Village People, The Romantics and Blood Sweat and Tears featuring former American Idol contestant Bo Bice headline the Louisiana Seafood Festival at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds Friday through Sunday. The event highlights Louisiana seafood, with more than 25 vendors including Acme Oyster House (seafood po-boys), Blue Crab Restaurant (crab cakes and more), Drago's Seafood Restaurant (char-broiled oysters), Galatoire's Restaurant (shrimp remoulade and more), Luke (fried shrimp and crab pies), Red Fish Grill (barbecued oyster po-boys) and Woody's Fish Tacos. There also are sno-balls and ice cream.
The music lineup includes Tank and the Bangas, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Hot 8 Brass Band, Zebra, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Benjy Davis and others. There are cooking demonstrations, a craft beer garden, craft vendors and a kids' tent. Visit the website for daily schedule.
Proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 beginning Sept. 2). Weekend passes are $22 in advance ($25 beginning Sept. 2). Children under 55 inches tall get in free when accompanied by an adult.