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

Annual Deering Seafood Festival (Miami)

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.

Original Marathon Seafood Festival

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.

St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival

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.

Grant Seafood Festival

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.

Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off

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!

Florida Keys Seafood Festival

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!

Everglades City Seafood Festival

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.

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

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!


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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