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Spring is in the Air! · March Events on the Forgotten Coast

Image courtesy of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air

March brings sunshine, warmer temps, and a unique variety of events to the beautiful Forgotten Coast. Support the St. George Island Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders at the fun-filled St. George Island Chili Cookoff, take in the amazing talents of internationally acclaimed artists at the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, and much more. Scroll below for more information on our featured events!


St. George Island Chili Cookoff
St. George Island | St. George Island
March 2nd, 2024

The 42nd Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff is a fun-filled festival featuring a golf tournament at St. James Bay Golf Course, the Red Pepper Run 5K, an International Chili Cook-Off Competition, Firehouse Foods, Retails Booths, and the Chili Crawl! In addition, an online auction will run from February 28th to March 6th. Event proceeds benefit the St. George Island Volunteer Firefighter and First Responders (SGIVFD).

26th Forgotten Coast Chef Sampler
Fort Coombs Armory | Apalachicola
March 3rd, 2024

Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Fort Coombs Armory located on 4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola. The town’s talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually. The tables range from elegant, artistic, and funky. The event includes dinner, music, and a silent auction.

GFWC Wewahitchka Woman’s Club Inaugural Duck Derby
Lake Alice Park | Wewahitchka
March 9th, 2024

No ducking around! Prepare for feathers, fun, and a whole lot of quacking! The GFWC Wewahitchka Woman’s Group will host their first-ever Duck Derby Community Event at Lake Alice Park. What’s a Duck Derby? Rubber ducks will “race” across Lake Alice! How does it work? “Adopt” a duck for $5. The lucky owners of the first duck to cross the finish line will win one of our exciting grand prizes!

4th Annual Pickleball for Sea Turtles Tournament
Frank Pate Park | Port St. Joe
March 14th – 17th, 2024

The Florida Coastal Conservancy is hosting its 4th Annual Pickleball for Sea Turtles Tournament (benefitting the Florida Coastal Conservancy in Gulf County) in beautiful downtown Port St. Joe. The courts are at Frank Pate Park overlooking Saint Joseph Bay. We invite you to join players of all ages and skill levels for great competition and fantastic water views.

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air
Multiple Venues | Forgotten Coast
March 15th – 24th, 2024

The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-Out, is among the most prestigious Plein air events in the country and is now recognized globally. The 19th anniversary of the festival will bring internationally acclaimed artists to the area to document the landscape and culture of 100 miles of coastal towns and the people who work and live here during the 10-day festival.

Blues on Reid
Downtown Port St. Joe | Port St. Joe
March 23rd, 2024

Get ready to celebrate the Blues in Downtown Port St. Joe! Artists on the line-up include Bobby Blackmon, The Cat Daddy Blues Band, Kelly & The Healers, Corey Hall, and JC and the Backscratchers. There will be plenty of vendors for adults and the kids to enjoy. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the show! This is a FREE EVENT brought to you by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.

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