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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.


4th of July FreedomFest
July 4, 2016 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
St. George Island

Come celebrate our great countries spirit of freedom and independence. Watch the greatest fireworks display on the Island from the Blue Parrot decks.

Have a delicious fresh seafood dinner while the sky lights up. Enjoy drinks from the Tiki Bar while the crowd oooohs and aaahs. Music and fun.


Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Bass Tournament
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July 9, 2016 to July 10, 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.


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


Whatever Floats your Boat Regatta
September 24, 2016 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
St. Teresa

It’s time once again for you to challenge your friends, your family, and your colleagues to build boats out of stuff that any normal person would take to the dump and enter them in the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Boats can be as artistic or as whacky as you want to make them. Just build ‘em and they will float . . . more or less.

You landlubbers will be busy ashore cheering on the captains and crews of these outrageously constructed vessels as they sail, row, or scull around the course, topple over, or slowly sink into Apalachee Bay. Watch the Regatta from various shoreline vantage points around the lab on either side of the boat basin. Enjoy good food, have loads of fun, all while learning about recycling and how to reduce the impact of plastics in our marine environments.

Visit the website to see more details and register.


Autos & Oysters
October 29, 2016
Riverfront Park

The Autos and Oysters Car Show, on Saturday, October 29, 2016, will showcase the cars of local collectors and will also attract enthusiasts from throughout the region. The show will be followed by a sock hop on the City Docks on Saturday night featuring local refreshments, music, and oysters. It promises to be a fun, family-friendly weekend for all!

The Sock Hop will be held at Riverfront Park, and the Car Show will be held on Water Street. Both events are free and open to the public. Package deals offered by lodging providers and restaurants will encourage visitors to stay, dine, and shop. Details of this year’s participating businesses to be announced.


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.


Apalachicola Downtown Oyster Roast
November 4, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park Area

Love oysters? Don't miss the 12th annual Downtown Oyster Roast on November 6st,  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.Tickets are $60 each.  For tickets call (850) 653-9419 or email execdirector@apalachicolabay.org


Apalachicola Historic Downtown Christmas Celebration
November 25, 2016 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Downtown Apalachicola

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 open for tours. The Raney House is decorated in holiday greenery and open for tours.  Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration!

 

Plus, help our great local shops on “Small Business Saturday” November 26th  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.


Holiday Fresh Market
December 3, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)

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 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.


21st Annual Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler
February 12, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Coombs Armory

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce will host the 21 st Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler on Sunday, February 12, 2016, from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Chef's 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. Tickets are $60. For more information, call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at (850) 653-9419 or email us at Execdirector@apalachicolabay.org

Sponsorship Opportunities

Golden Chef Sponsor- $1,000 (Limited Availability)

* Table for 12 Includes all food and beverages

* Table with your Corporate Logo prominently displayed

* Sponsor Name & logo in program for the event

* Mentions of Sponsorship in the Chamber newsletters & on social media sites

Silver Chef Sponsor - $600

* Table for 8 includes all food & beverages

* Table with your Corporate Logo prominently displayed

* Sponsor Name & logo in program for the event

* Mentions of Sponsorship in the Chamber newsletters & on social media sites

Chef - $200

* 2 tickets to the Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler

* Company Name or logo included in program for event and mentions in newsletters and social media


Apalachicola Art & Wine Walk
April 1, 2017 11:00 AM - 6:00 AM (ET)

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 3:00 pm.  Afterwards area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants pared with special wines (850) 653-9419 www.apalachicolabay.org.

 

Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show
April 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 AM (ET)
Riverfront Park

 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. Studebakers, 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

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have free information on safe boating.

The Dept of Environmental Protection will be on hand to give out information on the Clean Boating Program.

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have a booth on area flora and fauna.

The Apalachicola RiverKeeper will have information on the special qualities of our unique pristine river and bay system

Arts and Crafts, Vendors