Calendar of Events



Forgotten Coast 2011 Calendar of Events

Calendar of EventsCompiled by Terrika Mitchell

May 6–7
19TH ANNUAL HISTORIC APALACHICOLA HOME & GARDEN TOUR
Tour the “coastal cottages” featured in Trinity Episcopal Church’s tour of homes. Kicks off with Friday Evensong, followed by a reception and free lecture. Visit the featured 1900 Queen Anne-style Trinity Church Rectory, enjoy lunch and participate in a silent auction on Saturday. Pre-sold tickets are $15 and day-of tickets will be $20. Trinity Episcopal Church. Evensong begins 5:30 p.m. Tour from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (850) 653-9505, apalachicolahistorichometour.org

May 7
37TH ANNUAL BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL
Woolley Park on Dickerson Bay in Panacea is the scene for one of the Gulf Coast’s largest festivals and best-loved traditions. Waterfront fun and unlimited seafood from vendors. Traditional event parade down U.S. Highway 98 starts at 10 a.m. (850) 985-2722, bluecrabfest.com

May 7
APALACHICOLA ART WALK/WINE FESTIVAL
Downtown Apalachicola will be decorated with the works of local artists. Viewing starts at noon. A wine tasting follows at 6 p.m. (850) 653-9419

May 13–22
6TH ANNUAL FLORIDA’S FORGOTTEN COAST PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL
The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition hosts 10 days of open-air art with six exhibits featuring the natural on-site paintings of several artists. Daily artist demonstrations, workshops, art sales and public receptions. A family activity concludes the event on May 22. (800) 378-8419, pleinairfl.com

May 21
ANNUAL TUPELO HONEY FESTIVAL
Come celebrate the locally produced sweet Tupelo honey. Lots of kids crafts, vendors, music, dancing and, of course, honey. FREE. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. (850) 639-2605

June 3–4
BLUEWATER OUTRIGGERS CHARITY OFFSHORE CLASSIC
Bluewater Outriggers promotes this offshore fishing tournament at the Port St. Joe Marina. The weekend begins with a captains’ party catered by Salt Lick Sausage at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Four first-place winners will receive $2,500 and four second-places winners will receive $500. Prize drawing, vending, raffles and live music. The popular Panhandle Kingfish Slam will leave the winning boat with $5,000 or more in cash and prizes. bluewatercharityclassic.com

June 18–20
BIG BEND SALTWATER CLASSIC FISHING TOURNAMENT
More than dads can have a great time this Father’s Day weekend at this famous event. The opening Captains’ Dinner at the Carrabelle Boat Club will feature music, food and fellowship. The first lines go in the water at 5:30 a.m. Friday and end with an award ceremony Sunday after Saturday’s weigh-ins. Registration $65 online, $75 in person. Carrabelle Boat Club.  (850) 216-2272, saltwaterclassic.com

July 4
INDEPENDENCE ON THE COAST
Make the most of your Fourth of July holiday in downtown Port St. Joe. Daytime activities will include sidewalk sales and festival fun for the entire family. Experience a breathtaking firework show in the evening. FREE. Frank Pate Park, U.S. Highway 98. Contact the Port St. Joe Chamber of Commerce at (850) 227-1223

July 4
BEST BLAST ON THE BEACH
Celebrate America’s birthday with the family on Mexico Beach. The fun begins with a 5K run for parents and children, with a free youth fishing tournament and evening firework show. Food, drinks, awards and fun are guaranteed. Walk/run at Under the Palms Park on Seventh Street. (850) 648-8196, mexicobeach.com

July 29–30
7TH ANNUAL MARQUARDT’S MARINA OFFSHORE CLASSIC
This tournament supports reef building along the Forgotten Coast as part of a three-tournament series. It promises fun-filled competition with place prizes given out in three categories — Dolphin, Wahoo and King. Mexico Beach. (850) 648-8900, mbara.org

August 6–7
19TH ANNUAL SCALLOP FESTIVAL
Visit Port St. Joe’s waterfront for this annual festival where you can find crafts, entertainment, food and scallops. The festivities also include an art preview party and kids’ zone. $5 for 18 and up. 11 a.m. Sand Hill Pond Park, Port St. Joe. (850) 227-1223

August 26–27
15TH ANNUAL MBARA KINGFISH TOURNAMENT
Hosted by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. Register for a fun-filled weekend beginning Friday with the Captains’ Dinner, offering food, drinks and door prizes. The tournament begins at 5 a.m. CST on Saturday with weigh-in at 5 p.m. CST at Marquardt’s Marina. Enjoy a musical evening Saturday night at Toucan’s with a live band. $150 per boat. Marquardt’s Marina, Mexico Beach. Captains’ dinner at El Governor Motel begins 5 p.m. CST.  Contact MBARA president Bob Cox at rcox@mchsi.com

September 1–29
MUSIC IN THE PARK
Every Friday in September, Mexico Beach welcomes residents and visitors to an evening of soothing sounds. FREE. Sunset Park, Mexico Beach. 6 p.m. CST.

September 10
FALL BEACH BLAST TRIATHLON & DUATHLON
Tour the beautiful beaches and forests of the Forgotten Coast in this four-race event. Compete in the Olympic or sprint distance race and enjoy an awards ceremony with gift certificates, pizza, hot dogs and shrimp immediately after. $60–$180. Beacon Hill Park, Mexico Beach. Packet pick-up Friday at 5 p.m. CST and first race begins Saturday at 7 a.m. beachblasttriathlon.com

October 14–13
BLAST ON THE BAY SONGWRITER’S FESTIVAL
For the third year some of Nashville’s top songwriters will visit Port St. Joe. The lineup of performers include last year’s crowd favorites like Jillia Jackson and Thom Shepherd, who will also participate in an open discussion workshop for novice musicians. Performances will be held at several venues along the coast. Proceeds will go to the Educational Foundation of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts. FREE. (850) 229-7678, blastonthebay.com

Oct. 29
CROOKED RIVER LIGHTHOUSE PARK LANTERN FEST
Experience an enchanted blend of history, science, theatre, music and awe as more than 100 lanterns illuminate the story of the historic 1895 lighthouse. Live music, good food, children’s activities and nighttime tower climbing. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. 1975 U.S. Highway 98 West. 4–10 p.m. (850) 697-2732. crookedriverlighthouse.org.
 
October 31
GHOSTS ON THE COAST
Ghosts and goblins will envelop downtown Port St. Joe for a safe Halloween celebration with costume contests, storytelling and trick-or-treating. Hosted by the area’s Chamber of Commerce. FREE. 5 p.m. Reid Street, Downtown, Port St. Joe. (850) 227-1223, gulfchamber.org   

December 4
MEXICO BEACH CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS
The 3rd annual Tree Lighting celebration features caroling by candlelight, refreshments, a visit from Santa and the annual golf cart parade. FREE. 5 p.m. CST. Sunset Park, Mexico Beach.

December 3 and 10
CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST
Port St. Joe rings in the holidays with the spirit of fun. Residents can enjoy the annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk, prizes and photos with Santa on Dec. 3. The following Saturday, gather to watch the Lighted Boat Parade. FREE. Port St. Joe. (850) 227-1223

December 31
CELEBRATE SAFE, CELEBRATE TWICE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION
Ring in the New Year twice in one night. Enjoy live entertainment and festivities at Port St. Joe Beach then Mexico Beach, where you can do it all over again an hour later. Shuttles will offer free rides to and from the beaches. Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. (850) 227-1223

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