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Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival: Sun, Seafood, and Music on the Space Coast

Cocoa Beach offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable Florida experience. Travelers to the Space Coast can watch rocket launches at the Kennedy Space Center, go on a deep sea fishing expedition, shop at the world's largest surf shop (Ron Jon Surf Shop), participate in one of the big community festivals, and more.


The Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival is one of the fastest up and coming events on the Space Coast. It’s entering its second year, and event planners expect over 25,000 attendees. The event is a haven for foodies and will feature over 40 food vendors serving a variety of seafood and non-seafood meals. Patrons will also get the opportunity to listen to live music on two stages by national and local acts. Don McLean, Dirty Heads with Ballyhoo, and The Original Wailers will be performing concerts on the main stage. An art and craft show will take place during the event, and will showcase wares from local and regional artisans. We got the chance to interview Giles Malone, a representative for the event, to talk about this unique fusion of seafood and music.


RAL: How long has the event been running?

GM: This marks the 2nd year of the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival, and we’ll be celebrating this year’s event February 24-26.  


RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?

GM: Between 25,000 and 30,000 attendees.


RAL: What is the typical demographic makeup of the event? Children? Families? Couples?

GM: The event is intended to attract people of all ages. Anyone with interest in music, seafood, or both, should come and check out the fest.


RAL: What makes this event unique?

GM: There will be at least 40 seafood and non-seafood food vendors right in the heart of Cocoa Beach. We have sunshine, great food, and beautiful surroundings.


RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.

GM: There will be music on two stages, including these major acts:

  • Friday, Feb 24: Don McLean

  • Saturday, Feb 25: Dirty Heads with Ballyhoo

  • Sunday, Feb 26: The Original Wailers


Plus, 12 local bands will be playing a wide variety of music. Activities at the festival will include a Pirate Bash with games for young and old, Live Shark Encounter Show, crab races, arts and crafts show, and a cornhole tournament.


RAL: What dining options will patrons encounter?

GM: The event will feature over 40 seafood vendors from Florida and across the country including Golden Gate Seafood, Union Jacks, What’s the Catch, Cousins Maine Lobster, Willy T’s Crab Shack, and more. Additional food vendors will be on hand, serving non-seafood meal options. If people get thirsty, the event will have a great selection of international beers and wines.


RAL: What is the overall environment like?

GM: It’s a beautiful beachfront location with white sand beaches, clear water, and excellent public facilities.


RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?

GM: There are several host hotels listed on the website.


RAL: What does this event mean to the community?

GM: The event is an annual meeting point for locals and a great opportunity to show off the community to visitors.


RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?

GM: Yes, the event produces a significant economic impact in the community. With over 25,000 people entering Cocoa Beach, a variety of businesses will see increased sales.


RAL: Does the event support a special cause in the community?

GM: Yes, a portion of the proceeds will go to helping veterans in the community.


RAL: Why should people come to your event?

GM: This is a true central Florida festival with great seafood and concerts.

For more information about the Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival, please visit their website.