2018-19 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar
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Florida Spiny Lobster Season, August 6 thru March 31
Stone Crab Season, Oct. 15 thru May 15
No seafood festivals are scheduled in July 2018.
August Seafood Festivals in Florida
Aug. 2, 2018 (Thursday).NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, 5-9 pm. Flagler Ave. Beachside, New Smyrna Beach.
August 9-12, 2018. Key West Lobsterfest, Lobster boil (Thursday) Reef’n Ritas , Duval Crawl (Friday night), Street Fair (Saturday, 9 am-11 pm) Free Concert (Saturday, 1-11:30 pm) 218 Whitehead Street, Key West,
August 25-26, 2018. 4th Annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival, The 4th annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival is a Free event on the shores of Lake Dora featuring seafood, music, kids activities and pirates! Rain or shine. Elizabeth Evans Par, 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora
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September Seafood Festivals in Florida
Sept. 1, 2018. Seafood and Soul Fest, Annual festival combining the love of seafood and soul food with live entertainment. Admission $5-$20. 12-7 pm. University of North Florida Amphitheater, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville.
Sept. 17-23, 2018. 29th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament, Huge local lobsters on the weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared every way you can imagine, and the 18th Annual Schooners Sand Sculpting Contest. Proceeds benefit the Florida Aquatic Marine Institute and the Toys For Kids Foundation. Schooners Beach Club, 5121 Gulf Drive, Panama City Beach.
Sept. 28-30, 2018. Pensacola Seafood Festival. From low country boil to sampler platters including, Shrimp, Crawfish, Scallops, Crab, Grouper, Alligator, Calamari, Gumbo, Lobster Rolls, Crawfish Mac’n’Cheese, Grits a YaYa, Seafood Skewers, Kabobs, Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Etoufee, Coconut Shrimp, Seafood Baskets, Paella, Conch Fritters. Fri. 11 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-11 pm, Sun. 11 am-5 pm. Rain or shine. Admission free. Seville Square, 311 East Government Street, Pensacola.
For a schedule of Oktoberfest Celebrations, see our Oktoberfest and Beer Festival Calendar
October Seafood Festivals in Florida
Oct. 5-6, 2018. 22nd Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival, on the shores of St. Joseph Bay in historic Port St. Joe. Featuring The Scallop Gallop 5K, Scallop Cookoff. Admission: Friday, $5; Saturday, $5-$10. Parking is free. George Core Park, Port St. Joe
Oct. 5-7, 2018. 40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival, Festival showcases the fishing fleet, harbor and community. Fresh caught local seafood provided by local food vendors. Music entertainment features Rock, Reggae, Country and tropical music along the Harbor. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-4 pm. Admission Free. Harborwalk, Destin.
Oct. 6, 2018. 9th Annual Mims Mullet Festival, Mims.
Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15
Oct. 20-21, 2018. Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key.
Oct. 19-21, 2018. Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Niceville.
Oct. 20, 2018. SoBe Seafood Festival, Miami Beach. General admission: $45; VIP: $150. Both include open bar. Advance sale discounts available.
Oct.. 27, 2018. St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. Local delicacies and vendors selling everything from custom jewelry to hand-crafted furniture. Festival proceeds go to charitable organizations in St. Marks and the surrounding area. 788 Port Leon Dr, St. Marks.
Oct. 25-28, 2018. John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach.
Oct. 26-28, 2018. Naples Stone Crab Festival. Bayfront, Naples.
Other worthy festivals to consider in October:
- Oktoberfest, German American Club, Lantana
- Mount Dora Bicycle Festival
- Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach
- Oktoberfest, German American Club, Cape Coral
- Fantasy Fest, Key West
- Micanopy Fall Festival, Micanopy
November Seafood Festivals in Florida
Nov. 2-3, 2018. 55th Annual Florida Seafood Festival. One of Florida’s major seafood events. Seafood, Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contests, Blue Crab Races, Parade, 5k Redfish Run, Blessing of the Fleet, Musical Entertainment. Battery Park, Apalachicola.
Nov. 2-4, 2018. Sebastian Clambake. “Things go better with clams.” Local craft beers on tap. Musical entertainment. The Sebastian Clambake Foundation organizes the festival, and proceeds go to local non-profit capital projects. Friday, 2 pm-9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free. Riverview Park, 600 U.S. 1, Sebastian.
Nov. 3, 2018. 11th Annual Stone Crab Jam Historic Downtown Crystal River is closed off for the festival. Seafood featuring Florida Stone Crab, arts and crafts, beer(s) & wines, Tito’s Vodka, 6 LIVE bands on 3 separate open-air stages. Kings Bay Rotary. Downtown Crystal River.
Nov. 3, 2018. Brandon Seafood Festival — All-You-Can-Eat southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies and coleslaw – all day long for the price of admission. (Hot dogs & hamburgers for the kids) Fundraiser for Brandon Rotary. Admission $20. 11 am-3 pm. Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd., Brandon. (Unconfirmed date)
Nov. 3-4, 2018. Ruskin Seafood Festival. Feast on savory clams, grouper, mullet, shrimp, chowders, live music, boats & RVs, arts & crafts, educational displays, commercial exhibits, plus interactive kids entertainment. Park entry, $2; Admission, $5. Free parking. Sat. 10 am-7pm; Sun. 10 am-5pm. E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin
Nov. 4, 2018. Great Chowder Debate. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County. Noon to 4 p.m. St. Augustine. (Unconfirmed date).
Nov. 9-11, 2018. Sponge Docks Seafood Festival. Tons of local seafood, arts and crafts, live music all weekend. Free admission. Friday, Noon to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs.
Nov. 10-11, 2018. 44th Annual Homosassa Seafood Fest. Stone crab, grouper, shrimp, gumbos, chowders, lobster rolls, seafood platters. Civic Club Festival Grounds, 5530 South Mason Creek Road, 9 am-5 pm. Homosassa.
Nov. 17-18, 2018. Stuart Seafood Festival, Fresh seafood, live entertainment, nautical vendors, rides, $1,000 Corn Hole Tournament. Benefits Rivers Coalition. Admission $10. Free parking. Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, (Unconfirmed dates)
Nov. 24-25, 2018. Yankeetown Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival – (Always the weekend before Thanksgiving) Lions Club of Inglis-Yankeetown. Proceeds support charitable causes: local, state, national and international, in that order. Free admission and free parking. Riverside Drive on the banks of the Lower Withlacoochee, Yankeetown.
Other worthy festivals to consider in November:
- Space Coast Fair, Viera.
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Kissimmee
- Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale.
- Volusia County Fair, Deland.
- Downtown Gainesville Festival & Art Show, Gainesville
- Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne
- Pineapple Festival, Jensen Beach
- 43rd Annual Daytona Turkey Run car show, Daytona.
- Light Up Mount Dora, Mount Dora.
- Space Coast Art Festival, Port Canaveral
December 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Siesta Key, Dec. 1-2, 2018. Free admission.
Other Worthy Events to consider in December
January 2019 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Apalachicola Oyster Cook Off, Jan. 11-12, 2019 (Unconfirmed), Apalachicola.
Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Jan. 13-14, 2019 (2nd weekend in January), Bayview Park, Key West
Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Jan. 19-20, 2019, Downtown Sarasota on Gulfstream.
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Jan. 17-20, 2019,
Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland on Marco Island, Janu. 25-27, 2019 (Unconfirmed; Usually the weekend before Super Bowl)
Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Jan. 27, 2019 Waterfront area, Port Salerno
Southwest Florida ClamJam, 2019 Dates TBA. German American Club, Cape Coral.
February 2019 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, Feb. 8-10, 2019
Boca Raton Seafood Festival, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Feb. 9-10, 2019
Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil, Baytowne Wharf, Destin, Feb. 15-16, 2019
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez Village (Bradenton), Feb. 16-17, 2019
Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival, Space Coast Daily Park, Viera. 2019 Dates TBA
SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival, Hudson, 2019 Dates TBA
Other worthy festivals to consider in February
March Seafood Festivals in Florida
Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, March 2-3, 2019
St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival, Vinoy Park, March 2-3, 2019
Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, March 9-10, 2019
Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 9-10, 2019
ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Sebastian, 2019 Dates TBA
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, Francis Field, March 22-24, 2019
Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, March 23-24, 2019.
ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, March 16, 2019
Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, 2019 Dates TBA
Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, Admission $10 per day. (Rotary fundraiser) 2019 Dates TBA
Hernando de Soto Seafood Festival, Sutton Park, Palmetto, 2019 Dates TBA
CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach, 2019 Dates TBA
Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, 2019 Dates TBA
April Seafood Festivals in Florida (Not yet updated for 2019)
Coral Gables Seafood Festival, Ponce Circle Park, 2019 Dates TBA
Tampa Bay Seafood & Music Festival, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Admission $7 ($5 in advance) 2019 Dates TBA
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, 2019 Dates TBA
Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival, Memorial Park, Stuart. 2019 Dates TBA
May 2019 Seafood Festivals
Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Bartram Park. Admission is free. 2019 Dates TBA
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach. 2019 Dates TBA
Venice Seafood & Music Festival, Centennial Park, Venice 2019 Dates TBA
Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Frost Park, Dania Beach. 2019 Dates TBA
Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival, Commons Park, Royal Palm Beach. 2019 Dates TBA
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival, St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota. 2019 Dates TBA
June/July 2019 Seafood Festival in Florida
There are no seafood festival scheduled during June and July.
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival sponsors and organizers.