So many people think of vacation as a summer sport and that visiting someplace tropical is best done during traditional warm months, but there is so much fun to be had during the month of October on the Forgotten Coast. October might be a little bit cooler, but it’s still much warmer than many other areas of the country and very comfortable for those used to cooler temperatures to enjoy outdoor activities. October on the Forgotten Coast is a bit more mellow and fun atmosphere.
Here are six of the most favorite October festivities you can enjoy it on the Forgotten Coast.
Oktoberfest at Saint James Bay
Saint James Bay Golf Club in Carrabelle is a lively fun traditional Oktoberfest. This year Oktoberfest is on October 2nd. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle. There will be all kinds of fun festivities to enjoy including a 5K run and an old fashion cakewalk. There will be something for every member of the family to participate in. In addition to fun activities there will be traditional German food, seafood, and live music from local artists including Christ Matechik, Blues Meets Girl, and Rockulla Music. What is Oktoberfest without the beer? There will be local and regional craft beers available for tasting and enjoyment.
Porchfest in Apalachicola
Porchfest is a new event that began in 2020 to help support the Franklin County Humane Society as well as bring live music and a chance to enjoy one another’s company while bars and music venues were closed down due to pandemic safety measures. This event was a huge success so it is coming back for the year of 2021. For this event locals pack their golf carts, or other vehicle with their camp chairs and coolers and join together in Lafayette Park in Apalachicola at 11 AM. Those looking to enjoy performances can travel around two locations on the maps given out at the times given and utilize their golf carts, camp trailer, and truck beds to enjoy local live music on someone’s porch in town. This year there are over 20 porch concerts as well as an after party at the Gibson Inn. This fun and creative new festival will take place on October 2.
This is a fun event put on by Franklin Needs with a goal of helping to provide free mammograms and testing as well as aid in treatment transportation to residents of Franklin County in need. Pink Out has been running annually for years and is a huge success not just for the popularity and fun, but for the great cause it supports. This festival takes place at Paddy’s Raw Bar on Saint George Island. Tickets get you a night’s worth of entertainment including the famous Mr. Pink Out Pageant, the live auction, and a wonderful gourmet seafood dinner prepared by locals. This year’s Pink Out will be on October 8th.
The Apalach Oktoberfest
Taking place October 8th through the 10th this year’s Apalach Oktoberfest will start on Friday night at Oyster City Brewing Company and move through Saturday to the High Dive Bar, and back to Oyster City Brewing Company on Sunday. This fun local festival will include live music, tasty local brews, and the sight of locals in lederhosen.
Apalachicola Ghost Walk
Every year the Apalachicola Area Historical Society puts on a fun engaging educational and a bit creepy event for Halloween. This event is known as the Ghost Walk and it will take place this year at the Chestnut Street Cemetery in Apalachicola. The walk will go from 7 to 9 PM on Saturday, October 30. You can line up for a tour through the cemetery with locals dressed in historical costumes to tell and act out the part of some of the cemetery’s most famous residents. This is a fun holiday seasonal event that is popular with locals and those in surrounding areas alike.