For over 20 years, the annual Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival in November has been a huge crowd-pleaser with live entertainment, a variety of foods, crafts and activities for adults, teens and children during the three-day event. It is called ‘pineapple’ because of all the acres of pineapple production that was done in Jensen Beach in the early 20th century.
In downtown Jensen Beach, Florida, for countless city blocks, starting Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at 6 p.m. and running until midnight, visitors will be treated to an array of booths filled with taste and visual sensations. The selection of food, crafts and products to decide from will be outstanding.
Saturday, November 7, will be the big day with the festival running for 12 hours, from noon to midnight. Sunday, November 8, the festival opens at noon and closes at 8 p.m.
A special treat is the Bahamian Market run by the citizens from Gregory Town on the Island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. Every June in Gregory Town the populous sponsor their own Pineapple Festival. Approximately 50 individuals come each year for the Jensen Beach festival and bring their native craft merchandise, the entertaining Bahamian band and put on a fabulous Junkanoo parade in the evening for everyone.
Those attending are looking forward to seeing and hearing Julianne Hough perform this year on Saturday. Julianne has become the new rising star in country music but is best known as the wonderful top professional dancer on television’s “Dancing with the Stars” show.
There will a group performing unusual bicycle and skateboard stunts along with Wade Henry known for his unicycle stunt performances.
Music of all forms is the showcase piece of the festival. There will be three stages with music being performed all three days. Performing on Friday evening will be Pat Green, a country singing star from Texas. Also a hip-hop group called the ‘New Boyz’ will put on quite a show for everyone on Sunday.
Everyone’s favorite is the performance of Martin County’s various school bands, including Jensen Beach High School’s Jazz band.
In between the assortment of musical acts, everyone will enjoy the amusement rides run by the Doolan family. They will have a special on Sunday, November 8th of riding on all the amusement rides all day long for just $20 per person.
Parking for the festival is made simple by use of the massive parking lot at the local Treasure Coast Mall with bus shuttle service right to the festival.
Between October 19, 2009 and November 5, advanced tickets are available at the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce ( the festival’s sponsor) and the local Sonic Drive-In Restaurants at the reduced price of $10 per person per day. On the day of the festival, tickets will be $15 per person, per day with children age 12 and under admitted free.
Plenty for the family to experience, see, hear and do at Jensen Beach’s outstanding Pineapple Festival 2009.