Fall for Fun at the Annual Stone Crab Festival

For serious seafood lovers in Florida's Paradise Coast, fall means one thing: Stone crab claws! 

OCTOBER 26-28, 2018 - NAPLES

Fall for fun on Florida’s Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Celebrate stone crab season at the annual Stone Crab Festival and take advantage of special deals offered by hotels, attractions and restaurants.

Stone Crab Festival 

Looking for an entertaining weekend full of seafood and fun? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the annual Stone Crab Festival, which takes place at the end of October at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront, including Tin City, Bayfront, and Port of Naples Marina. Nine years running, the Stone Crab Festival offers music, events, art, kids activities, special prices on sightseeing cruises and all the stone crab claws you can eat!

Kick It Off

The festival officially kicks off with the ceremonial "Cracking of the Claw" celebration at Pincher’s restaurant. In addition to crab claws, there will be live entertainment and drink specials. Snag your hotel reservations early to ensure you're close to the action, since the main events continue for the rest of the weekend. Hotels within walking distance include Bayfront Inn on 5th, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hyatt HouseNaples Bay Resort & Marina, Red Roof PLUS & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Lemon Tree Inn, the Inn on Fifth, Bellasera and Trianon Old Naples. Find a complete list of Paradise Coast hotels here.

See the Sights

Spend your weekend seeing the sights of Naples while enjoying as much fresh seafood as you can eat. Take advantage of special festival rates for the boat tours at Pure Florida, located at Tin City. Sightsee on Naples Bay and the Gulf aboard the Double Sunshine, or zip through the bay on the thrilling Jet Boat Odin. You’ll also find special rates on cruises aboard the Naples Princess yacht at Port of Naples Marina.

If you’re looking for a tour on land, take a docent-guided tour of Historic Palm Cottage, the oldest home in Naples. Here, you can explore the history and culture of both the home and the surrounding community. You don’t have to wander too far to find fun; there are plenty of vendor booths, restaurants, live music and kids' activities nearby at the festival's Bayfront location.

Sea Food, Eat Food

With so many restaurants participating in the festival, Naples will be a sea-foodie's paradise. Head down to Tin City for their Block Party, featuring live music, stone crab claws, BBQ and more. You can dine in at Pinchers or Riverwalk at Tin City all day and evening. Kelly’s Fish House at Port of Naples Marina will serve stone crab dinners, but don't miss their key lime pie. There will be more than 20 restaurant booths serving all kinds of tasty treats at the Bayfront location. Some great dine-in Bayfront spots where you can enjoy cool beverages and snacks include Bambu Tropical Bar & Grille at Bayfront Inn on 5th, Tavern on the Bay and Shane’s Cabana Bar.

Love Your Stay

Enjoy your Naples vacation in true Paradise Coast style at one of our beautiful hotels. Take advantage of the Bayfront Inn’s location and put yourself right in the center of the Stone Crab Festival action. Call early for reservations, and inquire about special festival rates. Naples Bay Resort & Marina is just a five minute walk from the festival location. Also nearby is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Just to the west on Fifth Avenue is the upscale Inn on Fifth. Other nearby hotels include Trianon Old Naples, Lemon Tree Inn, Bellasera Resort, and Red Roof PLUS & Suites.. Book your Paradise Coast hotel here, or check the many special offers at hotels, attractions, restaurants and more at our deals section here.