In just two more days, it’s time for a weekend of seafood, music and friends – plus a few beers – at the 48th Original Marathon Seafood Festival, set to pack the Marathon Community Park with locals and visitors alike this Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteers and sponsors, along with those who prepare the time-tested recipes with the bounty from the sea, are the lifeblood of the festival each year. And just as important as the food on the plates is the “recipe” perfected by the Marathon Chamber of Commerce and Organized Fishermen of Florida for nearly half a century: ice-cold drinks, some of the best live music from South Florida to Key West, a plethora of vendors as diverse as they are talented, and a chance to celebrate our community with an event that puts Marathon on the map for travelers far and wide.

As always, visitors should eat, drink and be merry guilt-free – it’s all for a good cause, as proceeds from the festival go to fund education programs and scholarships given to MHS seniors by the Chamber and O.F.F.

So pull up a chair, drink up, chow down. We can’t wait to see you at the festival.



Saturday, March 9
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 10
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

@ Marathon Community Park

$5 admission. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Admission is free on Sunday for those who present a military ID.

Stanley Switlik Elementary, 3400 Overseas Hwy. and neighboring lots wherever you can find it!

Handicapped parking available inside the park. Free parking is also available at the old Kmart parking lot at 5561 Overseas Hwy., with transportation to the festival provided by Island Trolley Tours. $5 per person buys an all-day pass on the trolley.

photography florida keys photographer


Florida lobster · stone crab · mahi-mahi · oysters · shrimp · conch fritters · crab cakes · smoked fish dip · conch salad · lobster cakes · burgers · hot dogs · sausages


Saturday: John Bartus & Adrienne Z, 11 a.m. · The Lady A Blues Band, 1 p.m. · I-Land Vibe, 3 p.m. · The Marshall Morlock Band, 5 p.m. · The Red Elvises, 7 p.m.

Sunday: Brian Roberts, 11 a.m. · AJ & Southern Stampede, 1 p.m.  · Havoc 305, 3 p.m.

201106-N-KM072-009 (KEY WEST, Fla.) An F-5N Tiger-II from Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111 “Sun Downers” takes off from Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field during the last day of training before the potential bad weather resulting from Eta. Naval Air Station Key West is the state-of-the-art facility for combat fighter aircraft of all military services, provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels, and is the premier training center for surface and subsurface military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Danette Baso Silvers)


Saturday patrons at the Fest will get an extra treat, as two U.S. Navy F-5N Tiger II jets from Fighter Squadron Composite VFC-111, known as the “Sun Downers,” are to perform a flyover at 1 p.m. VFC-111 is the Navy’s premier adversary squadron based at Naval Air Station Key West on Boca Chica Key.


Around the time of the Sun Downers’ flyover on Saturday, festival organizers will pay tribute to Bennett Orr, local legend and one of the driving forces behind the inception of the Original Marathon Seafood Festival. Learn more about Orr and his impact on Marathon, in the words of those who knew him best, in this year’s official Seafood Festival guide.


Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.