Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off 2022 [ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-off

The annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off is coming back hot this year.

Chefs will bring a variety of tasty gumbo and Brunswick stew for guests to enjoy all day long on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at Parker Park.

There will also be cold beverages, hot dogs and sausage dogs.

Salt Air Farmers Market

Shop local farmers and artisans. Let your family enjoy art pieces and the amazing flavors of fresh veggies, sweet Tupelo Honey and vine-ripened fruit. The Salt Air Farmers Market is open the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT in downtown Port St. Joe.

Prom Project Runway

The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe will be hosting their Prom Project Runway event on Saturday. The event will feature a fashion show and free prom dress shopping. 

For more information, click here.

[ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]

‘Black and White’ party Friday night

The official Black & White Adult Party, presented by Hustle Up Entertainment and H’COLA, will be Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Holy Family Center. Formal, semi-formal and fancy casual dress, for ages 21 and older. BYOB. $25 at the door.

African American History Festival this weekend

H’COLA’s 20th annual African American History Festival opens Friday at 4 p.m. at Franklin Square adjacent to the Holy Family Senior Center. The parade begins at noon Saturday when gates open for the all-day festival. Outdoor worship is noon Sunday, followed by festival activities. For more info, visit or call Elinor at (850) 323-0544.

Friendship Run at St. Jospeh Bay Humane Society

The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society will be hosting their first ever Pet Friendship walk/run on Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. EST, and the race begins at 8:30 a.m.
Prizes include a very high-quality GPS dog collar, a $50 Ballou gift certificate, gift cards to the Pig and more!
Well behaved dogs are invited to participate. They must be on a leash at all times, and handlers must clean up after them along the course. Poo bags will be available at the registration table.
All proceeds will go to the shelter.

Carrabelle hosts ‘Culture Crawl’ Saturday

After being rained out last weekend, the Carrabelle History Museum is hosting the Carrabelle Culture Crawl this Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is a free celebration of local culture, art, music, history, food, and fun in the heart of downtown.

‘Sister Creatures’ at Chapman this weekend

The Panhandle Players present the comedy ”Sister Creatures” this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapman Theatre, and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 online at and $25 at the door.


Carrabelle Country Market Saturday

This country market at the Crooked River Lighthouse is Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring vendors from the community. Recruiting new and returning vendors; the cost is $10 a market. For more info, contact 850-697-2732 or email

KT at the Apalachicola library Friday evening

Live music continues with Kenny Turner performing jazz and R & B at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library at 80 12th Street from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 17.