With an abundance of local shrimp sourced by Shrimp Boat Projects, beer from Karbach Brewing Co. and a cook-off organized by Urban Harvest, the festival provides plenty of opportunities to indulge in the bounty of the shrimp harvest. Splice Records' music line-up includes Craig Kinsey, Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man, the Kelly Doyle Trio and Hayden Jones and The Roosevelt House Band.
Picnic-style games and activities for kids will be run by the Eastwood Civic Association. Educational booths, activities and information from local nonprofits will provide a larger environmental context for the festivities and celebration of the landscape.
The focal point and symbol of the day is Shrimp Boat Projects' working shrimp boat, the F/V Discovery, transformed into the Divine Pelican, a kinetic art boat. Flapping its 40-foot wings from Galveston Bay though the Houston Ship Channel, the pelican will come to rest in the waters overlooking the festival, acting as a protective deity for the estuary and of the cultures that depend on its resilience.
The event is free and family friendly.