The Annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival – Every October
On the banks of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in downtown Port Angeles, thousands of pounds of crab are caught and served up for this annual seafood festival, named as one of the most acclaimed seafood festivals in North America. Last year, attendees noshed on over 14,000 pounds of fresh Dungeness crab. You can also fill your plate with a variety of fresh-from-the-sea seafood options ranging from oysters and mussels to clam chowder and even geoduck sashimi, a hard to find delicacy.
“The Port Angeles Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is different from other Pacific Northwest crab and seafood festivals. All of the Dungeness crab for our event is caught by local fishermen in traditional fishing grounds on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness Bay, and at nearby Discovery Bay, home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe” says Scott Nagel, executive director of the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, “The crab is caught and served as fresh as possible.”
In addition to filling your belly with seafood, enjoy a host of events focused around culinary and cuisine, and family fun. Special guests include celebrity and other notable chefs who cook up Olympic Coast Cuisine using fresh, local ingredients every year.
The kids will dig the popular grab-a-crab tank derby where they can fish for their own crab – and keep it if they catch a tagged one! Live music, a chowder cook-off, a marine debris art exhibit, rowing demos, and a 5K run along the Port Angeles waterfront round out the long weekend of crab-inspired events.
To beat the crab-hungry crowds, plan on arriving on Thursday evening and dig in on Friday starting at noon. Not only will you have a bit more elbow room, but you will also save a little off hotel room rates and crab dinner tickets. Sunday is also a good day to attend with less people and a full day of culinary experiences happening from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M.
This is a free event. Crab dinners can be purchased at the festival or in advance. Pets are not allowed in the food tents, but welcome in the vendor area and around the rest of the festival.
And don’t worry, they never EVER run out of crab. Crabfest with us!