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Things To Do In Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Florida

Fall is the perfect season to come to the beach. We are blessed with so many fun things to do in Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Florida this Fall. Things large and small. Everyday things like riding the beach trolley to destinations galore, dining and drinking at our many wonderful establishments and just hanging out with someone you like, your toes in the sand at the water’s edge. On the larger side we are host to several major events in the Fall making our area a must stop for engaged travelers.

Johns Pass Seafood Festival

3 Days of Seafood and Musicthings to do in treasure island

October 25 – 28, 2018
Madeira Beach, Fl

You will have had better than 2 weeks to recover from your Oktoberfest revelries by the time the 37th Johns Pass Seafood Fest gets into full swing. Imagine delicious seafood dishes everywhere you turn. Johns Pass at Madeira Beach is the the undisputed seafood (Grouper in particular) capital on Florida’s west coast and our restaurants know exactly what to do with the catch. Come. Learn for yourself what locals already know…. Johns Pass has the best locally caught and prepared seafood anywhere!

And, there’s more. While you eat, enjoy an array of live music playing all festival long beginning the evening of the 25th. Peruse beach clothing, jewelry, accessories, trinkets, gifts, and arts and crafts at the over 50 vendors who will be onsite. So, if you are looking for fun things to do in Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, this festival is for you.

And That’s Not All….More Fun Things To Do At The Johns Pass Seafood Festival

In between all the eating, listening/dancing and shopping the festival has a handful of secondary events for visitors to enjoy as well. Here are a few of the offerings:

Battle of The Pass Fishing Tournament – This is a Spanish Mackerel and inshore slam fishing tournament held right at the festival. Don’t fish yourself? No problem. The weigh-in (always a fun time) is open to all festival goers.

Seafood Fest 5K Run – Come out Saturday morning and take to the sand enjoying our famous, breath-taking views in the Seafood Fest 5k run

Flavors of the Gulf – A ticketed event where 16 of the best local eateries and 20 craft brewers work to keep your taste buds on overload.

World’s Largest Bloody Mary Toast – Come and get a FREE Bloody Mary (or Virgin Mary) and toast with everyone and help Johns Pass Seafood Festival regain the world record for the world’s largest Bloody Mary toast.

Visit the Johns Pass Seafood Festival Website


Old Salt King of the Beach

The Largest – Richest – Most Exciting Kingfish Tournament In The U.S.things to do in treasure island

November 8 – 10, 2018
Madeira Beach, FL

It’s good to be the KING! Specially, if the title is earned at the King of the Beach. This is the “mack daddy” of fishing tournaments. The tournament where you #FISHBIGMONEY

For 25 years Old Salt Fishing Foundation has put on the KING. 700 fishing teams make a beeline to sunny Madeira Beach every year to compete in the King of the Beach. With over $225,000 in overall prize money, this is the fishing tournament of fishing tournaments. Heck, the 1st place winner will earn at least $60,000 and up to as much as $105,000. That’s a good day fishing and the KING is one of the most fun things to do in Treasure Island and Madeira Beach.

The event is a 3 day waterfront festival with food, drink, marine art, fishing gear & apparel and much more. Great for the entire family

And That’s Not All….More Fun Things To Do At The King of the Beach

Kids Fishing Slam – On Friday November 8th, Old Salt will host 500 local youth for the Kids Fishing Slam. The kids fish for free and everyone leaves a winner thanks to wonderful sponsors like 13Fishing.

King of the Beach Weigh-in & Awards Ceremony – The weigh-in and awards ceremony for the KING are not to be missed. The excitement. The anticipation. The Crown. The MONEY!

Visit The King of the Beach web pages on the Old Salt website.


Sanding Ovations Masters Cup

World Class Sand Sculpting Festivalthiongs to do in treasure island

November 14 – 18, 2018
Treasure Island, Fl

Treasure Island is the sand sculpting capital on Florida’s west coast and the Sanding Ovations Masters Cup brings the worlds best sand sculptors to show off their art and vie for accolades and some serious prize money.

See what’s on tap at the Sanding Ovations Masters Cup for 2018

There are always fun things to do in Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Florida. Check the Island Neighbors calendar to see more great, fun events.

Anti-straw movement picks up

Anti-straw movement picks up

This is a great article showing the anti-straw movement and how it has been catching on.  Bob Minning, former mayor of Treasure Island, is spear-heading our EPIC program.  We are on the move to get our beaches clean. For more info on our EPIC program – CLICK HERE. Anti-straw movement picks up steam on beaches… Continue Reading

Red Tide Spared Pinellas: August 16

For the most part, red tide spared Pinellas beaches during the recent outbreak that has so beleaguered our neighbors south of the Sunshine Skyway. Airborne toxins did reach up to Fort DeSoto and St. Pete Beach, but the impact was relatively minor. For those of you who want the most recent information about red tide… Continue Reading

Red Tide Moves South

Red Tide Moves South

We’ll all be breathing easier — literally. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is watching as the red tide moves south, not north, and away from Pinellas beaches. On Friday, August 10, it appeared that weather patterns would bring the bloom of karenia brevis north of the Sunshine Skyway, putting the Pinellas beaches… Continue Reading

Red Tide Update August 11

This red tide update presents links to several resources, including the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, area news outlets, and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. To learn what red tide is and how it affects our beaches, visit this article we published in 2016. We’ve been watching the conditions that have… Continue Reading

Minning Heads Environmental Preservation Committee

Minning Heads Environmental Preservation Committee

TREASURE ISLAND | MADEIRA BEACH ­­— Robert Minning, formerly Mayor of Treasure Island, was appointed on July 6 to chair the EPIC (Environmental Preservation Initiative for our Communities) committee of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Mayor Minning has a long history of environmental advocacy,” said Chamber Board Chairman Joe Dise in… Continue Reading

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters

Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters Reeling in Adventure!  The start of Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters is the stuff dreams are made of. Literally! “My son Anthony had built his own fishing boat and had been running small charter trips for about ten years while working a full-time job,” recalls Patricia Corcella. “I’d been thinking… Continue Reading

Fireworks on the 4th of July

Fireworks on the 4th of July

Every year, communities across the country celebrate Independence Day with displays of fireworks on the 4th of July. Those displays can be especially breathtaking when they’re reflected off the water here in the Tampa Bay area, and Madeira Beach and Treasure Island have fireworks displays worthy of every “oooh” and “aaaah.” Where’s the best place… Continue Reading

Member Highlight | Baby’s Away

Member Highlight | Baby’s Away

Owner: Debbie Fisher 727-316-1233 / 800-252-0254 https://babysaway.com/   Keeping Vacations Carefree! Your ideal Florida vacation is in peril: You’re flying to the Sunshine State with an infant, a toddler, and a six-year old. “What were we thinking?” you ask your spouse. Three children in six years? And a trip to visit your parents on the… Continue Reading

Beach Access is now more accessible

Beach Access is now more accessible

Beach visitors who use wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers will now have easier access to Treasure Island’s white sand beaches. “We finished putting the MobiMat® Recpath™ in place at about eleven this morning,” said Justin Tramble of the City Recreation Department on April 27. “I went later in the afternoon and there were hundreds of people… Continue Reading

Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life”

Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life”

Exhibition dates: April 6 to May 29, 2018 Florida CraftArt opened the exhibition “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life” — to a crowd of 400 people. Forty-two artists from around the country were judged by Dirk Armstrong, Assistant Curator for the Dali Museum, who presented the awards. The works represent a variety… Continue Reading

Board Chairman Joe Dise Attended Governor’s Dinner

Board Chairman Joe Dise Attended Governor’s Dinner

TREASURE ISLAND | MADEIRA BEACH – Early in March, the Chairman of the Board of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, Joe Dise (Dise Wealth Management), and his wife, Erin, attended Governor Rick Scott’s Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. “The evening was an intimate gathering,” said Dise in describing… Continue Reading

Chamber President at Visit Florida Summit

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Missy H. Hahn, president of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, attended the Visit Florida Tourism Leadership Summit in West Palm Beach December 11-13. The summit was “designed to explore insights, issues, and trends facing the travel and tourism industry and encourage meaningful dialogue among Florida tourism industry… Continue Reading

Top Artists win Awards at CraftArt Festival 2017

St. Petersburg, FL–– The nation’s top contemporary craft artists came from 19 states to display and sell their creations at Florida CraftArt’s 20th Annual CraftArt Festival. The two-day festival, presented by RE/MAX METRO, was held on November 18 and 19, at Central Avenue and 5th Street in downtown St. Petersburg, kicks off the Holiday shopping… Continue Reading

Holiday Happenings on Treasure Island

Santa’s Mailbox – December 4 through December 15, Santa will personally answer letters from all boys and girls who drop off or mail letters to his mailbox located in front of the Treasure Island City Hall at 120 108th Avenue. Santa’s elves remind everyone to have a return address on their letters. An Afternoon at the North… Continue Reading

Gators Café & Saloon Donates $21,175 for MobiMat® Recpath™ Beach Access Mat

TREASURE ISLAND, FLORIDA — Gators Café & Saloon, a subsidiary of HCI Group, Inc., donated $21,175 to the City of Treasure Island for the purchase of a MobiMat® Recpath™ to be installed at Treasure Island Gulf Front Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd. Paresh Patel, Chairman and CEO of HCI Group, Inc., presented the check on behalf… Continue Reading

Yoga for the Turtles October 22

 Madeira Beach, FL – Local studio Madeira Beach Yoga hosts Yoga for the Turtles, a community yoga class to benefit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) Sea Turtle Nesting program. Yoga for the Turtles takes place on Sunday, October 22 from 8:30 a.m. till 10 a.m. It begins with a one-hour, all-levels yoga class held on the… Continue Reading

Treasure Island/Madeira Beach Chamber certified as a Visit Florida Travel Information Center

TREASURE ISLAND—VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, named the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce as its newest Certified Travel Information Center on August 21, announced Chamber President Missy H. Hahn. “This makes our office the first and only state-certified Travel Information Center on Treasure Island,” noted Hahn, “and we are… Continue Reading

ZIKA INFORMATION you can use!

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater provided the following information for us to share with our members and visitors. Dear Industry Partners At a press conference held this morning, the Florida Department of Health confirmed it is investigating a local case of Zika in Pinellas County/Tampa Bay area. However it is unclear where the case was acquired and… Continue Reading

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