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Lantern Fest at Crooked River Lighthouse

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Crooked River Lighthouse

1975 Highway 98 West

Carrabelle, FL 32322

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Lantern Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, October 21 from 6-10 pm at Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL. This unique festival, best known for its breathtaking display of over a hundred colorful and handmade lanterns, lights up the night with magic and history at the 1895 maritime landmark. Admission for Lantern Fest is just $5 for adults and $1 for children at the door for an evening of music, dance, night tower climbs, glowing lanterns and yummy food.

Activities include:

  • Amazing Irish music by Killavil
  • Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Dance Company Performances
  • Special Evening Tower Climbs, Adult $5, Child $3 (must be 44” tall)
  • Ancient Crafts
  • Star Gazing with the Tallahassee Astronomical Society
  • Children's Activities
  • Enchanting Glowing Lantern Display
  • Museum and Gift Shop
  • Delicious Food and Desserts!

The talented Tallahassee Community College Dance Company will dazzle guests with an array of glow-in-the-dark stylings and mind-blowing illusions as they perform on the outdoor stage. This year they will also perform before the sun sets with equally superb choreography. The TCC Dance Company has been inspiring creative dancers for 16 years and are annual performers at Lantern Festival.

Also featured at this event will be the remarkably gifted Celtic trio Killavil. Don’t miss this award- winning group who has been a part of the Irish music scene all over the U.S. and abroad. They’ve kept a strong dedication to traditional Irish music and play Irish bouzouki, bodhran, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, flute and fiddle.

The entertainment for this enchanting evening event will start a little sooner than prior years, so be sure to come early. It will be a dark, moon-less night, so don’t forget to bring a chair and a lantern to comfortably enjoy the incredible music and dance performances all while under the glowing lanterns and the night sky.

A no - moon sky could mean some bright stars in the heavens and if it’s clear, the Tallahassee Astronomical Society will set up again with their high-powered telescopes at the Carrabelle Beach public pavilions from dark til 10:30 pm. This is an incredible FREE opportunity to see and learn about the mysterious world above.

In addition to all this fabulous entertainment, guests can replenish themselves with tasty provisions and delicious homemade vittles. The mouth-watering menu includes jambalaya, red beans and rice as well as hot dogs, chips and drinks for sale by the Carrabelle Senior Center (famous for their fabulous Thursday lunches). And don’t miss out on delectable desserts and coffee at the Beacon Bistro. Come revel in this unique birthday party in honor of the 122nd birthday of the Crooked River Lighthouse!

For more information, please contact (850) 697-2732 or carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com or visit the Crooked River Lighthouse Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CrookedRiverLighthouse/. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. Special thanks to the City of Carrabelle.

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