9 Fall Gulf Coast Seafood Festivals


Throw in fresh local seafood, artists, live music and a body of water, and you have got a Gulf Coast Seafood Festival.

The Gulf Coast seafood is in high demand, and produces 70 percent of the nation’s oysters and 69 percent of shrimp, and is a leading producer of hard and soft-shell blue crabs.

Seafood Claims to Fame:

Alabama - has more than 60 species of the existing 1,200 Blue Crab species. It is the Number #1 processor of oysters in the nation. It is known as the red snapper capital of the world.

Florida – In the U.S., fishermen catch more than 85 percent of the pompano, Spanish mackerel, grouper, stone crab, spiny lobsters, pink shrimp and mullet are caught here.

Louisiana - Boasts of Westwego’s “Gumbo” Capital of the World while Chackbay is known as the “Gumbo Capital of Louisiana.” It is the Number #1 producer of crawfish, alligator, oysters and shrimp.

Mississippi - Biloxi, Mississippi is known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” It is one of the top 3 oyster producers in the nation. The seafood industry shaped the history and culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast by attracting Cajuns, Vietnamese and Slovenians to the area.

Texas – is one of the top producers of ‘quality, wild shrimp’ in the U.S. The sleepy little fishing village of Palacios, home to a fleet of over 200 commercial shrimp boats, is designated as the Shrimp Capital of Texas.

Following are seafood festivals on the Gulf Coast covering five states with dishes from raw oysters to baked, fried and broiled fish, shrimp and crabs. Visit your local one and enjoy other seafood lovers.



G 7 ShrimpGulf Shores – October 8 – 11

Annual National Shrimp Festival at Main Beach with more than 80 hours of musical entertainment and 50 local and regional vendors. Activities this year include: "Outdoor World" and "Singing for Scholarships". Families can enter the annual sand sculpture contest on Saturday.  Kids can take part in a myriad of activities in the newly relocated Children's Activity Village, including face-painting, karaoke and much more. Runner and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races. Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose. Car lovers will have a chance to preview many of the new Chevrolet models that will be on display. 251-968-6091.


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G 14 ScallopFLORIDA

Port St. Joe – October 2 – 3

Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival - Sample scallops cooked in many ways, enjoy a variety of great southern foods, lots of live music, arts and crafts, a car show, and a kid’s zone at George Core Park. Award-winning musician Phil Vassar will be performing. 850-227-1223.


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G 15 SeafoodDestin – October 2 – 4

Destin Seafood Festival - Enjoy fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more at Destin Harbor. Free admission – 850-428-7783.


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Slidell – October 3

Mayor Freddy Drennan's Annual Wild Game-Seafood-Barbecue Cook-Off from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Fritchie Park with great food, live and silent auctions, raffle, kid zone and live music byWitness– 985-707-3102 and 985-646-4332.


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G 37 IberiaNew Iberia – October 9 -11

World Championship Gumbo Cook-off with more than 100 teams of gumbo pros competing…all prepared fresh on the spot in downtown New Iberia – 337-364-1836.


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G 38 GumboChackbay – October 9 – 11

Louisiana Gumbo Festival in the “Gumbo Capital of Louisiana” with mucho gumbo and a Gumbo 5K – 985-633-2828.


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G 39 BridgeWestwego – October 9 – 11

Bridge City Gumbo Festival – Bridge City boasts the title as the “Gumbo Capital of the World.” Lots of gumbo at the cook-off, a Miss Creole Gumbo pageant and more. 504-319-1333.


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G 49 SeafoodPass Christian – October 2 – 4

Holy Family Seafood Festival - Enjoy Gulf Coast food such as gumbo, boiled shrimp, fried seafood, Po-boys, crafts, live entertainment, 5K/1-mile fun run and more at 140 East Beach Drive. 228-324-5513.


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tcw 6 yagasSeptember 25 – 27

Wild Texas Galveston Island Shrimp Festival in downtown Strand District - Fun starts on Friday with shrimp, music and friends. There will be Gumbo Tasting, Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Gumbo Tasting and more – no phone number given.

Email is:  mmiller @ yagaspresents.com.