Riverfest Seafood Festival

November 18-19, 2017

Ormond Beach’s biggest and best free festival will return to Rockefeller Gardens on November 18 & 19, 2017.  Make plans to join us!

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Local seafood leads the way at this year’s Riverfest Seafood Festival in Ormond Beach. The 9th annual festival sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet will have fifteen food purveyors serving up everything from fresh shrimp to grilled octopus and fried fish to lobster mac-n-cheese. Of course, there’s a healthy helping of draft beer, ice cream, local barbeque, fried oreos and kettle corn to keep every eater full and happy.

The festival is about much more than food, however. Held in Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park right along Ormond’s sparkling riverfront, the event features two days of water activities, a 5K race on Sunday, an extremely popular kid’s fishing clinic, chef demonstrations, a kids’ zone, vendors and, of course, great music.

This year the festival runs Saturday, November 18 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, November 19 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.

Saturday’s music headliners include R&B sensation Amy Alysia & the Soul Machine and local rockers Emperor Napolean & the Visions of Ecstasy, along with the award-winning 12 O’Clock Jazz Band from Spruce Creek High School. Jazz up your Sunday with Orlando’s Brown Bag Brass Band, then cool down in the afternoon with The Jam.

Head down by the bridge for kids’ crafts and games, mini-golf, a giant obstacle course and a face painter. In that same area you’ll find this year’s Kid Fish – sponsored by Fish Florida and Innovative Bookkeeping. We have 300 free fishing poles to give away to youngsters along with education stations and a fishing area. Once you’ve learned to fish, you can pick up a pole and tackle to take home and enjoy.

If Rockefeller Gardens is the home of food and music, Fortunato Park is all about boats and water fun. This year’s brand new boat and recreational “toys” display joins paddleboard and kayak demonstrations, and pontoon boat rides along the sand.

This year we’ve got pie! That’s right, there will be a Key Lime Pie Contest on Saturday afternoon as part of our Southern Stone Cooking Stage. (Click here for an application –17-11 Key Lime Pie Rules and Reg – final)

All day long on Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to watch (and taste) seafood cooking demos from local restaurateurs and chefs, but on Saturday afternoon the featured chef just might be you! Visit ormondriverfest.com for entry forms and details.

If you want to burn some calories, you can start your day early on Sunday by being a part of the festival’s Rubber Duckie River Run sponsored by the Southern Stone Event Group. The race starts at 9 AM. Registration for all racers starts at 8 AM. Awards ceremony is on the main stage at the Riverfest Seafood Festival at 10:30 AM. More information about registering for the race can be found at runsignup.com/rubberduck.


Festival Hours: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 10 am – 4pm

Rockefeller Gardens, 26 Riverside Dr. & Fortunato Park, 2 John Anderson Dr. Ormond Beach, FL

Event Schedule:


History Paddle 10 am from Fortunato Park

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

Key Lime Pie Contest: 3 pm

Robbins Camper Sales Music Stage:

  •                                     10 am – Are Friends Electric
  •                                     12 pm – Spruce Creek 12 0’Clock Jazz Band
  •                                     1:15 pm – Emperor Napoleon and the Visions of Ecstasy
  •                                     3 pm – Amy Alysia and the Soul Machine

Seaplane Landings by Super Petrel USA 11 am and 3 pm

Kids Fishing Clinic: 10 am – 4 pm  Free fishing poles for kids 12 and under (while supplies last)

            Sponsored by Fish Florida, Innovative Bookkeeping & Hulls Seafood



Rubber Duckie 5K River Run – 9 am (Awards Ceremony 10:30 am)

History Paddle 10 am from Fortunato Park

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

Robbins Camper Sales Music Stage:

  •                                     12 pm – Brown Bag Brass Band
  •                                     2 pm – Spiceman, featuring Sweet Energy

Seaplane Landings by Super Petrel USA 11 am and 3 pm

Kids Fishing Clinic: 11 am – 3 pm Free fishing poles for kids 12 and under (while supplies last)

            Sponsored by Fish Florida, Innovative Bookkeeping & Hull’s Seafood




Boat rides, kayaks & paddleboards

Boat & power toys display

Craft for Kids

Bouncy House

Rock Climbing Wall

Face Painter

Early Learning Coalition Play Area


Check our Facebook event page for updated schedules of music, events and chef demos.

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

Application and rules can be downloaded here: 2017 Riverfest App & Rules

Check out our Facebook Page here!

Click here to pay your vendor fees on line in our webstore.

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.

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RIVERFEST SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED IN PART BY – Adams, Cameron & Co, City of Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Early Learning Coalition, Fish Florida, Florida Fish & Wildlife, Gaslamp Shoppes, Granada Plaza, Halifax Insurance Partners, Highlander Corporation, Hometown News, Innovative Bookkeeping, Money Pages, Ritchey Cadillac, Ritchey Buick-GMC, Robbins Camper Sales, Ormond Beach Observer, S.R. Perrott, Southern Stone Media Group, Vystar Credit Union, WSBB & Waste Pro