3 Marco Island Events to Experience This Winter


Marco Island, Florida, has long been one of the hidden gems of the Sunshine State. You’ll be able to experience the sun and sand Florida is known for while avoiding large crowds of tourists. 

There’s something here for every interest, from incredible seafood to beautiful wildlife, stunning Marco Island beaches, and all the unique shopping you could ask for. One of the best things about Marco Island is the weather. It’s pleasant all year and perfect for outdoor activities.

Even in the winter, there’s plenty to see and do on Marco Island. Locals and visitors alike flock to the various Marco Island winter events every year, so if you’re planning a winter vacation, you simply can’t miss out! Here are three of our favorite Marco Island winter events near our monthly vacation rentals.

Mullet Festival

overhead view of the mullet festival on marco island

The Mullet Festival at Stan’s Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant is a staple on Marco Island each January. This family-friendly event promises a unique addition to your itinerary, full of festivities that your group will remember for years to come. You’ll truly get to experience the Old Florida feel at this festival full of eats and entertainment. 

The main attraction here is the delicious food, including fried and smoked mullet and tons of other fresh seafood varieties prepared by local vendors. There are also plenty of arts and crafts for you to remember your trip by, incredible live music from local artists, and the annual Buzzard Lope Dance Contest, ending with the crowning of the new Buzzard Lope Queen!

The entire festival celebrates the traditions established by Stan Gober, whose music was the inspiration for the festival. Bring the whole family out for this fun-filled weekend!

For 2020, the Mullet Festival will be held at Stan’s Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant, located at 221 West Goodland Drive in Goodland, Florida. Admission is free, and festivities will be held on Friday evening, January 24th, as well as all day Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26.

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals

This is a special exhibit that brings education and community to the shores of Marco Island, and 2020 will be the 25th season of the wall that heals in Marco Island. This breathtaking monument includes a 3/4 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as a mobile education center. Come witness the more than 58,000 names of Americans who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. 

The wall That Heals travels from community to community and is only in Marco Island for one weekend in February. The traveling trailer also transforms into a mobile education center with digital photo displays, an “in memory” plaque, a map of Vietnam, and more.

This exhibit is a great way to get the whole family involved in our country’s history and learn more about the sacrifices made by our fellow Americans. If you’re visiting Marco Island in February, this is one event that you simply cannot miss.

The wall That Heals will be in Marco Island from February 20th to February 23rd, 2020. It will be set up at 901 Park Avenue and will be open 24 hours a day.

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Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

To the best things about Marco Island are the mouth-watering seafood and the talented musicians, and the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival bring those elements together. Bring the whole family out for a weekend full of fresh seafood, craft beers and local wines, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, and so much more!

This three-day festival has enough to keep you occupied all weekend long, and it’s a budget-friendly option at just $10 for a single day ticket or $16 for two-day admission. Kids under age 12 get in free!

If you have your car on Marco Island, there is tons of free parking available on festival grounds. You can also choose to take the free bus transportation along Collier Boulevard.

Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival will be held March 20th through March 22nd, 2020, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. It will be held at Veterans Community Park, located at 901 Park Avenue. This is just a handful of fun events on Marco Island during the winter. Contact us today for more information on Marco Island vacation rentals while you’re in town!