Florida seafood festivals celebrate one of the state's most important industries: commercial fishing.
Florida has 1,197 miles of ocean coastline and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline.
Add this to Florida's 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, waterways, and 30,000 lakes and you have a virtual paradise for seafood lovers.
There is a seafood festival someplace in Florida every month of the year except June, July, August, and December. There are 40 festivals that we know about.
You will not only get a wide variety of seafood at these festivals, they are quite often combined with art and craft shows and music concerts. Even if you are not a seafood lover, you will have fun.
The following list of seafood festivals comes from the website of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and is current as of May 22, 2017.
|JAN||Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off||Apalachicola|
|Florida Keys Seafood Festival||Key West|
|Port Salerno Seafood Festival||Port Salerno|
|FEB||Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival||Clearwater|
|Everglades City Seafood Festival||Everglades City|
|Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival||Cortez|
|Chowder Cook-off Seafood Festival||Port Canaveral|
|Port Canaveral Seafood Festival||Port Canaveral|
|MAR||St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival||St. Augustine|
|Grant Seafood Festival||Grant|
|Jupiter Seafood Festival||Jupiter|
|Marathon Seafood Festival||Marathon|
|Marco Island Seafood Festival||Marco Island|
|Miami River Seafood and Music Festival||Miami|
|Deering Seafood Festival||Miami|
|Taste of the Sea Seafood Festival||Fort Pierce|
|APR||Fort Pierce Oyster Festival||Force Pierce|
|Halifax Oyster Festival||Daytona Beach|
|Pompano Beach Seafood Festival||Pompano Beach|
|Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Festival||Dania Beach|
|Treasure Coast Seafood Festival||Port St. Lucie|
|MAY||Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival||Fernandina Beach|
|Blue Crab Festival||Palatka|
|Panacea Blue Crab Festival||Panacea|
|SEP||Destin Seafood Festival||Destin|
|Pensacola Seafood Festival||Pensacola|
|OCT||Cedar Key Seafood Festival||Cedar Key|
|John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival||Madeira Beach|
|Naples Stone Crab Festival||Naples|
|St. Marks Stone Crab Festival||St. Marks|
|NOV||Florida Seafood Festival||Apalachicola|
|Stone Crab Jam||Crystal River|
|Ruskin Seafood Festival||Ruskin|
|Sponge Docks Seafood Festival||Tarpon Springs|
|Homosassa Seafood Festival||Homosassa|
|Ormond Beach Mainstreet Riverfest Seafood Festival||Ormond Beach|
|Stuart Seafood Festival||Stuart|
|Annual Yankeetown Arts and Crafts Seafood Festival||Yankeetown|
Click on this Florida of Department of Agriculture link for festival details and websites.