You can find fresh local seafood in abundance in Florida up and down the coast year round. This makes the Sunshine State the perfect location for some of the most amazing seafood festivals. These festivals feature off the boat fresh seafood, as well as additional activities like arts and crafts vendors and musical performances. Just to name a few!
We picked our top 8 seafood festivals to check out this winter in Florida. The ones we selected range from January-March. These festivals are a great excuse to start planning your next trip. Yum!
Top 8 Winter Seafood Festivals in Florida
This festival hosted by The Deering Estate Foundation has been around for 17 years! Expect to experience fresh seafood, chef demos, live entertainment and kid’s activities.
This festival is the second largest in The Keys. It is a phenomenal event offering fresh seafood including lobster tails, stone crab, fish and shrimp. They also have tons of entertainment including live music, games and activities, vendors of all kinds and raffles.
This well-known festival is in its 40th year. They serve up incredible seafood along with many live events. The entertainment includes different live music by the day, arts and crafts activities and a kids zone.
This festival is a tradition in Grant, FL and a family affair. Everything is run by volunteers and local families. It is a true community building event. This festival features delicious seafood, over 125 crafters exhibiting and live continuous entertainment.
This festival alone is worth the trip to Apalachicola! Love oysters? This is the place to be! You can expect oysters galore, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, silent auction and 5K run! The Annual Oyster Cook-Off is one not to miss!
Looking for the freshest local seafood? Well, look no further! The 17th annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival kicks off this January and you will want to be there! Not only is the food unbeatable, but they also have a good cause. Everything benefits sustainable fisheries management programs and youth scholarships. The menu includes fried fish baskets, clams, lobster platters and so many more fantastic options!
This festival in the Everglades is free to attend for all ages. There is great live music, divinely fresh seafood, carnival rides and dozens of craft booths to explore.
This fishing festival takes place in February. There is nothing fresher than right off the boat! Spend the day among these fishing boats with great live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, beer and more seafood than you can imagine. This festival is a great experience for the whole family!