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Below: Month by month list of the area events, live theater, 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

DECEMBER

SaltAir Farmer’s Market. December 1, 2018, 9-1 EST. City Commons, Downtown Port St. Joe
Special Christmas Farmers’ Market! Take a morning stroll Downtown Port St. Joe and you’ll be treated with fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses and breads that are all ready for your table at the SaltAir Farmers’ Market! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery and Christmas gifts highlight the market’s offerings with live music and fresh air.

Panhandle Players presents Secrets & Sweet Tea.  December 1.  7:30-9:30 EST and December 2 3-5 pm.   155 Ave E. Apalachicola.  850-629-8680
Apalachicola millionaire Sam Strainwhistle has died and everyone is making their way to the Sladem, Butcher & Barry Funeral Home to pay their respects. Each is hoping that Mr. Sam has left a little something in his will for them all while learning each other’s secrets. This comedy will make you laugh until the tears run down your leg.

Scallop RePUBlic – Live Music. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009 
Dec 1 Spearman Brewers,

Concerts at the Port Theatre:  December 8 and 9, 2018.  7 -9 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
December 8 – JJ Gray,   December 9 – Nutcracker Ballet performed by Emerald Dance Academy at 6 pm EST

Holiday Fresh Market. Dec 1, 2018, 10 – 4 EST. Downtown Apalach
Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Come for the day or the weekend and find one-of-a-kind unusual presents. Shop in a relaxed, hassle-free environment. Buy handcrafted Apalachicola specialties such as baked goods, artwork, wood carving, pottery, hand knitted goods. Your gift shopping has never been easier! Located in front of the Dixie Theatre Avenue E and Market Street. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Call (850) 653-9419 for details.

Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyDecember 2, 2018.  6 p.m. CST.  Sunset Park
Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, lighting of the Christmas tree and a festive golf cart parade leading Santa’s arrival on the Mexico Beach Fire Truck.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments while your child visits with Santa.  Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take your child’s picture with Santa!  Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be given to children in need in our area.

Scallop RePUBlic – Live Music. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Dec 6 Slim Fatz, Dec 7 Brian Bowen, Dec 8 Robert Platner Trio Dec 11 The Curries, Dec 13 Boo Radley, Dec 14 Bo Springs Band, Dec 15 Dave Dale

Rockin’ the Stockin’  December 15, 2018.  4 p.m.  Sailers Cove, Port St. Joe
A concert fundraiser for local kids

Christmas on the Coast Parade. December 8, 2018. 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe. 850-229-8261.
Sleigh Bells ring on Historic Downtown Reid Avenue for this traditional family fun event! Come watch or even participate in our Christmas Parade! Registration forms are available at City Hall in Port St. Joe. You can enter your float, boat, car, truck, golf cart, walking unit or even a band to march down Reid Ave. Line-up and judging will start at 5:00 PM ET. The parade begins at 6:00 PM All times Eastern. 

Apalachicola Holida Fresh Market.  December 15, 2018.  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.farmers-market-port-st-joe

Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Come for the day or the weekend and find one-of-a-kind unusual presents. Shop in a relaxed, hassle free environment in an outdoor setting.  Buy handcrafted Apalachicola specialties such as baked goods, artwork, wood carving, pottery and hand knitted goods.  Your gift shopping has never been easier! Located in front of the Dixie Theatre on Avenue E and Market Street.

Scallop RePUBlic – Open Mic Night. TBD 2018. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Tuesdays are open mic nights starting at 5:30. All musicians and wanna-be musicians are welcome. We have a great sound system and can mic your acoustic or plug in your electric or you can bring your own amp. We will put up a sign-up sheet about an hour before it starts. You can play up to three numbers and put your name back on the list after your set. When we have gone through the list, and there is more time, we will open up the stage for a jam session. We have a house acoustic guitar and bass you can use.

New Years Celebration: CELEBRATE TWICE! Dec.31, 2018-Jan 1, 2019. 7 pm-2 am. 850-229-7800
“Celebrate Safe-Celebrate Twice” is the theme of this event. Tired of waiting another 12 months to ring in the New Year? Head to Gulf County and celebrate twice! Start in the Eastern Time Zone in Port St. Joe and St. Joe Beach, then travel west just five minutes to Mexico Beach and celebrate all over again an hour later in the Central Time Zone. Free shuttle buses run continuously from Port St. Joe to Mexico Beach and everywhere in between. Two firework shows as well, one in each time zone! Get the family in the car and head out around Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach for the Daytime New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt! Collect Celebrate Twice New Year fun items at 6 locations that will punch your card to be turned in to enter for a chance to WIN A PRIZE!!

JANUARY

2nd Annual Cape San Blas Polar Plunge. January 1, 2019. 10 a.m. EST. Cape Palms Park, 6081 Cape San Blas Road
Ring in the new year by washing 2018 off in the Gulf, at the third annual Polar Plunge on Cape San Blas.

BINGO at the John C. Gainous VFW post.Every Monday 2019. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1776 Trout Ave., Highland View. 850-229-6926

“Butts on the Bay” BBQ Rib Cook-off & BBQ Dinner.  TBD 2019. Noon – 5 EST. Sailors Cove, Port St. Joe FL
The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe’s Men’s Group are excited to announce their Second Annual Butts on the Bay BBQ Rib Cooking Contest. This year’s contest will be full of fierce competition and for those who enjoy viewing, rather than competing, there’s BBQ dinners available to purchase and enjoy the day. With live music, children’s activities, bake sale and much more, come out to enjoy the day all while supporting local charities. The competition will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from noon-5pm ET in Sailor’s Cove, across from the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe with activities throughout the day including:

  • Live music by the Bo Spring Band
  • BBQ plates (Pulled Pork, Cole Slaw, Beans and Bread)
  • Whole Boston Butts pre-sold for pick up day of event- $35 each
  • Homemade Baked Goods for sale by the United Methodist Women
  • Children and Family activities

Cooking teams wishing to compete in the BBQ Rib Cooking Contest can view rules and official entry form here A $50 entry fee is required and all proceeds benefit local charities.

For those that would rather have someone else do the cooking you can purchase whole Boston Butts for $35 to be picked up the day of the event. Pulled Pork Plates with all the fixin’s will be available as well. Eat in or “carry out” is available. Advanced tickets are available by calling the church at 850-227-1724, or just stop in to the event.

Concerts at the Port Theatre:  January 10, 2019.  7 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
Barry Fish Band

Library Winter Speaker Series: TBD 2019. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Port St. Joe Library. 850-22-8879
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St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Tram Tour. January 11, 2019. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe
On the second Friday of each month, Buffer Staff host TRAM Tours for the public. The tour lets you explore the Uplands with an experienced guide and provides opportunities to observe the diverse communities present at the Buffer. Tour time is 9 am to 11 am departing from the Welcome Center parking lot. Join us to learn about the history and importance of the Buffer Preserve.  To reserve your spot call Sandra Chafin at 850-229-1787  ext. 1
or send us an Email

Farmers Market Apalachicola. January 12, 2019. 9- 1 EST. Mill Pond Pavilion at the Scipio Creek Marina.
Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads and other regional specialties.

Gulf County, FL Welcome Back PartyJanuary 17, 2019.  4:30 – 7 p.m EST 300 Allen Memorial Way.  850-229-7800
We want to welcome you back to Gulf County with a party! We are so excited to have our Winter Visitors coming back to stay with many of our vacation rental companies for the season so we want to have a fun time welcoming you back! We will have informational booths for all types of business that will make your long-term vacation enjoyable.

Annual Oyster Cook-off. January 18 – 19, 2019. Downtown Apalachicola, Riverfront Park.
The event features a silent auction, oysters galore, shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, dancing performances and a 5K run!  Enter your best recipe and be a contestant in the oyster cook-off or just come out and enjoy a day of wonderful food, refreshments and music.  🐾 Well mannered pets are welcomed on a leash.

Butts & Clucks Cook-Off on the Bay.  January 25-26, 219.  Battery Park, 1 Bay Ave., Apalachicola
The Butts & Clucks Cook-off on the Bay, this event has been sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and is now a regional championship BBQ Cook-off with over $10,000 in prizes to be awarded and the winner moving on to the Jack Daniels Championship.  Include there will be a Judging seminar on Thursday, January 24th for anyone interested in being a state certified BBQ Judge.  Also, during the event we will be having a Deviled Egg (The Cluck that came from the Butt Contest) contest to be judged on Saturday the 26th anyone that is interested go to www.ButtsandClucks.com for more information.

The Butts & Clucks, like all sanctioned events in the BBQ world will have multiple teams coming in from all over the state as well as Georgia and Alabama. Currently we have teams that have signed up from Orlando, North Carolina, Jacksonville and Americus Georgia.

Dixie Theatre Presents Earl David Reed.  The Secret to My Unsuccess.  January 26, 2019. 8-10 p.m.  21 Ave E, Apalach.  850-653-3200Dixie Theatre Apalachicola

Library Winter Speaker Series:TBD 2019. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Port St. Joe Library. 850-22-8879

Third Thursdays at the Theatre. TBD 2019.  6-7 p.m. VIP Reception, the show begins at 7. Historic Port Theater, Reid Ave.
Tony Partington and the Recollections. Tickets will be for sale at the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and online at www.historicporttheatre.com/events.

Snowbird Appreciation Golf Tournament. TBD 2019. Tee-off is 12 p.m. EST. St. Joseph Bay Golf Club. 700 Country Club Road.
This tournament is open to locals and snowbirds alike. The format will be 18 holes/4-Person Teams/Select Shot. Prizes will be awarded to the top two finishing teams.
The tournament will be followed by a dinner prepared by Chef Ron Kelly and his staff at the club. The cost of the golf and dinner will be $48.15/person. (Sales Tax Included) 
For additional information, or to register for the tournament call the Pro-Shop at 227-1751, Tournament Chairman Jim Terry at 227-4598, or Club President Dan Van Treese at 227-9837.

Scallop RePUBlic. Dart & Potluck Night. TBD 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Come on out and play some darts. Bring an appetizer to share if you would like!

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music. TBD 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Adult Canvas Painting at The Artery. TBD 2019. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 214 Williams Ave, Port St. Joe, FL. 850-227-5741
A “Painting with a Twist” type event! You are loosely instructed on how to paint a specific image but you can be creative as possible making it your own piece of art. Do call and sign up!

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music.  TBD 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

St. Joseph Catholic Church Men’s Club Chili Cookoff. January 27, 2018:
Parish Hall at the corner of Monument Ave.. and 20th Street. Port St. Joe.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM Men’s Club members, No Name Café, Dan Van Treese (227-8138), or at the Church Hall office. $5 adults and $3 children

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music.  TBD 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Scallop RePUBlic. OPEN MIC NIGHT. TBD 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Library Winter Speaker Series: Tuesdays @ 2. 2019 TBD. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Port St. Joe Library. 850-22-8879
Speaker is Dr. Milinda Jay Stephenson, Asst. Professor, Florida State University, Panama City. Her talk will show that story–not literary brilliance is at the heart of fiction & non-fiction that sells & how you can learn to incorporate your family stories into a memoir.

Concerts at the Port Theatre:  January 31, 2019.  7 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
Dennis Warner

FEBRUARY

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music.  TBT 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Artery Studio: Fused Glass:  Frit Painting Class. February 1 or February 22,  9:30 – 12:30. Port St. Joe 850-229-1647
Learn the fun technique of “painting” on glass using frit (granulated glass). You will choose a design to reproduce on a 5.75″ x 5.75″ piece of glass. Use as a trivet or display on a wooden stand (your choice). Glass & firing included. Cost of class is $25. Please sign up by calling 850-229-1647 2 weeks prior to the event beginning at 9:00 AM January 18th begins sign-ups for February 1st, and February 8th begins sign-ups for February 22nd. Due to kiln space, the classes are limited to 6 and fill quickly. Contact us to be put on a waiting list. If enough interest, we will add more sessions.

SaltAir Farmers’ Market. February 2, 2019. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. City Commons Park, Corner of Reid Ave and Hwy 71, Port St. Joe FL Take a morning stroll Downtown Port St. Joe the 1st and 3rd farmers-market-port-st-joeSaturdays and you’ll be treated with fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses and breads that are all ready for your table at the SaltAir Farmers’ Market! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery and gifts highlight the market’s offerings with live music and fresh air.

Concerts at the Port Theatre:  February 7, 2019.  7 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
Frank Sinatra Tribute Show

St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Tram Tour. Feb 8. 2019. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. JoeSt. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Cape San Blas
On the second Friday of each month, Buffer Staff host TRAM Tours for the public. The tour lets you explore the Uplands with an experienced guide and provides opportunities to observe the diverse communities present at the Buffer. Tour time is 9 am to 11 am departing from the Welcome Center parking lot. Join us to learn about the history and importance of the Buffer Preserve.  To reserve your spot call Sandra Chafin at 850-229-1787  ext. 1
or send us an Email

Farmers Market Apalachicola. February 9, 2019. 9- 1 EST. Mill Pond Pavilion at the Scipio Creek Marina.
Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads and other regional specialties.

Dixie Theatre Presents:  A Tribute to the Music of Willie NelsonFebruary 9, 2019.  8-10 p.m.  21 Ave E, Apalachicola.
A tribute to the music of Willie Nelson.

Bingo at John C. Gainous VFW Post.Every Monday 2019. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 1776 Trout Ave., Highland View, FL. 850-229-6926
Weekly Bingo! The fun begins at 5:30 PM and continues until 7:30 PM. Jackpots range in amounts but can reach up to $250!

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Winter Bay Day. February 9, 2019. 11-2. St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserves. 3915 State Road 30-A (C-30), Port St. Joe, Florida  
Join us for Winter Bay Day! There will be lots to see and lots to do. Best of all, the Low Country Shrimp Boil (11 – 2, $10 donation) will be delicious — as always! Meet you on the deck at the Visitor’s Center! While the weather might be a little cool, the Low Country Shrimp Boil is always perfect.   QUESTIONS: For more information call 850.229.1787, ext 1, email Sandra.Chafin@dep.state.fl.us

Mardi Gras on BourBone Street.  February 10, 2019.  11 am – 5 pm. Apalachicola Riverfront Park
Parade on Saturday, February 10, 2018, in downtown Apalachicola at 1:00 pm. This year’s theme is BourBone Street Blues so we’ll be celebrating all the fun and frolic of traditional Mardi Gras. Be part of the fun – dress up yourself, your dog, even your bicycle or golf cart!

Live entertainment from the Apalachicola Blues Authority, the Lofty Pursuits Marching Band, and other local bands as well a dog agility demonstration and performances by local dancers and second line groups. There will be a wide variety of local food and beverage vendors to choose from that include local seafood, smoked and grilled specialties, handmade chocolates, gumbo, a hot dog stand, and a seafood raw bar. In addition there will be a wide variety of local arts and crafts vendors selling their wares as well as specialty beads for sale. Regional non-profit organizations will share their missions at the festival in unique ways. You won’t want to miss the pair of real, live Baymaids, Doofy, the rescue pelican, and the Fishy Fashion Show preview.

The King and Queen of Apalachicola’s Mardi Gras are always shelter animals who are ready for a forever home. They will, as usual, have a place of honor in the parade.

The parade begins at 1:00 at the intersection of Avenue E and Water Street. After passing Riverfront Park and turning right on Avenue D the procession will turn right on Commerce Street taking revelers past the Oyster City Brewing Company and continuing on Commerce before circling back to Water Street and ending at Riverfront Park for the post parade party. You can register to participate in the parade on the day of parade at Riverfront Park. Registration is $5.00 per person or $25 per golf cart, float, or boat. Pets are free, of course!

21st Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler.  February 10 2019. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 4th Street and Avenue D, Apalachicola, FL 850-653-9419chefs-sampler-apalachicola
Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes for this event, sample an array of flavors from area restaurants. Talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually – from elegant to artistic and funky. Call for more information

Concerts at the Port Theatre:  February 14, 2019.  7 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
Songwriters in the Round

Scallop RePUBlic. Dart and Potluck night. TBT 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Come on out and play some darts. Bring an appetizer to share if you’d like!

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music – Boo Radley. February 9, 2018. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Panhandle Players. February 9 and 10. 2018. 7:30-9 p.m February 11. 3 p.m. EST. Chapman Auditorium, 155 Avenue E. Apalachicola FL. 850-629-8680
Katerine DeSavino’s Nana’s Naughty Nickers

St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Tram Tour. TBT 2019. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe st-joseph-bay-buffer-preserve-cape-san-blas
The 2018 Winter Bay and Buffer Preserve Celebration presented by the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8 am4 pm ET at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. Enjoy live music, take a free tour of the preserve, dine on a local Shrimp Boil and learn more about the Buffer Preserve. A trip through the backwoods trails of the Buffer Preserve allows visitors to view rare and endangered plants, prescribed burn sites and various native plants. A low country boil will be offered from 11 am – 2 pm ET for a $10 donation. For more information please click here.

Scallop RePUBlic. BINGO. TBT 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Scallop RePUBlic. Dart and Potluck Night. February 13, 2018. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Come on out and play some darts. Bring an appetizer to share if you’d like!

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music – Slim Fatz. February 14, 2018. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Thursdays at the Theatre. February 15, 2018. 6-7 p.m. VIP Reception, the show begins at 7. Historic Port Theater, Reid Ave.
Sinatra’s “A Night at the Sands” by New York ‘Sinatra” singer Jesse Posa with Big Band Performing. Tickets will be for sale at the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and
online at http://www.historicporttheatre.com/events.cfm

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music – Will Thompson. February 15, 2018. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music – Brian Bowen. February 16, 2018. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off.  February 16, 2019, at 10 a.m till the gumbo is gone.  Sunset Park, Mexico Beach. 850-648-8196
Gumbo, Brunswick stew, breads, beer, wine, hot dogs, desserts, live music and much more. Cash prizes for both Gumbo and Brunswick Stew divisions. Don’t worry, if you are more of a taster than a chef, you will have plenty to choose from! This event is free to enter. Tickets will be available for purchase to sample one, two or as many as you like gumbos or stews. There will be beverages available as well as hot dogs and sausage dogs. With live music and free beads, this is one cook-off that will get you in the Mardi Gras mood! All proceeds raised will go toward the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July 4th firework show.

Library Winter Speaker Series: Tuesdays @ 2. TBD 2019. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Port St. Joe Library. 850-22-8879
Speaker 

Library Winter Speaker Series: Tuesdays @ 2. TBD 2019. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Port St. Joe Library. 850-22-8879
Speaker is Captain Phil Cos, Phil’s Charter Service. He will reveal fishing secrets that can improve your success in finding & catching fish including using the right equipment, knots to know, cast net basics and knowing where to fish.

MARCH

SaltAir Farmers’ Market. 1st & 3rd Saturdays. 9 a.m – 1 p.m. City Commons Park, Corner of Ried Ave and Hwy 17, Port St. Joe FL
Take a morning stroll Downtown Port St. Joe & you’ll be treated with fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses & breads that are all ready for your table at the SaltAir Farmers’ Market! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery & gifts highlight the market’s offerings with live music & fresh air.

Concerts at the Port Theatre:  March 7, 2019.  7 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
The Currys Album Release

St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Tram Tour. Feb 8. 2019. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. JoeSt. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Cape San Blas
On the second Friday of each month, Buffer Staff host TRAM Tours for the public. The tour lets you explore the Uplands with an experienced guide and provides opportunities to observe the diverse communities present at the Buffer. Tour time is 9 am to 11 am departing from the Welcome Center parking lot. Join us to learn about the history and importance of the Buffer Preserve.  To reserve your spot call Sandra Chafin at 850-229-1787  ext. 1
or send us an Email

Junior Service League Annual Gala.  March 9, 2019. 6-10 pm EST.  100 Good Morning Street, Port St. Joe.
Join the JSL of PSJ for an evening of fun supporting the Children & Families of Gulf County. The 2019 event will be Havana Nights extravaganza. Live music, Gaming Tables, Silent Auction & more!  Stay tuned for more information about this great event that helps support women & children in Gulf County!

Farmers Market Apalachicola. March 9, 2019. 9- 1 EST. Mill Pond Pavilion at the Scipio Creek Marina.
Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads and other regional specialties.

Bingo at John C. Gainous VFW Post. Every Monday 2019. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 1776 Trout Ave., Highland View, FL. 850-229-6926
Weekly Bingo! The fun begins at 5:30 PM and continues until 7:30 PM. Jackpots range in amounts but can reach up to $250!

Panhandle Players. TBD 2019. 7:30-9 p.m   3 p.m. EST. Chapman Auditorium, 155 Avenue E. Apalachicola FL. 850-629-8680
Ira Levine’s Death Trap

Snowbird WindCreek Casino Day Trip. TBD 2019
Join our casino bus and “play” with us for the day! Monday, March 12th, join us on a day trip to WindCreek Casino in Atmore, AL. Cost is only $25 per person which includes roundtrip bus transportation, $10 Freeplay and a $15 meal credit. We will depart the El Governor Motel at 6 am CT and return to Mexico Beach at approximately 7:30 pm CT. To reserve your seat or for more information, please visit the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or call 850-648-8196. Deadline to sign up is February 23rd

Concerts at the Port Theatre: March 22, 2019.  7 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
Theatre of Blues

Blues in the Lot. March 23, 2019. 7 p.m EST. Port Theatre. 305 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe FL  1800-227-1223

APRIL

Port St. Joe Cape San Blas Farmers MarketSalt Air Farmers’ Market. 1st & 3rd Saturday, 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.

St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Tram Tour. April 12. 2019. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. JoeSt. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Cape San Blas
On the second Friday of each month, Buffer Staff host TRAM Tours for the public. The tour lets you explore the Uplands with an experienced guide and provides opportunities to observe the diverse communities present at the Buffer. Tour time is 9 am to 11 am departing from the Welcome Center parking lot. Join us to learn about the history and importance of the Buffer Preserve.  To reserve your spot call Sandra Chafin at 850-229-1787  ext. 1or send us an Email

Farmers Market Apalachicola. April 13, 2019. 9- 1 EST. Mill Pond Pavilion at the Scipio Creek Marina.
Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads and other regional specialties.

Apalachicola Art & Wine Walk. April 6, 2019. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m Downtown Apalachicola
Art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling, and demonstrating their talents from 11:00-6:00 pm.  The festivities continue into the evening with a wine tasting at 1:00-4:00 pm .  Afterwards, area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants paired with special wines (850) 653-9419 or email execdirector@apalachicolabay.org. 

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Worm Gruntin’ Festival in Sopchoppy. April 13, 2019. 850-962-4611. 2nd Saturday in April, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Sopchoppy.
 As always there will be live music and other entertainment, a 5K race, games for children and adults, the Worm Gruntin’ Contest, the Wakulla County Horseshoe Championship, a Hula Hoop Contest and much more. In the evening, we will dance under the stars at the Worm Grunter’s Ball. And entrance is all free and open to the public.

Port St. Joe Easter Egg Hunt. 850-227-1223. Port. 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 20, 2019. 9 am – 4 pm EST. Downtown Apalachicola.
Antique & Classic Boats & Cars, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display on from until 4:00 pm. Studebaker, Model A’s, T’s, Chevys and more. plus a large display of antique outboard engines. Boat building demonstration throughout the day by local boat builders. The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse. Kids model boat building and art activities. Tours of the waterfront. Arts, crafts and vendors.

Beach Blast Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon. TBD 2019.  St. Joe Beach 850-522-6666
The race offers both a Sprint and Olympic distance run in either a Triathlon or Duathlon style race. Athletes can pick the best race and distance that meets their needs. Packet pick-up will be located under the tiki hut at the El Governor Motel on Hwy 98 in Mexico Beach. Olympic distance races start 7:00 am & sprint distance races start at 7:30 am. All races start from the same spot on the beautiful beaches in Mexico Beach and the bike & run venture through both Mexico Beach & St. Joe Beach. If you would like to volunteer at this event, please call the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at 850-648-8196. For race information please click here.

Carrabelle Riverfront Festival. 850-697-2585. Marine Street, Carrabelle, FLA. A wonderful riverfront festival that features arts and crafts, sand sculptures, music, food, a pet parade and wildlife exhibits.

MAY

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SaltAir Farmer’s Market. May 5 and 19, 2019. 9-1 on the Corner of Reid Ave and Costin Blvd. 1st and 3rd Saturdays. 
Take a morning stroll Downtown Port St. Joe the 1st and 3rd Saturdays and you’ll be treated with fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses and breads that are all ready for your table at the SaltAir Farmers’ Market! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery and gifts highlight the market’s offerings with live music and fresh air.

Plein Air Paint Out. May 3 – 12, 2019 Throughout Gulf County
Now in the 13th year of documenting the landscape and culture of the last vestige of authentic “Old Florida,”  Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-out, is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. “With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We have developed a three year program, transcending typical event content to focus on the reason why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” states Event Chair Joe Taylor.

The invitational features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six “Florida’s Finest en Plein Air” artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, and the Plein Air Academy’s Master Artist Faculty. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors’ Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making!

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 draws 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. May 4 – 5, 2018. 10 am-4 pm. Apalachicola. FL
A self-guided tour from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday showcases residential homes (some with personal gardens), and featured gardens. This event provides a rare opportunity to view some of Apalachicola’s loveliest residences and grounds. Other historic homes, not on this year’s tour, are scattered throughout the community and provide a scenic backdrop for visitors. 

 Greeters are stationed at each location to provide detailed information for the tour, and homeowners may be on hand to speak with attendees, as well.

 The tour weekend begins on Friday evening with a Choral Evensong Service at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Immediately following the service a reception will be held at Gorrie Square, just outside the church with refreshments, and information on the following day’s events. All proceeds from the event are used to maintain and preserve this historic church and its properties. 

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Forgotten Coast Plein Air Painters Invitational. May 4 – 13, 2018. From Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas & St. George Island. 850-653-9419.

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-out, is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional.

Mexico Beach SUP Classic. May 19, 2018. From the El Governor Motel on Highway 98, Mexico Beach
Enjoy paddle boarding? Want to have fun and meet great people? We have an open water event for you! Saturday, May 19th, 2018, is the Mexico Beach SUP Classic held at the El Governor Motel on Hwy 98 in Mexico Beach.

If you decide to spend the night Friday, May 18, 2018, before the race at El Governor Motel, some fun events are scheduled: Paddleboarding group lesson for first-timers; SUP for Kids – the pros from Bare Foot Kayaking will have a demo clinic for kids to try paddle boarding; Sunset SUP Yoga – join us or just enjoy from the beach. All levels welcome. Pre-race packet pick up and pre-race dinner by the pool – sponsored by El Governor Motel. Socialize and relax so can bring your A game Saturday morning.

Saturday, May 19th, check-in and packet pick-up starts at 6:30 am. Please check in at least 30 min prior the start of your category.

Bring family and friends, invite everyone you know and join us for the world record attempt after the race! To register, please click here.

“St. Joseph Bay Cleanup and Kayak Festival”. Second Saturday in May. Hosted by Happy Ours

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music May. 17 – 30  7-10 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Scallop RePUBlic. Open Mic Night. May 21 & 28, 2018. 7-10 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

JUNE

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SaltAir Farmers’ Market: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month (June 1 & 15, 2019). 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. First Friday in the Month 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.

Scallop RePUBlic. Live Music June 1, 3-  11 and June 14 & 16.  Open Mic nights on Mondays.    7-10 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

License-Free Saltwater Fishing days.   June 2 – 3, 2018
Grab your poles June 2nd and June 3rd and enjoy these two license-free saltwater fishing days.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.  On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

Scallop RePUBlic. Dart Night and Community Potluck.  June 12, 2018. 6-10 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  June 9 & June 23, 2018.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with arts and crafts and other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market. Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile.

Golly Whopper Classic. TBT 2018
First tournament of the summer! The GollyWhopper Classic will be held on June 23, 2018.  The Captain’s Party will take place on Friday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel and Lionfish will be the divisions to capture that winning fish in. There will also be a Spearfishing Division and a Kid’s Division  (14 & under). Weigh-in will be held at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center on June 23rd from 3:30 pm till 5:30 pm. There will be live music and food for both Captain’s Party and Weigh-In.  Come enjoy this fun event whether participating or watching the weigh-in. For more information or to register click here. 

Annual Mullet Toss. June 9, 2018. 10 – 5. Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe on St. George Island.
This annual Mullet Toss is sponsored by The Blue Parrot for the benefit of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. For a nominal entry fee you get a unique Mullet Toss T-Shirt, and 2 mullet to throw. Visitors and Locals compete for prizes and bragging rights. There are prizes for the longest throws in the men’s, women’s and kids divisions.

Thursdays at the Theatre. TBD 20198. Historic Port Theatre. 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
Concert by TBT. Admission is $10 with cash beer and wine bar available. This is a casual venue, so bring Hor ‘d oeuvres and a friend.

JULY

First Fridays Art and Music Series. First Friday in the Month 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.

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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. First Friday in the Month 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.

Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival. TBD 2019. 11 – 4 EST at Village Drive and George Core Park.
Florida’s Forgotten Coast plays host to an abundance and variety of visitors, including adult and juvenile sea turtles. To celebrate these remarkable creatures and raise awareness of their importance, the Florida Coastal Conservancy and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival. Include live music  hot dogs and ice cream, marine life touch tanks, a sidewalk chalk art contest for all ages, educational displays, local art vendors, activities for kids, and sea turtle giveaways. The Festival is free to attendees and will take place rain or shine. Come join the fun and learn about our amazing sea turtles!

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 10:00 pm Eastern time. This spectacular display can be viewed from most anywhere downtown Port St. Joe and from the BAY side of Cape San Blas.

Blast on the Beach.  July 4, 2018.  Race will start at 7:00 a.m. on July 4th at Under the Palms Park (corner of Seventh Street & Maryland Blvd.) CST
Celebrate Independence Day on the beach with a day full of activities and end the night with the Best Blast on the Beach fireworks show!

Start the day off with the annual Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run. This run is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get you prepared for a great 4th of July. All ages are invited to participate in this family, fun race. A very easy course that will allow any stage of runner to enjoy. Runners will start and end at the same location with water stations along the road to route runners through the course. Spirited volunteers and onlookers will be cheering on each racer as they cross the finish line. This is a non-chipped, non-official timed race. All runners will be responsible for capturing his/her own time. A race clock will be provided, displayed, and visible to all runners as they cross the finish line.

The day continues with a Kid’s Fishing Rodeo! Children ages 2-14 are invited to come enjoy this free event that takes place along the Jetty’s on Canal Parkway. The event will start at 9:30 am. and runs till 11:00 a.m. Each angler will receive a free lunch and special tokens as being a participant angler. No registration is needed, just come with your fishing gear and bait and be ready to have fun while fishing for the big one.

Mexico Beach Sandy Shoes 5K Walk/Run and Children’s Fishing Tournament. TBD 2019. Under the Palms Park 7th Street, Mexico Beach
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. A 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 will be a timed event. 

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  TBD 2019.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade bread and pies, along with arts and crafts and other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market. Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile.

Mexico Beach Offshore Classic. TBD 2019.  Mexico Beach Marina & El Govenor
The 14th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic is set for July 27th-28th!  This two-day pelagic fishing tournament will give out cash prizes.  Three fishing categories give anglers the best opportunity to catch the big one in Kingfish, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Captain’s party will kickoff this event on Thursday, July 26th, at the El Governor Motel.  Fishing starts bright and early on Friday, July 27th, and Saturday, July 28th.  Weigh-in for both days will take place at the Mexico Beach Marina.  The last day will also include awards ceremony.  Come participate or watch the weigh-in at this exciting fishing weekend event in Mexico Beach.

For more information, or rules, click here.

First Fridays Art and Music Series. The 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 on the first Friday of every month.

AUGUST

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Bay Scallop Season Scallop season TBD 2019
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. – 1 p.m (August 3 & 17, 2019). 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.

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  August 6 – 11, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)
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Apalachicola Farmers Market.  TBD 2018.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with arts and crafts and other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market. Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile.

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  August 12, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  August 14 -1 8, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  August 26, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  August 20 – 25, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)
Tommy Cooper August 21, Emmaline and Ryan August 22, Sticky TOO! August 23, Will Thompson August 24, Drew Tillman August 25 and Rebecca Turk August 26

Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament. August 24-25, 2018. 5-9 p.m. CST. Mexico Beach Beacon Hill,  850-819-2333
Come participate or cheer on the participants at the 22nd Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament, a charitable event that raises funds to build artificial reefs. Kicking off the event is the Captain’s Party on Friday, August 24, 5–9 p.m. (CDT) at Veteran’s Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach. Then it’s time to drop the lines bright and early Saturday. Weigh-in starts at 1p.m. at the Mexico Beach Marina. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy watching the big one come in. 850-819-2333

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  August 26, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  August 27 – 31, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)
Greg Wood August 28, Kevin Whoo AUgust 29, Cherry Avenue August 30 and Dave Dale August 31

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

SEPTEMBER

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Bay Scallop Season  2019 Season.  TBD
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.  See the THINGS TO DO PAGE for details!

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  September 2, 2019 & Every Monday Night. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Salt Air Farmers’ Market. 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Sept. 1 & 15, 2018) 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.

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day. TBD 2019
Grab your poles on Saturday, September 1st,  and enjoy this license-free saltwater fishing day.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.  On this day, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market.  September 24, 2019.  9-2 CST.  Parker Park, 2500 W. Hwy 98, Mexico Beach.
Shop for local fresh vegetables & baked goods.  Gifts & tasy goodies from local crafts people.

Beach Blast Olympic Triathlon and Dualthon. TBD 2019. St. Joe Beach 850-522-6666Gulf County Farmers Market
The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 8th, offering choices of Sprint or Olympic distance and Triathlon or Duathlon. Pick your race and distance! The races take place on the beautiful Gulf Coast and its magical beaches. Location of the packet pick-up and race is El Governor Motel on Hwy 98. All 4 races start from the same spot on the beach in Mexico Beach. Olympic races start at 7:00 am and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am. All races run on Central Time! For more information or to register, please click here.

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  TBD 2019.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with arts and crafts and other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market. Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile.

Music in the Park. TBD 2019 . 5 – 7 CT Mexico Beach Sunset Park.
Mexico Beach is gearing up for some toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun with Music in the Park!  Every Thursday during the month of September you and the family are invited to unwind, relax and enjoy great music and beautiful sunsets at Parker Park, just along Hwy 98.  Be sure to grab a chair, a blanket, a cooler and whatever else you might need to setup your spot on the grass.  Come have a good time listening to talented musicians from all over our region play some of their very own hits and crowd favorites.   The concerts are put on by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and are free to the public. 

Fall Beach Blast Triathlon & Duathon.  TBD 2019. 
Offering choices of Sprint or Olympic distance and Triathlon or Duathlon.  Pick your race and distance!  The races take place on the beautiful Gulf Coast and its magical beaches.  Location of the packet pick-up and race is El Governor Motel on Hwy 98.  All 4 races start from the same spot on the beach in Mexico Beach.  Olympic races start at 7:00 am and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am.  All races run on Central Time!  For more information or to register, please click here.

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  September 9, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Darts and Community Potluck.  September 10, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Concerts at the Port Theatre: TBT 2019.  7 -9 p.m.   Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
 Come join The Krickets for the release concert of our newest studio album, Red Bird.   Doors open for general admission 6:40 for a 7pm show.

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  September 11 – 15, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Bingo & Live Music at Bowery Station, September 16, 2018.  3-7 p.m. EST  Apalachicola
Music by Brian Bowen, Clayton Mathis, Jenny Odom, Roy Ogles and Shaken.   & Stirred

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  September 16, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  September 18 – 22, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Yappy Hour at the Haughty Heron.  TBD 2019.  6-8 p.m. EST.  PETS WELCOME!
Live music, free hot dogs, raffles, 50/50 drawing, pet costume contest with great prizes!  Proceeds to benefit DAWGS in Prison & St.

PortOber Fest.  TBD 2019.  12 – 7 EST.  Reid Ave. Port St. Joe
PortOber Fest is a family friendly German style block party on Reid Avenue downtown Port St. Joe. We will feature live music by The Turkey Basters, The Wabi Sabis and The Polka Dots.   Music, vendors, contests, food and FUN!  FREE!

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  TBD 2019.  9 – 1 EST.  Mill Pond and Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola
Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads, pies, and other regional specialties offered from 9 am-1pm. Click here for details.  

Mexico Beach SUP Classic. TBD 2019.
Love to Paddle Board? The Mexico Beach SUP Classic is the place to paddle! On Saturday, September 22, 2018, paddleboarders will gather to participate in this open water event. Check-in/ packet pick up/body marking – starts at 6:30 am. Please check in at least 30 min prior the start of your category.

The night before the race, September 21st, at El Governor Motel there will be some fun events: Paddleboarding group lesson for first-timers; SUP for Kids – the pros from Bare Foot Kayaking will have a demo clinic for kids to try paddle boarding and Sunset SUP Yoga – join us or just enjoy from the beach. All levels welcome. Pre-race packet pick up and pre-race dinner by the pool – sponsored by El Governor Motel. Enjoy good food while you socialize and relax so can bring your A game Saturday morning.

 Bring family and friends, invite everyone you know and join us for the world record attempt after the race! To register for this event, please click here.

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  September 23, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Darts and Community Potluck.  September 24, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Music in the Park.  TBD 2019.  5-7 CST.   Parker Park, Mexico Beach
Free concert featuring Frances Mooney & Fontana Sunsets

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  2nd & 4th Saturdays (September 28, 2019).  9-1 p.m. EST Rain or shine.  Mill Pond Pavilion at Scipio Creek Boat Basin
Get local seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads, pies, jewelry, art and other specialties.

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music.  September 25 – 29, 2019. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)
Sept 26 Brian Bowen, Sept 27 Turkey Basters, sept 28 Rachel Hillman Trio, Sept 29 Matt Law, Sept 30 Cat Braeten and Tom Mason

OCTOBER

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  October 2, 2018. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music. October 2 – 7, 2018. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)
Oct 2 Charlier Sawyer, Oct 3 Slim Fatz, Oct 4 Kevin Whoo, Oct 5 Brian Bowen, October 5, Rebecca Turk October 7 Joe Godfrey

Salt Air Farmers’ Market. 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Oct. 6 & 20, 2018) 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.

Full Moon Lighthouse Climb. TBD 2018. 7 – 8:30 pm EST. 200 Ms. Zola’s Place, Port St. Joe

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Scallop & Music Festival. 1st Weekend of October, October 5 – 6, 2018. The Haughty Heron Parking lot, 117 Sailors Cove Drive, Port St. Joe.
Art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, our popular kid zone & many great food vendors make the 2-day event & enjoyable experience for all. 2 days of fun & activities for the whole family. This year’s acts include: Old Soul Revival, The Currys, The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn, Boo Radley, Charlie and Dana Hunt Black, The Bo Spring Band, Baby Grey, Hot Tamale, Coastal Highway, and Frank Lindamood!

Apalachicola Oktoberfest.  October  5 – 7 – 22, 2018.
This year’s three-day event hosted by Bowery Station and Oyster City Brewing Company will feature great beer, eats, and the best in live music. Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 will be at Bowery Station and feature The Mulligan Brothers, The Bo Spring Band, Clayton Mathis, The Turkeybasters, Johnny Barbato, and Ten Pound Pancake. Then, Sunday, October 7, the fun moves down to Oyster City Brewing Company and will showcase Boo Radley, The Currys, Matt Law and the Usual Suspects, Sticky Too, and Shaw Davis and the Black Ties. OCBC is batching up some of their famous Lyin’ Fish Oktoberfest Lager for the occasion!

Autumn Action Scramble Golf Tournament.  October 7, 218 @ 1 pm EST.  St. Joe Bay Country Club, 700 Country Club Road, Port St. Joe.
Welcome Men, Women & Teens.   Entry fee includs cart, greens fees, dinner for players and door prizes.  $400 1st place!

Scallop RePUBlic Open Mic Night.  October 8, 2018. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

St. Vincent Island Wild Week Guided Tours.  October 9 – 12, 2018
The Friends of St. Vincent will host a week’s worth of fun Fall activities as part of its Wild Week Guided Tours October  9-12. The four day event, which will take place on St. Vincent Island, will feature different activities each day including a guided tour with environmental speakers and a beachcombing tour, a tour and lesson on how to throw a  cast/sein net a trail bike tour. The wild week events are free but you must register. The Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge also has several volunteer opportunities currently available for people interested in learning more about the island and volunteering their time to important activities there including red wolf tracking, sea turtle nesting, tour narrators and drivers, office help and grant writing.

Scallop RePUBlic Darts and Community Potluck.  October 9, 2018. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)

Scallop RePUBlic Live Music. October 10-13, 2018. 7- 10 pm.  411 Cape San Blas Road (right on the Cape!)
Oct 10, Amanda Fish, Oct 12, Caitlyn RUshing and Seah Holcomb, October 13, Matt Law

St. Joseph Bay Preserves Bay Day. October 13, 2018. St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserves. 3915 State Road 30-A (C-30), Port St. Joe, Florida Cape San Blas FL Things to do Fall Festivals Events
There will be lots to see and lots to do. Best of all, the Low Country Shrimp Boil will be delicious — as always! Meet you on the deck at the Visitor’s Center!  The Low Country Shrimp Boil is always perfect. Trips to the uplands in the Buffer Preserve are always enjoyable. Live Auction the Thursday

Mexico Beach Wine and Arts Festival. October 13, 2018 . 2 – 7 p.m. CST
The 19th Annual Art & Wine Festival will take place on October 13th on the grounds of the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach.  Enjoy live music, mingling with artists and perusing through their work.  This annual event is hosted by the Special Events for Mexico Beach.  All proceeds will go towards the July 4th firework show.

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  October 13, 2018.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with arts and crafts and other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market. Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile.

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Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival. October 18 – 21, 2018. Florida’s Gulf Coast ~ Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and Indian Pass
It’s that wonderful time of year where the weather cools down, the sunsets are amazing and songwriter’s fill the salty air with sounds direct from the streets of Nashville. Blast on the Bay songwriters consists of 30+ musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs from Faith Hill and George Strait to Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Every year songwriters from past events will return for another great weekend of new and classic music, and a little bit of storytelling too. 850-229-7678.  If you spend one weekend a year in the area, make it October 18-21, 2018 at the 10th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival.  Please click here for more information or email info@blastonthebay.com.

Panhandle Players Present Secrets & Sweet Tea.  October 19 – 23, 218.   Apalachicola
The Panhandle Players will present Secrets & Sweet Tea October 19-21 in Apalachicola. The play is a southern comedy that takes place at the wake of Samuel Strainwhistle, a local Apalachicola millionaire. Various residents come to pay their respects, each hoping that Samuel has left a little something in his will for them.  As the show progresses everyone learns the true secrets of these Apalachicola mourners.  Three performances choose one or attend all three:  Friday, October 19th at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 pm; and a matinee on Sunday, October 21st at 3 pm.  $15 per ticket and can be purchased online or at the door.  Box office opens 1-hour prior to showtime.

Autos & Oysters.  October 27, 2018.  10-4 EST. Water Street, Downtown Apalachicola.
Admission is free.  Enjoy a fabulous line up of cars, fresh oysters and hotdogs in beautiful Riverfront Park.  Music and more. 

Ghost on the Coast. Port St. Joe Annual Downtown Trick or Treat. October 31, 2018. Reid Ave. 6:00. 850-229-8261.
Get your creative costumes together and come have a great night in downtown Port St. Joe! Join us downtown on Historic Reid Avenue on Tuesday, October 31st for our annual Ghosts on the Coast Halloween Celebration! Kicking off at 6:00 PM ET is a Costume Contest with 5 divisions: 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, Family & Groups, and Pets at City Commons Park. Trick-or-Treating will follow the contest at the sound of the Firehouse whistle!

Ghost Walk. Downtown Apalachicola. October 31. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Apalachicola, FL
local history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery’s more notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago. The Ghostwalk will be held 6:30-8:30 pm. at the Chestnut Street Cemetery on Hwy 98 in Apalachicola. Does it get any better than that?

NOVEMBER

SaltAir Farmers Market. 1st Saturday. 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.

Scallop RePUBlic -Sticky Too. Nov 1 STILL ON. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009

Forgotten Coast Music Festival.  November 2 – 3, 2018
The 1st annual Forgotten Music Festival in beautiful Mexico Beach, Florida is a 2-day music event on the tip of the Forgotten Coast and will be held at the El Governor Motel, on the beachfront.  From the pristine beaches to the distinguished musicians, this will be an experience not to be forgotten.

Downtown Apalachicola Oyster Roast.  November 2, 2018.  6-9 PM EST.  Water Street Next to the Grady Market
Under the stars & down on the river.   For tickets and information call or email.  850-653-9419 or Inof@apalachicolabay.org

Florida Seafood Festival.  November 2 – 3, 2018. Apalachicola FL.
The Florida Seafood Festival is a two-day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola River under the shady oaks of Apalachicola’s Battery Park. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, Musical Entertainment. Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Photo Contest, Parade, 5k Redfish Run, The Blessing of the Fleet, History of the Festival Exhibit and Tonging For Treasure.

Apalachicola Farmers Market.  November 10, 2018.  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.farmers-market-port-st-joe
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with arts and crafts and other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market. Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile.

Scallop RePUBlic – Open Mic Night. Nov 19, 2019. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Tuesdays are open mic nights starting at 5:30. All musicians and wanna-be musicians are welcome. We have a great sound system and can mic your acoustic or plug in your electric or you can bring your own amp. We will put up a sign-up sheet about an hour before it starts. You can play up to three numbers and put your name back on the list after your set. When we have gone through the list, and there is more time, we will open up the stage for a jam session. We have a house acoustic guitar and bass you can use.

Scallop RePUBlic – Live Music. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Nov 20 Brian Bowen, Nov 21 Slim Fats

Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration. November 23, 2018. 3:00-8 pm. 850-653-9419
The streets will be lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with the Holiday spirit.  Santa will arrive via shrimp boat at 4:00 p.m. at Riverfront Park on Water Street. He will be at the park to hear all the children’s Christmas wishes. The Orman & The Raney Houses will be decorated and open for tours. The Staff of The Chamber of Commerce will be giving out Hotdogs for all the children who come to visit Santa. New this year we will have A tide & seek Oyster Shell painting booth. So, the young and young at heart can paint some holiday shells to hide around the county.

Scallop RePUBlic – Live Music. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Nov 23 Thomas Merrit Trio Nov 24 Matt Law

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day. November 24, 2018
Grab your poles on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25th, and enjoy this license-free saltwater fishing day. This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On this day, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

Scallop RePUBlic – Live Music. 6-9 pm EST. 411 Cape San Blas Road. Right ON the Cape. 850-227-9009
Nov 24  Matt Law  Nov 27 Darts and Community Potluck  Nov. 29 Noel Hartough, Nov 30 Rachel Hillman Trio

Panhandle Players presents Secrets & Sweet Tea.  November 30.  7:30-9:30 EST.   155 Ave E. Apalachicola.  850-629-8680
Apalachicola millionaire Sam Strainwhistle has died and everyone is making their way to the Sladem, Butcher & Barry Funeral Home to pay their respects. Each is hoping that Mr. Sam has left a little something in his will for them all while learning each other’s secrets. This comedy will make you laugh until the tears run down your leg.

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