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Planning for the 27th Annual Riverfront Festival is underway!

2014 Fishy Fashion Panarama

Save the Date!!! On April 21st and 22nd, 2017, the Carrabelle community will celebrate the 27th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival.  TThe 27th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival will be held on Friday, April 21st from 4 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m along the Carrabelle Riverwalk and Downtown Carrabelle.

Keep watch here and our Facebook page for details. They will be posted as they become available. Click on the links to the left to see more details about each event and activity mentioned below.

Vendors and attraction representatives will find a this year's application on this web site in the "Vendor Information" area of the site.  In the meantime, all inquiries should be addressed to or 850-320-8225


2016 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival - "The Legend of Tate's Hell"!

The 26th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront will explore the legends, lyrics and natural wonders of Tate’s Hell.   The state forest gets its name from the local story of Cebe Tate who stumbled out of the swamp into Carrabelle declaring “My name is Cebe Tate and I have been through hell”.  

Details about his misadventures in the swamp inspired the late father of Florida folk music, Will Mclean, to pen a tune.  The festival will explore McLean’s and other versions of the legend, as well as the historic and natural resources of this rich local treasure and the surrounding area at Carrabelle History Museum’s “Culture Cove” on Avenue B near the entry to the festival. 

The Forestry Service will be offering youth guided field trips to Gully Branch during Saturday’s event.   No doubt…they may encounter the same creatures that brought Cebe to his knees so many years ago.  

Also of note, Culture Cove will host Panacea’s Gulf Coast Sea Mobile with critters galore, folk craft demonstrations and educational resource exhibitors from our local and state resource agencies.  Culture Cove, in its 4th year, is becoming a unique exposition of the Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources of the Forgotten Coast.

The 26th Annual event will also offer a special anniversary edition of the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival’s very own Fishy Fashion Show.  It is hard to believe that 10 years ago the Fishy Fashion Show debuted on Wharf boardwalk and stage. This springtime 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 signature event.  Each year, 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 is at 2pm at the main stage by the Riverwalk Pavilion.  
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. The !0th Anniversary Edition of the fishy fashion show will amaze and delight all ages.

In 2016, the festival will step up its kid’s game - returning from last year, the “Empty Nest” will hold its “Pirates of the Carrabellean” Academy.  This event is free to children and is a cleverly conceived boarding school where young lads and lasses can refine their seaways and hone their pirate skills and etiquette.  Plans are also underway to include a carnival-style amusement park as well.  Stay tuned for the details.

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. 

The Forgotten Cruisers, vintage car show will be featured again near the entry of the 26th annual festival.  If you have a vintage ride, come show it off and join or come take a look at the pride and joys of local auto enthusiast.  A link to registration and details of the car show can be found at

Join us, as we explore the Legend of Tate's Hell and the return of our most popular traditions, exhibits, and family friendly activities - the 10th Anniversary Fishy Fashion Show; an expanded ‘Pirates of the Carrabellean’ Kids’ Zone including carnival-style amusement rides and the ever popular Pirate Training Camp; "Tate's Hell and Back" 5K Run/Walk; Tate's Hell State Forest Youth Activity Event; the fun-filled Pet Parade; the Procession of Species; the Treasure of Gullet's Cove, the National Historic Landmark Governor Stone; unusual and colorful arts and crafts; festive knee slapping – boot stomping music and an array of maritime and landlubber history and educational exhibitors and musical entertainment.

Click on the links to the left for more information about these and other activities planned for this year's Carrabelle Riverfront Festival.

For more information, contact Steve Allen at 850-320-8225 or  Better yet, find the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on facebook.   Get the latest schedules and details at

The Heritage Tent at the 2016 Riverfront Festival

The Carrabelle CARES and the Carrabelle Historical Society presents an array of maritme and landlubber history, music and entertainment again this year.  Maritime history of the Carrabelle area will be anchored by fabulous vintage wooden boats from the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and wooden boat building by the Big Bend Maritime Center.  Saw Mills of Franklin County presented by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society and the Turpentine Industry by Wakulla Springs Park.   Don't miss it!

The Heritage Tent and the Performance Stage are located on Marine Street and Avenue B  in front of the Carrabelle History Museum.


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.  A new venue at the corner of Marine Street and Avenue C, the “Carr's Hill Performance Stage” will be a great place to rest, be entertained by the musical, historical adventures of Sammy Tedder or Frank Lindamood, and still be in the middle of everything.

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 new Sands Field Park.  You can call 697-2141 on the days of the festival for more information.