Carrabelle Riverfront Festival
April 26 - April 27
The Carrabelle community invites you to explore the legends, lyrics and wonders of the 28th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on April 26 th & 27 th. This local maritime festival, celebrated along the Carrabelle River on Marine Street, regional and local arts and crafts, seafood and festive treats, local history museums, watering holes, shops and galleries, and pirate adventures for folks of all ages. While there be sure to check out the most anticipated premier event of the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival and see the latest in coastal fashion at the 13th Annual Fishy Fashion Show.
“Do Knot” miss this year’s Fishy Fashion Show. ‘Round here that kind of goes without sayin’. Every year, folks from o’er yonder and back yonder gather near the mainstage on Saturday afternoon to catch first sight of this signature festival event. It features the “Dos and Do Knots” of coastal couture and annually delights the crowds with the latest “Surf-n-Turf” stylings of the forgotten coast.
Fishy Fashion Show fashionista, Joan Matey, and the models always delight during this one-of-a-kind 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 apparel and accessories for the modern and hip forgotten coaster. Our talented local models present new and retro-fitted ensembles fashioned from sea nets, old beach umbrellas, oyster sacks, sails, sponges, assorted flotsam and washed up debris. The show will amaze and delight audiences all of ages and will be making waves at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the main stage. You ought to come early ‘cause seats are as hard to come by as traffic light in Franklin County.
This year more than ever, the place to see is Avenue B. This key festival venue hosts the best natural preservation groups along the Forgotten Coast. Access demos and exhibits and discover local cultural, natural and historic features of the forgotten coast.
Also, on Avenue B, don’t miss the chance to experience a hands-on encounter with the critters of the deep and shallow waters at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Sea Mobile or see prehistoric Native pottery and oyster shells at the Carrabelle History Museum. Access info about Carrabelle’s Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum and the Crooked River Lighthouse & Keeper’s House Museum. Carrabelle’s three museums feature exhibits and artifacts of maritime history, WWII amphibious assaults, the steamship and party boat eras, the terminus of GF&A railroad, timber and sponge trade in the panhandle and much more. What do you know about the legendary misadventures of Cebe Tate and his namesake swamp? Step into Avenue B and get the scoop on Cebe Tate and other infamous locals.
Ahoy, me Hearties! For the young’uns, the place to be is Avenue C. The fun “Pirates of the Carrabellean” Academy is again coming aboard the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival. The “Nest” program will again hold this cleverly conceived pirate “boarding” school where young lads and lassies can refine their seaways and hone their pirate skills and etiquette activity. This free children’s activity will take them from landlubber to Seadog before you can say “Yo Ho Ho”.
Also, while on avenue C, take a tour of the Belle of Carrabelle, a circa 1900, mill house built atop the site for a small Civil War battle. The “Belle” debuted during last year’s festival.
The 29th Annual event will, as always, offer fun live entertainment on the main stage including local music acts, Dancers, and the phenomenal band, “Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers” an international pirate.
For the four-legged members of your family, Saturday morning on the main stage, the Krewe of the Salty Barkers and Franklin County Humane Society will present the annual review of the most talented, fashionable, gregarious and congenial among these hearty companions. Feel like you might have a ringer? Register to enter your pet hamster or what have ya in this year’s contest. He best be able to do a better trick than just running in a wheel. Been there seen that.
While checking out the events, drop into Gullet’s Cove and toss back a tasty morsel and mollusk or two from the Festival’s Food Court. Local seafood, festival treats, and a variety of tasty treasures will be available once again at “Gullet’s Cove” on Marine Street near the Wharf Pavilion. Grab a bite and table with a view at the Wharf Pavilion….no reservation required.
Join us. Come tour the “Belle” of Carrabelle and the return of our most popular traditions, exhibits, and family friendly activities – the Fishy Fashion Show, the Krewe of the Salty Barkers Pet Showcase, ‘Pirates of the Carrabellean’ Pirate Training Camp, “Tate’s Hell and Back” 5K Run/Walk, the Treasure of Gullet’s Cove, unusual and colorful arts and crafts, festive knee-slapping, boot-stomping music, and an array of maritime and landlubber history and educational exhibitors.