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Florida Manatee Festival

JANUARY 14-15, 2023

Admission: Adults: $5 | 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 $5 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE! 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

Parking & Directions

By Citrus County Chamber | July 22, 2022

We want your visit to be as STRESS-FREE as possible. please follow the suggested directions and parking below to ensure…

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Festival Memories

By Citrus County Chamber | July 7, 2022

Title 35 Years of Festival memories!

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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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