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2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

florida seafood festivalNothing says Florida like a seafood festival.  They are fun, they are authentic, and the seafood served is often from local waters.

This calendar is the No. 1 resource for seafood festivals in Florida.

Some Florida seafood festivals change dates or disappear altogether, so be sure to check this list for updates and follow the links provided for more information.

Bookmark this page for future reference. 

Florida Spiny Lobster Season ends March 31, 2018

Stone Crab Season ends on May 15, 2018

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Calendar last updated 3/26/2018

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April 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Tampa Bay Seafood & Music Festival, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, April 21-22, 2018. Admission $7 ($5 in advance)

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 27-29, 2018

Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival, April 27-29, 2018, Memorial Park, Stuart.

Other worthy festivals in April

 

May 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Pensacola Crawfish Festival, May 4-6, 2018, Bartram Park. Admission is free.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, May 4-6, 2018, Fernandina Beach.

Venice Seafood & Music Festival, May 5-6, 2018, Centennial Park, Vence

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, May 19-20, 2018, Frost Park, Dania Beach.

St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival, May 26-27, 2018, St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota

Palatka Blue Crab Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2018

Other worthy festivals in May

 

June/July 2018 Seafood Festival in Florida

There are no seafood festival scheduled during June and July.

 

August Seafood Festivals in Florida

NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Aug. 2, 2018.

Lobsterfest, Key West, August 9-12, 2018

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Editors Note: Florida Rambler does not sponsor these events. We list them with links to additional information. Please contact sponsors and organizers directly if you are seeking a slot as a vendor. 

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September Seafood Festivals in Florida

Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, Sept. 28-30, 2018

 

October Seafood Festivals in Florida

Destin Seafood Festival, Harborwalk, Destin, Oct. 5-7, 2018

Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15

Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key — Oct. 20-21, 2018

Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville — Oct. 19-21, 2018

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks — Oct.. 20, 2018 (Unconfirmed)

SoBe Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, Oct. 20, 2018

John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach — Oct. 25-28, 2018

Naples Stone Crab Festival — Bayfront, Naples — Oct. 26-28, 2018

Other worthy festivals to consider in October:

November Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Seafood Festival – Battery Park, Appalachicola —Nov. 3, 2018 (1st Saturday in November)

Sebastian Clambake – Riverview Park, Sebastian — Nov. 2-4, 2018 (Unconfirmed)

Stone Crab Jam – Downtown Crystal River —Nov. 3, 2018 (Unconfirmed)

Brandon Seafood Festival — Camp Florida, Brandon — Nov. 3, 2018 (Unconfirmed) Rotary Club

Ruskin Seafood Festival – E.G. Simmons Park, Ruskin — Nov. 3-4, 2018 (Unconfirmed)

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs –Nov. 9-11, 2018

Homosassa Seafood Fest – Civic Club Festival Grounds, Homosassa — Nov. 10-11, 2018

Stuart Seafood Festival, Memorial Park, Stuart, Nov. 17-18, 2018 (Unconfirmed)

Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival – Nov. 24-25, 2018 (Weekend before Thanksgiving) Lions Club.

 

Other worthy festivals to consider in November:

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

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.

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, 2019 Dates TBA

Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil, Baytowne Wharf, Destin, 2019 Dates TBA

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez Village (Bradenton), 2019 Dates TBA

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 (Not yet updated for 2019)

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, Francis Field, March 2-4, 2018

Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, March 3-4, 2018.

Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, March 3-4, 2018

St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival, Vinoy Park, March 3-4, 2018

Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, March 10-11, 2018

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 10-11, 2018

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Sebastian, March 16-18, 2018.

ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, March 24, 2018 (corrected date)

St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival, North Straub Park, St. Peterburg, March 24-25, 2018

Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, March 24, 2018

Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, March 23-25, 2018. Admission $10 per day. (Rotary fundraiser)

Hernando de Soto Seafood Festival, Sutton Park, Palmetto, March 23-25, 2018.

CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach, Saturday, March 24, 2018

Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, March 25, 2018

Other worthy festivals to consider in March

 

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

 

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26 Comments

  1. Thanks, John. We try to stay ahead on the dates at least six months, but the organizers of these festivals don’t confirm the new dates as quickly as we’d like. Many rely on people to remember that it’s the “2nd weekend in October” or the “weekend before Thanksgiving” every year. But that is not always the case. We find about a dozen festivals change their “regular” schedule every year. We update dates any way we get confirmation, through email, Facebook Twitter and search, at least once a month. Thank you for using our festival guide. We appreciate your loyalty. 🙂

  2. John Oquendo says:

    I would like to say that all the Seafood Festival dates after September 2018, are from last year(2017).

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  5. Hello! Please add us to the list and any future activities in the area. We are thinking of retiring in the Florida panhandle. Thank you! Martie & Denny

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

  10. Debbie Mihalick says:

    Thanks for the info;

  11. Debbie,

    We contacted the festival organizers and they confirmed that the festival has moved to the Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne, although festival continues to bear the Coconut Grove name.

    Here’s a link to a Miami Herald article that explains the change.

    — Bob Rountree

  12. 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/

  13. Debbie Mihalick says:

    I’ve been considering going to the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival – just clicked on the link and the festival’s website shows the location as now being at Miami Marine Stadium? Wasn’t this always at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove – kinda misses the point if they’ve moved it outside Coconut Grove

  14. Christina mason says:

    Please send me a copy of the calendar for the festivals in Florida.

  15. dannybivins83 says:

    feast of the sea is october 22nd http://www.feastofthesea.com
    thank you

  16. Hi Debbie,

    It was just confirmed to me that they changed the dates from January to November. Since they have already held their 2016 festival, the next one will be held in November 2017.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

    – Bob Rountree

  17. I have emailed the organizers of the festival to see what’s going on. This festival in the past has been held the last weekend in January, and it seems strange that they would move it to November 2017, which basically means they are skipping the entire 2016-2017 winter season. But it would not be the first time I’ve seen such changes, though rarely this dramatically. I’ll keep you posted.

  18. Debbie Mihalick says:

    Calendar shows Key Largo Stone Crab Festival as Jan 2017, but when you click on the link, their website shows Nov 18-19, 2017? I think it’s a typo on their part, but could you check. I found this site while researching Seafood Festivals in Florida, specifically the Keys – great site and thank you!

  19. A single map with all of the festivals could be too cluttered, but I totally understand why it would be useful. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll work on it and see what I can do. Stay tuned! 🙂

  20. s.white says:

    I wish someone would create a map with links to seafood festivals in florida

  21. 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

  22. lana hoover says:

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

  23. 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

  24. I totally agree

  25. 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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