Seafood fests from March to May


Nothing says Florida like a seafood festival.  They are fun, they are authentic, and the seafood is fresh from local waters. And it’s never too soon to start planning your seafood fest trip, whether it’s near or far.

Several Florida seafood festivals have changed their normal dates this year, so be sure to check this list carefully. If you would like to share your seafood festival experience, or add to the information we provide, please feel free to add to our comments below.

Our guide to Florida’s seafood festivals will help you:

  • Find a seafood festival
  • Mark your calendar
  • Find a nearby campground or hotel room
  • Read related Florida Rambler articles about things to do nearby

Coordinate your seafood festival road trip with baseball in February and March by referencing our Spring Training Guide.  Pitchers and catchers report to most camps in mid-February and the full schedule is underway in March.

For your convenience, we have included links to ReserveAmerica (camping reservations) and Hotels.com (for room reservations) near each festival site.

Here are the remaining seafood festivals in Florida for the 2014 “season” –

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Seafood Festivals in March

 

Marco Island Seafood Festival, March 28-29, 2014

Seafood vendors offer fresh fish, stone crab, shrimp, blue crab, fish chowder, and more with continuous live musical entertainment throughout the two days. Entertainment for the whole family with a huge tent providing shade and seating for listening to music and eating great food. A large Kids Zone is available. Free shuttle buses provide transportation to the festival from many areas on the island.

Veterans Park, 403 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, Florida

For more information, visit www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com

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Deering Seafood Festival, March 30, 2014

MIAMI — Family event to eat great seafood, tap your toes to the music, and stroll through over 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. A Kids Zone makes this fun for all ages. Admission is $2 per adult; kids 12 and under free admission.

Where: 16701 S.W. 72 Avenue, Miami

For more information, visit www.deeringestate.com

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Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration, March 29-30, 2014

DANIA — This is the 2nd annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood celebration sponsored by Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The event will be open both days from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Besides fresh seafood, crafts and art booths, the festival features sand-sculpture contents and a “Dania Kids Beach Party Area” with family activities, including Paint the Fire Truck, Professor Clark the Science Shark, Macaroni Kid, and The Under the Sea Art Mural. Entertainment will be continuous both days on the Starfish Stage.

Where: Frost Park, 300 NE 2nd Street, Dania Beach, FL

For more information, visit daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com or call 954-924-6801

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Seafood Festivals in April

Jupiter Seafood Festival, April 4-6, 2014

JUPITER — Enjoy local fresh seafood, live entertainment, nautical vendors, kids activities and more.  The headliners act on Saturday night, April 6, are a Tom Petty tribute ban, the Petty Hearts at 5 p.m. and the Blues Brothers Soul Band at 8 p.m. And climb aboard Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship! Aaarrgh! Adults, $10; children free.

Abacoa Town Center, 1200 University Boulevard, Jupiter, north of West Palm Beach

For more information, visit jupiterseafoodfestival.net

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Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival, April 4-6, 2014

BRADENTON – Begun in 1990 as the primary fundraiser for the Hernando de Soto Historical Society, the De Soto Heritage Seafood Festival has served local seafood and fun times to thousands over the last few decades. Entertainment all three days on two stages, featuring headliners are Vanilla Ice and Travis Tritt. Admission is $3.

Where: Sutton Park, Palmetto FL (Note the changes in dates and location from 2013)

For more information, visit their web site at desotohq.com

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Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, April 25-26, 2014

POMPANO BEACH — The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit corporation. Admission is $15. Revenues benefit a variety of charities and civic organizations. While seafood is the main attraction, there is plenty of other food as well. Another of our most popular features is our Boardwalk Bazaar, a mix of arts and crafts, clothing, and displays by local businesses. The main area is on the beach. The festival’s kid’s area fun zone will feature games, bungee jumps, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, face painters and more.  Live entertainment daily.

Corner of Atlantic Boulevard and SR A1A, Pompano Beach, Florida

For more information, visit pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com

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Seafood Festivals in May

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, May 2-4, 2014

FERNANDINA BEACH — This is the 50th annual Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, so you know they’ve got it down pat by now.  Pirate Parade, exhibits, arts and crafts, antiques, games, contests, shrimp and other seafood for the whole family. Live music at the waterfront and Blessing of the Fleet. Free admission for all events.

Where: 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida, north of Jacksonville

For more information, visit www.shrimpfestival.com

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Panacea Blue Crab Festival, Usually the first Saturday in May

PANACEA — Details on the 2014 festival are not yet available. The festival originated in 1975 to promote the crab industry in Wakulla County and kicks off with a parade down U.S. Highway 98. After the parade, the gates open to Woolley Park for a day of waterfront fun. There will be live music, dance performances and historic presentations. Other activities include a crab picking contest, mullet toss, arts and crafts and delicious seafood.

Where: Woolley Park on Dickerson Bay, Panacea, Florida

For more information, visit www.bluecrabfest.com (Note: The festival web site has not been updated since 2013, so monitor if you’re interested in going.)

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Palatka Blue Crab Festival, May 23-26, 2014

PALATKA — This is the 26th anniversary of this popular Memorial Day Weekend festival, featuring arts and crafts, beauty pageant, seafood cook-off, parade, kids rides, a spectacular carnival ride and entertainment for the entire family in downtown Palatka. Admission and parking is free. Although the entertainment line-up hasn’t been announced, you can bet it will include plenty of good ol’ North Florida bluegrass! A seafood cookoff will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and a Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. May 26th along Saint Johns Avenue in downtown Palatka.

Where: Downtown Palatka

For more information, visit their web site: www.bluecrabfestival.com

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

 

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