Venue & Parking

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival (formerly The Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival) will take place February 24 -26, 2017, at Alan Shepard Park, in the heart of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The beautiful 5-acre oceanfront park was named after Alan Shepard, who in 1961, became the first American in space. Shepard Park offers a terrific location, a beautiful beach, covered dining areas, shower facilities & a  spectacular view of space launches.


Just 1/4 mile west of the park, along State Road 520, is a large parking area, with free park and ride shuttle service, running frequently, to and from Shepard Park. Parking is $10 per car at that location and the Park and Ride Shuttle service is free for people parking in that parking lot. You will find this parking area next to Sunrise Diner located at 365 West Cocoa Beach Causeway, State route 520, Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931.

From the north:

Church of Our Savior, located at 5301 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931, has a large parking area, offering parking for $10, with a free Park and Ride Shuttle Service, running continuously, to and from Alan Shepard Park, where the seafood festival is located.

Craig Technologies , located at 8550 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920, has a large parking area, offering parking for $10 per car, with free park and ride shuttle service for people parking there.

Oh My, Seafood And Eat it!


Gregory Firestone’s Golden Gate seafood will present 150 feet of seafood choices including superbly prepared Crawfish, Crab legs, Alligator, Calamari, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Seafood Boil and more.

British Fish and Chips specialists, Union Jacks, will present fresh fish, fried to order, with chips, English style, to satisfy that hankering for the great British delicacy.

Richard Cockerel’s, What’s The Catch, seafood team will present KeyWest Grilled Grouper, Island Shrimp, Pan seared Ahi Tuna and more.

Cousins Maine Lobster seafood crew will offer Maine and Connecticut Lobster Roll,Cousins Lobster Tacos, Lobster Quesadilla, Maine Lobster Tail, Shrimp Tacos and Lobster Bisque.

Will Darby of Willy T’s Crab Shack loves cooking crab and will proudly offer his awesome Crab Cake Sandy, Crab Minis, Fried Shrimp Baskets, Fried Clams Baskets, Chilled Crab Salad 8.99 and his famous Broccoli slaw.Soft-Sell-Crab-Sandwich-From-The-Laughing-Cran-Catering-12-31-13-564x354

David French and his group called Hammerheads from Tampa will offer Seafood Jambalaya, Sautéed Scallops, Grouper Fingers, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, Fried Oysters and a awesome Seafood Platter.

Laughing Crab Catering from Maryland will offer it’s 24-Time Award Winning Crab Cakes and Chesapeake Bay Seafood including Shrimp Puppies, Lime Grilled Shrimp, Maryland Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches, Rockfish Baskets, Crab Cake Sliders, CrabWon Tons, Maryland Crab Soup and Crab Stuffed Hush Puppies with Chesapeake Curly Fries  of Fresh Cut Chips.

Like Mac and Cheese? Then you will love Molos Miami Grill’s Fried Lobster Mac and Cheese, Shrimp Bisque, Bang Bang Shrimp Bowls, Fresh Fish Empenadas, Blackened Jerk Fish Filet and their Old Bay Seasoned Fries


Many more seafood specialists are signing on to present this smorgasbord of seafood and some land lubbers specialties too.

There will also be an assortment of ice cold beers to enjoy including Red Stripe, Fosters, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel Shandys and Miller Lite.  Wine varietals and cocktails will also be readily available throughout the festival areas.

If you are hankering for a festival with lots of great seafood to choose from with some terrific local, national and international music, then the 2017 Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival is for you.

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Concerts, Live Sharks, Pirates, Buried Treasure, Arts & Crafts –
Fun For All Ages

There will be three stages with live entertainment at the festival.

The Space Coast Daily Stage will be located in the north end of the park and will feature the very best local, regional and national performers. This entertainment is only included with the Concert ticket on Friday and Saturday. This entertainment is included with the festival and/or concert ticket on Sunday.

The night-time concerts with Don McLean, Ballyhoo and Dirty Heads on the Space Coast Daily Stage require a CONCERT ticket for access. Concert tickets start at $25 and include festival access. The 3-day Concert pass is a great value to enjoy all three days of the festival and concerts. The concert venue will close at 5 pm on Saturday in preparation for the evening concert with Kash’d Out, Funkle Fester, Dirty Heads and Ballyhoo!  Concert tickets for this location will be an extra charge and will also include festival admission.

The Pirate Seafood Stage will be located in the center of Shepard Park just east of Seafood World. This stage will feature the very best local and regional entertainment as well as some special pirate performers.

This entertainment is included with festival admission of $10 (in advance) or $15 on the day of the event.

The Pirate’s Cove Beach Stage is located on the sandy beach and can be accessed through the beach access at the center of the park, just east of the festival main entrance. This stage will feature a wide variety of entertainment and fun for all ages.

This entertainment is included with festival admission of $10 (in advance) or $15 on the day of the event.



Friday. February 24: Gates open at 5 pm:

Live Shark Encounter Shows: located in large, blue pavilion tent, in south area of Alan Shepard Park: this is a free show with festival admission: 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm.
Space Coast Daily Stage: located in the north area of Alan Shepard Park:
Special Guests: 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Don McLean 7:30 pm

Pirate’s Seafood Stage: located in the central area of Alan Shepard Park:
Special Guests: 5:30 pm – 11 pm

Saturday, February 25: Gates open at 11 am:

Live Shark Encounter Shows: located in large, blue pavilion tent, in south area of Alan Shepard Park: this is a free show with festival admission:12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm.

Space Coast Daily Stage: located in northern area of Alan Shepard Park:
Special Guests 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Coastal Breed 2 pm – 5 pm
Concert venue closed until 5:30 pm for preparations for evening concert.
Kash’d Out  5:45  pm – 6:15 pm
Funkle Fester: 6: 30  pm – 7 pm
Ballyhoo! 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dirty Heads 9:15 pm

Pirate’s Seafood Stage: located in the central area of Alan Shepard Park:
Kimberly Yoakum in concert: 12 pm – 12:45 pm
Pidjin live in concert: 1 pm -5 pm

Pirate’s Cove Beach Stage:  Presented by the Brethren of the Space Coast pirate crew and located on the beach – accessed from central park area:
Kids & Adults come down on the beach and climb aboard the beautiful pirate ship – The Panama Pearl. Meet the mermaids, talk to a parrot and meet real pirates: 11 am – 8 pm.
Roving Pirate legends available for photo opportunities and fun: 11 am – 8 pm:
Meet RedLegs Greaves with Kosh the Parrot, Captain Jack Orlando, Panama Pearl the Sea Witch, Gary the MadHatter (Pirate Kedge), Outlaw Pirates Captain Cranky the Insulter and the captivating Rosalie the Red, co-captains of the Brethren of the Space Coast.
Enjoy a free sample of Code Rum – The Official Rum of the Cocoa Beach Seafood Festival – near the Pirate Stage & Brethren of the Space Coast booth.

Brethren of the Space Coast New Crew Member Inductions on the Pirate Stage: 1 pm.
Powder Monkey Treasure Hunt sponsored by Outlaw Pottery: 1:30 pm.
Costumed and Registered Pirates report for the Pirates Parade – south end of park.

Sunday, February 26: Gates open at 11 am:

Live Shark Encounter Shows: located in large blue pavilion tent in south area of Alan Shepard Park: this is a free show with festival admission: 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 5:30 pm.
Space Coast Daily Stage:
located in the north area of Alan Shepard Park:
Special Guests 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Original Wailers 3 pm
Special Guests 5 pm 

Pirate Seafood Stage: located in the central area of Alan Shepard Park:
Special Guests: 11:00 am – 6 pm


Located from the central park area to the south park area: open during all hours of the festival:

Stroll and browse through a wide variety of arts, crafts and marketplace vendors from around the world and take home that special memento from the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival.

PICK YOUR WINNER AT MISTER CRABS –  CRAB RACES: located in the central park area and taking place during all festival hours:

This interactive comedy show, features you, your family and friends and over 100 race crabs in a competition for the Hermit Cup.


Calling Scallywags and Pirates of all ages! Don your pirate garb and join the fun.
Are you a rogue pirate or a member of a pirate crew? Are you a landlubber who is a pirate at heart who has always wanted to party like a pirate amongst a group or swashbucklers?

Join the pirate crews of the Brethren of the Space Coast, Panama Pearl’s Pirate World,
Thee Privateers of Palm Coast, Thee Leviathan, Indian River Buccaneers, and many more as we parade through the festival with Panama Pearl’s Pirate Ship, Captain Daniel Red’s longboat, the Sultana, and Captain Cranky and Rosalie the Red’s Pirate Dune Buggy- The Firefly of the Brethren of the Space Coast pirate crew.

All pirate crews, rogue pirates, pirate families of all ages, and scalawags who are new to pirating are invited to dress in full pirate garb and participate in the Pirate Parade Party. Swashbuckling entertainment will be going on all day and night in the Pirate’s Cove on the beach. Stick your toes in the sand and hunt for buried treasure


The Official Pirate Party Bash will start after the parade in the Pirate’s Cove area on the beach. Enjoy free samples of Code Rum, the Official Rum of the festival. After the pirate parade, head to the Pirate Party at the Pirate Stage area and check out the pirate sword fighting demos, henna pirate tattoos, the enticing pirate belly dancers, Captain Cranky the Insultor, and more pirate entertainers.


If you are a pirate performer and would like to be considered to perform at the Pirate Party, visit to download, complete and email Rosalie the Red a Pirate Party Entertainer Application Form to


For those who would like to dress like a pirate and join the parade, you MUST visit or CLICK HERE to download a Pirate Parade Participant Registration Form to register in advance.


Wave to the hundreds of costumed Pirates, catch some beads and doubloons from pirate ships and the Brethren of the Space Coast’s Meyers Manx Pirate Dune Buggy as they parade along the length of the festival, from the south to the north: 3pm


don-mclean-580-2017-564x311Music artists set to appear include one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriter mega-star Don McLean on Friday evening, punk rap-reggae band Dirty Heads with special guests Ballyhoo on Saturday evening and reggae legends, The Original Wailers on Sunday afternoon. 

Don McLean, Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm, is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie,”  “Starry Starry Night,” “Castles in the Air,” “And I Love You So” and “Crying.”

Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

don-mclean-580-1-564x752His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.

  • Dirty Heads will perform along with special guests Ballyhoo! on Saturday, Feb. 25 during the Cocoa Beach Seafood Festival.

    Dirty Heads, Saturday, February 25 at 9:15 pm, championing peace and positivity, the punk-rap-reggae outfit summons the spirit of Sublime and their native Huntington Beach in groove-driven hits such as “Lay Me Down,” “Cabin by the Sea,” and “My Sweet Summer.”

  • After years spent chiseling their unique, multi-genre infused sound, Dirty Heads have finally come into their own. Since the release of their 2008 debut Any Port in a Storm, the five-piece band—Jared Watson (vocals), Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell (vocals/guitar), Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums) and David Foral (bass)—has consistently experimented with their sunny style, leaning heavily on reggae fused with hip-hop cornerstones and scaling back for more acoustic fare, darting between extremes. But it’s with their fifth and self-titled album that the group has felt fully confident in a body of work, ready to bring their unique style to the masses.
  • Saturday, February 26, 7:30 pm,  Ballyhoo will perform before Dirty Heads takes the Space Coast Daily stage at the Cocoa Beach Seafood Festival. A rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves, Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! are a fun, fan-loving powerhouse. These road dogs have tirelessly toured coast-to-coast taking their music to the people. Between the road and the studio, BALLYHOO! have crafted a sound distinctly their own; fresh, fun, and embodied by the soul of the party lifestyle. Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, has a reputation for mixing slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice. Drummer Donald Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats. Scott Vandrey layers in the finishing touches to the band’s signature sound on keys. The guys recently welcomed Nick Lucera as their new bass player.

    Ballyhoo!: Saturday, February 25, 7:30 pm. Blending rock, pop, punk, and reggae in the vein of 311 and Sublime, this quartet of Maryland Warped Tour vets is the aural equivalent of Bob Marley kick-flipping over a dozen flaming school buses.

    One of Orlando’s most popular reggae-rock bands, Kash’d Out will perform at 5:45 pm followed by one of Brevard’s most talented new groups, Funkle Fester, will jam at 6:30 pm before Ballyhoo! takes the stage.


The Original Wailers will perform a free concert with festival admission on Sunday, February 26. Bob Marley’s guitarist and Grammy nominated leader of The Original Wailers, Al Anderson, will perform along with his all-star band, all of the world famous reggae songs from the legend of reggae – Bob Marley.


The Original Wailers led by Grammy nominated, Al Anderson, will perform on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival

The Original Wailers led by Grammy nominated, Al Anderson, will perform on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 pm at the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival. The Original Wailers will perform all the world-famous Bob Marley and The Wailers hit songs which have sold over 100 million albums world-wide and continues to be the music that resonates good times world wide.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations. Call 1-855-985-5000 or CLICK HERE.  All central Florida Walgreens stores will have all Cocoa Beach Seafood Festival and concert tickets on sale starting January 12,2017.


Hotel Reservations – “Where do I stay?”

Florida’s Space Coast offers a wide range of hotel accommodations.

The Radisson Resort at Port Canaveral is a hotel close to Cocoa Beach. Local Ticket Outlets

The Radisson Resort at the Port is a hotel close to Cocoa Beach. Instructions for reservations:

  1. Online:
  2. Enter Dates
  3. Click  “more search options”
  4. Under Promotional Code enter the  group code: “SF16”
  5. Follow through with reservation

OR call the hotel reservationist direct at 321-868-6573 or the Radisson Central reservationists at 800-333-3333 and mention group name: Seafood Fest.
The cut-off date to make reservations in this block is 1/26/17.

international-palmsThe International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach is offering a room rate of $99 per room per night. Be sure to mention the SEAFOOD FESTIVAL to receive the correct room rate.
International Palms Resort & Conference Center – Cocoa Beach
1300 North Atlantic Avenue | Cocoa Beach | FL | 32931
Tel: 321.783.2271 | Direct: 321.392.1625 | Fax: 321.799.8569

Best Western Cocoa Beach will be $179.95, Days Inn Cocoa Beach will be $129.95. To make reservations call Jessica Garrett, Sales Manager at 321-783-7621 ex 2490

Local Ticket Outlets

Tickets on sale now at all TICKETMASTER locations OR CALL 1-855-985-5000.

Questions call the seafood festival at 1-855-386-3836 or 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or 321-302-6565

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