Just around the reef, BugFest will feature a full week series of events centered around South Florida’s Spiny Lobster Mini Season that is held on July 29th and 30th. The event is called BugFest because divers commonly refer to Florida spiny lobsters as "bugs”.
BugFest-By-The-Sea, located in Lauderdale By The Sea, from July 24th –Auguest 1, 2015. BugFest-By-The-Sea will have contests for lobster hunters and workshops and seminars as well as social events for fun! This lobster event will be giving away $15,000 in cash, prizes and some dive gear. To register for the Bug Hunt is $20 and you may catch spiny lobsters off the coast of Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade Counties. Unlike in the Florida Keys, the bag limit daily for these lobsters are 12 lobster per person per day, so you have a better chance of winning! Some other events will be a Spiny Lobster Chef Competition, Underwater photo and video contest and a beach clean-up!
BugFest, now in its fourth year, has become one of the biggest dive events in the state of Florida. Whole lists of sponsors are dedicating their local businesses to help this year be one of the best yet! With reef-themed artwork and live music in the downtown district followed by many casual restaurants and hotels right on the beach, divers will feel at ease as the town celebrates its admiration for the amazing offshore sea life!
July 24- August 1, 2015