Experience our local downtown merchants by stopping in to one (OR ALL) or our official festival pit stops!
2024 Festival Pit Stops
Ready for some mouth-watering BBQ delights while exploring the wonders of the Florida Manatee Festival? Look no further than our designated Pit Stop: Bubbaques-BBQ-Crystal River!
Located right in the heart of our festival grounds, BubbaQues BBQ is more than just a restaurant - it's a flavor-packed journey! Known for their authentic, smoky BBQ dishes, this spot is a must-visit
Make your way to St. Johns Tavern in Crystal River, a premier Pit Stop during the Florida Manatee Festival! Immerse yourself in the local charm and savor the unique ambiance of St. Johns Tavern. From refreshing drinks to epic vibes, it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the festival spirit.
Unwind with their selection of cocktails, and enjoy their food selection alongiside fellow festival-goers in this beloved local hot spot. St. Johns Tavern is not just a stop; it’s an experience you won't want to miss!
Head over to Kane's Cattle Co. in Crystal River, our highlighted Pit Stop during the Florida Manatee Festival on January 13th & 14th! Dive into the heart of Florida's culinary scene with Kane's farm-fresh offerings and rustic charm. It’s the go-to place for a genuine farm-to-table experience.
Indulge in locally-sourced, expertly grilled meats and a variety of hearty, home-style dishes. Kane's Cattle Co. is more than just a meal; it's a welcoming spot for all festival-goers.
Discover the unique retail experience at Explorida, one of our official Pit Stops during the Florida Manatee Festival on January 13th & 14th! Located in the heart of Crystal River, this is your go-to destination for fun and souvenirs.
Step into a world of adventure and shopping! Aside from offering one-of-a-kind experiences with manatee tours and boat tours year-round, Explorida's retail space offers everything you need to enhance your festival experience and find the perfect souvenir to remember your time with us!
Step into the enchanting world of Amy's on the Avenue, our featured Pit Stop at the Florida Manatee Festival on January 13th & 14th! Nestled in the heart of Crystal River, this charming boutique and bistro is a treasure trove of delicious treats and unique finds.
Amy's on the Avenue offers the highest quality bakery items, coffee drinks, chocolates, and freshly cooked food right in beautiful Crystal River. Make this a planned stop and enjoy their laid-back cafe experience, with a twist. They have a boutique attached to offer our customers a shopping experience unlike anywhere else.
Fuel your festival fun with a visit to Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, another official festival Pit Stop during the Florida Manatee Festival on January 13th & 14th! Located in the vibrant heart of Crystal River, this cozy coffee haven is the perfect place to recharge and relax.
Indulge in expertly crafted coffees, from rich espressos to smooth lattes, all made with the finest beans roasted right on-site. Plus, treat yourself to a selection of delectable pastries and lunchtime bites, perfect for a quick snack or a leisurely break.