The Carrabelle community will celebrate the 27th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on Friday, April 21 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m along the beautiful Carrabelle Harbor and Downtown Carrabelle. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
The Carrabelle community invites you to explore the legends, lyrics and wonders that make this area unique. This year’s celebration will introduce Carrabelle’s newest beauty, the “Belle” of Carrabelle, and continue with many of our most popular traditins, exhibits, and family friendly activities.
|Big Daddy & Red Hot Java|
The 27th Annual event will, as always, offer fun live entertainment including local music acts, the Tallahassee Community College Dancers, the Parade of the Species (a costumed celebration of our native wildlife) and the always hilarious dress up Pet Show sponsored by the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers. Be sure to bring your furry friend dressed in his or her best duds. Friday night our music kicks off with Tom & the Ace of Hearts Band and a Dance Party on Avenue B with DJ Greg. This year we will also have a phenomenal headliner band on Saturday, “Big Daddy & Red Hot Java”. This band creates a blend of down home Chicago roots and adopted musical home of New Orleans! This incredible 7-piece band playing of mix of blues, jazz and soul is a one-of-a-kind experience. Don’t miss your chance to hear their booty-shaking, soul-quaking sound.
Shop with our unusual and colorful arts and crafts vendors and chow down with our wonderful food vendors and traditional fair foods at the Treasure of Gullet’s Cove food court. Come discover the skills you’d need to survive the wilds of our Forgotten Coast on Avenue B (formerly Culture Cove) with maritime and landlubber experts – from thatching roofs to archery and from animal snares to kayaking. Start your Saturday with the Tate’s Hell and Back 5K walk/ run. Enjoy the must-see entertainment of the year, the wildly fun Fishy Fashion Show. Come for the wonderful kids’ activities including the ever popular Pirates of the Carrabellean, children’s pirate academy. Explore fabulous family friend activities like the touch tanks from Gulf Specimen Marine Lab’s SeaMobile. Listen to the sounds of the festive knee slapping, boot stomping, soul shaking music. Be sure to check out the National Historic schooner, Governor Stone and the Forgotten Coast Cruisers vintage car show.
Keep watch here and our Facebook page for announcements and details,
Click on the links to the left to see more details about each event and activity mentioned above.
Fishy Fashion Show
This signature festival event features the “Dos and Do Knots” of coastal couture and annually delights the crowds that gather around the main stage to take in the latest “Surf-n-Turf” stylings. Fishy Fashion Show fashionista, Joan Matey, and models always delight during this very unique showcase event.
Don’t get caught flat-footed or washed-up wearing last year’s formal or casual attires, the Fishy Fashion Show is the prime place to find the latest in apparels and accessories for the modern and hip forgotten coaster.
“Avenue B”, a Celebration of Carrabelle’s Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources
The celebration of Carrabelle’s cultural, historic and natural resources continues with the Carrabelle History Museum’s Avenue B. The street will be full with hands-on survival skill activities, like roof thatching, rope weaving, edible wild plants identifying, fire starting, and animal snare making; interactive archeology and folk craft demonstrations; educational exhibits from local and state resource experts; and the wonderful hands-on SeaMobile with touch tanks, and critters galore. The Florida Forest Service will be offering two exciting guided field trips to Rock Landing in Tate’s Hell State Forest for archery and kayaking during Saturday’s event. Come discover the skills you’d need to survive the wilds of our Forgotten Coast. All these kid and family friendly activities can be found at Avenue B.
Riverfront Festival Caters to Our Elders
Golf Cart Shuttle Service
This year there will be a free golf cart shuttle service throughout the Festival that will be devoted to helping folks who find it hard to walk a long way move through the festival easily. It will make continuous rounds from the Carrabelle CARES’ host tent at the intersection of US 98 and Marine Street down through the whole Festival to the Wharf Pavilion at the other end of Marine Street. Franklin County Emergengy Management, Weems Hospital and the First Responders will offer shady rest areas and a “boo-boo” station along the way where the shuttle will stop.
Special Close Parking for Disabled People
Two special parking areas for individuals with disability tags will be provided this year on Avenue B between the Hometown Marathon and the Georgian Motel and on the east end of Avenue C between Third Street and Marine Street close to the George Sands Park. You can call 850-697-2141 on the days of the festival for more information.