What do you get when you mix a concert with blue crabs, carnival rides, fireworks, community vendors and craft booths? The Palatka Blue Crab Festival of course! We packed up for a day of fun and adventure over the Memorial Day Weekend to checkout this historical community event located right on the St. Johns River. This is a three-day event that hosts all sorts of things including live music, fireworks and more.
We loaded up the family along with a small cooler of drinks. Before we left town, we stopped at Subway to we could “pre-eat” at the festival. It’s one of my general rules for food festivals to keep it frugal. It turns out those there is a Subway literally right in the middle of the festival, so next year we won’t need to pack ahead of time. We drove around downtown Palatka for quite a bit looking for parking, but eventually found a free spot. There where businesses and organizations that charged anywhere from $5 to $10 for private parking, but there are ample spots, just depending on how far you want to walk. We scarfed down our lunch in the car as we arrived around 1pm and slathered on the sun screen! In retrospect next year, we may either eat the local Subway or if we do a picnic lunch head over to Ravine Gardens State Park to enjoy some lunch at a picnic table before we go to the Palatka Blue Crab Festival. We would probably feel less rushed and would have had a great time at the gardens.
Being a new visitor to the Palatka Blue Crab Festival, we didn’t really know what to do or where to start, so we just sorta started walking torwards the riverfront. There was an entire streets cape filled with crag vendors and local artisans selling everything from marshmallow shooters to really cool outdoor furniture. There was a great mix of local and out-of-town talent peddling their wares. At about every street corner, there were food vendors selling all sorts of yummy smelling treats, drinks and more. The prices were reasonable for a street fair, and bottled drinks were being sold for around $2 all across the Palatka Blue Crab Festival. Not too bad, as many of these booths were fundraisers from everything from the Boys Scouts to local civic organizations.