2015-2016 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar
With this comprehensive listing of 50 seafood festivals in Florida, you can start planning your seafood festival adventure right now. Mark that calendar. Make those reservations.
Some Florida seafood festivals change their dates, while others disappear altogether, so be sure to check this list and follow the links. Let us know about changes that we may have missed.
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November 2015 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Florida Seafood Festival – Apalachicola — Nov. 6-7, 2015
Stone Crab Jam – Crystal River — Nov. 7, 2015
Brandon Seafood Festival — Brandon — Nov. 7, 2015. — $25 all you can eat. Southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Sponsored by Rotary.
Ruskin Seafood Festival – Ruskin — Nov. 7-8, 2015 — E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, FL 33570; Alcohol free; Free parking; Admission $5
Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, Nov. 7-8, 2015
Sebastian Clambake – Sebastian — Nov. 6-8, 2015
Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs — Nov. 13-15, 2015
Homosassa Seafood Fest – Homosassa — Nov. 14-15, 2015
Stuart Seafood Festival — Memorial Park, Stuart — Nov. 21-22, 2015
Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival – Nov. 21-22, 2015
December 2015 Seafood Festivals in Florida
There are no sanctioned seafood festivals scheduled in December, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. We just can’t find them! Let us know if you do.
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January 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Key West, Jan. 16-17, 2016
Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off, Jan. 15-16, 2016
Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland (on Marco Island), Jan. 22-23, 2016
Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Jan. 30, 2016
Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival, Jan. 31, 2016
February 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, Feb. 12-14, 2016 (Note that this is a week later than 2015.)
Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil — Baytowne Wharf, Destin, Feb. 13, 2016
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez Village, Feb. 20-21; 124th St West, Cortez; Seafood, beer, live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities; Admission $3.
Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, Feb. 20-21, 2016.
Great Atlantic Festival, Jacksonville Beach, Feb. 27-28, 2016
March 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, March 4-6, 2016
Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, March 5-6, 2016
Safety Harbor Seafood Festival, Safety Harbor, March 5-6, 2016; Marina Park, 131 South Bayshore; Live music, seafood, BBQ, arts and crafts; Admission $3; Fundraiser for Chamber of Commerce scholarship funds, etc.
Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, March 12-13, 2016; $5 admission. Fresh local seafood including lobster tails, stone crab, fish, shrimp, etc.
Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 12-13, 2016
ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, March 19, 2016
Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, March 19, 2016 (Could change. Unconfirmed)
Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, March 19-20, 2016 (Could change. Unconfirmed)
Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, Sunday, March 26, 2016 (Unconfirmed)
Desoto Heritage Festival, Bradenton, March 25-27, 2016 (Unconfirmed)
April 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Dania Beach, April 2-3, 2016
Treasure Coast Seafood Festival, Port St. Lucie, April 9, 2016 (Unconfirmed)
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 22-24, 2016
Halifax Oyster Festival, Daytona Beach, TBA
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, April 29-30, May 1, 2016
May 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 28-30, 2016 — Memorial Day Weekend.
July 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Cedar Key Old Florida Clamfest. July 4th (unconfirmed for 2016). This is a new event sponsored by the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, replacing the fledgling Clamerica festival. A 2016 festival has not yet been scheduled.
Lobster Mini-Season: July 27-28, 2016; Regular season August 6, 2015-March 31, 2016
August 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Lobsterfest, Key West, August 11-14, 2016
NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, TBA
September 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Gem City Shrimp Blast, Palatka, Sept. 3-4, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend)
Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016
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October 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Florida Scallop and Music Festival, Port St. Joe, Oct. 1-2, 2016 (Dates unconfirmed)
Destin Seafood Festival — Destin — October 1-2, 2016 (Dates unconfirmed)
Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Cancelled for 2015; Unknown if it will return.
Clayton Crab Company’s 3rd Annual Seafood Festival. — Rockledge — 2016 dates unknown.
Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key — 2016 Dates TBA
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville –2016 Dates TBA
Florida’s Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15
Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, Miami –2016 Dates TBA
Feast of the Sea, West Palm Beach, 2016 Dates TBA
John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival — Madeira Beach –2016 Dates TBA
Frenchy’s 30th Annual Stone Crab Weekend — Clearwater Beach, 2016 Dates TBA
St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks –2016 Dates TBA
Naples Stone Crab Festival — Naples — 2016 Dates TBA
South Beach Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, 2016 Dates TBA
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival web sites.