florida
3rd weekend in April
Founded in 2000
The Cotee River Seafest - formerly known as the Cotee River Seafood & Blues Festival - is a three day celebration of seafood, boats, and the Blues (music, that is). Held in downtown New Port Richey at Sims Park and surrounding area, it is one of the largest festivals in Pasco County.

Taking center stage (figuratively, not literally) are a wide variety of seafood vendors that set up shop at the festival. From crab cakes to grouper sandwiches, seafood lovers will be able to find just about anything they're looking for. Beer and wine is also sold on the festival grounds.

Live music begins at noon and continues into the evening on all three days ... featuring some of the best blues and folk groups in the southeast. The Sims Park Amphitheater provides a perfect venue for viewing and listening to the entertainment. Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own.

The area around Orange Lake hosts a boat show on Saturday and Sunday. Boat tours of the Cotee River are provided for a small fee aboard the "Miss Daisy". And the "DuckTona 500 Duck Race gives everyone an opportunity to get involved with a rubber ducky race beginning at the Main Street bridge - with awards and prizes immediately following the race.

Arts and crafts vendors are also on hand for your shopping pleasure. The Sims Park super-playground is always a favorite with the kids - and during the festival there will be bounce houses and slides (for a fee).
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Note: The dates of annual events and festivals are subject to change from year to year. Before planning your trip, be sure to check the links above for the actual dates, times, and schedule of activities.