Waveland will host three days of great seafood and live music this weekend at the St. Clare Seafood Festival.
Kathy Scott, secretary for St. Clare Catholic Church, said an estimated 10,000 people turn out for the weekend. She said the event is the setting for a beautiful beachfront view.
"Come on out and have a good time and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We're right on the beach," she said.
The food is a community effort of church members and groups who offer a tasty variety. There is something for everyone on the menu, from the simplicity of a good fried shrimp po-boy and boiled shrimp plates to the complicated crab-stuffed baked potato and stuffed crabs. If seafood's not your thing, the Knights of Columbus also will offer fresh-grilled burgers and hot dogs.
Live music is a large part of the festival.
On Friday, Brandon Tingstrom & Exit 13 will play at 6 p.m. The group has a large repertoire including blues and country, jazz and funk and a lot of stuff in between. Ross Grisham also will perform with music continuing through 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Studio Classique will present a dance performance at 11 a.m. Texas country music by the Kerbside Band will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Headlining Saturday night is the high-energy New Orleans group Category 6, who will play from 8 to 11 p.m. The group has a flashy, neon stage show and delivers pop from the 1980s and more.
On Sunday, Redline will play from 3 to 7 p.m. and DPlay will perform from 7 to 10 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 10 p.m. to close out the festival.
Throughout the weekend there will be children's activities and rides by Rebel Amusement.
There will be at least 23 vendors with hot sauce, hair bows, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, cosmetics and special interest groups.
A 5K run will kick off the day Saturday at 8 a.m. The run takes place along the beach boardwalk, providing a Gulf view and a traffic-free space. Saturday also will feature a showing of classic cars.
The festival is held at St. Clare Catholic Church, 236 S. Beach Blvd., Waveland.
Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
Admission is free.