Lionfish festival

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Festival that will be held May 15 & 16, 2021!

Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open.

2021 Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Restaurant Week
May 10 - 14

Sample lionfish at one of Destin-Fort Walton Beach’s featured restaurants during the Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Restaurant Week! Local chefs will highlight lionfish in unique dishes to help bring awareness to the lionfish invasion in Florida waters.

2019 Final Results

Festival Attendees


Total Lionfish Removed


2019 Event Sponsors