Grant Seafood Festival

Held every year in February in Grant Florida 

About The Grant Seafood Festival

Feast on raw oysters on the half shell, steamed clams, Spanish mackerel and spiced deviled crabs while browsing arts and crafts booths. The festival attracts as many as 100,000 people for this two day event and has become the Southeast's largest and longest running seafood festival. Free admission, free parking, over 100 crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, along with a scrumptious menu of succulent seafood makes this a weekend no one wants to miss.

The event kicked off in 1966 at the Grant Community Center on First Street as a way for residents to raise money to pay the center's electric bills. Nowadays, the servings of New England clam chowder, fried shrimp and scallops help pay for expenses the Grant Library and the Grant Community Center. The library's annual book sale coincides with the seafood festival. The conch fritters and the shrimps also send local high school students to college, via scholarships, raising more than $50,000 annually.

 

What To Expect

Lots and lots of food and music! There are also hundreds of handmade crafts and interesting exhibits. (Be sure to stop by the wild cat exhibit!) For the kids, there is a huge playground near the festival grounds complete with bounce houses and other activities. You can also enjoy a helicopter ride! The Grant Community Center offers a book sale and there are always souvenir stands that sell Grant Seafood Festival T-shirts and other items. (Small and medium sized Tshirts seem to sell out very quickly so get yours early.) 

Many visitors bring there own chairs or blankets for listening to the bands and watching the other performances. A hat and sunscreen are a must! There is plenty of parking but there is also a small shuttle. Drive down Grant Road to find the best parking. Wear comfortable shoes because the Grant Community Center Fairgrounds are unpaved and grassy. Pets and coolers are NOT allowed. 

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