The Sebastian River Area is home to many unique annual food and nature festivals. From frog legs and gator tail to fried shrimp, clams and hush puppies, your palate will love the variety of southern food and seafood that our festivals have to offer! Be sure to save the dates to fill your plates!!
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
January 19th-22nd, 2017
Downtown Fellsmere, 22 South Orange Street, Fellsmere, FL 32948
Festival Hours- Thursday & Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Four days of frog legs, carnival, and red neck Olympics in Downtown Fellsmere, this volunteer based event was the brain child of a former county commissioner who wanted to raise money for the recreational needs of the children in Fellsmere. A winner of two Guinness Book of World Records for most frogs sold at a festival, the Frog Leg Festival attracts over 80,000 people to the area and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the community over the last twenty five years! Whether you’re joining us for the famous mouthwatering frog leg and gator tail dinners, just to browse the hundreds of booths for unique gifts, or wanting to listen to some great music and enjoy the fun rides - you’ll immediately know why this festival has become a success and an annual tradition for so many. The main feature is, of course, the mouthwatering frog leg and gator tail dinners; however, there also is a huge variety of other tasty foods to choose from like hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, fried dough, turkey legs, sandwiches of all kinds, ice cream, candy apples, popcorn and more. There are wild and crazy rides for the young as well as the more adventurous, and plenty of games to test your skills. There's free admission, free parking and free entertainment. For more information, visit www.froglegfestival.com
January 21st & 22nd from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Riverview Park, 600 U.S. Hwy 1, Sebastian, FL 32958
This festival began with the 75th anniversary in the City of Sebastian in 1999. Featuring a juried art show in Riverview Park and a breathtaking view of the Indian River Lagoon, the Art Festival attracts over 20,000 residents and visitors. More than 100 local professional artists and craftsmen along with musicians will be on hand showcasing their talents beside many area restaurants serving the best local food, beer, and wines. For more information, visit www.sebastianartshow.com
The ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, held February 25-26, 2017, on the grounds of the Old Historic School House at 22 S. Orange St. in Fellsmere, Florida. The festival features Florida shrimp and Florida craft and homebrew beer. Select local restaurants will prepare their best recipes and compete for the Second Annual Golden Shrimp Award. FREE entry and parking, live music, exciting kids' activities, loads of vendors and more. The ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo is a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Sebastian and the Fellsmere Exchange Club. Net proceeds raised from the event will benefit local youth sports teams and participating non-profit organizations throughout North Indian River County. For more information, visit www.shrimpfestfl.com
Another community based event, The 51st Annual Grant Seafood Festival, is held March 4th & 5th, 2017. Featuring local seafood like homemade crab cakes, delicious fried shrimp and conch fritters, this event brings over 40,000 seafood lovers to the area with an unbelievable 100+ craft show vendors and round the clock music. For more information, visit www.grantseafoodfestival.com
In March, the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival is held to celebrate the first national wildlife refuge established in our country by President Theodore Roosevelt back in 1903. This very special day unites all the environmental groups in our area who promote the preservation and protection of our historical and natural resources. For more information, visit www.firstrefuge.org
The annual Sebastian Lionfish Fest, held May 19-21, 2017, at Capt Hirams features a lionfish tournament, cook-off, educational experience, and live entertainment! The event is designed to raise awareness and protect our coastal ecosystems against this harmful, invasive species. For more information, visit www.sebastianlionfishfest.com
November is the soft tourism season in our area, and the Sebastian Clambake Festival serves up clams in a variety of ways, highlighting the working waterfront heritage of the Lagoon to our yearly visitors. This three day event also provides historical enactments, wacky raft races and delightful events for families. Held at Riverview Park, the Clambake Foundation gives thousands of dollars back to the community with their grant programs for capital improvement projects for not for profits. For more information, visit www.sebastianclambake.com
Concerts in the Park: The Concert Series, in its fourteenth year, is a series of eight out- door concerts held at Riverview Park, near the Indian River Lagoon, from January to May every year. Presented in partnership with the City of Sebastian, the Chamber and its business sponsors bring music and talent to the community and visitors, and promote the Chamber businesses with unique style. Sponsorships for the eight concerts are $1000, and businesses donate gift certificates, prizes and promotional items for the audience.
Chamber Golf Tournament: Each year in May Chamber business leaders gather for a great day of golf, networking with fellow business members and community leaders at the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course. Sponsorship packages are available to enhance your visibility at this event. Let us know if you are interested in participating in this event!
Media Auction: The annual Media Auction, the brainchild of one of our marketing specialists, provides members and attendees the opportunity to purchase media packages at a very reduced rate. Our media partners donate their products, newspaper ads, website, radio time, and other unique marketing products so that the businesses can stretch their advertising budgets, and try new and different ways to expand their market share!
Light Up Night: The whole business community opens its doors for the residents, and visitors, and holds a good old fashion customer appreciation evening. On the first Friday after Thanksgiving weekend we jump start the holiday season with a very popular Light Up Night, the businesses go all out with their decorations, and serve old fashion eggnog, cookies and other holiday goodies! Sidewalk sales, businesses partnering together help promote the Sebastian area, create ambiance, and promote the business community!