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Fall for Fun at the Annual Stone Crab Festival

Stone Crab Festival

Fall for fun on Florida’s Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Celebrate at one of the many events and festivals taking place, or take advantage of special deals offered by hotels and attractions.

Looking for an entertaining weekend full of seafood and fun? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on this year’s annual Stone Crab Festival, set for October 24, 25 and 26 at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront. Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, the Stone Crab Festival will offer plenty of fresh stone crab claws, music, events, art and a ton of fun activities for the whole family!

Kick It Off

The festival officially starts out with a kick off celebration at Pincher’s Crab Shack from 4-10pm on Friday, October 24. There will be live entertainment, stone crab and drink specials, and a 6pm kick off and ceremonial cracking of the first stone crab claws. Be sure to grab your Paradise Coast hotel reservations early and get a good night’s sleep because the main events continue for the rest of the weekend.

See the Sights

Spend your weekend seeing the sights of Naples while enjoying your belly full of seafood. Take advantage of the great $20 tours available at Port O’Call Marina and tour the Naples Bay on the luxury yacht Naples Princess.  If you’re looking to stay on land, check out the beautiful Historic Palm Cottage near the Naples Pier, the oldest home in Naples and take a docent-guided tour. Here you can explore the culture and history of the home and of the community surrounding it. You don’t have to wander too far to have some fun, however. There will be 30 restaurant and vendor booths, kids activities and music down at Bayfront Inn. This Paradise Coast waterfront hotel can easily be your main hub for your Naples vacation with night stay specials, kayak and boat rentals, and easy access to the festival activities.

Enjoy the Food

With so many restaurants participating in the festival it’s going to be seafood heaven! Head down to Tin City for their Block Party featuring live music, stone crab specials, kids events, and stone crab boats. Kelly’s Fish House and Pinchers Crab Shack will also be offering delicious fresh stone crab dinners. And though it’s not one of the main festival locations, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar is another amazing seafood restaurant to indulge in on your Naples vacation. Bring in your Florida fishing license during October and see what dishes they’re offering a discount on for National Seafood Month!

Love Your Stay

Enjoy your Naples vacation in true Paradise Coast style in one of our beautiful hotels.  Take advantage of the Bayfront Inn’s special nightly rate of $99.20 and put yourself right in the center of the festival for the weekend. Naples Bay Resort & Marina is just a five minute walk from the festival location. If you want to combine consumption of stone crab claws at the festival with a remarkable fine dining experience, make a reservation to experience the spectacular cuisine offered at Mereday’s Fine Dining at the resort. Also nearby is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites with a discounted room rate of $89 per night. Book your Paradise Coast hotel here.

Join us this year at the Stone Crab Festival in Naples for a weekend of stone crabs, family-friendly fun and live music. Use the festival as your chance to explore the beauty of Naples by water and on land. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit local non-profits such as Freedom Waters Foundation. To see a list of all of the festival events click 


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