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2016-17 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2016-17 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

florida seafood festivalNothing 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.

Bookmark this page for future reference. 
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:

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:


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

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

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

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

May 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 26-29, 2017 — Memorial Day Weekend.

Other worthy festivals in May

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

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.


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  1. 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

  2. Christina mason says:

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

  3. dannybivins83 says:

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

  4. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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

  5. s.white says:

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

    • 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! 🙂

  6. 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

  7. lana hoover says:

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

  8. 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

  9. 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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