February Fun on the Forgotten Coast: A Guide to Local Events

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As the winter months end and the weather starts to warm up, there’s no better place to be than the Forgotten Coast. This stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast is known for its natural beauty, charming small towns, and endless outdoor activities. From festivals and concerts to outdoor adventures and cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, our guide will help you discover the best events and activities along the Forgotten Coast.


Winter Bay Day Celebration
3915 State Road #30-A | Port St. Joe
February 4th, 2023

Port St. Joe comes alive at The Winter Bay Day Celebration, as the friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves present a day of education, shrimp, and music. Hop aboard a guided Tram Tour through the backwoods trails of the Buffer Preserve and learn about the native animal and plant life. With a variety of fun and festive activities for all ages, it’s the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and community spirit of Port St. Joe. All proceeds benefit the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves, see ticket information below.

Snowbird Appreciation Tournament
St. Joseph Bay Golf Club | Port St. Joe
February 10th, 2023

A bi-annual event, the Fall Bay Day Celebration celebrates the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve and highlights all of the activities available at the preserve. Enjoy a silent auction, raffle, birding tours, wildlife exhibits, nature/plant exhibits, educational displays, and a low country shrimp boil. In addition, there will be kids activities, fire demonstration, snacks, live music and tram tours.

Lovebirds & Shorebirds: Beach Cleanup & Tram Tours
8889 Cape San Blas Rd | Port St. Joe
February 12th, 2023 @9am-12pm

Are you passionate about preserving the natural beauty of the Forgotten Coast beaches? Bring your lovebird and come help the shorebirds! Clean along the bay shore, and gulf beaches, or help remove hurricane debris left in the park’s dunes. This event is perfect for families, couples, and groups of friends, and welcomes people all to participate. Not only will you get to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Forgotten Coast, but you’ll also be making a difference by helping to protect the environment.

Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off
Parker Park | Mexico Beach
February 18th, 2023 @10am

Attention local chefs, cooking enthusiasts, and gumbo lovers; you’re in for a day of fun, food, and competition with this crowd favorite. The Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off returns February 18th and is sure to bring all the gumbo your stomach can bare. Put your tastebuds to the test find out whose homemade recipe is the best. This event is free to enter, and the only cost is for food and beverages. Tickets will be available for purchase to sample one, two, or as many as you like gumbos or stews.

African American History Festival
Franklin Square | Apalachicola
 February 17th-19th, 2023

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the African American history, life, music, and culture at H’COLA’s Annual African American History Festival. This outdoor festival features a variety of events including artists and entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, health & wellness, and more. You’ll learn about the history of African American settlements in the area, hear stories from local experts and historians, and experience the vibrant cultural traditions that continue to shape the community today.

Mardi Gras Barkus Parade & Street Festival
Riverfront Park | Apalachicola
February 25th, 2023 5:30pm-9pm

Now in its 12th year, the Blast on the Bay Songwriters festival is a four-day, multi-venue music event featuring musicians and songwriters direct from Nashville. CeCome and celebrate Mardi Gras Apalach style with the sounds of lively music and colorful parades.organized by the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, the theme for this year’s parade is Grateful Dogs so break out the tie dye, love beads, and bring your Grateful Dogs. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned Mardi Gras enthusiast, you better get ready to put on your dancing shoes and celebrate!

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