Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Event Details

The 31st 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!

#JustAsk where your seafood came from before you buy! Support local and wild caught to support your fishermen!

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Activities

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, Mount Pleasant Artists Guild art exhibition, Shag and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Admission and activities are free!

FREE Parking & Shuttles

Parking is limited at Memorial Waterfront Park. Free shuttle buses run continually from 11 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. A dedicated handicapped accessible bus will run continually throughout the event from East Cooper Medical Center to the park and a handicapped accessible shuttle van will run from the Cheryll Woods-Flowers Sports Complex at Patriots Point. Riders are welcome to bring chairs and festival gear on the bus! The last bus will leave the park at 5:15 p.m.

Bus 1 & 2:

  • East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building, 851 Leonard Fulghum Blvd.
  • James B. Edwards Elementary, 855 Von Kolnitz Road

Bus 3 (handicapped accessible):

  • East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building, 851 Leonard Fulghum Blvd.

Bus 4:

  • 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 5:

  • Farmers Market Pavilion/Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Boulevard (Simmons Street side)
Beneficiary

Continuing the tradition begun by the Magwood family who started the festival in 1988, every year the proceeds from the festival have been donated to local nonprofit organizations.  The 2017 beneficiaries were East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Charleston Port & Seafarers’ Society.  Other  past beneficiaries include such worthy causes as Camp Rise Above, Carolina Children’s Charity, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Community Outreach, Louie’s Kids, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation/SC Coastal Conservation Association.  Applications for 2018 will be available in December 2017.

Craft Show

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!

Restaurants & Food Vendors

Enjoy delicious seafood and plenty of other festival favorite menu items offered by some of Mount Pleasant’s favorite restaurants! Thanks to these fine restaurants for participating in 2017:

Plenty of snack vendors also serve up such treats as cold-tap coffee, Italian Ice, popsicles, kettle korn, funnel cakes, shaved ice and more!

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