Ormond Beach’s biggest and best free festival returns to Rockefeller Gardens on November 19 and 20th, 2016. The 8th Annual Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival is a two-day community celebration of seafood, water sports, music and more! Whether you prefer active water play or just sitting back and enjoying the view with a plate of fresh seafood, Riverfest has something to love. Admission is free. There’s music all day long on the main stage, plenty to eat, draft beer and lots of vendors. This much anticipated event grows in size every year and drew more than 12,000 area residents and visitors in 2015.

This year the festival runs Saturday, November 19 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, November 20 from 10 am – 4 pm. Free admission and free parking make it easy to enjoy the great variety of planned activities in both riverfront parks. A free shuttle service from the City Hall parking lot makes parking even easier.

Rockefeller Gardens is dedicated to food and music. More than a dozen food vendors offer up seafood in all its forms, including local oysters, crab, shrimp and fresh fried fish along with hot dog vendors, scrumptious desserts and even a BBQ stand and other food for landlubbers.

Visit the Casement’s North Lawn to enjoy cooking demonstrations by local chefs. From 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday you can get tips on the best ways to serve our fresh local seafood. After each demonstration a drawing is held and four lucky spectators get to chow down on the scrumptious cuisine.

Follow the crowd under the bridge for kids’ activities for all ages – crafts, games and bouncy play are all available. Make and race a boat at our Rain Gutter Regatta.

In the area next to the fishing pier you’ll find this year’s Kid Fish area, sponsored by Fish Florida, Innovative Bookkeeping and PBG. We have 200 free fishing poles to give away to youngsters each day along with education stations and a fishing area. Once you’ve learned to fish, you can pick up a pole and tackle to get you launched on a lifetime of fishing.

You’ll find more water activities stretched along the sandy beach in Fortunato Park with kayaks, paddleboards and Sunday boat rides. Fortunato is also the spot for Sunday’s Rubber Duckie 5K River Run sponsored by Southern Stone Events. The race kicks off the festival’s second day and raises money for Ormond Beach Police Department programs. Register for the race at runsignup.com/rubberduckie

It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend, enjoying the great things a beautiful Florida beachside community has to offer.

For more information about the Festival or how to become a vendor or a sponsor, please contact Julia Truilo, Executive Director at julia@ormondmainstreet.com or 386/492-2938.

RIVERFEST SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED IN PART BY – Adams, Cameron & Co, Bright House Networks, City of Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Early Learning Coalition, Fields Auto Group, Fish Florida, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Frame of Mind, Gaslamp Shoppes, Highlander Corporation, Hometown News, Innovative Bookkeeping, Miller Lite, Mitchell-Noel Insurance, Professional Business Group, Ritchey Auto Cadillac-Buick-GMC, Robbins Camper Sales, Ormond Observer, S.R. Perrott, Southern Stone Media Group, VISIT FLORIDA, Vystar Credit Union, Waste Pro and We Are Yoga


Festival Hours: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 10 am – 4pm

Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Dr. Ormond Beach, FL 32176

Event Schedule:


Southern Stone Communications Cooking Demo Stage: 11 am – 4 pm

Robbins Camper Sales Music Stage:

10 am – 11:45 am        Daytona Beach Boys Revue
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm   Spruce Creek 12 O’Clock Jazz Band
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm       Doug Carn Jazz Trio
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm       Amy Alysia and the Soul Operation

Kids Fishing Clinic: 10 am – 4 pm

Sponsored by Fish Florida, Innovative Bookkeeping and PBG

Free fishing poles for kids 12 and under (while supplies last)


Rubber Duckie 5K River Run – 9 am, Duckling Dash – 8:45 am

Southern Stone Communications Cooking Demo Stage: 11 am – 3 pm

Robbins Camper Sales Music Stage:
10 am – 11:45 am        Daytona Beach Boys Revue
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm     Emperor Napoleon and Visions of Ecstasy
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm       Seabreeze High School Jazz Band
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm       Emperor Napoleon and Visions of Ecstasy

Kids Fishing Clinic: 11 am – 3 pm

Sponsored by Fish Florida, Innovative Bookkeeping and PBG

Free fishing poles for kids 12 and under (while supplies last)


Rain gutter Regatta and Boat Craft for Kids

Bouncy Houses

Face Painter

Pedal Powered Spin Art

Early Learning Coalition Play Area

To find Riverfest from the mainland, proceed east on State Road 40 over the Granada Boulevard Bridge in downtown Ormond Beach.   If you are coming from A1A, just turn west on Granada Boulevard and the festival will be easy to spot right before the bridge.  There is additional parking available at Ormond Beach City Hall and a free shuttle service running back and forth across the bridge all day. See our parking map below.Microsoft Word - parking map.docx

Application and rules can be downloaded here.