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Top Things to Do in February on the Forgotten Coast

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | February 11, 2022

Photo of a sunset over the water on St. George Island

February on the Forgotten Coast is calm, cool, and ideal for all kinds of activities. We are far from snow and ice, with average highs in the mid-sixties, and it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors without breaking a sweat. We compiled a list of our favorite events happening this month.

Panhandle Players: Accidentally Wealthy
February 11 – February 13
Chapman Auditorium, Apalachicola
Don’t miss the Panhandle Players in Accidentally Wealthy, a mysterious comedy of errors and murder. Friday and Saturday’s shows are at 6:30 pm, and Sunday’s performance is a matinee at 2:00 pm. 

Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts: A Valentine Special featuring Darryl Tookes
February 11
Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola
What better way to prepare for Valentine’s Day than listening to the incredible voice of Darryl Tookes as he performs his Romantic Songs program, featuring music of Cole Porter along with favorite songs and ballads from the American Jazz Songbook. 

10th Annual St. George Island Tour of Homes
February 12
St. George Island Lighthouse, St. George Island
The Tenth Annual St. George Island Tour of Homes will be Saturday, February 12, 2022, and opens six unique island residences to the public, offering visitors a view of island living. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the tour day.

Carrabelle History Museum: History of the Turpentine Industry in North Florida
February 12
C-Quarters Marina, CarrabelleLearn about the turpentine and naval stores industry in Florida and its impacts on Florida’s history and our local area’s economy. The presentation will include the beginnings of the industry in the Southeast, through the convict leasing program during Reconstruction, and insights into causes that led to the end of the industry in Florida.

Full Moon Lighthouse Climb
February 16
Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle
Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to see the gorgeous natural surroundings of the St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the rising full moon. The Bog Lilies will add to the ambiance with live music using a unique blend of instruments, including banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and cajones.

Sunset and Full Moon Climb
February 16
St. George Island Lighthouse, St. George Island
Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to view St. George Island, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Apalachicola Bay under the evening sky.

Apalach’s Living Dead: A Creepy and Funny Walking Tour
February 18 and 19
Apalachicola Visitor’s Center, Apalachicola
On this lively, outdoor tour, you’ll experience some of our regular ghosts, and you’ll also hear new stories, including the story of the Ghost Hearse and the legend of Bloody Bluff

H’COLA History Festival
February 19 -21
Celebrate African-American history, life, music, and culture in Apalachicola. This outdoor, family-oriented event is filled with varied artists and entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, health & wellness, and more. 

Soup, Bread, and Book Sale
February 19
Carrabelle Branch of Franklin County Public Library, Carrabelle
This popular sale features vintage books and DVDs, delicious homemade soups, and freshly baked artisan bread. The soups and bread sell out quickly, so come early to get the best selection.

Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts: FSU Percussion Ensemble
February 20
Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts is proud to present the Percussion Ensemble from Florida State University. The Percussion Ensemble is known as one of the best in the country, winning Percussion Ensemble Competitions and producing critically acclaimed recordings.

Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts: World Jazz Trio
February 25
Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola
Jazz musicians Brian Hall on bass and Michael Bakan on percussion are two of Tallahassee’s most popular performers. Along with a vocalist, they are putting together an evening of entertainment that features Jazz and Pop standards along with modern and contemporary sounds.

Apalachicola Barkus Parade 2022: Pirates of Oyster City
February 26
Downtown Apalachicola
Join in celebrating the fun of Mardi Gras with dogs! This year’s theme is Pirates of Oyster City, and there will be a parade, live entertainment, local food vendors, and arts and crafts vendors.  

Special Exhibit: 476th and 818th Black Amphibious Truck Companies
February 1- February 26
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII History Museum, Carrabelle
The CGJ WWII Museum presents a fascinating exhibit on the history of two Black Amphibious Truck Companies, the 476th and the 818th. These are two of several Amphibious Truck Companies that trained at Camp Gordon Johnston during World War II.

Special Exhibit: Sponge Diving in Carrabelle and North Florida
October 1 – March 31
Carrabelle History Museum, Carrabelle
This popular exhibit dives into the sponge trade. By 1900, Apalachicola was home to two sponge warehouses and employed around 100 men. Carrabelle developed a large sponge fleet of its own during that time.

Apalachicola Farmers Market
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9-1
Mill Creek Pond Pavilion, Apalachicola
Enjoy the water views and shrimp boats as you shop for local seafood, produce, honey, homemade bread, pies, and other regional specialties.

Eastpoint Artisans Market
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9-2
101 Highway 98, Eastpoint
Get out and enjoy a cup of coffee, a freshly baked treat, and some shopping. Stock up on locally grown produce, eggs, honey, jelly, bread, and in-season fruit and veggies. Local artisans sell jewelry, fiber arts, photography, glass, furniture, silver, and much more. 

Carrabelle Country Market
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9-2
Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle
This fun outdoor market features vendors from the community with perfect gifts and goodies. Local vendors sell freshly roasted coffee and delicious baked goods, including cinnamon rolls and artisan bread. Browse through gorgeous art and photography, handcrafted balms and soaps, fresh herbs, vegetable seeds, handmade goods, craft items, produce, and exotic starter plants.

Ready to plan a visit to the Forgotten Coast? The Forgotten Coast offers an array of accommodations for two, from charming Bed & Breakfasts to romantic beachfront villas and vacation rentals to intimate inns and cozy campgrounds.

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