The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is the annual celebration of the region’s diverse bounty – the seafood, the maritime and cultural traditions and the breathtaking coastal environment. The Festival’s featured crustacean, the Dungeness Crab, was named after the village of Dungeness, near Port Angeles, Washington. The Festival is located at the Port Angeles City Pier and the Red Lion Hotel overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with Victoria, British Columbia just a ferry ride away.
Join us in Port Angeles, Washington, Rain or Shine (we’re mostly under cover)!
Don’t miss the highlight of the Festival, the famous Crab Dinner in the Crab Central Tent. This regional tradition is offered all three days.
The Community Crab Dinner on Friday offers a reduced price all day, for the same delicious full crab dinner that has made the Festival famous.
This is as fresh as it gets!
No reservations required.
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Olympic Coast Cuisine
The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival has introduced Olympic Coast Cuisine. Embracing the beauty and bounty of the area surrounding Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast Cuisine has been developing over the past several years with the infusion of very talented and experienced regional chefs and is celebrated all year round thanks to the Olympic Culinary Loop. The chefs use the seafood, cultural and local resources of the Olympic Peninsula in their preparation and presentation of exciting new foods and rediscovered regional classics. The Festival brings this unique concept to the public and provides local producers the opportunity to present Olympic Peninsula products to a broader consumer base.
The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival helps visitors learn about the natural environment of the Olympic Peninsula and specifically about current issues in Clallam County. The Festival partners with local environmental educational organizations to provide educational activities designed to create a better understanding of the natural resources and issues facing the Olympic Peninsula.
CrabFest and the Community
Our mission is simple. We want to provide a venue for both locals and visitors to experience the best of the Northwest! Not only do we provide the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of seafood, local beers and wines, and entertainment, we have food demonstrations from both local and world-renowned chefs. We have an educational component with nonprofit organizations such as the Feiro Marine Life Center which is located on the pier. And let’s not forget FUN! The Crab Derby is fun for all!
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is a Washington State nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving, protecting and sharing the traditions and cultures of the Olympic Peninsula through a wide range of educational programs, festivals, and special events.
The Festival partners with and supports many organizations in the community, Some of the groups we have supported include: Feiro Marine Life Center, North Olympic Land Trust, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Peninsula College Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Peninsula College Soccer, Sequim Irrigation Festival, North Olympic Skills Center, Puget Sound Anglers, Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club, Washington Hospitality Association, First Step Family Support Center, Leo Bourget/Don DeFrang Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the Port Angeles Food Bank, Captain Joseph House Foundation, Sequim Lions Club, Port Angeles Food Bank, WALA Washington Assoc. for Learning Alternatives, Center Valley Animal Rescue, and the Port Angeles Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC).
A portion of the proceeds of the Festival will be distributed to educate people about our local watersheds and habitats and toward other environmental issues that affect local aquaculture and agriculture.
Economic development and tourism organizations
The Crab Festival works closely with the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau.
Besides dollars generated for food, lodging, and other services, the festival contributes to the economic development of Clallam County by providing sales and development opportunities for the local community specializing in seafood, agricultural, and related artistic products, and provides support for the movement to teach people about consuming and utilizing local products.
Native American Community
The festival’s Native American program fosters appreciation for the heritage of the native peoples of the area and the many traditions that stem from the Northwest’s cultural diversity.
Vendors and Other Business Participants
From local restaurants and chefs to fishermen, artisans and lavender farmers, the festival helps build and sustain local businesses and cottage industries.
Support for Environmental & Ecological Organizations
Local organizations help visitors and locals learn about the ecology and natural history of the Olympic Peninsula. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will be distributed to watershed education in the Dungeness River and Bay habitats and toward other environmental issues that affect local aquaculture and agriculture.
Peninsula College Participation & Support
The Peninsula College Athletic Department continues to build on its relationship with Port Angeles’ largest festival organizer, the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival. In this year’s CrabFest, athletes representing the women’s basketball team will host the annual CrabFest 5K Fun Run set for a Saturday morning start at Hollywood Beach, the men’s basketball team will clean crab for the hundreds, or thousands, of crab captured in the Crab Derby and the soccer teams will come in each night to clean Crab Central. “A big part of our mission is to give back to the community and teach our athletes about community service,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “The Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is a first class organization. We enjoy working with them, it’s great visibility for our program and while many of our community activities are completely service based, this one is a bonus, because CrabFest provides a generous fundraising component.”
The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, a Washington State nonprofit corporation.