35th Annual Manatee Festival 2022: Downtown Crystal River

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Crystal River Florida Manatee Festival Event

35th Annual Manatee Festival: Downtown Crystal River

Saturday & Sunday, January 15th & 16th

Join the family-friendly fun that’s happening in downtown Crystal River, Florida. Taking place the 3rd weekend of January, the festival features live music, great food and lots of vendors to explore and enjoy. Experience the true Nature Coast and take your family on a manatee kayak/boat tour or kick back and have a beer while the kids play in the “Kids Zone”. There is something for everybody at this Florida Festival, you do not want to miss this one.

What to expect at “One of Citrus County’s Best Outdoor Events”:

Entry: $5 per person, age 12 and under – FREE

Where: Downtown Crystal River, the intersection of Citrus Avenue and US HWY 19 from Heritage Village to Kings Bay Park. (Parking available at the Crystal River Mall with free Crystal River Florida Manatee Festival Live Music Bandshuttle busses)

Music: Main stage- Located at Kings Bay Park: Featuring: Center Lane on Saturday 10am-2pm.

Followed by headliner and nationally acclaimed Tom Petty cover band, Heavy Petty from 3pm to 5:30 pm

Barefoot Bob & The Hope on Sunday 10am-12:30pm.

Followed by headliner, Propaganjah, with some modern reggae for the remainder of the event.

Entertainment will also be available at Little Springs Park and Hippie Village at Heritage House on Citrus Avenue, including Mel & The Misfits, Palomino Blonde, the Grass Campers, Madi Carr, Magic Andy, and Reflections Dance Studio.

A full lineup is available on the Manatee Festival Website; https://www.gomanateefest.com/entertainment.htmlCrystal River Florida Manatee Festival

Food: Wide selection of food between 2 food courts; one located in Little Springs Park and the second will be near the main stage in Kings Bay Park. There are beer & wine gardens at both locations.

Vendors: Plethora of fine art, craft, commercial and non-profit vendors will be lined up downtown on both sides of Citrus Ave. It is highly encouraged to check out the surrounding businesses and experience the wonderful shops and eateries within the festival as well.Homosassa Florida Manatee Festival Face Paint

Kids Zone: Will include inflatables, face painting, carnival food & more. (Beer & Wine Garden nearby)

Extra: 1 hour guided kayak tours offered as well as manatee boat tours provided by participating local guides. A car show will also be taking place thanks to the Citrus County Vettes & Camaros Club, Nature Coast Mustangs and The Mopar’s. There is something for everyone at this family- friendly event.

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