Below: Month by month list of the area events, live theatre, festivals, live music, fishing tournaments and other special events scheduled in Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Mexico Beach, St. George Island, Panama City and the entire "Forgotten Coast". <-------Don't Miss the Detailed Menu for Additional Info
- Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off. Verteran's River Front Park, Apalachicola
Eat some oysters and/or join into the oyster cooking competition. Wonderful music, great food, kids activities.
- 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
- The Zach Bartholomew Trio. January 29, 2010. 8-10 at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola.
Smart blend of traditional, classics and originals. Enjoy the full bodied sound of this spectacular Jazz trio!
- 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.
- Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff. 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
- Pawrdi Gras. Dixie Theatre. Apalachicola FL BRING YOUR BEST FRIEND!
- 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. 12 pm - 6 pm. 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.
- 2011 Gulf Coast Salute - Air Show. March 26 - 27, 2011. Tyndall AFB
Highlighted by the US Air Force Thunderbirds! This 2-day even will feature a wide variety of military and civilian aerial performaces, numerous ground displays and attractions.
- 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
SaltAir Farmer's Market. 9-1 on the Corner of Reid Ave and Costin Blvd. 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
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.
- Apalachicola Tour of Historic Homes. 9am-5pm. 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.
- 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!
- “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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com for more information.
- Mexico Beach Independence Day fireworks display. 850-648-8196
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Scallop Festival. September First weekend. Sand Hill Park, 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!
- PoJo Live Music Festival. September. Generally 2nd weekend. Veterans Memorial Park, St. Joe Beach.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com
- Winter Woods & Wildlife Walk at Wakulla Springs. 850-224-5950.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Port St. Joe Christmas on the Coast. Reid Ave. Community tree lighting and Christmas hymns. Festival of light boat parade Friday and a full parade down Reid Ave. on Saturday Evening. 850-227-1223
- 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