Stuart is 'Dancin' in the Streets' this weekend

Downtown Stuart will be alive with music this weekend. It's annual Dancin' in the Streets festival kicked off Friday night.  After 26 years, the event is trying something new.

On Friday night, people clapped along, danced along and some tapped along to the beat. The kick-off featured reggae music.

"It's good," says Stuart resident Kevin Dillon, "Good turnout. Good music."

Dancin' in the Streets is an annual summertime tradition Stuart. But there are a few changes this year. It's now two days instead of one.

"It's a new location," says organizer Patty O'Connell, "It's a whole different concept for the Dancin' in the Streets. it's dancing in the park."

Organizers expect about 8,000 people to come to Memorial Park on Ocean Drive Friday and Saturday. There are activities for the whole family including rides for the kids.

"Something new for us cause we're not originally from this area," says attendee Susan Hamlin.

Last year's event raised more than $50,000. That money pays for other events in Stuart such as parades and the Rock'n Riverwalk music series. They're hoping for a bigger success this year.

"I love it all," says organizer Bill Moore, "I love the party. I love everybody getting together."

Ticket prices range from $12 to $25 for general admission. Dancin' in the Streets ends Friday night at midnight. It will open at noon on Saturday and close at midnight.