“The eighth annual ManateeFest at Manatee Lagoon not only broke records, but also strengthened bonds with the community. ManateeFest 2024 highlighted the outstanding collaborative efforts between Manatee Lagoon - An FPL Eco-Discovery Center and our community partners."

Sponsored by FPL SolarTogether, this year’s event was a resounding success, with unprecedented attendance and engagement. The free, family-friendly event on Saturday, Feb. 3, attracted nearly 10,000 visitors throughout the day. Guests of all ages enjoyed face painting, recycling relay races, insightful coastal chats, mini golf, mascot dance parties and more!

This year’s event exceeded expectations thanks to support from the Manatee Lagoon staff, the FPL Community Relations Team from across the state, dedicated volunteers from across FPL and Friends of Manatee Lagoon and community partners.

We are looking forward to ManateeFest 2025! Check back for more information as we approach next year’s event. Vendor and Exhibitor registration will open in September 2024.

“ManateeFest 2024 not only celebrated our beloved Florida manatees, but also highlighted our team’s dedication to the community,” said Zack Greenberg, manager of Manatee Lagoon. “Through events like these we are able to connect with the community and share our conservation initiatives and educational programs that are available to the public.”

Event Recognitions

ManateeFest has been recognized from The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) consecutively for the last four years! Notably, ManateeFest 2023 earned four SunSational Awards.

2020 WINNER logo
2021 WINNER logo - SunSational