The St. Marks Stone Crab Festival has been an annual event since 1997. We know fall has arrived when our fishermen start hauling in the Stone Crabs. It is a celebration of the stone crab season opening in October. Originally started by Stan West and Dave Vailancourt, owners of the Riverside Cafe’, in recent years the event has grown into a community wide project with many local volunteers and sponsors.
Today the festival hosts thousands of visitors and provides a venue for local musicians and artisans. In addition to the great food and music, attractions include a parade, children’s activities, educational displays, and dozens of vendors. The main event is, of course, Stone Crab. Come and enjoy the day with us.
The St. Marks Stone Crab Festival, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) operated by a group of volunteers. Proceeds from the festival are given as charitable donations to organizations in St. Marks and the surrounding area.
First settled in 1527, St. Marks is a historic little city at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, it is located just 20 miles south of Tallahassee. Today, the San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park and the Tallahasse – St. Marks bike trail, located on the historic St. Marks Railroad are permanent reminders of the colorful and eventful past that this community is preserving.
The St. Marks River opens into the Apalachee Bay, thus this sleepy village has a robust fishing and stone crab industry. Marinas and fine restaurants along with many eco-friendly guides can be found in the City of St. Marks. Two city parks, one on the St. Marks River and one on the Wakulla River, are convenient for boaters, canoeists, kayakers and families to enjoy.