Celebrating its 44th year, the Annual National Shrimp Festival, which draws over 250,000 people, is one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top rated events contributing over $46 million total economic impact. There are over 300 exhibitors offering everything from fine art, arts & crafts and aretail marketplace to the Children’s Activity Center where kids can let all their creative talents loose. We also can’t forget shrimp cooked every way possibleand 4 days of continuous music featuring major national recording acts as well as all the local favorites. Other activities include our sand sculpture contest, the 10k run/walk, and our Shrimp Festival Idol contest.
Shrimp is the star of this show, so it’s no surprise to find dozens of vendors serving our favorite crustacean in all kinds of yummy dishes. Sure, there are boiled and fried shrimp, but be sure to try some of the other inventive shrimp dishes for sale. Every year our chefs challenge each other to create the festival’s best dish, so be sure to try something new. Of course, there’s plenty of other seafood on the menu, from festival favorite crawfish pistols to crab claws and everything in between. Not a seafood fan? No problem, we’ve got you covered with tons of options. Just be sure to save room for dessert.
The Annual National Shrimp Festival year after year displays an array of Arts & Crafts, Fine Arts, Food, and Retail Marketplace vendors from all over the country. New this year is our Outdoor Village created to attract our male demographics.