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Forgotten Coast Festivals and Events Calendar

Below you will find:   a month by month list of the area events, live theatre, festivals, live music, fishing tournaments & other special events and things to do scheduled in Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Mexico Beach, St. George Island, Panama City and the entire "Forgotten Coast"      

MARCH

  • Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff Auction Preview.   850-927-2753.
    Contestants square off in the largest regional Chili Cookoff in the nation.  Musical entertainment, great auction and fun for the whole family.
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Open House Tour.  St. Vincent Island
  • Florida Living History Days.   
    Celebrates the signing of the Florida Constitution here in Port St. Joe.  There will be museum tours, reinactments and demonstrations of trades such as churning butter, making turpentine, taffy making, soap making, rendering lard and more about Flroida History.
  • Annual Charity Rib Cookoff.    Eastpoint Fire Department.  850-670-9000
    Come eat some of the best BBQ ribs & chicken & enjoy live music all day, a car show, face painting & rides for the kids.  In addition to the great food, there will be live music all day, a car show, face painting & rides for kids. 
  • Apalachicola Art Walk and Wine Festival.  850-653-9419.
    Art in all forms will be in and around downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling and demonstrting their talents from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.  The festivities continue into the evening with the wine tasting at 6 p.m..  Afterwards area chefs will prepar special dishes at their restarants pared with special wines.

 APRIL

  • Worm Gruntin’ Festival in Sopchoppy.  850-962-4611.  2nd Saturday in April, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Downtown Sopchoppy.
    Throughout the day there will be a wide assortment of live music & other entertainment including games for children, the Wakulla County Horseshoe Championship, & the Worm Grunter’s 5K race. We will crown our Worm Monarch! (It might be a King &/or a Queen this year.)  Hands-on demonstrations, activities, exhibits, food, music & more, plus the annual Worm Gruntin’ Ball. Starts at 10 am with live music, 11 am Gruntin' contest & demonstartion.  Live bluegrass music throughout the day.
  • Port St. Joe Easter Egg Hunt.  850-227-1223.  Po rt. St. Joe in Monument Park at 10 am EST. 
    Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in 3 age categories!     
  • 9th Annual Zap Pro/Am Spring Skim Jam.  850-235-2702.  Sharky's Beach Club, Panama City Beach.
    Pros and amateurs from around the world compete in Northwest Florida's largest national skim board competition.
  • Forgotten Coast Lighthouse Challenge. April 24 and 25, 2010. Vist and climb the 4 historic lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast.
  • Shrimp and Oyster Festival.  850-787-9542.  Carl Gray Park, Panama City.
    Enjoy rides, children's activities, arts and crafts and around the clock entertainment at this traditional seafood festival along the bay in the historic St. Andrews area.
  • Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival.  850-914-9030.  Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach.
    Come out and support the local charities at this walking horse show that also offers food, music, art and door prizes.
  • Carrabelle Riverfront Festival.  850-697-2585.  Marine Street, Carabelle, FLA
    A wonderful riverfront festival that features arts and crafts, sand sculptures, music, food, a pet parade and wildlife exhibits.
  • Historic Apalachicola Classic & Antique Boat Show.  Apalachicola.   850-653-9419.
    All types of antique boats, classic examples of traditional vessels will be on display, work boats, fiberglass classics, antique outboard motors & antique cars.  Art show will be held in conjuction with the Boat Show. There will be a dinner and a lecture at 6 pm.   Reservations for the lecture are required.  Email info@apalachicolabay.org for more information. 
  • A Taste of the Coast.   The Centennial Building, Port St. Joe.  For lots of details, visit their link!    There will be food and artwork on display from all over the area.

MAY

  • SaltAir Farmer's Market.  May 1.  Corner of Reid Ave and Costin Blvd.
    Seasonal produce from local small farmers.  Enjoy art, live music and exhibitions while shopping.
  • Apalachicola ArtWalk.   Downtown Apalachicola
    Fine art in all forms will be in and around downtown where artists will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents from 12 - 5 p.m.  Festivities continue into the afternoon with a wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres from 3 - 5.
  • Kids Win Fishing Tournament.    Port St. Joe, Florida.
    One of Port St. Joe's most anticipated events.  The event is open to kids 3 - 16, with registrants receiving a new rod & reel, tackle box, t-shirt, and goodie bag, so kids win just by entering!    Kids from everywhere come for a day of fun on the water and in the sun!
  • Blue Crab Festival.   850-926-1846.  1st Saturday in May.  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Woolley Pork.  Panacea, FL.
    World famous hard shell Blue Crab, fresh Florida seafood, arts & crafts, live entertainment, parade & more.  Free.   The Blue Crab Festival draw 20,000 seafood lovers for feasting, dancing, parade & more! Parade, top notch entertainment & fun plus dozens of arts, crafts & food booths. Or iginated in 1975 to promote the local crab industry, this festival includes a parade, live music, dancing and historic demonstrations.
  • Yellow Fever Music Festival.  Port St. Joe
    Weekend of great music and fun in and around Port St. Joe.   For more info call the Gulf County Chamber at 850-227-1223
  • Apalachicola Tour of Historic Homes.    9am-5pm.  850-653-9550.  Apalachicola. FL
    Many of Apalachicola's private homes and building only can only be viewed from the exterior EXCEPT for this day!  For a $12 donation you can take a guided tour through architectural and historical significance homes, churches and commercial buildings.
  • Plein Air Painters   From Mexico Beach to St. George Island.  850-653-9419.
    Paint-out the second week in May.  Hailing from Maine to California to South Florida the plein air artists will paint on location from Apalach to Mexico Beach.
  • Spring Fling Festival.    888-723-2546 
    8  category fishing tournament.  Cash prizes!  This Festival has fishing tournaments, fish fries, car club rallys, a 5K walk/run & a wine-tasting contest.
  • Tupelo Honey Festival.    Lake Alice Park - Wewa. 850-639-2338.
     Quite possibly the world's finest honey!  Arts, crafts, food and entertainment beneath the trees at Lake Alice Park.  9:30 to 3:30 central time.  Free.    You can visit this festival on the way to or from your Cape San Blas, FL vacation!
  • Annual Manatee Celebration at San Marcos de Apalache State Park in St. Marks.  850-922-6007.
  • “St. Joseph Bay Cleanup and Kayak Festival”.   Second Saturday in May. Hosted by Happy Ours Kayak & Canoe Outpost. Call (850) 229-1991 for more information.

 JUNE

  • Kids Fishing Tournament.  First Saturday in June.  Weigh-in from 10 am - 1 pm.  Woolley Park in Panacea.   For more information call Larry Massa 850-926-0821
  • St. George Island Annual SGI Mullet Toss.  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  850-927-2987. 
    Sponsored by Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe.  $10 donation gets tee shirt & 2 mullet tosses.  Men's, women's & children's divisions.  10-4.  Event is held on the beach & lots of prizes and fun!
  • Big Bend Saltwater Classic Fishing Tournament.  Carrabelle. 850-926-2628.  Email: ReelCountry@gmail.com 
    Largest non-profit saltwater fishing tournament (700-900 competitors) in Northwest Florida.  Father's Day Weekend.  Thousands in prizes & cash.  Adult & Youth divisions.  Individual & team competition.  Daily & overall awards.  Fishing & weigh stations all along Forgotten Coast!
  • Wakulla Springs Sunrise Boat Tour & Breakfast.  St. George Island. 850-224-5950.
  • Carrabelle Yamaha Big Bend Fishing Tournament.  850-697-2585.
  • Indian Pass Raw Bar Roundup Fishing Tournament.  800-482-GULF.
    This offshore fishing tournament is a Friday and Saturday affair and is limited to the first 30 boats.  It is held at the Indian Pass Boat Ramp.
  • Redfish Tournament.  Port St. Joe Marina.  Around the 19th of the month each year.

 JULY

  • Independence on the Coast.  July 4  Frank Pate Park Port St. Joe.  
    Port St. Joe Black's Island Pirate Band attack passing ships in the waters off Frank Pate Park.  After fun in the park party moves to Port. St. Joe Marina for fireworks display, live band & party!
  • Mexico Beach Sandy Shoes 5K Walk/Run and Children’s Fishing Tournament.  850-648-8196. Email mbcdc@mexicobeach.com for more information.
  • Mexico Beach Independence Day fireworks display.  850-648-8196   

AUGUST

  • Scallop Festival.  Shipyard Cove, Port St. Joe.  800-227-1223.     
    A family oriented festival featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides, & FOOD. Fried scallop dinners are available as well as scallops to take home & cook. 2 days of fun & activities for the whole family.    The Chamber of Commerce sells frozen scallops at the festival!
  • Saltwater Inshore Fishing Tournament.    
    Tourny will be free to enter for kids 5 - 12.  Kids can win fishing poles, tackle boxes and tackle.  Info:  Call John Solomon 850-370-6602
  • Dog Days of Summer.   850-653-9419.
    A dog friendly event at the historic Dixie Theatre featuring a doggie talent and fashion show and a cocktail social for dogs and thier owners.
  • 13th Annual MRARA Kingfish Tournament.   August 28, 2010.  Mexico Beach.  Call Ron Childs at 850-648-4354 for more information or email rechilds@bellsouth.net   
  • Salt Air Farmers' Market.  1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown Port St. Joe
    The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmer's Market brings fresh seasonal produce from local small farmers to the Forgotten Coast.  Throughout the growing season, regionally grown vegetable and fruit, locally harvested Gulf seafood, artisan goods and educational opportunities highlight the markets.  Enjoy arts, workshops, live music and exhibitions while shopping the market and Reid Avenue retail district.

SEPTEMBER

  • PoJo Live Music Festival.   Sandhill Park in Port St. Joe.  Experience over 10 live bands from Country to Indie-Alternative, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Pop and Classic.  You can ancor your boat on the bay and enjoy the waterfront fest!  FREE!
  • Music in the Park.  Every Thursday in September.  Sunset Park in Mexico Beach
    Shoe begins at 6 p.m CST and is free.  Bring chairs, coolers and blankets and enjoy the show!
  • Salt Air Farmers' Market.  1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown Port St. Joe
    Brings fresh seasonal produce from local small farmers to the Forgotten Coast.  Throughout the growing season, regionally grown vegetable and fruit, locally harvested Gulf seafood, artisan goods and educational opportunities highlight the markets.  Enjoy arts, workshops, live music and exhibitions while shopping the market and Reid Avenue retail district
  • Mexico Beach Live Music in the Park.    6:00 CST.  Bring your lawnchairs and picnic every Thursday in September and enjoy the sounds of local artists.
  • Movies in the Park.   Windmark Beach.  850-229-7900
    All movies start at dark.  Come early and set up while the sun sets.  Bring chairs/blanket. 
  • PoJo Live Music Festival  Sandhill Park in Port St. Joe.  Experience over 10 live bands from Country to Indie-Alternative, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Pop and Classic.  You can ancor your boat on the bay and enjoy the waterfront fest!  FREE!
  • Beach Blast Olympic Triathlon and Dualthon.    St. Joe Beach  850-522-6666
    Athletes from all over the world will run, bike and swim in this USA triathlon sanctioned event.  Well marked courses follow along the beautiful white sand beaches and pine forest of the Gulf Coast.
  • Paws in the Park.     7 am - 2 pm and 6 pm - 11 pm.  Downtown Port St. Joe.    
    Bring Man's Best Friend to the park and compete for prizes.  Then join the dance and support the Gulf County Humane Society.  850-541-3981.
  • Florida Lighthouse Day at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.  3rd Saturday in September at St. Marks Lighthouse.  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm.  For more information call 850-925-6121
  • Apalachicola River Flathead Catfish Tournament Trail.  Sept. 25-26, 2009.  Gaskin Park Landing Wewahitchka.  For more information call 850-814-3180 - Don Minchew
  • Fall Wildflower Walk at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.  3rd Saturday in September. 9 am - 12 pm. Call 850-925-6121 for more information.  Reservations MAY be required.

OCTOBER

  • Forgotten Coast Community Yard Sale. 
    From Mexico Beach to Panacea!  Best yardsale in the Panhandle!
  • Paws in the Park.    1 mile fun walk, contests, booths and more. 
  • Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival.   Mexico Beach 888-723-2546.   
    Held at the Driftwood Inn.   A limited number of tickets available.  Live entertainment on the beach, a wide assortment of wines and other beverages, food from local restaurants plus artists from around the country.  Call above number or e-mail
    mbcdc@mexicobeach.com.
  • Bow Wow Bash.     Held at the Centennial Building to support St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. 
  • Music by the Bay.  Every Thursday night in October.  Weekly series of free concerts in Port St. Joe on the porch of the Thirsty Goat at the Port Inn.
  • Best Blast on the Bay Songwriters' Festival.    Different locations in Port St. Joe. 
  • St. Joseph Bay Buffer and Aquatic Preserves Day.  St. Joseph Bay Preserve Center (3915 Hwy 30-A)  850-229-1787
    Enjoy guided trips all day (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.)--trips to St. Joseph bay State Buffer Preserve, St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve (boating tours and seagrass wading tours), Birding trips and astronomy program and more.  Also enjoy a Low Country Shrimp Boil from 11 - 2:00 for $10.
  • St. George Island Oyster Splat Festival.    850-927-5039
    Come celebrate the life of an oyster!  Fun filled days and nights with an oystering demonstartion,live music, a parade, run, fishing tournament, kayak race, treasure hunt & live entertainment.  Taste the best fresh oysters from the Apalachicola Bay!   
    cwood@ccbflorida.com.
  • St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Monarch Butterfly Festival.  4th Saturday in October at the St. Marks Visitor's Center.  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  850-925-6121.
    View thousands of monarch butterflies as they prepare for their long journey across the Gulf of Mexico to wintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico.  Staff and volunteers provide educational sessions.
  • 45th Annual Florida Seafood Festival.   Apalachicola FL.
    The oldest seafood festival in the state.  If you love great seafood, arts and crafts, fine folks and wonderful entertainment this will be a great event!    850-653-9419
  • Octoberfest.  Downtown Panama City 
  • Wewahitchka Annual Catfish Tournament and Catfish Festival.  850-63-1186. 
    Tourney part of 3-tourney challenge.  Festival features arts & crafts plus food & entertainment.
  • Stone Crab Festival.   The Riverside Cafe in St. Marks.  850-925-5668.  Lots of good food, mailing Stone Crab claws, old car show, games, activities for the kids & music!
  • St. Marks River Festival.  3rd Saturday in October.  10 am until late evening in St. Marks
    For more information call Rod Strickland 850-599-9609 or Tammy Ward 850-528-3212
    Stone crabs, special events, vendors, a huge care and motorcycle show, entertainment and much more!
  • Annual Haunted Trail and Pumpkin Patch  Museum of Bay County from 4-9 pm.  850-769-6128.  The Pumpkin Patch, for toddlers to elementary-aged children is full of non-scary fun.  It includes games such as Pumpkin Putting, Digging for Bones & the Ghouly Grabs and great crafts.  Costume contest both nights. 
  • Port St. Joe Annual Tapper Golf Tournament at St. Joseph Bay Country Club.  800-482-GULF.
    This shotgun start 2-day event helps raise scholarship money for Gulf Coast Community College students.  The tournament is held at St. Joe Bay Country club just outside Port St. Joe.
  • Wakulla Springs “Spooky Springs”.   Spooky  cruises and trail walks.  850-224-5950.   Ghosts and goblins and other spooky things are in abundance at Wakulla Springs State Park!
  • Ghost on the Coast.  Port St. Joe Annual downtown Trick or Treat.  October 31.  Reid Ave. 6:00.  800-482-GULF.
    Come listen to great storytellers, tour the haunted house, and be treated to the best community haunt around.  Costume contest.  Great fun for kids...of all ages.  Free.

NOVEMBER

  • Downtown Oyster Roast.    Apalachicola FL. 
    Featuring roaster oyster, oyster on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and tyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad and homemade desserts under the stars on Commerce Street.  Musical entertainment, great micro-brewery beers and wines.  Call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at 850-653-9419 for reservations or email 
    info@apalachicolabay.org .
  • Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration.   850-653-9419
    Apalachicola is transformed into a seasonal wonderland.  Come enjoy shopping, Christmas carols, drink apple cider, sample chocolates and greet Santa as he arrives on his shrimp boat at the City Dock. 
  • Festival of Trees.   Raney House Museum on Market Street in Apalachicola.
    Special Christmas trees decorated by area professionals and groups will be on display Tues - Fri 1-4 and Saturdays 9-5 pm.
  • Yule Log Lighting and Caroling  Veterans Park, downtown Apalachicola.
    Santa visits with the children from 1 - 4 pm.  Caroling and the lighting of the Yule log at dusk.
  • Port St. Joe Music By the Bay November .   850-227-1223.  Free Concert.  Every Thursday night in November at the Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe, FL
  • Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival.  4th Saturday in November.   Woolley Park in Panacea.
    Features both an international mullet cook-off contact and a day long maritime flea market. For more information contact Bill Lowrie at
    billlowrie@embarqmail.com
  • Winter Woods & Wildlife Walk at Wakulla Springs.  850-224-5950

DECEMBER

  • Island Lights and Santa's Arrival.  .  850-297-2604.
    Annual St. George Island Lighting of the Lights & the arrival of Santa Claus.  For more info email ewood@ccbflorida.com.
  • Port St. Joe Christmas on the Coast Community Tree Lighting and Christmas Hymns. Kick off the Christmas season with a parade, tree lighting, 5K run and more! 850-227-1223
  • Holiday Fresh Market.  December 5.  Apalachicola.
    Shop in a relaxed, hassle free enviornment.  BUy hand crafted Apaalchicola specialties from fresh seasonal wreaths ot vintage European glass bead jewelry

    Info@apalachicolabay.org for more details.
  • The Christmas Gift.  December 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.  Chapman House, Apalachicola.  Call Cindy Collins at 850-653-9419 for more information and tickets!
    22nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights.  December 13, 2008.  850-872-8208.  Beginning at 5:30 pm. near St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club cruising past Panama City Marina and ending at St. Andrews Marina.  St. Andrews shops open late for shopping!
  • Carrabelle Timber Island Yacht Club Parade of Lights.   850-639-2702.
    Lighted Boat Parade on Carrabelle River.
  • Annual Christmas Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church.  December 14, 2008.  4 p.m.  850-653-9419. 
    The Ilse Newell Concert Series presents a selection of Holiday favorites.
  • New Years Celebration Dec.31-Jan 1.7 pm-2 am. 888-723-2546
    "Celebrate Safe - Celebrate Twice" is the theme of this event. Because Mexico Beach & St. Joe Beach are in 2 different time zones revelers can celebrate New Year's twice. The Trolley carries revelers between eastern & central time zones. FREE TRANSPORTATION for on New Year's Eve from Mexico Beach to St. Joe beach for those that want to celebrate twice!
          Free shuttle bus will be carrying passengers to the local hot spots including:  The Thirsty Goat, The Haughty Heron, The Lookout Lounge, Toucans, El GOvenor, Amanda's Bisro, Mango Marley's.  For more info call 850-229-7800
  • New Year's Eve Gala.  850-224-5980.  Wakulla Springs Lodge.  Dinner buffet and live music.  Semiformal attire.  Reservations Required.   

 JANUARY

  • Dixie Theatre.  Variety of plays
    Art for Arf.  Apalachicola - Ft. Coombs Armory.  Fundraiser for the Humane Society.  Includes live music, food and auction  (includes a kayak)   850-899-5131.
  • Arbor Day Celebration.  3rd Saturday in January.  10 - 2.   Hudson Park in Crawforville.
    For more information contact Lynn Artz at Lynn_artz@hotmail.com
  • Wild Duck Viewing.  Throughout January.  St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge.  850-925-6121.
  • Camp Gordon Johnson Spaghatti Dinner/Dance.  850-697-8575
    Featuring music that "Swings" as well as favorites from the 40's, 50's and 60's.  Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle - Reserved tickets available.
FEBRUARY
  • Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler in  Apalachicola.    850-653-9419.    
    Area Chefs will put out their finest fare at the Fort Coombs Armory (Avenue D & 4th Street) in Apalach.  Benefits will go to the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. There is also a silent auction including original artwork, vacation packages and much more. Area shopkeepers give the event extra flair by decorating each table individually...ranging from elegant to artistic to funky.
  • Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook Off.    Sunset Park, Mexico Beach.  888-723-2546
    Chefs compete to see who prepares the best gumbo.  Cash prizes. 
  •  Stone Age and Primitive Art Festival.  2nd Friday of Feb (runs through Sunday).  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Ochlockonee River State Park.  429 State Park Road, Sopchoppy, Florida. 
  • Annual Bow Wow Ball on St. George Island. 850-670-8417.
  • Crawfordville Swine Festival.  Last Saturday in February.  850-926-3931.
    "Pig Party" at the livestock pavilion grounds starts at 10:30 am and extends through the day.  Real down-home event with parade, booths, beauty, contests, pig scramble, swine judging & sale of exceptional BBQ plates.  FREE Admission.
 

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