If you find yourself anywhere near the Bayou in October, be sure to visit one of the local mullet festivals honoring a lesser known but avidly loved fish of the South. This is the best time of year to enjoy them as their season runs from April to November with the end of September being prime harvest time.
Mullet lends itself nicely to frying, smoking, grilling, and just about any other type of culinary approach you can imagine. If you’ve never tried it, the flavor is sweet, a bit nutty, and very addictive. Mullet eating, of course, is only part of the festival activities. Parades, music, mullet tossing contests, and a huge number of vendors and crafts are usually on hand as well.
Mullet are famous for jumping and skipping on the water which is why they are often referred to as happy mullet. So if you’re in the mood for a little happiness as well, you can’t go wrong by jumping over to one of these lively places for a great day of fish and fun.
Mims Mullet Festival - Mims, FL - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Entertainment includes rock climbing, bouncy house, horse rides, kids’ games, a car show with 50+ autos, a craft fair, big cat display, and music all afternoon, and food including the famous mullet, a kind of fish
Boggy Fest - Niceville, FL - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2019
An event no more. A three day country music festival. Formerly known as the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, which featured three days of musical entertainment and tasty mullet.
Swansboro Mullet Festival - Swansboro, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
The Swansboro Mullet Festival, the oldest festival in the Crystal Coast, began in 1954. The weekend centers around the small, bony fish that appears as having a purplish-blue tint when found in Eastern North Carolina waters. Swansboro natives remember days long ago when mullets were hauled to shore in nets hooked to tractors along the beach. Today, the Swansboro Mullet Festival has expanded into a two-day festival that offers locals and visitors a glimpse into history combined with a modern celebration of all things mullet. The festival is free and visitors may enjoy a parade, entertainment featuring beach music and live bands, children’s activities and a lot of food, especially fried mullet.
Gautier Mullet Festival - Gautier, MS - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
A free arts and crafts festival with local cuisine, arts & crafts, fishing rodeo, live music, car and boat show, kids zone, and a mullet toss!