This weekend in Gulf and Franklin


With sunny weather moving in after Friday's thunderstorm, Gulf and Franklin counties are offering a variety of events for those looking to get out of the house.

Bayou Bash Fishing Tournament

Bayou Bash 2022 is an inshore fishing tournament sponsored by the Swivel Sisters Women’s Fishing Club of Port St Joe.

Proceeds from the event fund a scholarship for a Gulf County student interested in going into a water-related field. The payout categories are Red Fish, Spotted Trout, Flounder, Inshore Slam, and Mystery Fish.

The tournament kicks off Friday night with the Captain’s Dinner, where participants can find any rule changes in the tournament, ask questions concerning the rules and enjoy an evening with their fellow anglers. This event is open to the public, and it is $5 a plate for any non-registrants.

Anglers can put their lines in at first light on Saturday. Weigh-in starts at 4:00 p.m. EDT, and participants must be in line by 6:00 p.m. EDT to weigh in.

For more information please visit the event’s Facebook page at

Estuaries Day

The Estuaries Day Celebration will be taking place on Friday, May 6 from 1:30 until 5:30 p.m.  at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint.

Estuaries Day is a free, family-friendly event that features over a dozen hands-on, educational activities for all ages.  Some of the activities include free t-shirts to the first 600 visitors 3 years and older, touch tanks, a live reptile exhibit,  creatures of the living shoreline exhibit, cast net game, prescribed fire activities, saltmarsh  bingo, revamped waterfront race, fish print art, buttonmaking and more.

ANERR’S Nature Center will be closed the morning of May 6 to prepare for the event.  tHE Public’s admittance to THE parking lot at 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint will not begin until 1 P.M. and no one will gain entrance to grounds until official start time of 1:30 p.m.  All children must be accompanied by an adult to gain admittance.

Salt Air Farmers Market

The Salt Air Farmers Market is opening this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Highway 71 and Reid Avenue in downtown Port St. Joe.

Historic Apalachicola Tour of Homes

Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, the annual event spotlights some of Apalachicola’s most distinguished homes, both old and new. 

It will take place on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT.

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance and $35 day-of. For more information, visit

Live Music in Gulf County

  • Bad Decisions will be plating at the Mill Merchantile and Social on Friday starting at 7 p.m. EDT.
  • David Martin will be playing at the Haughty Heron on Friday starting at 8 p.m. EDT.
  • DJ Dat Boi G will be playing at Tap Root on Friday starting at 8 p.m. EDT.
  • DJ Diva is playing at the St. Joe Bar and Package on Friday starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
  • Mike English will be playing at Tap Root on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. EDT.
  • Seventh Day Slumber will be playing at 102 3rd Street in Port St. Joe on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. EDT.
  • Jay Gurley will be playing at the Mill Merchantile and Social on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. EDT.
  • Steve Ritter and the Whatnots are playing at the Lookout Lounge and Package on Saturday starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.
  • Gene Zone will be playing at the Haughty Heron on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. EDT.

Live Music in Franklin County

  • Love Truck will be playing at the Eastpoint Beer Company on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. EDT.
  • Dominic Milner will be playing at the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe on Saturday starting at  1 p.m. EDT.
  • Jay Gurley will be playing at the  Eastpoint Beer Company on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. EDT.


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