2017 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar
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, Fort Myers, Mayport, Fernandina Beach, Apalachicola and the Florida Keys.
With this comprehensive listing, you can start planning your seafood festival adventure. Mark the calendar. Make those reservations.
Some Florida seafood festivals change dates, or disappear altogether, so be sure to check this list for updates and follow the links. Let us know about changes we missed.
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Last updated on 1/4/2017
Florida Spiny Lobster Season runs from Aug. 6 – March 31, 2017
Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15 – May 15, 2017
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January 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
SCHEDULE CHANGE: 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
- Art Deco Weekend Festival, Jan. 13-15, 2017, Miami Beach
- Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Jan. 19-22, 2017, Fellsmere
- Brooksville Raid Civil War Reenactment. Jan. 21-22, Brooksville
- Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Jan. 21, Tampa
- Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Jan. 28, 2017, Tampa
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), Feb. 18-19, 2017
Sea-Blues Festival, Coachman Park, Clearwater, Feb 17-19, 2017
Cocoa Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Alan Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach, Feb. 24-26, 2017 (Formerly the Port Canaveral Seafood Festival)
ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Old Historic School House, 22 S. Orange Street, Fellsmere. Feb. 25-26, 2017
Other worthy festivals to consider in February
- Florida State Fair Feb. 9-20, 2017, Tampa
- Feb. 17-19, 2017 — Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival
- Swamp Cabbage Festival, Feb. 25-26, 2017, La Belle
March 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, March 3-5, 2017
Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, March 4-5, 2017. $10 daily admission. New location.
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
SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival, Hudson/Pasco County, March 25-267, 2017 Updated
ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, March 18, 2017
Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, March 18, 2017
Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, March 24-26, 2017
Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival, Palmetto, March 24-26, 2017
Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, March 26, 2017
Other worthy festivals to consider in March
- Strawberry Festival, March 2-12, 2017, Plant City
April 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
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, April 8-9, 2017
Halifax Oyster Festival, City Island, Daytona Beach (2017 TBA)
Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 28-30, 2017
Pensacola Crawfish Festival, April 28-30, 2017
Other worthy festivals in April
- Delray Affair April 7-9, 2017, Delray Beach
- Venice Shark Tooth Festival, April 7-9, 2017 Venice
- Florida Blueberry Festival, April 22-23, 2017 Brookesville
May 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, May 5-7, 2017
Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 26-29, 2017 — Memorial Day Weekend.
Other worthy festivals in May
- Sunfest, May 3-7, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Florida Folk Festival May 27-29, 2017 White Springs
June 2017 Seafood Festival in Florida
There are no seafood festival scheduled during June.
July 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida
We are unaware of any 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
- International Mango Festival, July 8-9, 2017, Coral Gables
- Hemingway Days, mid-July TBD, Key West
- Pensacola Beach Air Show mid-July TBD, Pensacola Beach
August Seafood Festivals in Florida
NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach (TBA)
Lobsterfest, Key West, August 10-13
September Seafood Festivals in Florida
Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, 2017 Dates TBA
October Seafood Festivals in Florida
Florida Scallop and Music Festival, George Core Park, Port St. Joe, Oct. 6-7, 2017
Destin Seafood Festival, Harborwalk, Destin, Oct. 6-8, 2017
Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key — 2017 Dates TBA
Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville — 2017 Dates TBA
Frenchy’s Annual Stone Crab Weekend — Clearwater Beach, 2017 Dates TBA
St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks — 2017 Dates TBA
South Beach Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, 2017 Dates TBA
Feast of the Sea, Meyer Amphitheater, Downtown West Palm Beach, 2017 Dates TBA
John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach — 2017 Dates TBA
Naples Stone Crab Festival — Naples — 2017 Dates TBA
Other worthy festivals to consider in October:
- Oktoberfest, German American Club, Lantana
- Mount Dora Bicycle Festival
- Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach
- Oktoberfest, German American Club, Cape Coral
- Fantasy Fest, Key West
- Micanopy Fall Festival, Micanopy
November Seafood Festivals in Florida
Florida Seafood Festival – Apalachicola —2017 Dates TBA –Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Battery Park and features seafood, arts and crafts, seafood related events, notably the oyster eating and shucking contests. Headline act Rodney Atkins appears on Saturday night.
Sebastian Clambake – Riverview Park, Sebastian —2017 Dates TBA– Fresh seafood booths, historic re-enactments, the Kid’s Zone, entertainment, the Press-Journal’s Clammer Jam, featuring some of our area’s best bands; demonstrations, vendor booths.
Stone Crab Jam – Crystal River —2017 Dates TBA — Gates open at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $8.00.
Brandon Seafood Festival — Brandon –2017 Dates TBA. $25 all you can eat, 12 noon until 4 p.m. Southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Sponsored by Rotary Club’s Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd, Brandon, FL 33510.
Ruskin Seafood Festival – Ruskin —2017 Dates TBA — E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, FL 33570; Alcohol-free; Free parking; Admission $5.
Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs –2017 Dates TBA, 2016. More.
Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, 2017 Dates TBA, 2016. Seafood dishes and fine wines, artists and crafters, many showcasing Florida coastal designed art and clothing. Food and wine pairing seminars with guest vintners from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Italy.
Homosassa Seafood Fest – Homosassa —2017 Dates TBA .Food vendors serve shrimp, grouper, blackened mahi-mahi, seafood fritters, gumbo, clam chowder, fried green tomatoes, gator fritters and more. Juried art show, crafts and entertainment. $3 entry donation.
Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival –2017 Dates TBA. An old Florida coastal village on Florida’s Nature Coast. Festival features food and beverage, entertainment, arts and crafts. Free admission and free parking. Donations encouraged. Sponsored by Lions Club.
Other worthy festivals to consider in November (Dates TBA):
- Space Coast Fair, Viera.
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Kissimmee
- Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale.
- Volusia County Fair, Deland.
- Downtown Gainesville Festival & Art Show, Gainesville
- Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne
- Pineapple Festival, Jensen Beach
- 43rd Annual Daytona Turkey Run car show, Daytona.
- Light Up Mount Dora, Mount Dora.
- Space Coast Art Festival, Port Canaveral
December Seafood Festivals in Florida
Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, 2017 Dates TBA, Siesta Key. Free admission.
Other Worthy Events to consider in December
- Best holiday light displays in Old Florida: Mount Dora, St. Augustine, Stephen Foster Cultural Center State Park
- Uniquely Florida: Holiday Boat Parade Calendar
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival organizers.