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Crystal River: The Manatees Are Waiting

The 37th annual Florida Manatee Festival, which attracts more than 20,000 people each year, will take place from 9 a.m. to  p.m., March 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 28, in downtown Crystal River. The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate with food, music, entertainment and fun for residents and visitors.


There will be continuous, free bus tours to Three Sisters Springs at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Northeast Fifth Street, allowing visitors to see manatees in their natural settings. For a small fee, manatee boat tours are available from the city pier at the end of Northeast. Third Street to Kings Bay and other manatee hangouts.


Live entertainment fills three stages as a backdrop for fine arts and craft artisans. A beer and wine garden and two food courts serve a wide menu of fresh seafood, local BBQ and more. People should not attend if they are vulnerable or feeling ill. All attendees must practice social distancing, wash hands regularly, use the on-site sanitation stations and wear a mask.


Location: 915 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River. For more information, call 352-795-3149 or visit