The Fiddler Crab Festival is held annually on President’s Day weekend.  The dates for 2018 are February 16-18. Festival activities include food, arts and crafts, entertainment, cook-offs, fiddler crab races, a parade, boat and car show,  and more!

This year, we are celebrating our 10th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival!!!  To celebrate, we are raffling a cruise to Cozumel, including $500 toward cruise expenses or port activities! 

  •  Five (5) Night cruise aboard Carnival Paradise from Tampa (Monday-Saturday) for two (2) passengers in an Ocean View Stateroom.  Ports of call to include Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.
  • Value of cruise is $2000.00+ to include cruise, port charges, taxes and an onboard ship credit.
  • At least one (1) passenger must be twenty-five (25) years or older.
  • Valid passports are required for this itinerary.
  • Cruise is transferable and must be redeemed and completed by 18 FEB 2019.
  • Cruise certificate may not be redeemed for cash.

Program Guide

The program guide can be downloaded in pdf format.  It’s a great tool to plan your days and save some steps,  although, wandering is highly encouraged!

Boat & Outdoor Show

NEW THIS YEAR!  A 2-day boat & outdoor show has been added to the Fiddler Crab Festival!  Boats will be on display Saturday and Sunday.  Vendors include:

  • Bass Pro
  • Poor Boys Performance Air Boats
  • Big Bend Marine
  • Jacks Boats
  • McDuffie Marine
  • Baytoon Boats

 Car Show Added!

Just fill out the car show entry Entry Form and get it back to us!  There is NO entry fee and TROPHIES will be awarded!



Boat Tours

Always refreshing and never a disappointment, our Steinhatchee River awaits!  The River Haven Marina is offering River Tours on Saturday, February 17th! Tours will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue every hour, with the last boat leaving the dock at 3:00 p.m. Tours last 45 minutes. Tickets will be on sale in the ship store at River Haven Marina and the cost is $10/person. Children 12 and under are $5.00 each. There will be a signup sheet so come early to pick your preferred time.  You will be given a ticket with the tour time.  River Haven Marina suggests you arrive about 15 minutes ahead of departure time – they have plenty of seating and even a beverage bar on their back porch.  The marina is located directly across the street from all the festivities, including evening entertainment. Don’t forget the camera!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Poker Run 

Have you signed up for the poker run?  If not, get in on the action now! It is a family-friendly event.

Parade Information:

Want to be in Saturday’s PARADE?
————– It is FREE to participate!—————
Beads for tossing available morning of parade $5/4 doz *limited quantities
Parade Line-up 9:30 AM parade begins @ 10:30  See all the information in the parade flyer, and then head on over to the entry form (below)!

Fiddler Crab Festival Fishing Tournament

Get paid to fish?  Yes!  Check out the CASH PRIZES that are being offered!  Complete information and rules below.

Fiddler Crab Race

Saturday, February 16

11:00 Tickets go on sales ($5.00)
11:30 First race
2:00 Final Heat
2:30 Winners announced


Information:  The Festival will supply the crabs and the contestant gets to choose a crab to race.  The race is open to kids and adults!  There are 10 races and the winner of each race gets to race again in the final heat.  The first-place winner receives $100 plus a trophy.  2nd & 3rd place winners will receive a trophy.

T-Shirts Available!

10th Annual Fiddler Crab T-Shirts will be available at River Haven, Sea Hag, Good Times, and Anchor Trust Realty.  Also available at the Chamber office (Wed & Thurs) for sales as well.  Chamber office will also be open starting Monday, Feb 12, 9-5 daily thru festival.

Swamp Water Cookoff

Think you have the best?  We’ll be the judge of that!  Hurry and claim your spot – beat the competition to the “good” tables!  Be sure to read the rules and claim your BRAGGING RIGHTS for the year!

Swamp Water Rules & Application 2018

Entertainment Information:

Entertainment starts at 6 pm and runs thru 11 both nights.  (Suwannee River Jam auditions begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.)  No cooler or drinks brought in from outside – Bud beer and wine for sale on site.  Bring chairs and blankets, there will be a bonfire both nights for warmth.

We have a full house for the Jam audition, which will be fantastic for Saturday afternoon at the stage – 8 solo singers and 5 bands!   The entertainment line-up for this year will be great both nights.  One of the audition bands (Southern Burn) will stay and play Saturday night.  This band has been a big hit everywhere!

JUST ADDED! Ben Carter will be doing an acoustic set to open the stage on Saturday night.  5 audition bands, Ben Carter and 2 strong bands closing out – the stage will be rocking Saturday!!

Entertainment Schedule:

    • Friday: Jamey King, Terry Cole Band
    • Saturday:  Suwannee River Jam Auditions
    • Saturday Evening:  Winner of Suwannee River Jam announced, Ben Carter, Southern Burn, Soulshine