Welcome to CrabFest – October 6 – 8, 2017!
CrabFest welcomes each and every one of you to one of the best seafood festivals in the country. CrabFest is the annual celebration of the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse bounty — the seafood, agriculture and aquaculture, maritime history, cultural traditions and the breathtaking coastal environment. Just a few miles from Dungeness Bay, this is the home of the Dungeness crab where we celebrate the region’s famed crustacean and Olympic Peninsula cuisine. Enjoy the abundance of the Olympic Peninsula, its communities, and all that the Festival has to offer!
We always begin the Festival with the blessing of the first peoples. Local officials and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe members will welcome the festival at 11:00am on Saturday at the Gateway Pavilion with the Elwha Klallam Drum Group, traditional stories and songs, sponsored by Elwha Food & Fuel.
The Price of Seafood
We do our very best to keep our festival-goers in mind and provide fresh, delicious crab dinners at a reasonable cost. Even with the rising cost of seafood, we have been able to avoid increasing the price of the crab dinners for many years.
We get our crab live and fresh, caught especially for the Festival and delivered throughout the weekend by High Tide Seafoods. This is the freshest crab you can find, right off the boat and cooked on-site. If you’ve never had truly fresh crab (not from the grocery store), then you’ve never really tasted crab like this!
We honor our active members and families of the armed forces with a special crab dinner price of $25 all weekend, and 10% off all merchandise at our information booths. Please show current active military ID to receive your discounts.
Take a Crab Home
Purchase fresh, cooked, cleaned, whole, chilled Dungeness crab – on the pier right next to the Grab-A-Crab Derby. And for our Canadian friends, yes, you may take cooked crab and other seafood into Canada. Pick up some CrabFest Seafood Sauce for a perfect meal!
Downtown and around
As you make your way through the Festival, remember downtown businesses, restaurants and The Landing Mall are all open for you! The Port Angeles Farmers Market, usually held at the Gateway Pavilion, will be open on Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Vern Burton Community Center parking lot just a few blocks away, at the corner of Peabody and Fourth Streets.
We need your help! Positions are available throughout the weekend. Contact CrabFest online in advance of the Festival, or inquire at one of the information booths during the Festival. Volunteers receive a volunteer t-shirt, and those working two or are rewarded with a free ½ crab dinner, and the thanks of the community.