2019-2020 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar
Nothing says Florida like a seafood festival. They are fun, they are authentic, and the seafood served is often from local waters.
Our calendar is the No. 1 resource for seafood festivals in Florida, and we’ve expanded it to include festivals on the border in Georgia and Alabama..
Some Florida seafood festivals change dates, locations or disappear altogether, so be sure to check this list carefully for updates and follow the links provided for more information.
Updated and Revised 6/11/2019: Includes significant updates for 2020.
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Florida Spiny Lobster Season, August 6 thru March 31
Stone Crab Season, Oct. 15 thru May 15
June/July 2019 Seafood Festival in Florida
There are no seafood festival scheduled during June and July.
Lobster Mini-Season: July 24-25, 2019. Regular lobster season: August 6 through March 31, 202
August Seafood Festivals in Florida
August 8-11, 2019. Key West Lobsterfest, Lobster boil (Thursday) Reef’n Ritas , Duval Crawl (Friday night), Street Fair (Saturday, 9 am-11 pm) Free Concert (Saturday, 1-11:30 pm) 218 Whitehead Street, Key West,
September Seafood Festivals in Florida, South Georgia
September 20-22, 2019. Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. Weekend celebration of two of Georgia’s most beloved foods – shrimp and grits. The festival features a cook-off, craft brew fest, VIP lounge, cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and a kid‐friendly fun zone. Jekyll Island Historic District, Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA. North of the Florida-Georgia line.
Sept. 27-29, 2019. Pensacola Seafood Festival. From low country boil to sampler platters including, Shrimp, Crawfish, Scallops, Crab, Grouper, Alligator, Calamari, Gumbo, Lobster Rolls, Crawfish Mac’n’Cheese, Grits a YaYa, Seafood Skewers, Kabobs, Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Etoufee, Coconut Shrimp, Seafood Baskets, Paella, Conch Fritters. Fri. 11 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-11 pm, Sun. 11 am-5 pm. Rain or shine. Admission free. Seville Square, 311 East Government Street, Pensacola.
Sept. 28-29, 2019 Mount Dora Seafood Festival, The 5th annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival is a Free event on the shores of Lake Dora featuring seafood, music, kids activities and pirates! Rain or shine. Simpson’s Cove, Gilbert Park and the Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina. For GPS purposes: 310 S. Tremain St., Mount Dora.
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October Seafood Festivals in Florida and border states
Oct. 4-6, 2019. 42nd Annual Destin Seafood Festival, Festival showcases the fishing fleet, harbor and community. Fresh caught local seafood provided by local food vendors. Music entertainment features Rock, Reggae, Country and tropical music along the Harbor. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-4 pm. Admission Free. Harborwalk, Destin.
Oct. 5, 2019. Rock Shrimp Festival, St. Mary’s, Georgia. The 47th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival brings a full day of family fun to St. Marys, but the big attraction is the rock shrimp dinners served from 11 am-4 pm. Also, included in the dinner are boiled shrimp, fried fish, slaw and hushpuppies. Festival proceeds are spent locally to fund Kiwanis youth programs in Camden County. St. Mary’s is just north of the Florida-Georgia line.
Oct. 5, 2019. Mims Mullet Festival, Mims. Fried and smoked mullet (and other southern dishes), music, crafts, kids events, car show. 5k race and golf tournament at Indian River Preserve Golf Club. Raffle for Predator MX Kayak. Sponsored by Mims United Methodist Church. Festival at 3302 Green St, Mims. 10 am-4 pm
2019 Dates TBA. Florida Scallop, Music and Arts Festival, on the shores of St. Joseph Bay in historic Port St. Joe. Featuring The Scallop Gallop 5K, Scallop Cookoff. Admission: Friday, $5; Saturday, $5-$10. Parking is free. George Core Park, Port St. Joe
Oct. 10-13, 2019. 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival. On the beach where Highway 59 meets Hwy 182 (Beach Rd.), Gulf Shores, Alabama. Produced by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber. Free admission. Shuttle from remote parking lots, $5. Thursday-Saturday 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
October 14-20, 2019. 29th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament, The largest 7-day lobster festival and tournament in the Southeast. Huge local lobsters on the weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared every way you can imagine, and the Schooners Sand Sculpting Contest. Proceeds benefit the Florida Aquatic Marine Institute and the Toys For Kids Foundation. Schooners Beach Club, 5121 Gulf Drive, Panama City Beach.
Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15
Oct. 19, 2019. Seafood and Soul Fest, Annual festival combining the love of seafood and soul food with live entertainment. Benefit for Edith Marie Foundation, a nonprofit founded to impact and empower the lives of those battling Breast Cancer in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Admission $0-$10. 12-7 pm. Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd, Jacksonville.
Oct. 18-20, 2019 Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Niceville. This is the 43rd year for the enduring seafood event that has expanded to include handmade arts and crafts, thrilling amusement rides and games, and top-notch musical entertainment. Free parking at Northwest Florida State College (100 E College Blvd, Niceville). Shuttles ($2 round trip) carry riders to the nearby festival site at 598 FL-85. Admission: Friday and Saturday, $15; Sunday, $10. Advance sale tickets are available online for $10. (11 and under free).
Oct. 18-20, 2019. John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach. Largest event in Pinellas County last year. Non-stop musical entertainment. Seafood offerings celebrate Florida and Gulf waters. Benefits non-profit charities. Free admission. Friday 3pm – 10pm; Saturday 10am – 11pm; Sunday 10am – 6pm. 12902 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach.
Oct. 19-20, 2019. Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key. This historic fishing village is one of the nation’s top sources of farm-raised clams. More than 100 arts and crafts exhibits, live music, a parade Saturday morning and, lots of great local seafood. Don’t miss Tony’s Restaurant’s world famous Clam Chowder! 9 am-5 pm both days. Sponsored by the Cedar Key Lions Club. More information in this article.
Oct. 19-20, 2019. South Florida Seafood Festival, Live Caribbean music, family fun zones, mojito bars, wine lounges and more than 25 seafood culinary partners. 11 am-7 pm. General Admission: $8 in advance, $12 gate; kids under 12 admitted free. Food and beverage at additional cost. Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne.
Oct. 26, 2019. SoBe Seafood Festival, Miami Beach. This is not your typical seafood festival, but a high-end experience. Indulge at pop-up cafes from Miami’s best restaurants with the freshest seafood items to choose from, paired with complimentary open bars for 21 and over, live music, fun and games, culinary demos. Benefits EAT SMART program, providing healthy meals and nutritional guidance to youth. General admission: $49; VIP: $150. Both include open bar. Advance sale discounts. Noon to 7 p.m., Lummus Park (14th Street and Ocean Drive).
Oct. 26, 2019. St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. Gulfside fishing community serves up fresh, local delicacies, and vendors selling everything from custom jewelry to hand-crafted furniture. Festival proceeds go to charitable organizations in St. Marks and the surrounding area. 10 am to 5 p.m. 788 Port Leon Dr, St. Marks.
November Seafood Festivals in Florida
Nov. 1-2, 2019. Florida Seafood Festival. One of Florida’s major seafood events in one of Florida’s most historic fishing villages. Seafood, oyster eating and oyster shucking contests, blue crab races, parade, 5k Redfish Run, Blessing of the Fleet, musical entertainment. Headline act Friday night, 8:30 p.m., is Jason Crabb. Saturday headliner TBA. Battery Park, Apalachicola. Read more
Nov. 2, 2019. Brandon Seafood Festival — All-You-Can-Eat southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies and coleslaw – all day long for the price of admission. (Hot dogs & hamburgers for the kids) Fundraiser for Rotary Club of Brandon ’86. Admission $20 in advance; $25 at the door. 11 am-3 pm. Rotary’s Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd., Brandon.
Nov. 2, 2019. 11th Annual Stone Crab Jam Historic Downtown Crystal River is closed off for the festival. Seafood featuring Florida Stone Crab, arts and crafts, beer(s) & wines, Tito’s Vodka, 6 LIVE bands on 3 separate open-air stages. General admission, $10. Kings Bay Rotary. Downtown Crystal River.
Nov. 2-3, 2019. Ruskin Seafood Festival. Feast on savory clams, grouper, mullet, shrimp, chowders, live music, boats & RVs, arts & crafts, educational displays, commercial exhibits, plus interactive kids entertainment. Park entry, $2; Admission, $5. Free parking. Sat. 10 am-7pm; Sun. 10 am-5pm. E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin
Nov. 3, 2019. Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 restaurants compete for the championship in five categories: Minorcan Conch Chowder, Minorcan Clam Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, Seafood Chowder, and Non-Seafood Chowder. Individuals may join the competition. First Sunday in November. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County. Taste the chowder Noon to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Conch House, St. Augustine.
Nov. 8-10, 2019. Sebastian Clambake. “Things go better with clams.” Local craft beers on tap. Musical entertainment. The Sebastian Clambake Foundation organizes the festival, and proceeds go to local nonprofit capital projects. Friday, 2 pm-9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free. Riverview Park, 600 U.S. 1, Sebastian.
Nov. 8-10, 2019. Sponge Docks Seafood Festival. Tons of local seafood, arts and crafts, live music all weekend. Free admission. Friday, Noon to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs.
Nov. 9-10, 2019 45th Annual Homosassa Seafood Fest. Stone crab, grouper, shrimp, gumbos, chowders, lobster rolls, seafood platters. Civic Club Festival Grounds, 5530 South Mason Creek Road, 9 am-5 pm. Homosassa.
Nov. 16-17, 209. Riverfest Seafood Festival, Ormond Beach. Fried shrimp to fresh fish tacos, poke bowls to authentic Philly cheesesteaks. Held along Ormond’s riverfront, the event features water activities, a popular kids fishing clinic, chef demonstrations, a kids’ zone, vendors and music. Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park, Granada Blvd. at the Intracoastal bridge, Ormond Beach.
Nov. 23-24, 2019 Yankeetown Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival – (Weekend before Thanksgiving) Lions Club of Inglis-Yankeetown. Proceeds support charitable causes: local, state, national and international, in that order. Free admission and free parking. Riverside Drive on the banks of the Lower Withlacoochee, Yankeetown.
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019 Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Siesta Key Pavilion. A potpourri of seafood creations and drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres from rock-n-roll, jazz, calypso, R&B, and Caribbean. Arts and crafts. Friday 4-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Admission, $5. 10 am-6 pm.
2020 seafood festival dates are being updated as soon as they become available.
January 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Jan. 18-19, 2020 — Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Key West. Fresh seafood caught locally, prepared and served by local fishermen and women. On the menu, fried fish baskets, fried clams baskets, grilled Spiny Lobster platters, sampler platters with fish, stone crab, conch fritter, conch ceviche, Key West pink shrimp, Stone Crab Claws with key lime mustard sauce, peel and eat Key West pinks, Smoked Fish Dip with crackers, Creamy Lobster Bisque, Bahamian-style Conch Chowder, Conch Ceviche, & Conch Fritters. Yum. Sponsored by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Bayview Park, 1320 Truman Ave, Key West.
Jan. 16-19, 2020 (Unconfirmed) — Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, 23 South Orange St, Fellsmere. Frog leg and gator tail dinners. Hundreds of booths for unique gifts. Hear some great music and enjoy the fun rides. Free parking and shuttle from Mesa Motocross Park, 100 Mesa Park Blvd. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 4 pm-11 pm; Saturday, 10 am-11 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. All-you-can-ride armband, $20.
Jan. 17-19, 2020 — Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Downtown Sarasota on Gulfstream between Main and McAnsh. 4th Annual. Local restaurants serving grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs and more. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Musical entertainment features R&B, rock, soul, jazz and Caribbean. Admission FREE. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturday, 11 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6 pm.
Jan. 18, 2020 (Unconfirmed) — Apalachicola Oyster Cook Off, Apalachicola. 9th annual. Held every year on the Friday and Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Historic Apalachicola at Riverfront Park. Silent auction, oysters galore, shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, dancing performances and a 5K run! Hours: Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
Jan. 24-26, 2019 (Unconfirmed) — Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Marco Island. Usually, the weekend before Super Bowl. Quirky and fun festival featuring fried and smoked mullet and lots of other fresh seafood and “good eats” from a variety of vendors along with arts and crafts. Buzzard Lope Queen and Princess events. Inspired by Stan Gober’s song, Buzzard Lope, depicting the strange dance that buzzards do as they hover over roadkill. Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, 221 West Goodland Drive, Goodland
Jan. 25, 2019 (Unconfirmed) — Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Waterfront area, Port Salerno. 13th annual. Sponsored by the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority. “The Fish is Fresh, the Beer is Cold, and the Smiles are Always Warm.” Live Music, Arts & Crafts Vendors, a Kid’s Fun Zone, Mermaids, Pirates. Admission: $13. 10 am-8 pm. Parking is free. Parking and trolley locations: Indian River State College, 2400 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart; Corner of US-1 & Dominica Terrace, 4501 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart.
Dates TBA — Southwest Florida ClamJam. German American Club, 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Chowders, clams, lobster, crab, fish, shrimp, gator, conch and food for land lubbers. Entertainment, arts and crafts. Chowder cook-off, cooking demos. Free parking. Daily admission, $10. Saturday, 10 am-7 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.
February 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Feb. 7-9, 2020 — Everglades Seafood Festival, 102 Copeland Avenue, Everglades City. Fresh seafood, country music, arts and crafts, fun fair. Free admission. Limited free parking. Charities offering paid parking.
Feb. 7-9, 2020 —Boca Raton Seafood Festival, Mizner Park, Boca Raton. Seafood from Florida coastal waters, music and a small marketplace of arts and crafts. Musical entertainment features rock, jazz, steel pan, Caribbean, R&B and more. Admission $5. 10 am-6 pm both days. Friday, 4 pm-10 pm; Saturday 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Feb. 14-15, 2020 (Unconfirmed) — Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil, Baytowne Wharf, 9100 Baytowne Avenue, Destin. Seafood boil on Friday. On Saturday, sample a variety of gumbo and vote for your favorite; Live music on Sunday by Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. Admission TBA.
Dates TBA — SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival (Pasco County) Sun West Park, 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL. 4th year. Stone crab eating contest. 3 days of live bands, crab races, carnival rides, Big Storm Brewing beer garden, craft vendors, photo booths, kids area and seafood. Friday admission, free; $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Pasco County charges a $5 parking fee inside Sunwest Park.
Dates TBA. Jupiter Seafood Festival, Fresh seafood, live entertainment, nautical vendors, rides, $1,000 Corn Hole Tournament. Benefits Rivers Coalition. Admission $10. Free parking. Carlin Park, Jupiter.
March 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Feb. 28-March 1, 2020. St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival, Vinoy Park, downtown St. Pete. A variety of seafood entrees and vegetarian dishes will be available, along with a diversity of side dishes and desserts, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. General admission: $5. Friday, 4pm – 10pm ; Saturday 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm
Feb. 29-March 1, 2020. Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, . Community volunteers man seafood booths for delectable fare. Craft beers and old standbys available. Admission and parking are free. Follow the signs from U.S. 1. Hours: Saturday, 9 am- 7 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Read more.
Dates TBA, Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival. Seafood provided by vendors both local and from all over the United States. Daily Admission: $10, 4-day pass $29. Concert tickets sold separately Thursday, 5 pm – 11 pm; Friday, 5 pm – 11:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 11:45 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm. Space Coast Daily Park, Viera.
March 14-15, 2020. Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, Florida Keys. The Marathon Seafood Festival calls itself the “Original” Marathon Seafood Festival to emphasize it’s the real deal – indigenous and authentic. The most popular item is a Florida lobster dinner. Last year, more than 2,000 pounds of local spiny lobster was served. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more.
Dates TBA. ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Sebastian. FREE entry, parking, live music, kids’ activities. Pair your shrimp with the newest beers created by Craft Brewers at the Craft Beer Tasting Garden. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sebastian and the Exchange Club of Fellsmere to benefit youth sports.
March 15, 2020 (Unconfirmed). ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Civic Club, 5530 S Mason Creek Rd, Homosassa Springs. 9 am-6 pm.
Dates TBA. Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival, Commons Park, Royal Palm Beach.
March 27-29, 2020. St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, Francis Field. The largest festival held in St. Augustine.
Dates TBA. Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, Admission $10 per day. (Rotary fundraiser)
Dates TBA. Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce. Free Admission. Craft Beer Pavilion, seaplane rides, entertainment.
March 22, 2020. Islamorada Seafood Festival and Art Show, Benefit benefiting Moose Charities. Hosted by Islamorada Moose Lodge & Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. 11 am-5 pm. Admission: $5 donation requested. 8173 Old Highway, Islamorada.
March 28-29, 2020. Unconfirmed. Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Frost Park, Dania Beach.
Dates TBA. Longwood Pirate Seafood Festival, Reiter Park, Longwood, FL. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dates TBA. Deering Seafood Festival, Deering Estate, Miami. 10 am-6 pm. Admission: $25. Admission includes entry to the Estate grounds, free activities in the Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone, science activities in the Deering Discovery Cove, and all entertainment. Island-theme entertainment includes Virgin Islands Stilt Walkers, Bahamian Junkanoo musicians, island sounds of Steel Drum Paradise and The Caribbean Crew Steel Drum Band.
April 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Dates TBA. Hernando de Soto Seafood Festival, Sutton Park, Palmetto.
Dates TBA. CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach. Cancelled in 2019 but expected to return in 2020.
Dates TBA. Fort Pierce Oyster Festival. Festival celebrates the Fort Pierce waterfront with wide selection of oyster dishes, seafood dishes, live entertainment, arts and crafts. Admission is free.
April 24-26, 2020. Tampa Bay Seafood & Music Festival, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa. Food vendors cook all foods on site, including mahi mahi, stone crabs and grouper, all using local and sustainable ocean resources. Admission $5.
Dates TBA, Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach. New location near the amphitheater in Community Park. Continuous entertainment all weekend by 24 bands, including the Guess Who and Foghat.
Dates TBA, Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival, Memorial Park, Stuart. This year’s headliners include rock band Tonic on Friday, country rap duo The Lacs on Saturday, and singer-songwriter Everlast on Sunday. General admission $12 each day.
Dates TBA. .Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Bartram Park. Admission is free. Note the date change. Festival vendors will serve 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, étouffée, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta will also be available
May 2020 Seafood Festivals
Dates TBA. Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach. This is the 56th annual shrimp festival in one of Florida’s most productive shrimp regions. Both Saturday and Sunday, all day, enjoy fresh shrimp and seafood throughout the festival site.
Dates TBA, Venice Seafood & Music Festival, Centennial Park, Venice. Local restaurants are slated to serve up the seafood, including one of my favorites, the Crow’s Nest, which serves oysters from around the world at its restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at the Venice Inlet.
May 22-24, 2020. St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival, St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota. Free admission. Friday 4pm – 10pm; Saturday 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival sponsors and organizers.