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Carrabelle Riverfront Festival

April 23, 2022

The 31st Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival in Carrabelle, Florida is a full day of free, family-friendly activities, live music, entertainment, unique and colorful arts & craft vendors and delicious food planned for Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 10 am – 6 pm.  There will be plenty of activities for the kids, young & old along the beautiful, historic waterfront.

Returning again this year is the fun and raucous Captain Davy’s Adventure Show and his fun-filled band of pirates with music, magic and mayhem. The popular free children’s mini-train rides and bouncy house will be back again too. There will be plenty of family friendly fun entertainment for the grown-ups to enjoy too!

Carrabelle’s very own crazy Fishy Fashion Show by Joan Matey will be making a splash with this season’s “Dos and Do Knots” of coastal couture. Maritime models show off astonishing, nautical-themed outfits made from found and recycled materials like sea nets, old beach umbrellas, oyster sacks, sails, sponges, and washed up debris. This signature show will amaze and delight audiences all of ages and will make waves of laughter and fun.

Feet will be tapping to the upbeat, fun classic and rock favorites from across the decades with talented musicians like NightShift with special guest Eric Pfeufer as well as Florida Folk Musician, Frank Lindamood and local favorite, Cody Barber.  Guest will also be delighted by an amazing performance by the Tallahassee Community College Dance Company showcasing their wonderful dance skills.

There will be lots of delicious food to choose from like fried shrimp, BBQ, funnel cakes, cotton candy and ice cream treats. Visitors can browse the many interesting arts and craft vendors and explore the local shops, museums, and galleries in and experience the day along the Carrabelle riverfront.

And of course the family friendly Exhibitor Expo on Avenue B hosted by the Carrabelle History Museum with exciting and informative exhibits like a WWII military vehicle display and the Ramblin’ Reptile Program from 11 – 2 pm with  snakes, exotic tortoises and turtles and even an alligator.

Admission to this family friendly and pet friendly event is FREE and open to the public. The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience a family fun filled day along the beautiful and historic Carrabelle harbor and river!

The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is hosted by the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce and the community of Carrabelle, and funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, Carrabelle Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and through the generous donations from our Major Sponsors: Air Con of Wakulla, C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle Beach RV Resort, Centennial Bank, Coastal Cottage Living, Duke Energy, Gulf Coast State College, Inovia Consulting Group and Weems Memorial Hospital.  Plus the support of these wonderful festival sponsors:  Coastal Realty Group, Fisherman’s Choice, Gina’s Flowers & Such, TMH Physician Partners Franklin County, St. James Bay Resort and Chris’ Alligator Shack.

For up-to-date information, including a schedule of activities as it becomes available, visit https://www.facebook.com/carrabelleriverfrontfestival. Come to Carrabelle and enjoy the festival, explore the local businesses, museums and galleries, and experience the beautiful waterfront.

The 2022 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival vendor spots are FULL and the application process is now CLOSED. Please save the date for next year’s festival on the 4th Saturday in April in Carrabelle, FL!

Road Closures, Detours and Parking

Road Closures:
Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at 12 pm: SE Avenue B will be closed to through traffic for festival set up.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 at 6 am: Marine Street and SE Avenue C will both be closed to thru traffic for festival set up. Marine Street will be closed from US Hwy 98 to SE Avenue E (at city pavilion). SE Avenue B will remain closed.

All streets will be re-opened Sunday morning after festival breakdown & cleanup or sooner if possible. No streets will be open before 7 pm on Saturday, April 23rd.

Detours and Alternate Routes:
Boaters wishing to use the Marine Street Boat Ramp and patrons of Harry’s Bar, Marine Street Grill, Gina’s Flowers and Such, and Just Right Marine will have access by various alternate routes. Easiest route for boaters with trailers coming from the east or leaving and returning east would be via Gulf Avenue. Best route for boaters with trailers coming from the west or leaving and return west is via SE 5th Street and Gulf Avenue.

Festival Attendees: Festival goers and vendors are encouraged to park at First Baptist Church, (corner of Hwy 98 & NE 1st Street), George Sands Park (corner of Hwy 98 & SE 3rd),  or in a city-owned lot at 305 SE Ave C (east end of Ave C, next to the old water plant).  Please leave parking on the south end of Marine Street for Boaters!

Festival parking for disabled persons:
Limited parking is available for those with disabled permits behind the Coastal Realty building at 101 Marine St (corner of Marine Street and US Hwy 98). This area should be accessed by pulling in beside the WEST side of Coastal Realty’s building between Coastal Realty and SeaCrafters Emporium / Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce.

Boaters w/ trailers:
Boaters are encouraged to park in the Marine Street trailer parking (found at Marine Street south of Avenue F) or side street parking as usual. Please note there will be no parking and no access or outlet on Marine Street north of Avenue E.