Upcoming Events

Take a hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine every Wednesday at St. Andrews State Park

CANCELLED – Enjoy a short hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine at St. Andrews State Park every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. The hike is free with park admission. 

Meet at Gator Lake Trail Head for a 1 hour, 0.5 mile hike through the maritime hammock and explore the natural and cultural significance of many native plants.

4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408
(850) 233-5140

Admission Fee:
$8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle

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Tour the Niña and Pinta sailing ships in Fort Walton Beach March 13 – 22

The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Niña,’ replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Brooks Bridge Marina, 1198 Miracle Strip Parkway, South East, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 from March 13 – 22, 2020. Tours will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day, no reservations necessary.

For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org or call 787-672-2152.

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Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 16

CANCELLED – Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on the third Monday of the month for a guided plant stroll. The event will be held on Mon., March 16 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven terrain.

This program is free with regular park admission, and starts at tram stop No. 2.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

For more information, call (850) 267-8330.

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Stargazing at Eden Gardens State Park March 20

CANCELLED – Join the park rangers for an after-hours park experience gazing at the heavens from the lawn at Eden Gardens State Park. The event will be held on Fri., March 20, 2020 from 7 – 10 p.m.

In partnership with the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association, the park will offer the opportunity to gaze through the lens of several telescopes with local astronomers guiding your eye to the sky.

Feel free to bring your own telescope, as Eden Gardens is one of the darkest sky urban areas south of the I-10 corridor. It will be dark, so please plan accordingly, bringing flashlights with a red lens for light diffusion. Meet on the lawn adjacent to the Wesley House.

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::

Fees
Park fees apply of $4 per vehicle. Event is free.

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DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden Show March 21(NOW Sept. 12)

POSTPONED – The Second Annual DeFuniak Springs Home & Garden Show will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 Hwy. 83, DeFuniak Springs. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dozens of vendors will be there with artwork, hand crafted jewelry, home décor, skincare products, honey and beeswax products, jarred and canned food items, garden décor, plants, fresh produce, clothing, crafts items and food vendors. In addition, contractors, fencing specialists, roofing representatives, painters, flooring installers, cabinet and countertop experts, landscapers, arborists, interior designers and lawn and garden specialists are encouraged to participate. Organizers are accepting additional vendors. For booth information, contact the email or phone number below.

There will also be a tour of the Walton County Extension greenhouses for a select number of attendees. Call for details.

There is no charge for the event but attendees are asked to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Liberty Area Food Pantry to aid local residents in need.

Pets are welcome but must be well trained and leashed at all times. Pet owners are responsible to clean up after their pets.

For further information about the event, contact dfshags@gmail.com or DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden on Facebook. Calls will also be accepted at 850-307-3394.

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Down Home Street Festival in Bonifay March 21

CANCELLED – Enjoy the Down Home Street Festival in Bonifay, FL. on Sat., March 21, 2020. The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park off of Hwy. 90 on Veterans Blvd. Festivities will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The festival will feature crafts, pop-up shops, food trucks, kids zone, car show, live entertainment from the Luke Langford Band and more. Call (850) 547-6155 for more information.

 

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Night at the park in Freeport March 21

CANCELLED  The City of Freeport’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a night at the park at Freeport Regional Sports Complex. The event will be on March 21, 2020 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Enjoy a bonfire, live entertainment, hayrides, and bouncy houses. Hamburgers, hot dogs, smores, coffee and hot cocoa will be available. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket.

Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located at 563 Hammock Trail East, Freeport, Florida 32439

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Marvel of Flight Fly In and Expo in DeFuniak Springs March 27, 28

CANCELLED – Marvel of Flight 2020 is a two-day event at the DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport beginning on Friday, March 27, from 1 pm – 5 pm with aircraft rides (for a fee). Saturday’s portion of the event, is 9 am – 5 pm, includes an expo of numerous vintage era planes and a festival including model rocket and drone demonstrations, live country music, educational presentations, vendor and information booths, kids activities, flight and skydiving demonstrations, car show, seminars, and various exhibits.

Cost of admission on Saturday, March 28, 2020: $2/adult and 1 unexpired canned good.
Kids 16 and under, veterans and first responders FREE with unexpired canned good.

The DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport is located at 1931 U.S. Hwy. 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL.

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Campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 27

CANCELLED – Enjoy stories around the campfire while you learn about park history and what is occurring seasonally. The campfire will be held on Fri., March 27, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater.

Campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset, so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. This activity is a part of the Topsail After Dark Series, which allows visitors to enjoy the park as the wildlife does, nocturnally. 

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Rock the Falls Music Festival at Falling Waters State Park April 4

CANCELLED – Join Falling Waters State Park for some wonderful regional bands under the majestic pines on Sat., April 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A great day of music, arts and crafts, kid’s activities and food will be available.

Music schedule:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – The Krickets
12:00 – 2:00 PM – The Curry’s
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Christon Birge
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Luke Langford Band

The event is free with park entry. Admission Fee:
$5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

The park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

Contact the Florida Park Service Information Center for general inquiries.
For Information about Falling Waters State Park, please call 850-638-6130.

To make reservations for campsites click here.

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Spring Festival and Eggstravaganza in Freeport April 11

Enjoy a day of family fun at Freeport Regional Sports Complex on from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on April 11, 2020. Sponsored by the Freeport Town Planters Society, the event will feature pony rides, Hobo Express, fishbowl games, stuff your own animal, and Easter eggs that fall from the sky sponsored by Destin Worship. Town Planters Society will be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for Relay for Life. The event is free.

Times are:
Special needs 10:30 a.m.
Toddlers 0-3 at 11 a.m.
Ages 4-7 at 12 Noon
Ages 8-11 at 1 a.m.

There will be 15,000 eggs this year and plans are for two helicopter drops for the 12 & 1 PM times. Stroll through the park and enjoy a fun filled day for the whole family. For more information call Judy at 850-9744-1476.

Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located at 563 Hammock Trail East, Freeport, Florida 32439

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Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 20

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on the third Monday of the month for a guided plant stroll. The event will be held on Mon., April 20 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven terrain.

This program is free with regular park admission, and starts at tram stop No. 2.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

For more information, call (850) 267-8330.

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Campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 24

Enjoy stories around the campfire while you learn about park history and what is occurring seasonally. The campfire will be held on Fri., April 24, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater.

Campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset, so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. This activity is a part of the Topsail After Dark Series, which allows visitors to enjoy the park as the wildlife does, nocturnally.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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North Florida Wildflower Festival in Blountstown April 25

The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual North Florida Wildflower Festival in downtown Blountstown Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event will be held in Magnolia Square at 109 East Central Ave., Blountstown.

The festival promotes wildflowers, gardening, and features vendors specializing in flowers, plants, garden and outdoor items, handcrafted and handmade items, a variety of jewelry, home décor, and artwork.

Guests will also enjoy music, FREE kids activities coordinated by Calhoun County 4-H, train rides on the Blountstown Rotary Train to the M&B Depot Museum and playground, as well as the charming shops and restaurants of downtown Blountstown.

All food vendor spaces have been filled, but arts and craft vendors are still being accepted.

Additional information, including vendor details, can be found on the website or on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/NFLWildflowerFest.

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Earth Day Festival at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 25

Celebrate the Earth Day with the park and environmental organizations and agencies. There will be nature activities, games, animals, face painting and booths as well as music and fun on Sat., April 25, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

An exciting part of the event is the participation in the #Trees4Earth campaign. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day fast approaching in 2020, Trees for the Earth campaign was launched in 2016 with a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020 — one for every person projected to be on Earth. The park and event attendees will be planting trees on park property as part of this campaign.

Day use admission is free during the event.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Lionfish Festival and tournament in Destin May 14-17

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 6th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 16 and 17 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach. The tournament will be held May 14 – 17, 2020. Do you harvest lionfish? Register for the Emerald Coast Open lionfish tournament.

Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting any of the participating locations of Lionfish Restaurant Week (May 11-14) for your chance to try this delicious invasive. Learn more by visiting FWCReefRangers.com.

For more information, contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.

Tournament schedule:
Thursday, May 14   
Mandatory Captain’s Meeting – 7:00 pm, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar – Destin, FL 
Registration ENDS at 7:00 pm

Friday, May 15   
Harvesting begins at first light and ends at last light.
Weigh station opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 6:00 pm

Saturday, May 16 
Harvesting begins at first light and ends at last light.
Weigh station opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 17
Weigh station opens at 7:00 am and closes at 11:00 am
** NO FISH MAY BE HARVESTED ON SUNDAY**
Awards ceremony – Approximately 3:00pm