Florida’s Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau is thrilled to announce the unveiling of The Mermaid Tale Trail! This legacy project coincides with the 75th anniversary of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park – Home of the World-Famous Mermaids. In honor of the Park’s anniversary, 27 mermaid statues will be placed throughout the… Read More
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce proudly invites BBQ and Blues enthusiasts to drive-in or fly-in to the 13th Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Festival held at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, located at 39421 South Avenue in Zephyrhills, on January 13th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and… Read More
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hernando County and Warrior 321 present the Mel Greene Foundation’s Inaugural Light Up the Night Hernando Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event. Join us on January 14, 2023, from 4 pm-7 pm at Hernando Park in Brooksville to learn what human trafficking is and how you can… Read More
The Florida Manatee Festival returns on January 14 and 15, 2023 in downtown Crystal River! Spanning both sides of Citrus Avenue, the 2023 Florida Manatee Festival boasts live entertainment on multiple stages, 2 food courts, 2 beer & wine gardens, manatee boat tours, guided kayak tours, a fine art walk,… Read More
The Annual Kumquat Festival® is a free event on the streets of historic downtown Dade City, featuring the Kumquat Growers in the Wells Fargo parking lot at Meridian and 6th Street, where you can learn all about, and purchase kumquats. The festival includes lots of fun things… Read More
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2023 Florida Manatee Festival
January 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm$5
The Florida Manatee Festival returns on January 14 and 15, 2023 in downtown Crystal River!
Spanning both sides of Citrus Avenue, the 2023 Florida Manatee Festival boasts live entertainment on multiple stages, 2 food courts, 2 beer & wine gardens, manatee boat tours, guided kayak tours, a fine art walk, craft vendors, a kids’ zone, and more!
Hunter Springs Kayak tour guides will take you on a 1-hour tour of the bay and Hunter Springs area, giving a firsthand glance at the beauty of our Nature Coast.
The Main Stage at Kings Bay Park will feature music all weekend long opening Saturday with the Bob Hope Band and nationally acclaimed Fleetwood Mac cover band, Fleetwood Max, headlining.
Sunday’s Main Stage entertainment includes Moonflower tributing Grand Funk Railroad from 1PM-2PM transitioning to their Santana tribute from 2:30PM-4PM.
Additional entertainment can be found in Hippie Village at Heritage House on Citrus Avenue including Magic Andy, back by popular demand, on Saturday at 11AM and Sunday at 2PM.
The newest stage will be located at the recently renovated pumphouse and splashpad adjacent to Town Square with JoJo Jones and Jay, a local favorite, on Saturday from 12:30PM – 2:30PM and powerhouse performer Gypsy Sparrow on Sunday from 11AM-1PM.
This major festival attracts fine art and craft vendors from throughout the region, as well as local craft breweries and wineries, making shopping and sipping part of the fun.
The Chamber also encourages visitors to experience the wonderful downtown shops and eateries within and around the festival.
To stay updated on vendors, sign up for kayak tours, view entertainment schedules and festival events visit GoManateeFest.com.
Festival hours are Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm.
Local hotel and RV accommodations can be found at https://www.gomanateefest.com/lodging.html. Be sure to mention the festival when booking your stay!
Last, but not least, nothing this awesome happens without the help of sponsors – generous businesses that contribute to making the Florida Manatee Festival spectacular. If you can, thank them for their contributions!
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