JENSEN BEACH – A tradition on the Treasure Coast for 32-years and the signature event of Jensen Beach, the Pineapple Festival will be held in downtown Jensen Beach the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22-24, 2019. The festival’s presenting sponsor is Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. Last year excitement soared when it was announced admission to the festival would be free. Get excited again because free admission will continue this year and for many years to come.
This homegrown community event always offers a family vibe in a kid-friendly fun environment. Pineapple themed food and beverages are available in local downtown restaurants. Ann Kagdis, History Museum of Jensen Beach President, will take us back to when Jensen was known as the “Pineapple Capitol of the World” during a history presentation at Pineapple Jack’s Restaurant.
This year’s biggest addition will be the introduction of Pineapple Field, a new year-round downtown concert venue located in downtown Jensen Beach next to Tako Tiki. During the Pineapple Festival, the concert venue will showcase local musical artists and bands on the Kai Kai Farm Stage. Festival entertainment is produced by Treasure Coast Entertainment.
The local art scene will again be front and center at the festival. A collection of creative minds will showcase their handcrafted wares at the festival’s pre-holiday season art and craft show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Always popular are the midway rides presented by the “Big Fun” carnival ride company owned and operated by Jensen Beach resident Mike Doolan. Festival-goers will be able purchase one-price wristband unlimited ride specials each day during specific hours. Please be advised that all rides have height requirements.
Our loyal sister city friends from Eleuthera, Bahamas will be back to showcase their colorful Junkanoo parade, Bahamian Market, and Pineapple Eating Contest. They are also coming to share the good news that the hotels on the Island of Eleuthera and Harbour Island were unscathed by Hurricane Dorian. The restaurants, resorts, and marinas are open, and the white and pink sand beaches are still pristine. Eleuthera and Harbour Island are two of the Bahamas’ 700 islands and cays that are receiving visitors and open for tourism. The heart-pounding sounds of Junkanoo will be heard throughout the festival, Friday (8pm); Saturday (8:30pm); and Sunday (4pm).
Festivities will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. For additional information go to the official festival website www.PineappleFestival.info.