Florida Manatee Festival 2016

The Florida Manatee Festival was recently honored for another year with the Chronicle’s Best of the Best Readers Choice Award for Local Events!  The Chamber appreciates all of the patrons who come out to support and enjoy this annual event that has been going on in downtown Crystal River for 28 years, along with all of the businesses, boat captains, craft artists, food vendors, performers and volunteers that allow us to put on such a great festival.

The Florida Manatee Festival is jointly produced by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and the Crystal River Rotary Club.  The 29th annual event will be held January 16 – 17, 2016.  

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  • Named the 2014 and 2015  "Best of the Best" Local Event Winner by the Citrus County Chronicle. 
  • This festival draws thousands of visitors annually to downtown Crystal River for island music, tasty treats and most notably--the manatees.  
  • In 2013, CNN Lonely Planet’s editors named snorkeling with the manatees of Crystal River as one of "ten ultimate adventures"