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