What does Apalachicola, Fla. have that New York City doesn’t? Better local seafood and strangers with a low risk of snarling at you. That’s what you’ll get at the 60th Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola: a slew of white tents with delicious seafood-y smoke wafting from their grills, cooked by locals who genuinely smile — an experience far better than going to an upscale seafood restaurant with an incomprehensible menu and rude waiter. What’s more, the menu here is probably more extensive than that of a fancier restaurant. Everything on the seafood spectrum, from mangrove snapper to spiny lobsters, clams and funnel cakes, is up for grabs. But the more endearing parts of the Florida Seafood Festival are the Oyster shucking and eating contest, the 5K redfish run, the celebratory parade and the blue crab races (yes, they have a competition between crabs).
The musical schedule of the Florida Seafood Festival will begin with live Christian music on the first day (the details of which are yet to be announced), followed the next day by country music headliner Elvie Shane. The festival has in the past hosted tribute bands and local musicians who play country, folk, blues, and predominantly Christian worship music. Previous performers include Chris Cagle, Trae Landon, Hope Darst, Dante Bowe, Parmalee, Jason Crabb, etc.
- The festival attracts an average of 25,000 people every year.
- Out of the two days of the festival, entry for the first day is free. But there will be a $5 fee for admission on the second day. Tickets for children under the age of 12 will be free.
- Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Florida here. And here‘s our guide to the Forgotten Coast.
Where is the nearest airport?
Apalachicola Regional Airport is the nearest airport to the festival, located a 8 minute drive from the festival venue.
Can I bring my fish-loving dog (or cat) to the festival?
No, pets are not allowed in the venue, with the exception of service animals.
Do I need to book tickets in advance?
No, tickets are available for purchase at the festival gate.
Are other transportation options available?
Transportation to and from the festival is not provided. This is a self parking event.
Who’s playing at the Florida Seafood Festival this year?
Elvie Shane will be headlining on the second and final day of the festival.