Each quarter, we’re sending you GCFL’s hottest events and adventures – from sunset cruises and home tours to festivals and farmers markets. Here are some highlights from April through June.
Ling Ding Fishing Tournament
Mexico Beach Marina, 3904 Hwy. 98, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
April 17-19, 24-26 and May 1-3, 2015
Want to experience the different hues of purple, pink, and orange? There’s no better way than getting out on the water! Seating is limited; call the Charters to RSVP.
Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon
St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Currently celebrating its 11th year, the Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon happens each April and September. This event lets you pick your race and distance: Sprint or Olympic distance and triathlon or duathlon. So come and get fit on the gorgeous Gulf coast!
10th Annual Forgotten Coast en plein air – America’s Great Paint-Out
From Alligator Point to Mexico Beach
May 1-11, 2015; times vary
Celebrating 10 years of documenting the landscape and culture of Gulf County, this event focuses on artistic excellence. Over 10 days, the invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as six "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, two Plein Air Portrait experts and the Plein Air Academy's Master Artist Faculty. The paint-out also includes expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum and special guest speakers.
First Fridays Art and Music Series
Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
First Friday of each month, May 8 – September 4, 2015; 6:00 p.m.
Live music is the perfect backdrop as you relax with friends and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay. Enjoy live music and local art.
25th Annual Tupelo Honey Festival
Lake Alice Park, Wewahitchka, FL
May 16, 2015; 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Under the great mossy oaks of Lake Alice, people come from all over the world to taste and take home this local rare delicacy. Home of the country's finest Tupelo Honey, beekeepers from the area will have booths of honey in many different sizes and packages, along with food vendors, art and crafts, and live music right on the banks of the mossy lake.
Big Bend Saltwater Classic
The Moorings (tournament headquarters), 1000 US Hwy 98, Carrabelle, FL 32322
June 19-21, 2015
The Bend Saltwater Classic is the fishing family’s place to be for Father's Day weekend. The tournament is a rodeo format featuring multiple species in three divisions for competitive fishing for juniors to pros.
SaltAir Farmers’ Market
City Commons Park, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
First and third Saturdays, February 21 – November 21, 2015; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Take a morning stroll Downtown Port St. Joe and you’ll be treated with fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses and breads that are all ready for your table. Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery and gifts highlight the market’s offerings with live music and fresh air.
411 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
bin 4eleven is a coffee and gourmet specialty shop that offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options, fine wine, and gourmet gifts.
White Whale Barebone Charters
301 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32457
hours vary; call for additional information
White Whale Barebone Charters is a Port St. Joe original. The company’s luxury yacht (48' x 22') is designed to host large groups in comfort and style. The yacht is fully loaded with four state rooms, four restrooms, a full kitchen, laundry room, swim platform and large open bow for social activities. Overnight trips are also available; please feel free to ask for more information.
- The Artery Studio: classes including painting, pottery and silk painting
- Dixie Theatre: live theatre performances Saturday
- Gourmet Chef Now: cooking and date night classes available
- Haughty Heron: live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings
- Lookout Lounge: karaoke and bands every Thursday and Friday, First Sundays
- No Name Café: jewelry and knitting classes (call Lynn for more details, (850) 229-9277)
- Port St. Joe Tai Chi Classes: free classes offered
- St. Joe Bar: pool tournaments every Thursday, live entertainment Friday and Saturday, pot luck on Sundays
- Thirsty Goat: $5 Martini & Music Mondays
About Gulf County Florida
Located in Northwest Florida, Gulf County boasts 43 miles of natural shoreline. Here, where water surrounds us, we don’t have high-rises or busy highways and never will. We have white-sand beaches facing westward into spectacular sunsets – on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. We have beckoning bayous, unexpected wildlife encounters and the mysterious Dead Lakes. We’ve got seaside bike trails, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling. We have genuine places, like the historic Indian Pass Raw Bar and flavors like Tupelo Honey. Learn more about this “no worry, no hurry” destination at www.visitgulf.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.