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35th Annual Florida Manatee Festival

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on January 16, 2022 at 9:00 am


The Florida Manatee Festival returns for its 35th year to the manatee capital of the world, downtown Crystal River, on Saturday and Sunday, January 15th & 16th!

The Florida Manatee Festival is consistently rated by attendees as one of the best outdoor events in Citrus County!

Featuring a wide selection of delicious cuisine choices, the Florida Manatee Festival is pleased to offer a tasty selection of delectable delights in two food courts. One will be located in Little Springs Park along with a beer and wine garden, the second will be located right near the main stage in Kings Bay Park with another beer and wine garden.

Back this year, guided kayak tours will be offered at the festival with Hunter Springs Kayaks! 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!

Also returning are manatee boat tours! Participating local guides will take you to their favorite manatee watch spots for a chance to see our favorite floating friends up close without getting in the water!

Musical entertainment will be ongoing both days from three stages. The Main Stage at Kings Bay Park will feature Center Lane on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., followed by headliner and nationally acclaimed Tom Petty cover band, Heavy Petty taking the stage from 3 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. Growing up in Gainesville, FL listening to Tom Petty’s music and stories from friends and strangers that knew “Tommy”, they started HEAVY PETTY in 2009 for a one night only show and almost a decade later, they have fans all across the nation. You may come for Tom Petty, but you’ll stay for HEAVY PETTY!

Sunday’s main stage entertainment will kick off with local favorite Barefoot Bob & the Hope from 10 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. followed by headliner MoonFlower: The Spirit of Santana from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. Moonflower is a tribute to the music of Santana performed by 5 musicians who’s love for Santana and the music comes first! Moonflower features Mark Barrios on guitar and vocals a long time and well-respected guitarist in the Tampa Bay area. On keys is Brad Trumbull and vocals, Manny Betancourt on percussion and vocals, Howard Kleinfeld on bass and David Nunez on drums. The intent of Moonflower is to reproduce the sound, the feelings, and the excitement of the great music of Santana!

Additional entertainment can be found at Little Springs Park and in Hippie Village at Heritage House on Citrus Avenue including acts like Mel & The Misfits, Palomino Blonde, the Grass Campers, Madi Carr, Magic Andy, and Reflections Dance Studio. A full lineup with days and times can be found on our website!

Additionally, more a vast array of fine art, craft, commercial and non-profit vendors will line the streets on both the north and south sides of downtown.  “Art in the Park” will be held in Crystal River’s beautiful Town Square, offering the perfect setting to browse and purchase an original piece of art for your home, business or as a wearable piece of jewelry that will be a treasure of special meaning forever.

For the kiddos, a Kids Zone and fun activities will span throughout the festival including inflatables, face painting, carnival food and more! For the adults, there will be more food, along with beer and wine gardens near both music stages and throughout the festival.  Top it all off with cool cars to drool over, compliments of the Citrus County Vettes & Camaros Club and the Nature Coast Mustangs.  With something to please everyone, the 35th Annual Florida Manatee Festival is the place to go!

For more information:,, or 352-795-3149.

Manatee Merch is also available at


January 15
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Citrus County Chamber of Commerce
(352) 795-3149
View Organizer Website


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