Last updated on May 8th, 2020 at 04:27 pm
Our Florida Seafood Festivals Calendar is the No. 1 resource for seafood festivals in Florida.
Most festivals keep the same relative dates year to year, but some do not. We update the calendar twice monthly for the year ahead.
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Florida Spiny Lobster Season, August 6 thru March 31
May 2020 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Seafood festivals scheduled across Florida during the months of April and May 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. We will post new dates if and when they become available.
Stone Crab Season, Oct. 15 thru May 15
June/, July 2020 Seafood Festival in Florida
There are no seafood festivals 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
Sept 25-27, 2020 (Unconfirmed). 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.
Sept 26-27, 2020. Mount Dora Seafood Festival, The 6th 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
Oct. 2-4, 2020. 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.
Oct. 3, 2020. 48th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival, St. Mary’s, Georgia. 2020’s 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. 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Oct. 17-18, 2020. South Florida Seafood Festival, Live Caribbean music, family fun zones, mojito bars, wine lounges and more than 25 seafood culinary partners.
General Admission: $8 in advance, $12 gate; kids under 12 admitted free. Food and beverage at additional cost. 11 am-7 pm. Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne.
Oct. 20-25, 2020. 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.
Oct. 21-24, 2020. 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).
Oct. 23-25, 2020. 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.
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
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
Nov. 7, 2020. 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.
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.
South Shore 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
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.
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.
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. 14-15, 2020. 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.
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)
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.
Nov. 21-22, 2020. 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.
December 2020 Seafood Festivals
Dec. 4-6, 2020. 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 2021 Seafood Festivals in Florida
Jan. 2-3, 2021. Fort Myers Seafood Festival. (Not to be confused with the Shrimp Festival in March) First weekend in January in the River District Seafood dishes are prepared using fresh, local and sustainable resources from Florida’s Gulf Coast waters. Beer, wine and mixed drinks available, and a variety of musical entertainment all weekend features rock, blues, country rock, jazz, Caribbean and tribute bands. Friday, 4-10 pm; Saturday, 11 am-10 pm; Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. Admission is free. River District, 1400 Hendry St., Fort Myers, FL 33902.
Riverwalk Stone Crab & Seafood Festival, Fort Lauderdale. Seafood and beer garden. Feature some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood restaurants, including Kelly’s Landing, Finster Murphy’s, The Downtowner, Southport Raw Bar, Fry Head Miami, Popo’s and Tarpon River Cafe. Admission free. 11 am to 5 pm. Esplanade Park, Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Jan 16-17, 2021 Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Key West. Fresh seafood caught locally, prepared and served by local fishermen and women. Fried fish baskets, 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, smoked fish dip, Bahamian-style conch chowder. Sponsored by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Bayview Park, 1320 Truman Ave, Key West.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Englewood Seafood & Music Festival. Diverse menu of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes cooked fresh by local restaurants and food purveyors. Seafood dishes are prepared using fresh local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Friday, 4pm – 10pm; Saturday, 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm. Free admission. Pioneer Park, Englewood, FL
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. 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.
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.
February Seafood Festivals in Florida
Feb. 12-14, 2021 Everglades City Seafood Festival, Copeland Avenue, Everglades City. Fresh seafood, country music, arts and crafts, midway. Free admission. Limited free parking. Charities offering paid parking. Read more: Everglades City Seafood Festival
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.
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.
SunWest Crab and Seafood Festival, Hudson, FL (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.
Homestead Stone Crab and Seafood Festival. Fresh stone crabs, seafood, unique arts, crafts and music, a full bar and kid’s play area. Bring lawn chairs. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Homestead Charitable Foundation. Admission $10. Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Homestead Sports Complex, 1601 SE 28th Ave., Homestead (near Homestead-Miami Speedway).
Grant Seafood Festival, Grant-Sebastian. Community volunteers dish out the seafood at this entertaining festival in Grant’s community park. Craft beers and old standbys available. Saturday, 9 am- 7 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Follow the signs from U.S. 1. Read more.
March 2021 Seafood Festivals
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, serving fresh-caught seafood from the Florida Keys. The most popular item is a Florida lobster dinner. Last year, more than 2,000 pounds of local spiny lobster was served. Also stone crab, ceviche, mahi-mahi, oysters, shrimp, conchworst, lobster bisque, crab cakes, cuban croquettas, hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausages. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more.
ShrimpaPalooza, Homosassa. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Live Music, great food all day. Hosted by The Rotary Club. Homosassa Civic Club, 5530 S Mason Creek Rd, Homosassa Springs. 9 am-6 pm.
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.
ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Sebastian. Free entry, parking, live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities. Pair your shrimp with the newest beers created by craft brewers at the Craft Beer Tasting Garden. Sponsored by Rotary of Sebastian and Exchange Club of Fellsmere to benefit youth sports. Fri., 3-9 pm; Sat., 11 am-9 pm; Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Admission is free. Craft brew tasting: $30 in advance; $35 at event. Riverview Park, Sebastian
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deering Seafood Festival, Miami. 10 am – 6 pm. Admission: $20 in advance, $25 day of event. (Children 4-14: $7 advance, $10 gate) Admission includes entry to the Estate grounds, free activities in the Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone, science activities in the Deering Discovery Cove, and entertainment. Consistently a sold-out event, the festival was named “Best Event of the Year” for the past two years by the Greater Miami Festival and Events Association.
April 2021 Seafood Festivals in Florida
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.
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.
May 2021 Seafood Festivals
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach. One of Florida’s most productive shrimp regions. Enjoy fresh shrimp and seafood throughout the festival site. 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach.
Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Cajun fare features include: boudin, jambalaya, etouffee, fresh and fried seafood, gumbo, and more. Friday: 11AM-11PM, Saturday: 10AM-11PM, Sunday: 11AM-5PM. Admission: $6 per day, kids 12 and under free. Community Maritime Park, behind the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball stadium, 351 W Cedar St, Pensacola, 32502.
Treasure Coast Seafood Festival, Vero Beach. 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. Indian River Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL.
Venice Seafood & Music Festival Local restaurants serve up the seafood. Admission is free. Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-6pm. Centennial Park, Venice.
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival, St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota. Free admission. Friday 4pm – 10pm; Saturday 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; Florida State Parks; ReserveAmerica; Festival sponsors and organizers.