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2016 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2016 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

florida seafood festival~ 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, 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. 
New! We keep adding festivals worthy of your attention.
Updated 3/26/2016

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April 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Desoto Heritage Festival, Sutton Park, Palmetto, April 1-3, 2016

Fort Pierce Oyster Festival, April 2, 2016. Waterfront.

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Dania Beach, April 2-3, 2016

Vero Beach Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, Indian River Fairgrounds, Vero Beach, April 16

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, April 22-24, 2016

Cotee River Seafest, New Port Richey, April 22-24, 2016

Halifax Oyster Festival, City Island, Daytona Beach, April 23, 2016

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach, April 29-May 1, 2016

Pensacola Crawfish Festival, On the Bay, April 29-May 1, 2016

Other worthy events in April:

May 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 27-30, 2016 — Memorial Day Weekend.

Other worthy festivals this month:

June 2016 Seafood Festival in Florida

There are no seafood festival scheduled in June.

Other worthy festivals in June

July 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Cedar Key Old Florida Clamfest. July 4th (unconfirmed for 2016). This is a new event sponsored by the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, replacing the fledgling Clamerica festival. A 2016 festival has not been announced.

Lobster Mini-Season: July 27-28, 2016; Regular season ends March 31, 2016

Other worthy festivals this month:

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

September 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Gem City Shrimp Blast, Palatka, Sept. 3-4, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend)

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

October 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Destin Seafood Festival, Harborwalk, Destin, September 30-October 2, 2016

Clayton Crab Company’s 4th Annual Seafood Festival. — Rockledge — 2016 dates unknown.

Cedar Key Seafood Festival — Cedar Key — 2016 Dates TBA

Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — Niceville –2016 Dates TBA

Florida’s Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, Miami –2016 Dates TBA

Feast of the Sea, West Palm Beach, 2016 Dates TBA

John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival — Madeira Beach –2016 Dates TBA

Frenchy’s 30th Annual Stone Crab Weekend — Clearwater Beach, 2016 Dates TBA

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival — St. Marks –2016 Dates TBA

Naples Stone Crab Festival — Naples — 2016 Dates TBA

South Beach Seafood Festival, Miami Beach, 2016 Dates TBA

Other worthy festivals to consider this month:

November Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Seafood Festival – Apalachicola — (2016 dates TBA)

Stone Crab Jam – Crystal River — Nov. 5, 2016

Brandon Seafood Festival — Brandon — Nov. 7, 2015.  — $25 all you can eat. Southern fried fish, boiled shrimp, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Sponsored by Rotary. (2016 dates TBA)

Ruskin Seafood Festival – Ruskin — Nov. 7-8, 2015 — E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, FL 33570; Alcohol free; Free parking; Admission $5 (2016 dates TBA)

Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival, Nov. 7-8, 2015 (2016 dates TBA)

Sebastian Clambake – Sebastian — Nov. 6-8, 2015 (2016 dates TBA)

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival — Tarpon Springs — Nov. 11-13, 2016

Homosassa Seafood Fest – Homosassa — Nov. 12-13, 2016

Stuart Seafood Festival — Memorial Park, Stuart — Nov. 21-22, 2015 (2016 dates TBA)

Yankeetown Arts and Crafts and Seafood Festival – Nov. 19-20, 2016

Other worthy festivals to consider this month:

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December 2016 Seafood Festivals in Florida

We are unaware of any seafood festivals scheduled in December, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. We just can’t find them! Let us know if you do.

January 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Jan. 16, 2016, Bayview Park, Key West (2017 dates TBA)

Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Goodland (Marco Island), Jan. 22-23, 2016 (2017 dates TBA)

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Jan 23-24. Five Points Park. Inaugural year.(2017 dates TBA)

Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Jan. 30, 2016. Waterfront area. (2017 dates TBA)

Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival, Jan. 31, 2016 (2017 dates TBA)

February 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, (2017 dates TBA)

Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Seafood Boil — Baytowne Wharf, Destin, (2017 dates TBA)

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, (2017 dates TBA)

Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival, Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral (2017 dates TBA)

Great Atlantic Festival, Jacksonville Beach, (2017 dates TBA)

ShrimpFest 2016, Fellsmere, Feb. 27-28, (2017 dates TBA)

March 2017 Seafood Festivals in Florida

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, (2017 dates TBA)

Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, (2017 dates TBA)

Treasure Coast Seafood Festival,  Port St. Lucie Civic Center (2017 dates TBA)

Safety Harbor Seafood Festival, Safety Harbor, (2017 dates TBA); Marina Park, 131 South Bayshore; Live music, seafood, BBQ, arts and crafts; Admission $3; Fundraiser for Chamber of Commerce scholarship funds, etc.

Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, (2017 dates TBA), 2016; $5 admission. Fresh local seafood including lobster tails, stone crab, fish, shrimp, etc.

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, (2017 dates TBA)

ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, (2017 dates TBA)

Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, (2017 dates TBA)

Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, (2017 dates TBA)

Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, Sunday, (2017 dates TBA)

CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach, (2017 dates TBA)

 

 

Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival web sites.

 

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5 Comments

  1. 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

  2. lana hoover

    says:

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

  3. 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

  4. 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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