One of 30+ seafood festivals in Florida, and the top festival of its kind in the Florida Keys, the 2014 Marathon Seafood Festival is an event you don’t want to miss! It’s the 2nd most celebrated festival in the Florida Keys after Fantasy Fest, and much more family friendly. It’s also the oldest Keys seafood festival, the Key West and Key Largo versions being less then 10 years old. For this reason, it is known as the ‘Original’. It’s been around for 38 years, started in 1976 by local commercial fisherman, and it has grown into a celebrated community tradition.
This year’s event is hosted by Organized Fishermen of Florida in conjunction with the Marathon Chamber of Commerce. The fishermen catch and prepare everything from Florida lobsters to conch fritters, and are expected to dish out more than 50 gallons of conch chowder and 2000 pounds of lobster over the weekend! Past events have raised over $75,000 for our community via charitable contributions, donations, and scholarships for Middle Keys students. Join the 21,000 plus attendees at the 2014 Marathon Seafood Festival and celebrate with two days of music, raffles, children’s games, arts & crafts and fresh, local seafood! For 2014 Marathon Seafood Festival Hours & more, keep on reading!
The 2014 Marathon Seafood Festival highlights the best of the fresh seafood available locally in the Florida Keys. Items include stone crab claws, Florida lobster tail, Key West pink shrimp, conch fritters, conch chowder, smoked fish dip, and fried fish including mahi mahi, snapper & more. Delicious sides include French fries, cole slaw, & hush puppies. There will be beer, wine, and sodas and, of course, key lime pie! Get your lobster and stone crab fix while you can! Both seasons end soon – lobster closes March 31st and stone crab, May 15th.
There will be live music both days, including a much-awaited repeat performance by Amber Leigh, country artist & fiddler plus local favorite, John Bartus. There are also games and raffles, plus kids’ events and an arts & crafts area known as the Keys Artists Village & Art Show. There will be more than 200 vendors at the Marathon seafood festival whose items for sale include art, jewelry, nautical items, tropical themed clothing, plants & more. Boaters, find your boating, fishing, and water sports gear here!
2014 MUSIC SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
10:00 AM – Eric Stone Band (Trop Rock)
11:00 AM – Misery Loves Company (Classic Rock)
1:00 PM – The Doerfels (Bluegrass to Rock)
3:00 PM – Iland Vibe (Reggae & Island)
5:00 PM – John Bartus & Storm Watch (Rock & Keys Originals)
7:00 PM – The Regs (Classic Rock)
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
12:00 PM – Howard Livingston & MM 24 (Trop Rock)
2:00 PM – Amber Leigh (Country Rock)
4:00 PM – The Stone Crabs (Jam Rock)
Book your accommodations as early as possible. The Marathon Seafood Festival takes place during spring break so room rates will be at their highest and accommodations will fill up quickly. If Marathon lodging becomes hard to find, try Key Colony, Coco Plum, Big Pine Key, Grassy Key, Layton, or Islamorada. The most reasonable rates are typically found at the many no-frills 50’s era motels along US1. Check out our boat-friendly hotels & motels page for a list of local lodging businesses that accommodate boats.
MARATHON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL PARKING & DIRECTIONS
Take US1 to Mile Marker 49. The Marathon Community Park is on the ocean side of the road at 200 36th Street. Go early for the best parking. Spaces do fill up, and paid parking is available at local schools and churches, with proceeds going toward fundraising. Shuttles are available from many of these locations. Signs will be posted the day of the Marathon Seafood Festival designating parking areas.