Come celebrate the 51st 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, Cooking Contest, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run and the Blessing of the Fleet.
Love oysters? Don't miss the 10th annual Downtown Oyster Roast on October 31st, 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Apalachicola. This enchanting event, sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, will feature roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad greens and fantastic desserts. Dine under the stars next to the Apalachicola River. Local blues man Joe Hutchinson will provide live entertainment. For tickets call (850) 653-9419 or email email@example.com
The Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up the lovely historic town of Apalachicola from 4:00-8:00 p.m., the day after Thanksgiving. 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 Christmas spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4:00 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Santa will hear children’s Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Orman House is trimmed in holiday finery and docents in period costumes lead visitors through the early history of the County. The Raney House is decorated in holiday greenery and open for tours. Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration!
Saturday from 1:00-3:30 pm the fun continues as Santa has a special day devoted to hearing wishes from his furry friends. There will be a pet costume contest at 3:00 and special treats for dogs. Bring your camera and make a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society and get your pet's photo taken with Santa.
Plus, help our great local shops on “Small Business Saturday” November 29 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET) Come shop our small local business in Apalachicola. From art to jewelry, food or antiques, you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall.
Help our great local shops on “Small Business Saturday” November 29, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET) From art to jewelry, food or antiques, you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall.
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 hand crafted Apalachicola specialties such as fresh seasonal wreaths, baked goods, artwork, wood carving, pottery, hand knitted goods. Your gift shopping has never been easier! Call (850) 653-9419 for details. Located in front of the Dixie Theatre Avenue E and Market Street.
Dixie Theatre - 21 Market Street Apalachicola
Returning for their 2nd season at the Dixie Theatre, this band wowed audiences when they open the 2014 Season 17.
After traveling the Globe and playing such US venues at new Orleans Jazz Festival, we are honored to have this incredible musician grace the Dixie stage. www.spencerbohren.com
The 5th Annual Oyster Cook-Off to benefit the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2014. The Friday evening event will be a preview of the oyster-related silent auction items, along with a sampling of the Apalachicola Bay's tasty bivalves 6:00-8:00 pm. The actual cook-off on Saturday will start at 12 noon, Judging and Bands starts at 2:00. Contestants are encouraged to enter with their favorite recipe. All forms of oysters will be available to taste: raw, steamed, fried. Other food items and refreshments will be available for purchase also. The day's activities will include live music and dancing performances. More information will be posted soon at www.oystercookoff.com, and the event can be followed on Facebook.
Dixie Theatre - 21 Market Street Apalachicola
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Dixie Theatre - 21 Market Street Apalachicola
River Front Park
Habitat for Humanity's Mardi Gras Celebration will be on February 6th. Friday, the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers invites you to a parade of dogs and their people. Dress yourself and your dog as your favorite character or wear traditional Mardi Gras attire. The parade begins at 5:30 pm at the intersection of Avenue F and Commerce Street (near the chamber office and visitors center) and continues down Commerce to the Courthouse, then left & left again onto Water Street up to the Riverfront Park where the party will continue with live music, dancing, Cajun food, and other festivities for the whole family. Saturday night is the Mardi Gras Dinner and Ball at the Armory. There will be music, dancing and a floor show, plus the crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen. Dinner tickets are $50.00, 6:30 pm, and general admission $25.00 at 7:30pm. For tickets and information call Kayd at (850) 653-3113 or Caroline (850) 670-5064.
4th street and Avenue D in Apalachicola
Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Fort Coombs Armory located on 4th street and Avenue D in Apalachicola. Sample an array from our area restaurants. Our talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually. The tables range from elegant to artistic and funky. Join us for our 19th year. Tickets are $60. For more information, call Apalachicola Bay Chamber at (850) 653-9419 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
St George Island
The home tour will be held on Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. “We have a great selection of homes from the Plantation to the East End and from the beachfront to the bay,” said Dany Ray, who is chairing the event with her husband Marty Ray. “We have modern and traditional beach-front homes, bay-front homes, and historic homes. This is the first and best chance for people to get a total view of the island lifestyle from inside some our out best and most interesting homes.”Tour tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20 on the day of the tour. The event is sponsored by the St. George Lighthouse Association. To reserve tickets, call 850-927-7745. For more info, www.sgiTourOfHomes.com or call 888-927-7744.
St. George Island, Florida
The St George Island Regional Chili Cook off will take place Saturday, March 7. Friday, the Auction Art Preview is in the evening from 5 - 7 at the island's firehouse (324 E. Pine Ave.). Saturday includes the 5K Red Pepper Run at 8:00 am, Crock Pot Judging 10-11:00 am, the Auction begins at 11:00, booth showmanship judging is at 11:30 - 12:15pm Miss Chili Pepper and Miss Hot Sauce judging at 12:15pm, taste awards 3:30pm. Head to the center of the island for all of Saturday’s events. There is a $5 entry fee. Proceeds benefit the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders (850) 927-2753.
Camp Gordon Johnston
The 19th annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion days, created to celebrate the historic wartime Carrabelle museum together with the service of veterans from WWII and beyond, has announced their schedule for 2015. Veterans and their families are invited to Carrabelle from Friday, March 13, through Saturday, March 14, 2015.Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with tours of WWII Army vehicles that have seen combat. Audiences will also get the privilege of touring the “New Orleans” Landing Craft ( LCU 2034) and the United States Coast Guard Cutter, “Seahawk” if these vessels are in port. Tours of each craft will be conducted by vessel crew members. The Camp Gordon johnston Association, The Camp Gordon johnston WWII Museum and the citizens of Franklin County, Florida are proud to show our gratitude and support for the service and sacrifice of all veterans. It is in our unity as Americans that we can stand strong now and forever. Thank you in advance for your consideration and we hope to see you at the Camp Gordon Johnston Days Reunion in Carrabelle.
Eastpoint Fire House
The 14th Annual Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department Charity Rib Cookoff. Saturday March 14th at the fire house in Eastpoint, Florida. The event is located at the corner of 6th St and CC Land Rd in Eastpoint, one block north of US Hwy 98. This years event promises to be the biggest ever with our competitors cooking more ribs than ever.In addition to the cooking competition we will have a Car Show, Silent auction and live entertainment and back by popular demand, the Liars Contest. Rides and face painting for the kids. Free admission and the gates open at 9:00 am. BBQ dinners will be served from 11:00 am till it’s all gone. There will also be a Silent Auction preview and open mike entertainment Friday March 18th from 5:00 till 7:00 For more information or to enter the cookoff or be a sponsor contact George Pruett at 850-670-9000 or by E-mail at email@example.com
Art in all forms will be woven in and arounf picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing,selling and demonstrating their talents.The festivities continue into the evening with a wine testing at 3:00pm. Afterwards area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants pared with special wines.
Water Street, Apalachicola
Apalachicola will host the 17th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day. This festival emphasizes the maritime history of our picturesque coastal town.
Special highlights include home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths. The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will host tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines with their beautiful antique steam powered vessels. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River and its flora and fauna, along with booths featuring: the Coast Guard Auxiliary, kids model boat building, the National Weather Service and boat building demonstration throughout the day.
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 and the restored 1877 gaff-rigged schooner the Governor Stone will also be in attendance. Questions? Please call (850) 653-9419 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.antiqueboatshow.org.
The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will also have a special open house Friday evening with a reception from 6:00-8:00 pm
More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast in early May to participate in the 10th annual Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 2-10, 2015. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of authentic "Old Florida" – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point. "Plein Air", a French word, simply translated means "open air". The roots of plein air painting are found in 19th-century Europe. An Englishman, John Constable, believed that artists should forget "formulas" and trust their own vision in finding truth in nature. The event includes 5 exhibits across the coast, daily artist demonstrations, 2 workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. Art enthusiasts visited the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event. The Grand Patrons Party will be held in May 10, 2014 6:30-10:00pm at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art. Art sales and debut of Artists' Choice paintings, $40 ticket. Call (800) 378-8419 for more info.
Trinity Episcopal Church
The 23nd Annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour takes place the first Saturday in May. The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Last year’s theme, “And the Livin' Is Easy" is as apropos to the grand Gothic Revival home and the beautiful Queen Anne abode as it is to the precious bungalow and all sizes and sorts in between. All of the homes featured on this year's tour are vintage homes with interesting histories, contemporary touches and homeowners who take pride in their houses and have found a perfect fit for their unique style in this community.
The featured house for the 2014 tour was the home of Briana Wheatly. It was built for George H. Whiteside in the Gothic Revival Style, circa 1872. The Whiteside family owned and operated the Apalachicola Ice and Canning Company in Apalachicola. Their affluence was reflected in some of the home's distinctive features: two closets per bedroom, heart pine flooring, beautiful crown molding, push bell for summoning servants, a built-in dining room sideboard, and fireplace between the two parlors.
Friday, May 2: Evensong 5:30 Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church was held on Friday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. This service provides the traditional opening for the home tour. It will be followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes were open on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at $20 until the day of the event. On May 3, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket. In addition, a sealed-bid auction, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. will be a part of Saturday’s festivities.
Guests to Apalachicola can enhance their weekend experience by allowing time to visit the many historical buildings and churches, museums, inns and parks that mark this historic town as a truly original locale. We conjecture that you will find, as we who live here do, that the "livin' is easy" in Apalachicola. We welcome you to join us for the weekend and come back again and again.
For more information or ticket sales please contact Trinity Episcopal Church at (850) 653-9550 Please visit the tour website at apalachicolahistorichometour.org
Riverfront Park, Apalachicola
Fishermans Choice Eastpoint Fl
Charles and Rex Pennycuff are hosting their 15th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6th. 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 where they will weigh in their fish, eat hot dogs and hamburgers and get some great prizes. In years past, Rex says they gave away 170 rods and reels, tackle boxes and a dozen cast nets. Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, and include all major fish species. Entry is free and generally about 200 kids sign up. Call Fisherman's Choice for more information at (850) 670-8808.