Blue Crab Festival 2024

Eat delicious seafood with the company of live music and family activities.

Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26, 2024 | Times Vary

Blue Crab Festival 2024

(386) 329-0100

West of St. Augustine, in Palatka, Florida.
210 St. Johns Ave.
Palatka, FL 32177

While our dates and times are correct for 2024, the programming information below is from 2023. Once we have received the 2024 information, we will update this event.

The Blue Crab Festival, held on Memorial Day weekend along the riverfront in Palatka, Florida, honors and remembers the members of the U.S. military who died while serving our country. This year's Blue Crab Festival will be held from Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26, 2024, and will feature carnival rides, a seafood cook-off, live music, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo.

Festival Highlights

The Festival kicks off on Friday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and features great bands along with excellent food and good times, and will continue from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, and from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.

Seafood: The star of the menu is, of course, the blue crab. Harvested from both Florida coasts, the blue crab can be prepared in multiple ways, from simply boiled and served with butter, added to gumbo, or marinated in a salad. Visitors can enjoy lots of delicious and fresh seafood at this event, including shrimp, crabs (including blue crab), and scallops. Food is served throughout the weekend.

For the kids: Carnival rides, a petting zoo, a kid's zone, and a karate demonstration. There will be pony rides and reptile encounters all day Saturday and Sunday, and a foam party for kids.

Arts and crafts vendors will be on-site at the Blue Crab Festival as well. Visitors can browse through the works of artisans from St. Augustine and throughout Northeast Florida.

Live music at the Blue Crab Festival includes rap duo the Ying Yang Twins, which were nominated for the Grammys and VMA Awards for "The Whisper Song." The Sugarhill Gang will also grace the stage with rap classics such as "Rapper's Delight." 

In addition to the Live Music, other performances at the Blue Crab Festival include:

  • Saturday, 11:00 a.m. — Pak's Karate demonstration
  • Saturday, 11:45 a.m. — Blue Crab Pageant Winner
  • Saturday, 5:00 p.m. — Showtime USA dance and singing troop
  • Saturday, 8:45 p.m. — Fireworks Display
  • Sunday, 12:30 p.m. — Gatorland Water Ski Team
  • Sunday, 7:00 p.m. — Deeski Montana and Friends
  • Sunday, 7:30 p.m. — Jacksonville Jags Drumline

Admission and Parking: FREE

When: Memorial Day Weekend, Friday to Sunday, May 24 - 26, 2024. The Festival kicks off on Friday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will continue from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, and from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.

Where: The festival is held in downtown Palatka, at 210 St. Johns Ave. Palatka, FL 32177.

For more information on this event please visit here, or call (386) 329-0100.

Blue Crab Festival 2024

(386) 329-0100

West of St. Augustine, in Palatka, Florida.
210 St. Johns Ave.
Palatka, FL 32177

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Editor's Note: We encourage you to verify event times and details with the organizers, as they may change.