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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 much of the seafood served is fresh from local waters.

This comprehensive 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


Calendar updated 2/11/2018


February 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

St. Petersburg Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach. Admission is free.

Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, Feb. 9-11, 2018

Boca Raton Seafood Festival, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Feb. 10-11, 2018

Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil, Feb. 16-17, 2018. Baytowne Wharf, Destin

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Feb. 17-18, 2018. Cortez Village (Bradenton)

Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival, Feb. 15-18, $8 daily admission, Space Coast Daily Park, Viera. (Willie Nelson to perform; additional cost)

SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival, Hudson, Feb. 23-25, 2018.

Other worthy festivals to consider in February

March 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

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

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 18, 2018

St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival, North Straub Park, St. Petersburg, 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

April 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

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

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, Venice.

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

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

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. 2018 dates TBA

Lobsterfest, Key West, August 9-12, 2018

September Seafood Festivals in Florida

Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, Sept. 28-30, 2018 (Unconfirmed)

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 — Oct. 21-22, 2017

Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15

Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville — Oct. 20-22, 2017

Frenchy’s Annual Stone Crab Weekend — Clearwater Beach, Oct. 20-21, 2017

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks — Oct. 28, 2017

South Beach Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, Oct. 18-21, 2017

John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach — Oct. 26-29, 2017

Naples Stone Crab Festival — Naples — Oct. 27-29, 2017

Other worthy festivals to consider in October:

November Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Seafood Festival – Battery Park, Appalachicola —Nov. 3-4, 2017 (1st Saturday in November)

Sebastian Clambake – Riverview Park, Sebastian — Nov. 3-5, 2017

Stone Crab Jam – Downtown Crystal River —Nov. 4, 2017

Brandon Seafood Festival — Camp Florida, Brandon — Nov. 4, 2017. $25 all you can eat, 12 noon until 4 p.m. Rotary Club

Ruskin Seafood Festival – E.G. Simmons Park, Ruskin —Nov. 4, 2017

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs — Nov. 10-12, 2017

Homosassa Seafood Fest – Civic Club Festival Grounds, Homosassa —Nov. 11-12, 2017

Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival – Nov. 18-19, 2017. (Always the weekend before Thanksgiving) Lions Club.

Stuart Seafood Festival, Memorial Park, Stuart, Nov. 18-19, 2017. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Benefit Rivers Coalition.

Other worthy festivals to consider in November:

December 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Siesta Key, Dec. 2-3, 2017. Free admission.

Stock Island Festival, Key West. Dec. 8-10.

Other Worthy Events to consider in December


January 2019 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Jan. 13-14, 2018, Bayview Park, Key West

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Jan. 20-21, 2018, Downtown Sarasota on Gulfstream.

Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland on Marco Island, Jan. 26-28, 2018. (Weekend before Super Bowl)

Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Jan. 27, 2018, Waterfront area, Port Salerno

Southwest Florida ClamJam, Jan. 27, 2018. German American Club, Cape Coral.


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


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  3. 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

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

  5. 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

    • 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.

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

  7. 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/

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