PITTBURG -- The annual Pittsburg Seafood and Music Festival is getting back to its roots this year, returning to the Pittsburg Marina this weekend as it marks its 30th anniversary.

The two-day event featuring live music, dozens of vendors, games and crafts, and -- of course -- seafood, will take place Sept. 6 and 7.

AD Seeno Construction Co. is the 2014 title sponsor of the festival, which draws upward of 25,000 people and is organized by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce.

For the past few years the festival has taken place in the city's redeveloped Old Town while the marina underwent a face-lift. Now, organizers are excited to be bringing back the scenic views and water sports that have always proved popular, said Monica Couture, the chamber's marketing and special events director.

The schedule includes jet ski heat races on Saturday and jet ski stunt demonstrations on Sunday. There will also be paddle boarding lessons, kite surfing information sessions and the fan-favorite splash dogs competition.

Another longtime tradition, the Seafood Festival posters crafted by local artist Francis Palermo, will also return after a two-year hiatus.

Organizers emphasize that the festival is a family-friendly event and also one that can be easy on the wallet. Adult tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance or $10 at the gate, and the chamber works with food and beverage vendors to make sure most of their fare is priced at $7 or less.

"That makes it affordable for everyone," Couture said, mindful of the still-recovering economy.


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In addition to the event's namesake offerings, including dungenous crab, barbecued oysters, lobster, mussels and crawfish, festivalgoers will be able to nosh on non-seafood snacks like deep-fried alligator on a stick and the creative grilled cheese "sammys" of Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen food truck.

There will also be a premium wine tent pouring some of the state's top vintages, including some of the zinfandels that take top honors at Friday night's California Zinfandel Championship at the Pittsburg Marina Green.

PJ Quesada, the chamber's past president, called the waterfront one of Pittsburg's "most beautiful assets," but said as part of the 30th anniversary business leaders are also promoting "30 exceptional traits about Pittsburg."

"We can really focus on the great things that make Pittsburg a wonderful community," Quesada said, whether it's the city's restaurants, bocce ball leagues or milestones like purchasing a first home.

Information about the event can be found online at www.pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com.

If you go
What: Pittsburg Seafood and Music Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7
Where: Pittsburg Marina
Info: 925-432-7301 or http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com
Cost: $10 general admission; $8 seniors and children 6-12; free for those 5 and under.