As one of the few places in the world where you can still swim with the manatee, Crystal River is the proud home to one of the biggest festivals celebrating our favorite floating friends!
The Florida Manatee Festival returns January 15th and 16th, 2022. Come join the celebration in downtown Crystal River as we honor our most famous resident!
Now in our 35th year, the Florida Manatee Festival is presented by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating with food, music, entertainment and frivolity for residents and visitors alike.
Over 20,000 people each year flock to Historic Downtown Crystal River, making The Florida Manatee Festival consistently chosen one of the Best of the Best Festivals by the readers of the Citrus County Chronicle.
For a nominal charge, Manatee Boat Tours are available from the City Pier at the end of N.E. Third Street for a trip into Kings Bay and other favorite manatee hangouts.
Back on land, the sound of music fills the air with live entertainment on three different stages, while visitors enjoy the offerings of fine arts and craft artisans. A beer & wine garden and two food courts serving up a wide menu of delights; from fresh seafood to authentic, local BBQ and everything in between.
Back by popular demand, Heritage House Hippie Village returns featuring vendors, food and music reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s!
The Florida Manatee Festival also serves as a showcase for non-profit organizations and local commercial businesses that serve as the foundation of our community.
The 34th Annual Florida Manatee Festival, presented by Bailey’s Electric and Signs – March 27th and the 28th in beautiful Downtown Crystal River. Brought to you by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce.
Free parking and shuttle service to the Festival will be available at the Crystal River Mall, 1801 US 19, Crystal River, FL 34428