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2017 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2017 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

florida seafood festivalNothing says Florida like a seafood festival.  They are fun, they are authentic, and much of the seafood served is fresh from local waters, especially in fishing ports such as Cedar Key, Fort Myers, Mayport, Fernandina Beach, Apalachicola and the Florida Keys.

With this comprehensive listing, you can start planning your seafood festival adventure. Mark the calendar. Make those reservations.

Some Florida seafood festivals change dates, or disappear altogether, so be sure to check this list for updates and follow the links. Let us know about changes we missed.

Bookmark this page for future reference. 

Florida Spiny Lobster Season runs from Aug. 6 – March 31, 2017

Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15 – May 15, 2017


Last updated on 4/23/2017; Click on links below for more information.

April 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Fort Pierce Oyster Festival, April 1-2, 2017

CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach, April 1-2, 2017

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Dania Beach, April 8-9, 2017

Halifax Oyster Festival, City Island, Daytona Beach, April 29

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 28-30, 2017

Pensacola Crawfish Festival, April 28-30, 2017

Other worthy festivals in April

May 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, May 5-7, 2017

Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival, Memorial Park, Stuart, May 12-14, 2017

Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 26-29, 2017 — Memorial Day Weekend.

Other worthy festivals in May

June 2017 Seafood Festival in Florida

There are no seafood festival scheduled during June.

July 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

We are unaware of any seafood festivals scheduled during July.

Lobster Mini-Season: July 26-27, 2017; Regular season runs from Aug. 6, 2017 through March 31, 2018

Other worthy festivals in July

August Seafood Festivals in Florida

NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

Lobsterfest, Key West, August 10-13

September Seafood Festivals in Florida

Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017

October Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Scallop and Music Festival, George Core Park, Port St. Joe, Oct. 6-7, 2017

Destin Seafood Festival, Harborwalk, Destin, Oct. 6-8, 2017

Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key — Oct. 21-22, 2017

Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15

Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville — Oct. 20-22, 2017

Frenchy’s Annual Stone Crab Weekend — Clearwater Beach, Oct. 20-21, 2017

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks — Oct. 28, 2017

South Beach Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, Oct. 18-21, 2017

Feast of the Sea, Meyer Amphitheater, Downtown West Palm Beach, 2017 Dates TBA

John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach — Oct. 26-29, 2017

Naples Stone Crab Festival — Naples — Oct. 27-29, 2017

Other worthy festivals to consider in October:

November Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Seafood Festival – Appalachicola —2017 Dates TBA –Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Battery Park and features seafood, arts and crafts, seafood related events, notably the oyster eating and shucking contests. Headline act Rodney Atkins appears on Saturday night.

Sebastian Clambake – Riverview Park, Sebastian —2017 Dates TBA– Fresh seafood booths, historic re-enactments, the Kid’s Zone, entertainment, the Press-Journal’s Clammer Jam, featuring some of our area’s best bands; demonstrations, vendor booths.

Stone Crab Jam – Crystal River —2017 Dates TBA — Gates open at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $8.00.

Brandon Seafood Festival — Brandon –2017 Dates TBA. $25 all you can eat, 12 noon until 4 p.m. Southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Sponsored by Rotary Club’s Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd, Brandon, FL 33510. 

Ruskin Seafood Festival – Ruskin —2017 Dates TBA — E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, FL 33570; Alcohol-free; Free parking; Admission $5.

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs –2017 Dates TBA. More.

Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, 2017 Dates TBA, 2016. Seafood dishes and fine wines, artists and crafters, many showcasing Florida coastal designed art and clothing. Food and wine pairing seminars with guest vintners from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Italy.

Homosassa Seafood Fest – Homosassa —2017 Dates TBA .Food vendors serve shrimp, grouper, blackened mahi-mahi, seafood fritters, gumbo, clam chowder, fried green tomatoes, gator fritters and more. Juried art show, crafts and entertainment. $3 entry donation.

Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival –2017 Dates TBA. An old Florida coastal village on Florida’s Nature Coast. Festival features food and beverage, entertainment, arts and crafts. Free admission and free parking. Donations encouraged. Sponsored by Lions Club.

Other worthy festivals to consider in November (Dates TBA):

December Seafood Festivals in Florida

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, 2017 Dates TBA, Siesta Key. Free admission.

Other Worthy Events to consider in December

January 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Dates TBA, Bayview Park, Key West

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Dates TBA. Five Points Park.

Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland (Marco Island), Dates TBA

Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Dates TBA, Waterfront area, Port Salerno

Southwest Florida ClamJam, Dates TBA. German American Club, Cape Coral.

Other worthy festivals to consider in January

February 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, 2018 Dates TBA

Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil –2018 Dates TBA. Baytowne Wharf, Destin

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez Village (Bradenton), 2018 Dates TBA

Sea-Blues Festival, Coachman Park, Clearwater, 2018 Dates TBA

Cocoa Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Alan Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach, 2018 Dates TBA

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Old Historic School House, 22 S. Orange Street, Fellsmere. 2018 Dates TBA

SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival, Hudson/Pasco County, 2018 Dates TBA

Other worthy festivals to consider in February

March 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, March 3-5, 2017

Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, March 4-5, 2017. $10 daily admission. New location.

Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, March 4-5, 2017.

Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, March 11-12, 2017; Fresh local seafood, lobster tails, stone crab, fish, shrimp.

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 11-12, 2017

ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, March 18, 2017

Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, March 18, 2017

Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, March 24-26, 2017

Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival, Palmetto, March 24-26, 2017

Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, March 26, 2017

Other worthy festivals to consider in March

Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival organizers.


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  1. How can I go about getting our festival included on your site. It is the Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival May 12-15, 2017?

  2. Gene Fiorot says:

    Outragous Parking fees up to 20 dollars, 15 dollar entrance fee completely nuts, and food prices like fine dining. Imagine a 23 dollar Lobster Roll with imitation lobster. The only fresh fish caught was me. Not next year. Stay away a completely commercial endeavor designed to rip people off. City Manger of Cocoa should be more careful before he gives it his emprimada

    • Thanks for your comments about the Cocoa Beach Seafood and Music Festival, which was held on Feb. 24-26. Unfortunately, a few seafood festivals are seen as money-makers and not as cultural heritage. Personally, I stopped going to the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival many years ago for the exact same reasons.

  3. You mention Cortez in your main paragraph but then you don’t list anything about the stone crab fest this weekend??

  4. Hi there! We’re having our 5th annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival November 5th & 6th, if you’d like to add us to the list! Free admission, live music, fun for the whole family! https://www.facebook.com/Cortez-Stone-Crab-Festival-470428669675726/

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