Fiddler Crab Festival: Steinhatchee’s Event of the Year

While Steinhatchee, FL is most famous for the incredible scalloping and fishing its waterways provide, it’s biggest event of the year may be the next best thing the quaint gulf coast town has to offer! In just a few months we will be celebrating Steinhatchee’s 12th Annal Fiddler Crab Festival and cannot wait to see what this year brings. If you haven’t heard of the festival or maybe just haven’t made it to town for this one of a kind experience, we encourage you to read ahead and learn a little more about why the Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival should be on your list of must attend events this February!Fiddler Crab Festival LogoWhat is Fiddler Crab Festival?

The Fiddler Crab Festival is an event held each year in Steinhatchee, Florida by the Chamber of Commerce that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the Southeast. The festival leaves nobody (or activity) out. With a fishing tournament, live entertainment, a car, boat and outdoor show, fun run, hundreds of vendors and a chili cook-off, and more you definitely won’t be bored. Bigger and better than ever, this year is sure to have some fun surprises up its sleeve as well. For a complete list of festival activities click here.

Where the festival gets its name.

Have you seen the Fiddler Fest Logo? If so, then you should know that giant claw is not an exaggeration. Fiddler Crabs are tiny little guys with one giant claw that forces them to walk sideways. You may be asking how that fits into the festival? Well bring your own or use one provided by the festival, but the highlight of the weekend is the fiddler crab race. The crabs run through metal troughs in groups of ten with crowds cheering to see who makes it to the finish line first. We look forward to this family friendly activity each year!

What to know before you arrive.

Besides bringing your own fiddler crab, there are a few things to know before you arrive! The 2020 festival will be held February 14th through the 16th. It may seem as if you have plenty of time to book, but the time to reserve your RV spot or cabin for rental is now! The closer to date it gets, the less likely you are to find the perfect spot in Steinhatchee. While some people only make the journey for the day, we recommend giving yourself the whole weekend to take advantage of all the festival has to offer.

Fiddle Fest is one of our favorite weekends of the year here at Steinahtchee River Club! With this year’s festivities landing over Valentines Day weekend, we’re offering a special valentine treat to all people who mention “Valentines Day” when they book. In addition to a special treat in your cabin upon check-in, anyone who stays with us for the weekend will receive half off boat rentals for the weekend, ensuring you have a fun filled weekend on and off the water at this year’s Fiddler Fest in Steinahtchee. We look forward to seeing you in February for one of the best weekends of the year!


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