Crooked River Lighthouse hosts Lantern Fest Saturday


Glowing lanterns, music, dance and nighttime tower climbs bring magic and history together 

this Saturday evening, Nov. 27, when Lantern Fest will be celebrated on the park grounds of the Crooked River Lighthouse at Carrabelle Beach.

This outdoor festival, known for its display of more than 100 colorful, hanging lanterns, lights up the night from 6 to 10 p.m. in honor of the 126th birthday of the 1895 maritime landmark at 1975 Highway 98 West,


The evening will feature live music by Irish musicians, Killavil, performances by the Tallahassee Community College Dance Company, ancient craft demonstrations, museum exhibits, food and desserts and evening climbs of the tallest lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast.


The TCC dancers will include a glow-in-the-dark performance. For their first performance, they will be joined by special guest musician Dr. Haiqiong Deng, an internationally renowned player of the 21-string Chinese gu-zheng instrument. The trio Killavil will feature bouzouki, bodhran, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, flute and fiddle, as they perform lively Irish tunes.

Many of these lanterns on display have been painstakingly hand-made by Joan Matey and other gifted local artists. This year there will also be two ancient crafts demonstrators, John Pfund on his blacksmith forge, and Ken Horne, who will weave rope from local plant fibers.

Food will be available for purchase from the Crooked River Grill, as well as desserts and coffee at the Beacon Bistro.

Attendees are asked to follow health guidelines to keep themselves safe including social distancing and sanitizing hands frequently at stations placed throughout the event. Masks are encouraged indoors and when social distancing is not possible.

Pre-paid admission of $8 for adults and $2 for children is recommended and is available through Friday in the lighthouse’s gift shop or at If space allows, admission will be available day of the event for $10. For more information, please call (850) 697-2732. Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council


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