Enjoy Wakulla Seafood at the Blue Crab Festival

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Festivals & Events

This year’s Blue Crab Festival will be taking place May 5-6th at beautiful Woolley Park in Panacea. The annual festival is a great event for people of all ages, kicking off with an exciting parade down U.S. 98. Throughout the weekend, attendees will enjoy plenty of great food, entertainment, and waterfront fun!

Schedule of Events

Even before the day-of events, the Friday before, there will be a Free Gospel on the Bay Singing event from 6:30-9:30 featuring HWY 3:16, William Vancott, Revival Railroad and The Reeves!

On Saturday, the 2017 Blue Crab Festival will kick off on the morning of May 6th with a 10:00 A.M. parade, followed by opening ceremonies at 11:00. Some of the fun events planned throughout the weekend include:

  • 11:15-11:45: Ralph and Jerry
  • 11:45-12:45: Mullet Toss
  • 12:45-1:30: Mountain Dew
  • 1:30-2:00: Crab Picking Contest
  • 2:00-2:45: Jordan Miller Band
  • 2:45-3:30: Mountain Dew
  • 3:30-4:15: Adventures of Annabelle Lyn
  • 4:15-5:00: Paul Donaldson Trio

There will also be plenty of games and activities for young children, making this a great family-friendly event. Not to mention, admission is just $3 per person and all children under the age of 12 are admitted for free! There’s something for everyone at this event. From live music with clog dancers to local vendors and, of course, delicious Wakulla County blue crab.

History of the Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival is actually one of the county’s longest standing traditions, with the first festival kicking off back in 1975. The original purpose of the festival itself was to promote the crab industry here in Wakulla County. Over the years, the size and turn-out of the festival grew significantly into the huge event it is today. By attending this event for yourself, you’re able to enjoy a wonderful and prized piece of the county’s history (and of course, plenty of incredible seafood).

Plan Your Trip Today!

If you’re thinking about making a trip to Panacea for the 2017 Blue Crab Festival, why not make a weekend out of it? After all, there’s so much to see and do here in Wakulla County. Whether you’re interested in doing some shopping, dining, or simply exploring the local culture and parks, there’s something for everybody. May is the peak of our spring birding season in Wakulla County, making it a great time to visit and check out the diverse resident birds at our many parks.

There are also plenty of hotels and other accommodations available within a quick drive from Woolley Park and many other local attractions.

We hope to see you at this year’s Blue Crab Festival. Be sure to check out our online trip planner at the official Visit Wakulla website, where you can find out more about local attractions, places to stay, and even find some great pre-made itineraries to take the stress out of planning!