Area Events

Forgotten Coast Events Calendar

Below: Month by month list of the area events, live theatre, festivals, live music, fishing tournaments, farmers markets & other special events scheduled in Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Mexico Beach, St. George Island, Panama City & the entire “Forgotten Coast.” Forgotten Coast Events Calendar


JULY

  • Bay Scallop Season.  June 27 – September 24
    It’s that time of year again when the best treasure hunt happens in St. Joseph’s Bay- Scallop Season! Scalloping is a fun activity the entire family can enjoy. Catching them is easy, cleaning them a little harder and feasting on them simply delicious.
  • SaltAir Farmers’ Market:  1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.   Downtown Port St. Joe.  10 – 1
    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
  • First Fridays Art and Music Series.   July 3.  Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe
    Live music is the perfect backdrop as you relax with friends and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay. Enjoy live music and local art at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe on the first Friday of every month.
  •  Historic Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks.  July 3.  Riverfront Park Apalachicola FL
  • Independence on the Coast.  July 4  Frank Pate Park Port St. Joe. 10 p.m. EST
  • Celebrate our Country’s independence with a spectacular fireworks display over St. Joseph Bay. The display will be set off in front of the Port St. Joe Marina and the show begins at 10:00pm Eastern time. This spectacular display can be viewed from most anywhere downtown Port St. Joe. Celebrate with us!
  • Mexico Beach Sandy Shoes 5K Walk/Run and Children’s Fishing Tournament.  July 4, 2015
    The day begins bright and early with our Sandy Shoes 5k Fun Run at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street.  All ages are invited to participate in this family fun event.  Come out with the kids and pets and enjoy this great start to the July 4th weekend.  Very easy course that will allow any stage of runner to enjoy.  Water stations along the road are route markers and spirited volunteers and onlookers will be cheering on each racer as they cross the finish line.  This race does not use race officials.  Pre-registration is now open! Race starts at 7:00am. Then, it’s a quick hop down to Canal Park where our Kid’s Fishing Tournament takes place 9:30am till 11am.  With no entry fee, kids ages 2–14 are invited to bring their fishing poles and try to reel in the big one. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided to our young anglers and their families.
  • Mexico Beach Offshore Classic.  July 23 – 24, 2015.  Mexico Beach Marina & El Govenor
    This 2 day tournament allows anglers to fight it out to prove they have what it takes and a chance to take home $2,500 in cash prizes.  Captain’s party will take place on Thursday, July 23rd, from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the El Governor Motel with food, drink & fish swapping tales. Then, Friday & Saturday, it’s time for the fishing to begin in this offshore tournament.  Wahoo, Dolphin and King Mackerel are the fishing categories with cash prizes up for grabs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  There is also an optional jackpot at steak.  Questions, call 850-648-8900.

AUGUST

  • First Fridays Art and Music Series.   August 4.  Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe
    Live music is the perfect backdrop as you relax with friends and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay. Enjoy live music and local art at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe on the first Friday of every month.
  •  Annual MRARA Kingfish Tournament.    August 25, 2015.  Mexico Beach.  Call Ron Childs at 850-648-4354 for more information or email rechilds@bellsouth.net
  • Bay Scallop Season.  June 27 – September 24
    It’s that time of year again when the best treasure hunt happens in St. Joseph’s Bay- Scallop Season! Scalloping is a fun activity the entire family can enjoy. Catching them is easy, cleaning them a little harder and feasting on them simply delicious.
  • 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

  • Scallop & Music Festival.  September 1st Weekend.  George Core Park, Port St. Joe.       
    Art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, our popular kid zone and many great food vendors will be located throughout the park to make the two-day event and enjoyable experience for all, with sweet southern-fried scallops headlining the menu, of course!. 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!  Musical artist & award winning songwriter Phil Vassar headlining the event, country music fans will want to enjoy every minute!  Now the new home of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, George Core Park, provide the ideal location for this fall event. 
  • Bay Scallop Season.  June 27 – September 24
    It’s that time of year again when the best treasure hunt happens in St. Joseph’s Bay- Scallop Season! Scalloping is a fun activity the entire family can enjoy. Catching them is easy, cleaning them a little harder and feasting on them simply delicious.
  • First Fridays Art and Music Series.   September 4.  Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe
    Live music is the perfect backdrop as you relax with friends and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay. Enjoy live music and local art at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe on the first Friday of every month.
  • PoJo Live Music Festival.  September.  Generally 2nd weekend.  Veterans Memorial Park, St. Joe Beach.
  • Salt Air Farmers’ Market.  1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 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
  • Gulf County Sheriff’s Department Annual Bass Tournament.  September 26 – 27, 2015,
    George Gore Park, Port St. Joe
    Annual catch & release Bass tournament that brings anglers from all over to fish the Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Wimico & the beautiful Apalachicola River Basin. Cash prizes lure the most avid anglers… enter now! 
  • Beach Blast Olympic Triathlon and Dualthon.  Sept. 12, 2015 St. Joe Beach  850-522-6666
    Athletes from all over the world will run, bike and swim in this USA triathlon sanctioned event.  Consists of 4 races…PICK YOURS!  Well marked courses follow along the beautiful white sand beaches & 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.
  • Music in the Park.  Mexico Beach.  September 3, 10, 17, 24.  6 – 8 CT
    It’s time once again for Mexico Beach’s September Music in the Park. Enjoy a new band each week as they play crowd favorites.  Bring your entire family & lay out your blankets & enjoy great music while enjoying the sunset.  Coolers are welcomed!   Parking is available at the El Governor Motel and across the street on HWY 98.  So come early, find your spot, and unwind as you enjoy the rhythms of the music.
  • OCTOBER
  • Run For More Lives.  October 3, 2015.  St. Joe Beach.   9 a.m CST
    5k, 10K and 15K.  Benefits breast cancer awareness.
    Aplachicola Oktoberfest.
     
     October 11, 2015.   12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Live music, bratwurst and of course, great beer!   Non-stop live music with some of the best regional performers on the gulf coast
    SaltAir Farmers Market.  1st and 3rd Saturdays.  9 am – 1 pm.  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
    Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival.  October 15  – 19, 2015.   Different locations in Port St. Joe.Annual fall music festival bring Nashville big hit making singer, songwriter and musicians for a weekend of songwriting workshops, and live performances at many local hotspots.

  • Bow Wow Bash  October 24, 2015 from 6 p.m – 10 p.m.  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.
  • 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.
  • Downtown Oyster Roast.  October 31, 2015. 6 – 9 p.m. Apalachicola FL. 
    Featuring roasted oyster, oyster on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad and homemade desserts under the stars on Commerce Street.  Musical entertainment, great micro-brewery beers and wines.  Local blues man Joe Hutchinson will provide live entertainment. For tickets call (850) 653-9419 or email info@apalachicolabay.org
  • Wewahitchka Annual Catfish Tournament and Catfish Festival.  850-63-1186.
    Tourney part of 3-tourney challenge.  Festival features arts & crafts plus food & entertainment.
  • 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

  • SaltAir Farmers Market.  1st & 3rd Saturdays.  9 am – 1 pm.  Downtown Port St. Joe
    Florida Seafood Festival.  November 6 – 7
    The FL Seafood Festival is a 2 day event in historic Apalachicola.   The festival is in Battery Park and features seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, music.  Enjoy oyster eating and oyster shucking contests, blue crab races, photo contest, parade, 5k Redfish run, fireworks show and King Retsyo’s ball!
  • Florida Seafood Festival.    November 6 – 7, 2015 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!  Oyster eating & shucking contest, 5K Redfish Fun, Blue Crab Race, arts & crafts & MORE!  850-653-9419
  • Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration.  November 28.   4:00-8 pm.   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.   DON’T BE LATE FOR SANTA!! Merchants will be open late.  On November 29 come shop the unique shops for art, jewelry, food and antiques.  Santa will be there from 1-3 p.m.. to visit with his furry friends.  Pet costume contest and you can get you picture made with santa for a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society!
  • 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

DECEMBER

  • Island Lights and Santa’s Arrival.    850-297-2604.Santa coming in on Crab Boat in Apalachicola. Celebrate Christmas on the Forgotten Coast!
    Annual St. George Island Lighting of the Lights & the arrival of Santa Claus.  For more info email ewood@ccbflorida.com.
  • SaltAir Farmers Market.  Christmas Market. December 6, 2014.  9 am – 1 pm.  Downtown Port St. Joe
  • Chili Cookoff and Bazaar.  December 13, 2014 at the Haughty Heron in Port St. Joe.
    In addition to the chili there will be bounce houses, face painting and other activities for the kids as well as a live band.
  • 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
  • Holiday Fresh Market.  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.
  • Annual Christmas Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church.   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

JANUARY

  • Dixie Theatre presents Tallahassee Swing Band.  January 3, 2015.  3 p.m (ET)
  • Dixie Theatre presents Spencer Bohren.  January 10, 2015 8 p.m. (ET)
    After traveling the globe & planing US venues at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, this muscian will grace the Dixie stage!
  • Winter Fun:  Throwback Karaoke at the Lookout Lounge.  January 13, 2015.  5-7 p.m.  9454 W. Hwy. 98, Beacon Hill.
    Are you a start that never got your big break?  Now is the time to show your skills at the microphone!  With plenty of songs to choose from, Lookout Lounge will have you reminiscing and making new memories.
  • Art on the Rocks.  January 15, 2015.  6:30 pm.  Coneheads (right outside of Barrier Dunes.
    Art on the Rocks is a relaxed paint class where you can enjoy an evening of creating your own personal masterpiece as a local artist guides you step-by-step through a featured painting.   As you paint, you can order and enjoy some of your favorite beverages & delicious food while socializing & making new friends.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!  Please RSVP by sending and email to eat@coneheadseightytwenty.com.  Seating is limited!
  • Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off.  January 17, 2015.  12- 5 (ET).  River Front Park, Apalachicola
  • Eat some oysters and/or join into the oyster cooking competition.  Wonderful music, great food, kids activities.
  • Dixie Theatre presents Pas de Vie Ballet.  January 17, 2015. 3 and 8 p.m. (ET)
  • Day on the Intercoastal.  January 21, 2015 Port St. Joe Marina.  10 am – 2 pm     Port St. Joe Apalachicola Boat Tour Winter Fun
    Join other Snowbirds from around Gulf Count and ride up the Intercoastal with Break-Away-Charters and enjoy some beautiful scenery.  For lunch stop in Apalachicola where there are plenty of wonderful restaurants to choose from.  Stroll around Apalach & enjoy it’s history or stroll around & browse in the many unique shops then head back to the boat & enjoy the ride back on the Intercoastal to Port St. Joe.
  • Winter Fun:  Sunset Cruise Jan. 25, 2015.  Leaves from Port St. Joe Marina.   
    Join fellow snowbirds from around Gulf County for a sunset cruise on 1 of 2 charters:  About Fun Charters (850-340-1035 & Forgotten Coast Charters (850-285-4067) to enjoy the sunset over the bay!  Call the charter of your choice for a reservation!
  • Mardi Gras Parade & Riverfront Festival.  January 31 & February 1, 2015.  Apalachicola.
    Jan. 31- Golf Cart, pet parade and party.  The parade begins at 5:30 at the intersection of Ave. F & Commerce street.  Enjoy live music, dancing, Cajun food & other festivities for the whole family.  Satruday night is the Mardi Gras Dinner & Ball at the Armory.
  • Arbor Day Celebration.  3rd Saturday in January.  10 – 2.   Hudson Park in Crawforville.
  • For more information contact Lynn Artz at Lynn_artz@hotmail.com

FEBRUARY

  • Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler in Apalachicola.    4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola.   850-653-9419.
    Area Chefs will put out their finest fare at the Fort Coombs Armory.  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.  For tickets call the Apalachicola Bey Chamber at 850-653-9419 or email infor@apalachicolabay.org.
  • Winter Fun:  Leaves from Port St. Joe Marina.
    Join fellow snowbirds from around Gulf County for a sunset cruise on St. Joe Bay.  This sunset cruise is hosted by Tight Line Charters – Fish’n Xpress 850-227-8200.  Make sure you call for a reservation.
  • Gulf County Winter Fun:   Dead Lakes Recreation   Center, Wewahitchka
    Join other snowbirds from around Gulf County and explore the natural wonders of the Dead Lakes (it’s BEAUTIFUL there).   Let Matt Godwin with Off the Map Expeditions take you on a ride through the cypress trees while telling your stories of the Dead Lakes.  Limited seating.  Please make reservations with Off the Map Expeditions.
  • Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook Off.    Sunset Park, Mexico Beach.  888-723-2546
  • Chefs compete to see who prepares the best gumbo.  Cash prizes.
  • 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.

    MARCH

  • Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff & Red Pepper Run.  March 7, 2015.  12-5 pm     850-927-2753.
    Saturday includes the 5K Red Pepper Run at 8 am, Crock Pot Judging 10 – 11 a.m. the auction begins at 11, Mish Chili Pepper and Miss Hot Sauce judging is at 12:15, Taste Awards at 3:30.   Contestants square off in the largest regional Chili Cookoff in the nation.  Musical entertainment, great auction and fun for the whole family.
  • Throwback Karaoke at the Lookout Lounge.  March 10, 2015.  5-7 p.m.  9454 W. Hwy. 98, Beacon Hill.
    Are you a start that never got your big break?  Now is the time to show your skills at the microphone!  With plenty of songs to choose from, Lookout Lounge will have you reminiscing and making new memories.
  • Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival.  March 21, 2015.  11 am – 6 pm EST
    Art in all forms will be woven in & around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists & musicians will be showing, selling & demonstrating their talents.  The festivities continue into the evening with wine tasting at 3 p.m.  Afterwards area chefs will prepare dishes at theri restaurants pared with special wines.
  • Sunset Cruise.   March 22. 2015.  Leaves from Port St. Joe Marina.
    Cape San Blas Sunset Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals
    Join fellow snowbirds from around Gulf County for a sunset cruise on St. Joe Bay.  This sunset cruise is hosted by  About Fun Charters (850-340-1035 and Forgotten Coast Adventures (850-256-4067..  Make sure you call for a reservation with the charter company of your choice!
  • Bay Exploration Day with Seahorse Water Safaris.   . St. Joe Bay Boat Tour with Seahorse Water Safaris Port St. Joe Marina.
    Enjoy a day on St. Joe Bay with Gary Hites of Seahorse Water Safaris.  Gary is knowledgeable in ot only the Bay but also the rich history of the area.  Sit back and take a ride on the Island Queen while learning and exploring!  Limited seating:  Please make a reservation with www.SeahorseWaterSafaris.com.
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Open House Tour.   St. Vincent Island
  • Pawdi Gras.   Dixie Theatre. Apalachicola FL  BRING YOUR BEST FRIEND!
  • Annual Charity Rib Cookoff.    March 14, 2015.  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.  March 21, 2015.  11 am – 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 demonstrating 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 prepare special dishes at their restaurants 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!
  • Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show.  April 18, 2015.  10 am – 7:30 pm EST.
    Antique boats, examples of classic & traditional vessels, workboats & fiberglass & aluminum classices will all be on disply.
  • Beach Blast Olympic Triathlon and Dualthon.  April 25, 2015 St. Joe Beach  850-522-6666
    Athletes from all over the world will run, bike and swim in this USA triathlon sanctioned event.  Consists of 4 races…PICK YOURS!  Well marked courses follow along the beautiful white sand beaches & pine forest of the Gulf Coast.
  • Forgotten Coast Lighthouse Challenge.  Vist and climb the 4 historic lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast.
  • 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. April 18, 2015.  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 conjunction 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. 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.
  • PaddleJam.   Apalachicola – Battery Park
    Celebrate the Forgotten Coast with paddling, music and food!
  • 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. Originated in 1975 to promote the local crab industry, this festival includes a parade, live music, dancing and historic demonstrations.
  • Apalachicola Tour of Historic Homes.   10 am-4 pm. 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.

  • Forgotten Coast Plein Air Painters Invitational.  May 16-19, 2016. From Mexico Beach to St. George Island. 850-653-9419.
    Celebrating 10 years of documenting the landscape & culture of authentic “Old Florida”.  America’s Great Paint-Out is amount the worlds most presigious plein air events.  The event includes 5 exhibits across the coast, daily artist demonstrations, 2 workshops, art sales & a series of public receptions.
  • Tupelo Honey Festival.  May 16, 2015 from 9 – 4.  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

    JUNE

    • SaltAir Farmers’ Market:  1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.   Downtown Port St. Joe.  10 – 1
      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
    • Fisherman’s Choice Annual Kids Fishing Tournament. First Saturday in June.  June 6, 2015.   Eastpoint, FL.  750-670-8808 for more information
      Kids 16 & under will fish for fresh & saltwater species.  Each entry receives a t-shirt and after the tournament entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman’s Choice where they will weigh their fish, eat hot dogs and hamburgers and win great prizes.
    • St. George Island Annual SGI Mullet Toss. 2nd Saturday in June.  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. June 19 – 21. 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!
    • Bay Scallop Season.  June 27 – September 24    
      Enjoy scalloping in St. Joe Bay!  Fun for the whole family!

      Enjoy scalloping in St. Joe Bay! Fun for the whole family!

      It’s that time of year again when the best treasure hunt happens in St. Joseph’s Bay- Scallop Season! Scalloping is a fun activity the entire family can enjoy. Catching them is easy, cleaning them a little harder and feasting on them simply