Plants aren’t the only harvest that you’ll find celebrated in the fall. Fall Seafood Festivals celebrate a wide variety of delicacies from the sea so there will inevitably be something to please everyone, no matter what their seafood preference. Unlike festivals that target clams or shrimp, these festivals can be huge, with accompanying carnivals and rides, outdoor restaurants and bars, and lots of lots of food.
Living near the sea will ensure you can find one of these fests in your neck of the woods so if you’re on the east or west coast of America consider yourself lucky. Don’t miss out when great food like this is available. Only the freshest and tastiest items will be found so devour as much as you can. Wine tasting is often available too, while music and celebrity chef demos will probably be around every corner.
If seafood is your passion, then by all means pack up the car and head over to one of this fall’s amazing fish fests. Your taste buds and tummy won’t be disappointed.
Seafood Fest - Menasha, WI - Aug 25 to Aug 25, 2019
A two day community event sponsored by Menasha Rotary Club, Neenah Rotary Club, and the Fox Cities Morning Rotary Club. Lobster, crab leg and salmon dinners plus food trucks, and live music at night. Free admission. Located at Waverly Beach.
New York Oyster Week - New York City, NY - Sep 18 to Sep 28, 2019
Since 2012, New York has celebrated Oyster Week with oyster producers, restaurants, consumers and more. Miami and Philadelphia have since joined in the fun. Hit up elite oyster destinations to enjoy delicious oysters presented by passionate chefs, and raise awareness and funds for non-profit partners who work to preserve oyster habitats.
Mount Dora Seafood Festival - Mount Dora, FL - Sep 26 to Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023. Normally: Annual event returns to the Mount Dora waterfront and will feature more seafood and entertainment than ever before. There is a pirate’s ball the Thursday before.
Shaw’s Oyster Fest - Chicago, IL - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2019
Enjoy fresh oysters and craft beer at this event produced by Shaw’s Crab House. Enjoy a full week of events at their Chicago and Shaumburg locations, including happy hours, pop up 50c oyter hours, slurp-off competitions, and more.
Oystoberfest - Richmond, VA - Oct 5 to Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Oysters the way you like them in a fun, family-friendly festival in Richmonds Historic Ginter Park. Oysters are the main event. Theyll have fried, steamed, grilled and, of course, RAW oysters – brats and hotdogs ta boot. Craft Beers, fine wines and other refreshments will be available. A day full of live music, and a $5 per child Kidszone. They’re a Virginia Green event with a “we pay you” Bike Valet – every bike earns its rider $2 worth of event tickets.
St. Marks Stone Crab Festival - St. Marks, FL - Oct 26 to Oct 26, 2019
Live music, family fun and fresh from the Gulf stone crabs are the hallmarks of this Florida festival.
Destin Seafood Festival - Destin, FL - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: A free event on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk with three stages of live music and fresh seafood by food vendors and local restaurants. Since 1978.
Chowder Days Festival - Mystic, CT - Oct 10 to Oct 12, 2020
Enjoy a bowl of hot chowder, live music and other activities at Mystic Seaport.
Poquoson Seafood Festival - Poquoson, VA - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 2 stages of live entertainment, plus workboat races on the Chesapeake Bay kick-off the festival. Plenty of fresh seafood and arts & crafts.
John’s Pass Seafood Festival - Madeira Beach, FL - Oct 22 to Oct 25, 2020
One of the largest seafood festivals in the US, featuring samples from a Chef Showdown and live music, arts & crafts, and Flavors of the Gulf (a ticketed event).
Darlington Fish Fry and Festival - Darlington, IN - Jul 30 to Jul 31, 2021
Norwalk Oyster Festival - Norwalk, CT - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Enjoy oysters, live music, craft beer tasting and more hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association.
Rhode Island Seafood Festival - Providence, RI - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
Annual event with drinks, seafood and live music. Since 2011.
Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Grand Haven, MI - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Most events postponed to 2022 but the Salmon Run 5k/10k/Family Fun Walk will take place this year. Normally: Enjoy the fishing contest, 5k/10k run, salmon cook-off, kid zone, art fair, live music, and foods from great local restaurants.
Downbeach Seafood Festival - Ventnor City, NJ - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Family friendly event featuring all the best seafood NJ has to offer. Formerly the Atlantic City Seafood Festival until it moved to Ski Beach in Ventnor.
Festival of the Sea - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
The Festival of the Sea has been one of Point Pleasant Beach’s premier event for more than 40 years. The seafood festival is held downtown on both Arnold and Bay Avenues. Local restaurants and vendors provide the large crowds with delicacies such as crab cakes, shrimp skewers, paella, soups and bisque’s, lobster, and other seafood items. Don’t like seafood? No problem, there are plenty of other varieties of food to sample! They also have hundreds of craft vendors featuring hard to find and unique items. For entertainment, there is a stage set up on that plays host to local musicians and other acts. The festival begins in the shopping district between Rt 35 South and Rt. 35 North and goes all the way down to the Point Pleasant Boro border.
Wine and Oyster Festival - Montross, VA - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Great wines, delicious local seafood, arts & crafts, and more!
Central Pennsylvania Crab, Beer and Wine Festival - Camp Hill, PA - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Enjoy artisan beer and wine from Central PA breweries and wineries, plus delicious steamed Harbor House crab and BBQ, and listen to live music. A portion of all proceeds benefit the Central PA Food Bank. 21+ only.
Irvington Crab Festival - Irvington, VA - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
All the steamed crabs you can eat, plus barbecue, hot dogs, and soft drinks included and beer for purchase. Held at the Irvington Steamboat Era Museum
Oktoberfest at Settle Down Easy Brewing - Falls Church, VA - Sep 18 to Oct 2, 2021
Three weekends of celebrating Oktoberfest! Second weekend is Oysterfest and third weekend is Brat-oberfest
Clearwater Super Boat and Seafood Festival - Clearwater, FL - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Last year over 180,000 people filled the beaches and shores of the 2.5 mile race course, including those on over 2500 boats, as they watched super boats race each other over the three-day festival.
Maryland Seafood Festival - Annapolis, MD - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Open rain or shine, the festival features live toe-tapping music, kids fun, vendors arts and crafts, great food and drink, cooking demonstrations, and lots of contests.
Fall Seafood Saturday - Etlan, VA - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Grab a bottle of wine, some fine oysters and crab cakes, find a seat, and enjoy a great afternoon at DuCard. Admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate (food and wine not included). Formerly called the Fall Oyster Festival
Guinness Oyster Festival - Red Bank, NJ - Sep 26 to Sep 26, 2021
A street festival featuring live music on two stages and local restaurant food booths with a wide variety of food options such as lobster rolls, filet mignon sandwiches, mini-ruben’s, friend and raw oysters and of course plenty of Guinnes beers. Family friendly event with lots of vendors and activities for the kids.
North Carolina Seafood Festival - Morehead City, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
The rich cultural traditions of eastern North Carolina are yours to absorb with music, craftsmen, artists, storytellers and more, plus boat builders, net hangers, crab pot makers and more who share their crafts, as well as the opportunity to discuss issues with policy makers, commercial fisherman, educators and others to preserve the state’s seafood industry. Fill your belly with some of the best seafood, including Down East” clam chowder
Crab Carnival - West Point, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
For 2021, a scaled back event to enjoy but keep everyone safe. Normally: Parades, carnival, live bands, vendors, crab and more.
Oysterfest - Shelton, WA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Virtual programming for 2021. Normally: Annual event for 35+ years with West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship & Washington State Seafood Festival. Food pavilion, live music, microbrews and more on the first weekend in October.
Chowderfest - Beach Haven, NJ - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Saturday Merchants Mart features blow-out bargains from dozens of Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members. Enjoy live music, specialty foods, and cold beer, and special activities for the kids. Merchants Mart is a free event that goes on rain or shine. Sunday is the Chowder Cook Off Classic, a ticketed event at the Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven (across from Schooners Wharf and Bay Village).
St Mary’s Seafood Festival - St Marys, GA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Formerly the Annual Rock Shrimp Festival, this festival in historic St. Marys continues its long-standing tradition of family fun with a full day of events, including kids’ activities, a themed parade featuring decorated floats, fire trucks, tractors, golf carts and more. Downtown will be overflowing with all-day entertainment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and restaurants with delectable seafood!
National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, AL - Oct 7 to Oct 10, 2021
Fresh from the Gulf seafood during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. More than 80 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts with blues, Motown, southern rock, jazz, zydeco and country. 50 local and regional vendors have food lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area’s best chefs in their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent. Activities this year include Outdoor World and Singing for Scholarships. Families can enter the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday. Kids can take part in the Children’s Activity Village, including face-painting, karaoke and much more. Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races. Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors.
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival - Port Angeles, WA - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
Enjoy the foods of the Olympic Peninsula with celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, Chowder Cook-Off, Grab-a-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft vendors, live music, and more. Free admission!
Ocean State Oyster Festival - Providence, RI - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
Celebrating fine Rhode Island oysters, music, and craft-beer. An Oyster Fan ticket gets you a half-dozen locally sourced oysters from an array of RI-based growers; a local micro-brewed beer, glass of wine, or spiked ginger beer. Live music & DJ’s. Proud member of the Ocean State Aquaculture Association (OSAA) with the goal of raising awareness about aquaculture industry and protecting Narrangasett Bay.
Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival - Chincoteague, VA - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
Oysters and other food, beer, raffles and more.
Little River ShrimpFest - Little River, SC - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
22,000 visitors for a shrimp cook out, kids activities, over 150 vendors, fresh local seafood, and two stages of live entertainment. Held at the Little River Waterfront
Fall Fest with Oysters - Rock Hill, MD - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
A celebration of family, community and oysters. Enjoy music, crafts, food and fun on Main Street in Rock Hall which includes a kids’ court and more, rain or shine
Brews and Bivalves - Laurel, MD - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
A day of craft beer, oystersbuck-a-shuck, fried, grilled, and baked, Casino-style and fundraising fun to benefit the Oyster Recover Partnership. Plus, new beer releases, live music, local ice cream (made with Jailbreak Brewery beer), and more.
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival - Richmond Hill, GA - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
A community fair featuring seafood, live music and crafts.
U.S. Oyster Festival, Maryland - Leonardtown, MD - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
An annual festival at St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. Lots of great food and oysters cooked in many different and unique ways. Also live entertainment, demonstrations, and fun for over 50 years.
NC Oyster Festival - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, oyster stew cook-off and the oyster shucking contest. Describes itself as a food festival, arts festival, oyster festival and a music festival. Admission is $5 (cash only) and free for children.
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival - Newport, RI - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
30th annual. Enjoy fresh, local seafoods and desserts, live music, kid’s activities like face painting and pumpkin painting. Free admission.
OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - St Michaels, MD - Oct 17 to Nov 2, 2021
Celebrate the Chesapeake oyster featuring Sip, Slurp, & Savor! Live music, boat rides, retriever demos, oysters and local fare, oyster stew competition, cooking demos, childrens activities. Rain or shine.
Naples’ Stone Crab Festival - Naples, FL - Oct 29 to Oct 31, 2021
A weekend of food and fun with activities both on land and in and around the water, starring the stone crab. Free admission!
Harvest on the Harbor - Portland, ME - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2021
Culinary creations from Maine’s top chefs. Events include sampling at the marketplace, the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, and Grand Tasting on the Harbor (wine, beer and spirits with views of Casco Bay while enjoying morsels from notable Maine chefs). 21+ events
Urbanna Oyster Festival - Urbanna, VA - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2021
No admission fees to this pay-as-you-go walking festival. They close downtown for loads of vendors, crafts, foods and visitors, and yes, oysters! This is Virginia’s official oyster festival. Highlights include Friday night’s Firemen’s Parade, Saturday’s Virginia State Oyster Shucking Contest and the right-out-of-Norman-Rockwell Oyster Festival Parade.
Hilton Head Oyster Festival - Hilton Head Island, SC - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2021
Shuck and slurp at the Oyster Festival at Shelter Cove Community Park. Buckets of oysters and a variety of stewed, steamed and fried oysters. Live entertainment stage and a kid zone with bounce houses and other activities.
Crabfeast - Chambersburg, PA - Aug 27 to Aug 27, 2022
Get ready for all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs! Crabfeast features tons of delicious food along with small games of chance, an auction and more. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization.
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, LA - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2022
This festival began in 1936 and has only grown and improved. Parade, food, music, arts & crafts, festival king and queen.
National Hard Crab Derby - Crisfield, MD - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
Features live entertainment, music, parade, fireworks, carnival rides, beauty pageant, races, contests and lots of family fun with crafts, arts, and more vendors. Famous for the crustacean race from which it gets its name
Seafood Festival and Craft Show - Westport, WA - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2022
A family feast with fresh fish, oysters, live music and local crafts, and more. Just a few blocks from Corvettes on the Marina, which runs the same day.
Wellfleet OysterFest - Wellfleet, MA - Sep 19 to Oct 16, 2022
Annual event celebrating oysters, clams and shellfishing. Oyster shuck-off competition, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, road race and children’s activities. Proceeds fund a local scholarship, community grants and other local initiatives.
Louisiana Gumbo Festival - Thibodaux, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2022
49th Annual Gumbo Festival. Rides, Music, Parade, Live Auction.
Long Island Oyster Festival - Oyster Bay, NY - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2022
This is a huge festival with over 200,000 attending this two day event. It features the tall ships, midway rides, pirate shows, oyster eating and shucking contest, food court, and lots of live stage entertainment. Free parking and free admission, and the profits from many activities including the food court support local charities.
Shrimp and Grits Festival - Jekyll Island, GA - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2022
A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, artists market, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, and more. Traditionally held in September, it will be moving to November in 2020 – upcoming dates are November 6-8, 2020, November 5-7, 2021, November 4-6, 2022