The City of Vermilion celebrates the Festival of the Fish Father's Day weekend, June 14 - June 16, 2019. Join in this celebration of the sea in downtown Vermilion with free, daily entertainment, kid’s games, food and marketplace, fireworks, and parades. Don't miss the lighted boat parade, pet parade, sand castle building contest, crazy craft race, Queens’s pageant, antique wooden boat parade and firefighters water fights.
On Friday young girls vie for the coveted title of guppy, princess, little miss and queen in one of the largest festival pageants in the county. Kids games take place at the gazebo. At noon the Midway opens with delicious foods and spectacular craft vendors. The pet parade steps off at 12:30 pm. The princess pageant begins at 2:30 pm with the opening ceremonies following at 6:00 pm. The Queens Pageant begins at 6:30 pm.
On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5 K run and 1 – mile walk sponsored by the YMCA, and a sand castle contest at Main Street Beach. Crazy craft races take place at 1 pm on the Vermilion River. The event is open to all, so all you need is a little imagination to build whatever vessel inspires you. The annual lighted boat parade sails at dusk on the Vermilion River. Enjoy the wonderful boats as they move from the Port Authority docks to the break wall.
On Sunday, the annual Father’s Day Parade steps off at 12:30 pm. Don’t miss the wet and wild firefighters water fight immediately following the parade.
Food, entertainment, vendors, games and beverages are offered each day beginning at noon in and around Victory Park. Live entertainment is offered nightly on the main stage.
Festival Of The Fish Highlights
Festival of the Fish Fireworks
Lighted Boat Parade
Crazy Craft Race
Antique Wooden Boat Parade
Little Miss Pageant
Vermilion YMCA 5K Run
Sand Castle Contest
Vendors, Entertainment, Food
Exchange Park Market Place Crafts and Collectibles