2016-17 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar
Nothing 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, Cortez, Fort Myers, Mayport, Fernandina Beach, Apalachicola and the Florida Keys.
With this comprehensive listing, you can start planning your seafood festival adventure today. Mark the calendar. Make those reservations.
Some Florida seafood festivals change dates, or disappear altogether, so be sure to check this list and follow the links. Let us know about changes we missed.
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Last updated on 9/26/2016
Florida Spiny Lobster Season runs from Aug. 6 – March 31, 2017
September 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Note: The Gem City Shrimp Blast, normally held Labor Day Weekend, is not taking place this year. No new date has been scheduled.
Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016
Florida Scallop and Music Festival, George Core Park, Port St. Joe, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016
Destin Seafood Festival, Harborwalk, Destin, September 30-October 2, 2016
October 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key — Oct. 15-16, 2016
Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15
Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne — October 16, 2016 (Updated)
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville –Oct. 21-23, 2016
Frenchy’s Annual Stone Crab Weekend — Clearwater Beach, Oct. 21-22, 2016
St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks — Oct. 22, 2016
South Beach Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, Oct. 22, 2016 (12-7 pm)
Feast of the Sea, Meyer Amphitheater, Downtown West Palm Beach, Oct. 22, 2016
John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach — Oct. 27-30, 2016
Naples Stone Crab Festival — Naples — Oct. 28-30, 2016
Other worthy festivals to consider in October:
- Oct. 7-9, 2016 Oktoberfest, German American Club, Lantana
- Oct. 7-9, Mount Dora Bicycle Festival
- Oct. 13-16, Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach
- Oct. 20-23, Oktoberfest, German American Club, Cape Coral
- Oct. 21-30, 2016 Fantasy Fest, Key West
- Oct. 29-30, 2016 — Micanopy Fall Festival, Micanopy
November Seafood Festivals in Florida
Florida Seafood Festival – Apalachicola — Nov. 4-5, 2016 — Headline act Rodney Atkins appears on Saturday night.
Sebastian Clambake – Sebastian — Nov. 4-6, 2016
Stone Crab Jam – Crystal River — Nov. 5, 2016
Brandon Seafood Festival — Brandon — Nov. 5, 2016. $25 all you can eat. Southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Sponsored by Rotary.
Ruskin Seafood Festival – Ruskin — Nov. 5-6, 2016 — E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, FL 33570; Alcohol free; Free parking; Admission $5
Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs — Nov. 11-13, 2016
Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, Nov. 12-13, 2016
Homosassa Seafood Fest – Homosassa — Nov. 12-13, 2016
Stuart Seafood Festival — Memorial Park, Stuart — Nov. 19-20, 2016
Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival – Nov. 19-20, 2016
Other worthy festivals to consider in November:
- Nov. 5-6 — Downtown Gainesville Festival & Art Show, Gainesville
- Nov. 12-13, 2016 — Pineapple Festival, Jensen Beach
- Nov. 26-27 53rd Annual Space Coast Art Festival, Port Canaveral
December 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
No seafood festivals are scheduled in December, but holiday festivals include the Winterfest Boat Parade, Dec. 10, in Fort Lauderdale and Anna Marie Island Winterfest, Dec. 10, on Anna Marie Island.
Best holiday light displays in Old Florida: Mount Dora, St. Augustine, Stephen Foster Cultural Center State Park
January 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Note: Key Largo Stone Crab Festival, normally held in January, has been rescheduled for Nov. 18-19 in 2017.
Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Jan. 14-15, 2017, Bayview Park, Key West
Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Jan 21-22, 2017. Five Points Park.
Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland (Marco Island), Jan. 28, 2017
Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Jan 28, 2017, Waterfront area, Port Salerno
Southwest Florida ClamJam, Jan. 28-29, 2017. German American Club, Cape Coral.
Other worthy festivals to consider in January
- Art Deco Weekend Festival, Jan. 13-15, 2017, Miami Beach
- Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Jan. 19-22, 2017, Fellsmere
- Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Jan. 28, 2017, Tampa
February 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, Feb. 10-12, 2017
Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil — Feb. 17-18, 2017. Baytowne Wharf, Destin
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez Village (Bradenton), (2017 dates TBA)
Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, (2017 dates TBA)
Sea-Blues Festival, Coachman Park, Clearwater, Feb 17-19, 2017
ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Old Historic School House at 22 S. Orange Street in Fellsmere. Feb. 25-26, 2017
Other worthy festivals to consider in February
- Florida State Fair Feb. 9-20, 2017, Tampa
- Feb. 17-19, 2017 — Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival
- Swamp Cabbage Festival, Feb. 25-26, 2017, La Belle
March 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, March 3-5, 2017
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 (Confirmed)
Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, March 24-26, 2017
Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, March 26, 2017
Other worthy festivals to consider in March
- Strawberry Festival, March 2-12, 2017, Plant City
April 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Desoto Heritage Festival, (2017 TBA)
Fort Pierce Oyster Festival, April 1, 2017
CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach, April 1-2, 2017
Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Dania Beach, (2017 TBA)
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 28-30, 2017
Halifax Oyster Festival, City Island, Daytona Beach (2017 TBA)
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, May 5-7, 2017
Pensacola Crawfish Festival, April 28-30, 2017
Other worthy festivals in April
- Delray Affair April 7-9, 2017, Delray Beach
- Venice Shark Tooth Festival, April 7-9, 2017 Venice
- Florida Blueberry Festival, April 22-23, 2017 Brookesville
May 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 26-29, 2017 — Memorial Day Weekend.
Other worthy festivals in May
- Sunfest, May 3-7, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Florida Folk Festival May 27-29, 2017 White Springs
June 2017 Seafood Festival in Florida
There are no seafood festival scheduled during June.
July 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
There are no 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
- International Mango Festival, July 8-9, 2017, Coral Gables
- Hemingway Days, mid-July TBD, Key West
- Pensacola Beach Air Show mid-July TBD, Pensacola Beach
August 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Aug. 4, 2016
Lobsterfest, Key West, August 11-14, 2016
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival organizers.