Last updated on November 25th, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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While most festivals keep the same relative dates from year to year, many do not, so check this calendar carefully. If you see mistakes, please let us know.
Calendar last updated on 11/25/2019
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December 2019 Seafood Festivals
December 6-8, 2019 Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, Siesta Beach. Fresh seafood creations sourced in the Gulf of Mexico. Musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres from R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. Arts and crafts. Friday 12 noon-9 pm; Saturday, 11 am-9 pm; and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Admission, $5.
January 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
January 12, 2020 — Riverwalk Stone Crab & Seafood Festival, Fort Lauderdale. Seafood and beer garden. Admission is free. 11 am to 5 pm. Esplanade Park, next to the Performing Arts Center on the New River, in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
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 — 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. 17-18, 2020 — Apalachicola Oyster Cook Off, Apalachicola. 10th 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, 2020 — 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, 2020 — Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Waterfront area, Port Salerno. “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. 2019 Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. 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.
Jan. 25-26, 2020 — 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.
Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2020. St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival. Food booths open at noon on Friday until 10pm. Food, music, fun and relaxation continue Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Admission is Free. Produced by Paragon Festivals for the Corey Area Business Association.
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 — 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.
February 22-23, 2020. 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.
Florida Spiny Lobster Season, August 6 thru March 31
March 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival. Nothing scheduled for 2020.
Longwood Pirate Seafood Festival, Nothing scheduled for 2020.
Feb. 28 – March 1, 2020 — SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival (Pasco County) Sun West Park, 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL. Stone crab eating contest. 3 days of live bands, crab races, carnival rides, Beer garden, craft vendors, photo booths, kids area and seafood. Admission: Friday, free; Saturday and Sunday, $5. Pasco County charges a $5 parking fee inside Sunwest Park.
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.
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.
March 14, 2020. ShrimpaPalooza, Parade starts at 10 a.m. Live Music, great food all day. Hosted by The Rotary Club of Homosassa. Homosassa Civic Club, 5530 S Mason Creek Rd, Homosassa Springs. 9 am-6 pm.
March 14-15, 2020. Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival, Free admission, Free on-site parking, Free shuttle bus service and big top shade tents for the dining. Three stages of entertainment. Pet friendly. Saturday, 11 am-8 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. Commons Park, Royal Palm Beach.
March 20-22, 2020. 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 20-22, 2020. St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, The oldest festival held in St. Augustine features delicious seafood and other food for land lubbers, nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors, kids rides, family shows and a wide range of musical entertainment. Hosted by St. Augustine Lions Club. Admission $5. Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine.
March 20-22, 2020. Marco Island Seafood Festival. The largest yearly event on Marco Island with some 10,000 visitors annually. Sponsored by Marco Island Rotary clubs. Admission $10/day; $16 weekend. Veteran’s Park in the center of Marco Island.
March 22, 2020. Islamorada Seafood Festival and Art Show, Hosted by Islamorada Moose Lodge & Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. 11 am-5 pm. Admission: $5 donation requested. Benefit Moose Charities. 8173 Old Highway, Islamorada.
March 27-29, 2020. St. Pete Beach Crab and Music Festival, 398 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL. Free admission. Friday, 4pm – 10 pm; Saturday 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm.
March 28-29, 2020. Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, featuring live music, live performance art, a juried fine art vendors and crafters showcase, family activities, and seafood galore. Frost Park, 300 NE 2nd Street, Dania Beach.
March 29, 2020. 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. Consistently a sold-out event, attracting more than 8,000 to the historic 450-acre Deering Estate. The festival is notable for its seafood, delicious catches from the sea, chef demonstrations and Seafood Alley presented by Golden Rule Seafood. Named by the Greater Miami Festival and Events Association as “Best Event of the Year” for the past two years,
April 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Hernando de Soto Seafood Festival, Nothing scheduled for 2020.
CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Pompano Beach. Nothing scheduled for 2020.
Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival. Nothing scheduled for 2020.
Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Nothing scheduled for 2020.
April 4-5, 2020. 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.
April 24-26, 2020. Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. One of the most popular seafood festivals in the state. Continuous entertainment all weekend by 24 bands. Admission $15-$35. Community Park and Amphitheater.
Stone Crab Season, Oct. 15 thru May 15
May 2020 Seafood Festivals
May 1-3, 2020. Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. One of Florida’s most productive shrimp regions. Enjoy fresh shrimp and seafood throughout the festival site. 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach.
May 8-10, 2020. Venice Seafood & Music Festival Local restaurants serve up the seafood. Admissin is free. Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-6pm. Centennial Park, Venice.
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.
June/July 2020 Seafood Festival in Florida
There are no seafood festival scheduled during June and July.
Lobster Mini-Season: July 29-30, 2020.
Regular lobster season: August 6, 2020, through March 31, 2021
August 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
August 6-9, 2020. 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
Sept 4-7, 2020. 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, $10; Saturday, $10, Sunday, $5. Weekend pass, $20. Parking is free. George Core Park (Lighthouse Park), Port St. Joe
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
October Seafood Festivals
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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
Oct. 8-11, 2020. 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival. 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. On the beach where Highway 59 meets Hwy 182 (Beach Rd.), Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Oct. 19-25, 2020. 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
2020 Dates TBA. Dunedin Stone Crab Festival. Free admission. Chairs and blankets OK. “Socially conscious pets are very welcomed.” Oct 18, 12– 8 pm; Saturday, Oct. 19, 12-10 pm. Edgewater Park, 51 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698
2020 Dates TBA. Seafood and Soul Festival, 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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. 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). Free parking at Northwest Florida State College, 100 E College Blvd, Niceville.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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).
2020 Dates TBA. Frenchy’s 35th Annual Stone Crab Weekend. The block party is from 12 noon – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Food, drinks and merchandise will be for sale. 41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach.
2020 Dates TBA. 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 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
2020 Dates TBA. 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. Battery Park, Apalachicola. Read more
2020 Dates TBA. Treasure Coast Seafood Festival at Causeway Cove. Privately sponsored seafood festival at the Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce. Variety of seafood and a conch chowder contest (Saturday). Entertainment, arts and crafts, nautical vendors, kids zone and craft beer garden. Bring your own lawn chairs; no coolers. Free admission. On-site parking $10. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturday, 11 am-10 pm, Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. Causeway Cove Marina at 601 Seaway Drive on Hutchinson Island, Ft Pierce.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA. 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.
2020 Dates TBA 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.
2020 Dates TBA. Cortez Stone Crab and Music Festival. Live music, fresh seafood, beer tent, kids area, art vendors, and a large tent for protection from the rain or sun. Free admission. 10 am-10 pm, both days. Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, 4628 119th Street West, Cortez, Florida. (Marker 49 by boat)
2020 Dates TBA. Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival. 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.
2020 Dates TBA 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.
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival sponsors and organizers.