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Cedar Key Seafood Festival

Festivals are of great importance and a beautiful way to celebrate the magnificent culture and traditions of a place. They serve a vital role in providing social structure and maintaining ties to one’s ancestors. Florida is home to many seafood festivals, however, I find the Cedar Key Seafood Festival to be a particularly interesting and amazing event. These kinds of events provide a wonderful chance to interact personally with the inhabitants of Levy County. Here, in this article, we will discuss Cedar Key Seafood Festival.

Why is the Cedar Key Seafood Festival so Unique?

The first is that it takes place in Cedar Key, Florida, which is, as considered by Budget Travel, one of the best small towns in the United States. Cedar Key is an attractive town with a fascinating background and a population of under 1,000 permanent people. Secondly, Cedar Key is a major producer of farm-raised clams in the United States. Third, the Cedar Key Seafood Festival is one of the best occasions where you can visit the historic Seahorse Key, 3 miles from Cedar Key.

Festival Timings

On Saturday the Cedar Key Seafood Festival starts running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday its timing is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


There are more than 100 arts and crafts booths. There is a beautiful parade on Saturday morning including live music performances, and lots of delicious local seafood with a huge variety.

Farming Clams in Cedar Key

Farming Clams in Cedar Key

Many fishermen on Cedar Key had to stop working after Florida restricted large-scale net fishing in 1995. Instead, a lot of local fishermen took part in the federally funded job for the aquaculture of shellfish. Cedar Key clams are collected in the morning and served the next day in a Las Vegas restaurant.

More Activities on Cedar Key

You can hire a kayak from Kayak Cedar Keys operator Tom “Tomyakker” Leibert right on the shore while attending the Cedar Key Seafood Festival. The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is in charge of managing the famous island of Atsena Otie Key. The main street has been converted into a trail through the woods shaded by oak trees, and you can still see the old cemetery.

Cedar key Seafood Festivals Parking

Cedar key Seafood Festivals Parking

Families who come earlier receive complimentary parking tickets free of cost. Parking near the festival for the whole day is expected to cost $10.00 per vehicle. The parking attendants are all nice and helpful, ranging from churches looking to raise a little money to individuals. As you enter the town, their signs will be visible.

Cedar key Seafood Restaurants

In Cedar Key, Florida. We have listed our best options for seafood restaurants in Cedar Key with oceanfront dining, which you must check out while you’re in town.

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant

World-renowned Tony’s Seafood Restaurant. For his clam chowder, the restaurant’s head chef received the award for the global title. A seafood platter, shrimp pasta, and po’boy sandwiches are among the other shrimp, clam, crab, and oyster meals offered at Tony’s Seafood Restaurant.

Steamers Clam Bar and Grill

Steamers Clam Bar and Grill

Clam bowls and pots are a specialty of Steamers, and they are always produced using fresh, nearby Cedar Key clams that have been steamed in garlic and white wine. They also provide a variety of various crab and fish meal plates, fish sandwiches, peel-and-eat shrimp, tomato garlic mussels, coconut shrimp, steamed fried oysters, snow crab legs, and Oysters Rockefeller. If you would prefer to have your soup with a beautiful view of the ocean rather than traveling all the way over to Tony’s to obtain their award-winning chowder, they also have some really decent clam chowder.


In short, it is one of the best festivals for having fun and a great time with your families. If you are searching for a unique culture and memorable time, you should visit Cedar Key Seafood Festival. It offers a variety of activities for kids as well as adults. For more amazing content you can explore must-see destinations.