The Nature Coast’s U-Pick Season is upon us. Local blueberry and peach growers are open for business. You can find several NatureCoaster growers by visiting our Agritourism page in the directory (Click here). Blueberry season runs until Memorial day weekend, more or less. Corn and Blackberries are available through July. Be sure to call the farm before you drive out because Mother Nature is in charge of farming, but take some time this year to go out and pick your own delicious fruits and veggies.
And please tell them that NatureCoaster sent you!
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Cotee River Seafood & Blues Festival
April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until April 23, 2017
The 18th annual Cotee River Seafest will again offer a variety of activities to attract and entertain both attendees and participants. Come to a unique and exceptional event that encompasses a boat show with a seafood festival, blues concert, an arts and crafts fair featuring a myriad of art forms primarily focusing on nautical and natural theme hand-crafted products, an Hurricane Expo, rubber duck race, a Fine Art Show, Classic car and truck show, and activities for the entire family to enjoy along the waterfront.
One of the main attractions of the event is a new boat show consisting of new boats displayed in and along the picturesque bank of the Pithlachascotee River. To complement this display, personal watercraft and marine related products and service vendors are on display adjacent to the boat docks situated on the banks of the Pithlachascotee (Cotee) River.
Live music all weekend, begins the weekend with the HITS 106 concert on Friday evening. The non-stop live entertainment on Saturday will culminate in the trade-mark Blues by the River Concert on Saturday evening; music and live performances on stage Sunday as well.
For an added attraction, the Cotee River SeaFest will also feature activities and games for kids, 30-45 minute boat tours up the Cotee River in charming Downtown New Port Richey aboard the 40 passenger Miss Daisy pontoon boat, a wide variety of food (primarily seafood) and beverage vendors of water, soft drinks and with cold beer and wine for those over 21.
The return of the Salty Dog Seafaring Forum where boating and fishing secrets of the experts will be revealed to all free of charge; the 3rd annual Hurricane Forum presented by Pasco County Emergency Management; the 4th annual AFIRE DUCKtona 500 rubber duck race and, new this year, the Cardboard Boat Race – and as always, the Weeki Wachee Mermaids and Capt. William Mayhem, the Pirate Magician from St. Augustine. The Captain will be bringing the Mayhem’s Pirate Museum with over 30 artifacts of Nautical History.
The Cotee River SeaFest is an award-winning event, having been named “Most Outstanding Main Street Event” by the Secretary of State of Florida and being selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” for May 2004.
So join us for a weekend of adventure on the high seas of the Pithlachascotee River on April 21-23 in Sims Park!