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2018-2019 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2018-19 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

florida seafood festivalNothing says Florida like a seafood festival.  They are fun, they are authentic, and the seafood served is often from local waters.

Our 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.

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Florida Spiny Lobster Season, August 6 thru March 31

Stone Crab Season, Oct. 15 thru May 15

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August Seafood Festivals in Florida

Aug. 2, 2018 (Thursday).NSB Shrimp and Seafood Festival, 5-9 pm. Flagler Ave. Beachside, New Smyrna Beach.

August 9-12, 2018. 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,

August 25-26, 2018. 4th Annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival, The 4th 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. Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora

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September Seafood Festivals in Florida

Sept. 1, 2018. Seafood and Soul Fest, Annual festival combining the love of seafood and soul food with live entertainment. Admission $5-$20. 12-7 pm. University of North Florida Amphitheater, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville.

Sept. 17-23, 2018. 29th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament, Huge local lobsters on the weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared every way you can imagine, and the 18th Annual 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.

Sept. 28-30, 2018. 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.

For a schedule of Oktoberfest Celebrations, see our Oktoberfest and Beer Festival Calendar

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October Seafood Festivals in Florida

Oct. 5-6, 2018. 22nd Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival, on the shores of St. Joseph Bay in historic Port St. Joe. Featuring The Scallop Gallop 5K, Scallop Cookoff.  Admission: Friday, $5; Saturday, $5-$10. Parking is free. George Core Park, Port St. Joe

Oct. 5-7, 2018. 40th 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.

Oct. 6, 2018. 9th Annual 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

Stone Crab Season runs from Oct. 15-May 15

Oct. 20-21, 2018. 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.

Oct. 19-21, 2018. Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Niceville. This is the 42nd 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. Free parking at Northwest Florida State College (100 E College Blvd, Niceville). Shuttles carry riders to the nearby festival site. Admission: Friday, Saturday, $15; Sunday, $10.  (11 and under free).

Oct. 20, 2018. 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. General admission: $45; VIP: $150. Both include open bar. Advance sale discounts available.

Oct. 20-21, 2018. South Florida Seafood Festival, Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne. LIVE Caribbean beats, family fun zones, mojitos bars, wine lounges and more than 25 seafood culinary partners. 11 am – sunset. General Admission: $8. Food and beverage at additional cost.

Oct.. 27, 2018. St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. 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. 788 Port Leon Dr, St. Marks.

Oct. 25-28, 2018. 37th Annual 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.

Oct. 26-28, 2018. Naples Stone Crab Festival. Bayfront, Naples. Celebrate the opening of stone crab season on the waterfront. The nearby Ten Thousand Islands are the state’s premier stone crab harvesting region. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturdady and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free. Free water taxis to all waterfront festival locations. Read more.

For listings of other major events across Florida, see our Florida Festival Calendar.

November Seafood Festivals in Florida

Nov. 2-3, 2018. 55th Annual Florida Seafood FestivalOne 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 Saturday night is Jerrod Niemann. Battery Park, Apalachicola. Read more

Nov. 2-4, 2018. 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 non-profit 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.

Nov. 3, 2018. 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. Kings Bay Rotary. Downtown Crystal River.

Nov. 3, 2018. 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 Brandon Rotary. Admission $20. 11 am-3 pm. Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Rd., Brandon. (Unconfirmed date)

Nov. 3-4, 2018. 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

Nov. 4, 2018. Great Chowder Debate. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County. Noon to 4 p.m. St. Augustine. (Unconfirmed date).

Nov. 9-11, 2018. 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.

Nov. 10-11, 2018. 44th Annual 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.

Nov. 17-18, 2018. Stuart Seafood Festival, Fresh seafood, live entertainment, nautical vendors, rides, $1,000 Corn Hole Tournament. Benefits Rivers Coalition. Admission $10. Free parking. Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart,  (Unconfirmed dates)

Nov. 24-25, 2018. Yankeetown Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival – (Always the 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.

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December 2018 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Dec. 1-2, 2018. Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. 3rd Annual. A potpourri of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres from rock-n-roll, jazz, calypso, R&B, and Caribbean. Arts and crafts. Free admission. 10 am-6 pm.

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January 2019 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Jan. 13-14, 2019 — Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Bayview Park, 1320 Truman Ave, Key West. 2nd weekend in January. Fresh seafood caught, 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.

Jan. 18-19, 2019Apalachicola Oyster Cook Off, Apalachicola. 9th annual. Held every year on the Friday and Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in downtown 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!.

Jan. 19-20, 2019 —  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.

Jan. 17-20, 2019 — Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, 22 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.

Jan. 26-28, 2019 — Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, 221 West Goodland Drive, Goodland (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.

Jan. 27, 2019 — Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Waterfront area, Port Salerno. 13th annual. 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. Admission: $10. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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. 26-27, 2019 (Unconfirmed) 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.

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February 2019 Seafood Festivals in Florida

Feb. 8-10, 2019 — 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. 9-10, 2019 —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.

Feb. 15-16, 2019 — 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.

Feb. 16-17, 2019, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez Village (Bradenton). Lots of local seafood, of course. Continuous live music both days, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits. Admission $4. Parking at G. T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton), shuttle to festival is $3 R/T.  Parking also at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island with free trolley to the festival. Read more.

2019 Dates TBA, Space Coast Seafood and Music Festival, Space Coast Daily Park, Viera. Seafood provided by vendors both local and from all over the United States. Daily Admission: $10, 4-day pass $29. (Does not include headline entertainment.)

2019 Dates TBA, SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival, Sun West Park 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL. 4th year. Stone crab eating contest. 3 days of live bands, crab races, carnival rides, Big Storm Brewing beer garden, craft vendors, photo booths, kids area and seafood. Friday admission free, $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Pasco County charges a $5 parking fee inside Sunwest Park.

Other worthy festivals to consider in February

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March Seafood Festivals in Florida

Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian, March 2-3, 2019

St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival, Vinoy Park, March 2-3, 2019

Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon, March 9-10, 2019

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 9-10, 2019

ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Sebastian, 2019 Dates TBA

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, Francis Field, March 22-24, 2019

Jupiter Seafood Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, March 23-24, 2019.

ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa Springs, March 16, 2019

Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival, Fort Pierce, 2019 Dates TBA

Marco Island Seafood Festival, Marco Island, Admission $10 per day. (Rotary fundraiser) 2019 Dates TBA

Hernando de Soto Seafood Festival, Sutton Park, Palmetto, 2019 Dates TBA

CrawDebauchery Crawfish and Music Festival, Amphitheater Field, Pompano Beach, 2019 Dates TBA

Deering Seafood Festival, Miami, 2019 Dates TBA

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April Seafood Festivals in Florida (Not yet updated for 2019)

Coral Gables Seafood Festival, Ponce Circle Park, 2019 Dates TBA

Tampa Bay Seafood & Music Festival, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Admission $7 ($5 in advance) 2019 Dates TBA

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, 2019 Dates TBA

Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival, Memorial Park, Stuart. 2019 Dates TBA

 

May 2019 Seafood Festivals

Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Bartram Park. Admission is free. 2019 Dates TBA

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach. 2019 Dates TBA

Venice Seafood & Music Festival, Centennial Park, Venice 2019 Dates TBA

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Frost Park, Dania Beach. 2019 Dates TBA

Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival, Commons Park, Royal Palm Beach. 2019 Dates TBA

St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival, St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota. 2019 Dates TBA

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June/July 2019 Seafood Festival in Florida

There are no seafood festival scheduled during June and July.

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

 

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  4. John Oquendo says:

    I would like to say that all the Seafood Festival dates after September 2018, are from last year(2017).

    • Thanks, John. We try to stay ahead on the dates at least six months, but the organizers of these festivals don’t confirm the new dates as quickly as we’d like. Many rely on people to remember that it’s the “2nd weekend in October” or the “weekend before Thanksgiving” every year. But that is not always the case. We find about a dozen festivals change their “regular” schedule every year. We update dates any way we get confirmation, through email, Facebook Twitter and search, at least once a month. Thank you for using our festival guide. We appreciate your loyalty. :-)

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  7. 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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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/

  12. Debbie Mihalick says:

    I’ve been considering going to the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival – just clicked on the link and the festival’s website shows the location as now being at Miami Marine Stadium? Wasn’t this always at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove – kinda misses the point if they’ve moved it outside Coconut Grove

  13. Christina mason says:

    Please send me a copy of the calendar for the festivals in Florida.

  14. dannybivins83 says:

    feast of the sea is october 22nd http://www.feastofthesea.com
    thank you

  15. Debbie Mihalick says:

    Calendar shows Key Largo Stone Crab Festival as Jan 2017, but when you click on the link, their website shows Nov 18-19, 2017? I think it’s a typo on their part, but could you check. I found this site while researching Seafood Festivals in Florida, specifically the Keys – great site and thank you!

    • I have emailed the organizers of the festival to see what’s going on. This festival in the past has been held the last weekend in January, and it seems strange that they would move it to November 2017, which basically means they are skipping the entire 2016-2017 winter season. But it would not be the first time I’ve seen such changes, though rarely this dramatically. I’ll keep you posted.

    • Hi Debbie,

      It was just confirmed to me that they changed the dates from January to November. Since they have already held their 2016 festival, the next one will be held in November 2017.

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

      – Bob Rountree

  16. s.white says:

    I wish someone would create a map with links to seafood festivals in florida

    • A single map with all of the festivals could be too cluttered, but I totally understand why it would be useful. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll work on it and see what I can do. Stay tuned! :-)

  17. 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

  18. lana hoover says:

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

  19. 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

  20. I totally agree

  21. 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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