Annual Florida Manatee Festival - January 18th
& 19th, 2014
Downtown Crystal River celebrates its most
cherished symbol, the Florida Manatee.
January 19 & 20 (Saturday & Sunday), 2013
Time: Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
and Sunday 9:00AM - 4:00PM.
Cost: Donation of $3.00 per
person, children 12 and under FREE.
two-day event will feature many interests including a
fine arts show with over 50 exhibitors and also 150 vendors will be on
hand. Free shuttle service will be
available for parking at the Crystal River Mall.
photography, sculptures, crafts and jewelry
are among some of the items on display and for sale. A wide variety of
wonderful food will be available at the festival's food court.
entertainment will be provided throughout the two-day
event. The annual Jimmy Buffet sound-alike contest will take place on
Saturday and has been a popular show in the past. Entertainment is
included with admission.
Sisters Springs will hold an Open House on Saturday,
January 19th from 9am to 4pm.
is an excellent opportunity to view the manatees in the wild from the
newly built boardwalk that surrounds Three Sisters Springs. There will
be a free shuttle service running from Kings Bay Plaza to the springs
back during the Open House.
will offer festival visitors the perfect opportunity to view manatees
in their natural environment. Enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful waters
of Kings Bay, the place hundreds of manatees call home during the
winter months. Boat tours will require an additional nominal fee.
and wine garden and will host a live band as well as big
screen televisions so you are sure to catch the weekend football games.
Wine will also be provided by a local winery.
activites will be provided on the grounds of the
Creative Playground, behind the Crystal River City Hall and is hosted
this year by Childhood Development Services. Great games, activities
and education information anxiously await to keep your children
(accompanied by an adult) entertained. There will aslo be a rock
climbing wall, bounce house, pony rides and much more.
of the wonderful manatee, made by local students, will
be on display in the Manatee Education area. Continuous movies will
also be shown in the Manatee Education area. There will be manatee
education information at manatee education booths designed to enhance
the awareness of the endangered manatees. Bring the entire family out
for an opportunity to take a Manatee Boat Tour on the beautiful Kings
Bay! You will get to experience one of our county's beautiful waterways
viewing the endangered manatee in its natural environment and learn
some interesting facts about these beautiful creatures.
and community sponsorship are needed. We are also
looking to add members to our committee. Please call Suzanne to find
out how you can become a partner in this great event. For more
information, call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at (352)
Manatee Festival Application
Manatee Videos and