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2016 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2016 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

florida seafood festival~ 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.

Updated 1/11/2016
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New! We just added a few other festivals that may be worthy of your attention.

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 (Bradenton), Feb. 13-14;

Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, Feb. 20-21, 2016.

Sea-Blues Festival, Feb. 20-21, 2016. Coachman Park, Clearwater.

Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival, Feb. 26-28. Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral.

Great Atlantic Festival, Jacksonville Beach, Feb. 27-28, 2016

ShrimpFest 2016, Fellsmere, Feb. 27-28

Other worthy festivals this month:

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March 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, March 4-6, 2016

Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, March 5-6, 2016

Treasure Coast Seafood Festival,  Port St. Lucie Civic Center, March 5, 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

Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, March 18-20, 2016

Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, Sunday, March 20, 2016

Other worthy festivals this month:

April 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Desoto Heritage Festival, Palmetto, April 1-3, 2016

Fort Pierce Oyster Festival, April 2, 2016. Waterfront.

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Dania Beach, April 2-3, 2016

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 22-24, 2016

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, April 29-30, May 1, 2016

Other worthy festivals this month:

May 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Panacea Blue Crab Festival, May 2, 2016. Woolley Park.

Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 28-30, 2016 — Memorial Day Weekend.

Other worthy festivals this month:

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 been announced.

Lobster Mini-Season: July 27-28, 2016; Regular season August 6, 2015-March 31, 2016

Other worthy festivals this month:

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

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

Other worthy festivals to consider this month:

November 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

Other worthy festivals to consider this month:

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December 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

We are unaware of any 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.

January 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Jan. 16, 2016, Bayview Park, Key West

Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland (Marco Island), Jan. 22-23, 2016

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Jan 23-24. Five Points Park. Inaugural year. New!

Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Jan. 30, 2016. Waterfront area.

Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival, Jan. 31, 2016

 

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

 

5 Comments

  1. Laura Chandler-Moss says:

    I had heard the possibility of a seafood festival in April 2016 in Panama City Beach..please check into it and let me know..thanks

  2. lana hoover says:

    please send me all brochures about crab and seafood festivals for 2016… all areas in florida

  3. debbie becker says:

    We will mark your calendars for those on the east coast. Looking forward to comments on our facebooksite: custom radio controlled boats. Hope to show our 16.5ft 1958ish shrimp trawler. debbie

  4. Stephen Cooper says:

    Although technically not people seafood, I think you should include the Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival to be held February 13th – 15th, 2015.

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