Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
The Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop!
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Participants are treated to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, savory seafood samplings sold by some of Mount Pleasant’s best restaurants, live music, a craft show, Shag and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Admission and activities are free! Please remember to practice social distancing, wear your masks when interacting with vendors and others not in your immediate family/group, and stay home to enjoy some of the live streaming that will be offered if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to/tested positive for Covid-19. The event will look slightly different this year but will still offer a wonderful time to get out and enjoy your community and one of the most beautiful settings in the Lowcountry!
FREE Parking & Shuttles
Parking is limited at Memorial Waterfront Park. Free shuttle buses run continually from 11 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Riders are welcome to bring chairs and festival gear on the buses! The last buses leave the park at 5:00 p.m.
Bus 1, 2 & 3 (one wheelchair accessible bus):
- East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building, 851 Leonard Fulghum Blvd
Bus 4 & 5 (one wheelchair accessible bus):
- Town Hall, 100 Ann Edwards Lane (Bus will stop in front of Town Hall near the CARTA Route 40 stop…ride CARTA & skip driving entirely!)
Bus 6 & 7 (one wheelchair accessible bus):
- Cheryll Woods-Flowers Soccer Complex, 85 Patriots Point Road
- The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department wheelchair-accessible bus will stop here.
- This offsite parking location is a short walk to the park if you prefer not to wait for the bus!
Continuing the tradition begun by the Magwood family who started the festival in 1988, every year the net proceeds from the festival have been given to local nonprofit organizations who partner with the Town on volunteer recruitment and management for the event. Local 501(c)(3) organizations interesting in applying to partner with the Town may submit an application in December 2021 for the 2022 festival. This year’s beneficiaries are Carolina Children’s Charity and East Cooper Community Outreach.
Stroll through the Craft Show and enjoy a variety of hand-made arts and crafts. You’re sure to find plenty of unique Lowcountry creations that make great gifts for yourself or your loved ones!
This year’s craft vendors have been selected and the application is closed. If you are a crafter interested in participating in a future festival, please check back here in January for next year’s application.
Restaurants & Food Vendors
Enjoy delicious seafood and plenty of other festival favorite menu items offered by some of Mount Pleasant’s favorite restaurants and caterers! Be sure to come hungry and enjoy a variety of great food from our vendors.
Plenty of snack vendors also serve up such treats as kettle korn, funnel cakes, shaved ice, ice cream, fresh pork skins, and more!