Correctly labeled "forgotten," the portion of Old Florida rightly gained its name for the overdevelopment of North Florida's coastline. Today, the Forgotten Coast is a special place for what has been preserved rather than developed. Here, you can find events linked to pristine bays coated in white sugar-like sand, coastal marshlands, rich sea life, and barrier islands with plumes of dune formations.

Check out upcoming spring and early summer 2023 events coming to the Forgotten Coast.Upcoming Spring & Early Summer Forgotten Coast 2023


Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival

When: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Time: 7:00 am-10:00 pm
Where: Sopchoppy, FL

The Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival is easily Wakulla County's most popular event seen each year in the area. Residents of Wakulla County and surrounding areas to witness the rising of the famed Sopchoppy worms from the ground and the crowning of a new worm gruntin' king. This event runs all day, beginning with a 5k race, followed by a worm gruntin' demonstration and competition in the afternoon, and finally closing with a live music night. Here, you can find 100 food vendors, as well as some fun arts and crafts vendors as well. There is even an annual worm gruntin' ball.


Boat & Car Show

When: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Time: All Day
Where: Water Street Apalachicola, FL 

Interested in remastered vintage vehicles and revived boat decades old? Come and check out the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce for the annual Boat & Car Show in Apalachicola, FL.


Panhandle Players present "Nunsense"

When: Friday, April 21- Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time: All Day

Where: Chapman Auditorium 155 Avenue, E Apalachicola, FL 

This mega-musical "Nunsense" by Panhandle Players is a spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser with the rest of the sisterhood having passed from botulism. Featuring catchy songs and irreverent comedy, Nunsense will keep the audience at the edge of their seats with laughter.


Wheels on Williams

When: Thursday, May 18, 2023, Thursday, June 15, 2023, Thursday, July 20, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Where: Williams Avenue, Port St Joe, FL 

Come and enjoy this car show accompanied by food trucks on Williams Avenue. The Wheels on Williams is a free event brought to Port St Joe by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.


MBARA Kingfish Tournament

When: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Time: All Day 

Where: Mexico Beach, FL 

Come and join the Mexico Beach, FL residents for their 27th annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament hosted by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Associations. Anglers will hit the open water on Saturday, an event that is set to last all day, of the Gulf of Mexico to search out the prize kingfish. Along with this event is a charitable fundraiser whose goal is to assist in developing and deploying artificial reefs in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


Bay Scallop Season

When: Wednesday, August 16- Sunday, September 24, 2023 
Time: All Day 

Where: St. Joseph Bay 

This season's opening of the annual Bay Scallop Season will start in the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. There is a daily limit per person consisting of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. Per vessel, the daily limit is a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell of 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat (1/2 gallons=4 pints). Keep in mind that recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops, the only exception to this is if there is no license required, or a no-cost shoreline fishing license is in hand.


To find more information on upcoming events in the year 2023 on the Forgotten Coast of Florida, check out our website.