Here’s some things to know, if you ever go to the Everglades City Seafood Festival. It’s FREE! You’ll pay $15.00 to $25.00 for a heaping plate of seafood, the carnival rides and parking are extra, but entry to the event is nada.
Friday night is “Family Night.” The crowd is tamer, the bands lean toward easier listening music, the visitors and vendors are friendly and not exhausted yet. Since it’s the first night of a three-day event the seafood has just arrived and it won’t get any fresher. There were no lines for food and plenty of seating area available to watch the bands on the big stage.
Thousands of motorcycles and a throng of rowdier attendees will pour into this tiny hamlet on Saturday and Sunday making parking scarce and tempers short. It will still be a boatload of fun, but definitely a different dynamic from when we were there.
Remember to take your own folding chair to watch the live music. Take seriously potent mosquito repellent. This is swamp country. No pets and no coolers are allowed. If you plan on staying more than one day, rooms are scarce and must be booked months in advance. It’s a great event in a remote location with fabulous people watching.