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Florida Manatee Festival

JANUARY 18-19, 2025

Admission: Adults: $10 | 12/Under: FREE

Located in the "Manatee Capital of the World", The Florida Manatee Festival is an annual event held every January in beautiful downtown Crystal River. Our festival boasts two days of live entertainment, discounted opportunities for guided manatee boat tours and kayak tours in Kings Bay, children's activities, delicious food, and hundreds of vendors selling their wares!

Entry is only $10 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE! SUNDAY ONLY Look for the special coupon in the Citrus County Chronicle on January 19th offering $5-off per person for up to four adult admissions. Learn More Here.

Take a look around our site to learn more about all the fun we will have at The Florida Manatee Festival!

Stay & Play!

Come for the festival but stay for EVERYTHING ELSE! Crystal River is home to so much more than the manatee. From incredible dining and shopping to even more adventures by land, sea, or air you definitely want to stretch this vacation as long as you can to enjoy our slice of paradise on the Nature Coast!

The word around Town

From BIG NEWS in our small town to updates on what you can expect with your experience, the Word Around Town is your direct connection to The Florida Manatee Festival

2024 Parking Information

By growthzone | January 10, 2024

Back to Blog Florida Manatee Festival Announces New Parking locations for 2024 Festival. Crystal River, FL – 01-11-24 – As…

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Mind your manatee manners

Minding your Manatee Manners!

By growthzone | November 28, 2023

Back to Blog Manatees are docile creatures that gravitate to Crystal River, Florida, to soak in the warm spring-fed waters…

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Proud to be Best of the Best!

By growthzone | July 24, 2023

Back to Blog The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that the renowned Florida Manatee Festival has…

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"This is a wonderful festival! Tons of vendors and choices for food and art!! Also very well organized by the volunteers. Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. very good job at this event!!!" 
- Jens Metal Art & Design

"The festival was fun, and the kayaking was awesome!! We saw a ton of manatees, and our guide was very friendly and informative. The kids favorite part was the magic show, the magician was hilarious and amazing. All the kids in the audience kept thinking they had his tricks figured out, but he would surprise the audience every time."
- Jason Debney

"Great set up, a ton to see and do, and everyone was so friendly! 10/10 highly recommend."
- Chelsea Fuller

"So much to see and do. Lots of people. So organized. So many selections of items to buy and enjoy. Great selection of food."
- Joan Bladek

"Nice variety of artisan goods and food! Having just moved to Florida it was a wonderful way to spend Saturday ❤️❤️❤️"
- Jennifer Rippey

Schedule Your Experience!

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Kayak Tours

Guided Kayak Tours

Schedule your guided kayak tour in advance to ensure your experience!

Music Entertainment

Music Lineup

Don't miss your favorite musician or discover new talent! Find a full lineup of our musical entertainment to plan your day!

Festival Schedule

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