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Port Salerno Seafood Festival Returns This Weekend, And There's A Kickoff Party At Twisted Tuna

If you start seeing mermaids around town this weekend, you haven't made a wrong turn and found yourself under the sea.

Mythical aquatic creatures, pirates and seafood lovers will all head to the docks of Port Salerno on Saturday, Jan. 30, for the Port Salerno Seafood Festival.

The 10th annual waterfront festival—just one of many worth checking out this season—features eats from local Port Salerno fishermen who catch, clean and cook the fish that go into the seafood dishes. 

What started out as a local fish-fry party at the docks in Port Salerno has grown to be one of the largest events in Martin County, with more than 35,000 people attending each year. 

In addition to fresh local seafood—think chowders, fried calamari, clam strips, oysters, shrimp, shark bites and more—the festival at the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock will feature live music, arts and craft vendors, a kid's fun zone and, of course, lots of costumed mermaids and pirates.

Bands at will perform across three stages—the Twisted Tuna Stage, Pirate's Cove Stage and Fisherman's Village Acoustical Stage. (To see the full entertainment lineup, click here.)

Ahead of the festival, The Twisted Tuna on SE Salerno Road will host a kickoff party Friday night from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring live music by The Crush, along with food and drink specials.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, with most food served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the gate and free for children 12 and under.

Drivers in the area should expect road closures. The following streets will be closed for the festival between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday: SE DeSoto Avenue, from SE Salerno Road to SE Seaward Street, as well as SE Park Drive, from SE DeSoto Avenue to SE Mulford Lane.

Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Authority; SE Park Drive, Stuart