Florida Manatee Festival

Sunday, Mar 28, 2021 at 9:00am

Downtown Crystal River
Citrus Avenue Cross over US Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34429

Adults: $5: 12 and under FREE

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As one of the few places in the world where you can still swim with the manatee, Crystal River is the proud home to one of the biggest festivals celebrating our favorite floating friends!


Kings Bay Park - Main Stage

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Dj DiOrio​

John, aka "DJ Diorio", has nearly 20 years in the entertainment industry. His musical knowledge and flair for entertainment has made DJ Diorio one of the most popular DJ's in the area.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Barefoot Bob & The Hope

Barefoot Bob and The Hope, originally The Bob Hope Band, was founded by Bob in 2010. Bob grew up singing in church and school.  His “break” into the live band world came as a lucky break while working his way through college as a bartender. When the bar band’s lead singer became ill, Bob was asked to step in and the rest is history. Bob never looked back and has devoted his career to performing and entertaining people throughout Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Barefoot Bob and The Hope Band focuses on fun, laid-back beach vibe tunes with some soul and rock & roll from the 60’s through today, performed with their own unique twist. Bob always performs barefoot and puts his heart and soul into his vocal stylings.

2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Moonflower  "Spirit of Santana"

Moonflower is a tribute to the music of Santana performed by 5 musicians who's love for Santana and the music comes first!

Moonflower features Mark Barrios on guitar and vocals a long time and well respected guitarist in the Tampa Bay area. On keys is Brad Trumbull and vocals, Manny Betancourt on percussion and vocals, Howard Kleinfeld on bass and David Nunez on drums. The intent of Moonflower is to reproduce the sound, the feelings, and the excitement of the great music of Santana!

Hippie Village Gazebo Stage

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Palomino Blonde

​Originally a four piece band based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Palomino Blonde is now a duo made up of an acoustic guitar and vocals covering everything from Alison Krause to Alice In Chains. Arriving in Nature Coast in September of 2018, they have already developed a loyal following and have made quite a splash with an occasional appearance of the singer’s palomino gelding, Gabe. This sweet and gentle horse loves attention and being part of the show! He has worked mounted security and has been on the dance floor in a few of the venues where the band performed in Michigan. He made his first Florida appearance in Cedar Key and has been the talk of the island ever since!

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