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Forgotten Coast Plein Air
May 6, 2016 to June 14, 2016 1:00 PM (ET)
Franklin & Gulf County

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists along with several hundred art enthusiasts will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast soon to participate in the 11th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 6-15, 2016. The event will include several exhibit venues stretching from Carrabelle more than 100 miles west along the coast to Mexico Beach. The 10 day event features daily artist demonstrations, workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. Art enthusiasts  can visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event.

Now in the 11th 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 the 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional.

May of 2016 will focus on the the natural environment with an emphasis on highlighting land conservation, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship. In 2017, the event will feature the region’s rich culture and heritage, focusing on human capacity and storytelling through plein air painting. And the third segment in 2018 will celebrate the built environment. This human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts, and historic sites. While each year will have a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, the collectors can be ensured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles.

The invitational features 21 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! Book your reservations early for the best rates! 


Artist of Apalachicola Area 3rd Annual Exhibition
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May 6, 2016 to June 29, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)

3rd Annual AAA Members Exhibition
May 6 thru 29
at Apalachicola Museum of Art, 95 5th Street.


Sea Grass Exploration Class
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June 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Main Lodge

WHERE:  St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve, in the Main Lodge 3915 State Road 30-A Port St Joe, 32456, (850) 227-1787 (lodge). Course information call (850) 670-7743
WHEN:   May 18th at 12:00pm-4:00pm Eastern Time. 

Start your summer off right with a fantastic exploration of our crystal-clear seagrass ecosystem! This professional level class offered by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will teach you all about seagrasses and their habitat through hands on activities, group investigation, and instruction from experienced marine biology experts. The class includes a guided snorkeling tour of portions of protected seagrass beds of St. Joe Bay. 


Registration is required and the cost is $25 per person. Visit gulfalliancetraining.com and click on Seagrass Ecology Class to register or click here http://www.gulfalliancetraining.org/detail.aspx?Id=120 

Must bring your own snorkeling gear and water shoes (not flip flops). Please eat lunch before you arrive as food will not be provided. There will be 5 minute breaks if participants want to bring a snack.  Rain date will be May 20th, 12:00pm-4:00 pm. Class limited to 25 people.


Apalachicola Gallery Crawl
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June 4, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Join us for an evening of art, music and light refreshments in historic downtown Apalachicola. Saturday, June 4 from 6 pm - 9 pm.


16th Annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament
June 11, 2016 5:59 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Charles and Rex Pennycuff will host their 16th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 11th. Kids 16 and under will fish for fresh and saltwater species. Each entry receives a t-shirt, and after the tournament, entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman's Choice in Eastpoint. Entry is free and generally about 200 kids sign up. 


Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Bass Tournament
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June 11, 2016 to June 12, 2016 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)

Inaugural Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Bass Tournament, this is a two day event with weigh-ins on both Saturday and Sunday. $60 per boat entry fee, boats can have up to two persons fishing. Cash Prizes going to the top three total weights. There will be a Big Bass Pot on each day. Check back for further updates and registration forms.


Downtown Apalachicola Independence Eve Celebration
July 3, 2016 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM (ET)

If you just can’t wait for July 4th, join the thousands of people who come from near and far to celebrate our Independence, a little ahead of everyone else in America, on Independence Eve! Riverfront Park, on Water Street in downtown Apalachicola, is the place to be! For the fifth year in a row, the community is combining its resources for a July 3 spectacular, culminating in a stunning fireworks display over the Apalachicola River. Enjoy food, beverages, great live music, a parade, free ice cream, veterans tribute, the national anthem, face painting, and other activities. More details to be announced soon!


19th Annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run
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August 6, 2016 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

aturday, August 6, 2016 - The St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run is an annual event sponsored by the Tate's Hell Track Club. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. 2016 will be our 19th year. After the race, enjoy a Post Race Party with fresh seafood & beverages at St. George Lighthouse Park with live music by Debi Jordan. On-site registration & packet pickup begins at 4:00pm at St. George Lighthouse Park. The One Mile Fun Run begins at 6:30pm and the 5K Race begins at 7:00pm. Post Race Party and awards at St. George Lighthouse Park at 7:30pm. Discounts for military personnel and school cross country teams.  For more info and pre-registration information visit: www.stgeorgeislandsizzler.com   Phone: 850-509-2191 Email:info@stgeorgeislandsizzler.com


Florida Seafood Festival
November 4, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Apalachicola, Florida

Come celebrate the 53rd year of the Florida Seafood Festival, Florida's oldest maritime festival. This two-day celebration offers the best in fresh quality seafood that annually draws thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola.  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 and musical entertainment.  Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run and the Blessing of the Fleet.