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Carlos Aceves, of Pittsburg, works on shucking oysters at the Pittsburg Seafood Festival in Pittsburg, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

PITTSBURG -- A large assortment of tasty seafood, along with all kinds of other interesting tidbits, will be at your fingertips this weekend as Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce kicks off its 29th annual Seafood and Music Festival in Pittsburg's Old Town and Marina District.

Chamber CEO Harry York likened last year's event to that of "a festival happening in New Orleans." And he expects much the same this year.

"I think my favorite part is the variety of food, and just watching people —— people dress up, it's a real happening," York said. "I've seen people out, like they're out for a real nice summer event —— almost a New Orleans-like (event)."

Variety is definitely on the menu for the day as the festival will include 50 food vendors, more than 100 arts- and-crofters, "a bigger and better kids' play land and petting zoo," and a music lineup geared to get everyone's toe tapping.

According to the Chamber, "this year's event will feature three stages with groups from around the globe —— pumping out country, Cajun, zydeco, Blues, classic rock, blues, funk R&B beats, and so much more." For the 2013 entertainment line-up, log onto http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com/event-info/entertainment/

When it comes to finger-lickin' good, York said that due to popular demand, the "gator guy" will be back again this year, and they've added a new booth for those wanting to get their crab on. But rest assured, he said, there will also be plenty of "crayfish, lots of shrimp, lots of deep-fried."

York also added that almost all the restaurants downtown will be serving during the event, with what he expects will be their full menus and encourages festival-goers to patronage them as well as they enter or leave the festival. There are no in-and-out privileges.

To help quench those adult thirsts, York said there will be "lots of good beer ... the standard Bud and Bud Light, but we'll have lots premium beers, including local E.J. Phair (Brewing Co.) ... wine and the margarita booth."

Also, to help cool you down during the day, there will be three major areas with tents throughout the festival, including one at the main plaza center and the other over the main beer and margarita booth plaza.

To make the most of your day, York said it's best to come early.

"It's not so crowded; it's not so warm, so you can see everything."

If you go
What: Pittsburg Seafood and Music Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Pittsburg's Old Town and Marina District
Info: 925-432-7301 or http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com/
Cost: Advance online tickets are adults $8, seniors 62 and older and youth $3.75 (all plus processing fees) and can be reserved online at http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com. Single tickets $10 at the door, $5 for youth and seniors.