Dubbed the ‘Original’, the Marathon Seafood Festival is by far the oldest seafood festival in the Florida Keys. Created in 1976 by local fishermen, the event is in its 38th year, and it’s the real deal! By contrast, the Key Largo and Key West seafood festivals are less than a decade old. More than 21,000 guests are expected to attend this year’s event, which is growing every year and is the Key’s 2nd most celebrated festival after Fantasy Fest. It is a family-friendly, fun-filled event, with two days of music, games, raffles, arts and crafts, and best of all – fresh, local seafood. The Marathon Seafood Festival is one Florida Keys event you won’t want to miss!
Island Breeze Realty will be on hand at a booth located in Section C with complimentary chapstick and answers to any questions you might have about the local community, from real estate to general information. We love being a part of the Marathon community and participating in the Marathon Seafood Festival has been a meaningful way for us to do that since our business opened its doors.
- Saturday March 8, 10-9 & Sunday March 9, 11-5
- Marathon Community Park (MM 49)
- 9805 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, 33050
- (305) 743-5417
- Admission: $5 per person, children under 10 free
- see official event website
The festival’s fare is a tribute to the local fishing industry: fresh, local seafood is caught and prepared by local commercial fishermen, and there will be no outside food vendors. Wine & beer, sides like hush puppies, French fries, cole slaw, and of course, key lime pie will be served. Get a taste of the Florida Keys with the following seafood specialties:
- Florida lobster
- stone crab
- Key West pink shrimp
- fish (including mahi mahi, grouper, and snapper)
- conch fritters
- conch chowder
- smoked fish dip
LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 8th
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 9th
12:00 PM – Howard Livingston & MM 24 (Trop Rock)
2:00 PM – Amber Leigh (Country Rock)
4:00 PM – The Stone Crabs (Jam Rock)
- Artist’s village with items for sale like jewelry, nautical items, tropical-themed clothing, seagrass hats, lobster trap art, and much more. See list of vendors.
- Art show with paintings and photographs from local artists, and more artwork.
- Boat show
- Raffle: Giant cooler & $250 gift certificate to Keys Fisheries. Free ticket with paid entry. Winners notified in weeks following festival.
- Live Music
- Bounce houses
- rock wall
- bungee jump
- water hamster ball
For private accommodations, call us at 305-743-8328 or read more about our Marathon vacation rentals.
Book your accommodations as early as possible. Hotel, motel, and resort room rates will be at their highest and availability may be scarce as the Marathon Seafood Festival takes place during spring break. If Marathon lodging proves hard-to-come-by, consider staying in Key Colony, Coco Plum, Big Pine Key, Grassy Key, Layton, or Islamorada.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
From the North: Head South on the Florida Turnpike towards Homestead until it ends in Florida City and merges with US1 South. Keep going south until you reach Marathon Community Park, ocean side of US1 at Mile Marker 49.
From the South: Head North on US1, cross the Seven Mile Bridge and continue to Marathon Community Park, MM 49, ocean side.
Parking: There is no public on-site parking, but the schools and churches offer paid parking as a fund-raiser. They include Stanley Switlik on 33rd Street, St. Paul’s AME Church on the Gulf side, and the lot between 47th and 49th Street Gulf side across from Tropical Furniture Gallery. There will be signs the day of the event designating parking areas. The festival gets crowded, so the earlier you get there the better! Some local cabs are offering free shuttles to and from the parking areas: Sun Motors has a shuttle bus, plus Island Taxi and Keyhopper Taxi will be waiting at event. For those who need additional assistance, there will be golf cart shuttles from the public entrance to event.