Fall is coming to St. Marks so we know it is time to get ready for the annual St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. On October 22, 2016 the community will welcome thousands of visitors to enjoy delicious stone crab claws and wonderful Florida Fresh Gulf Seafood. Mark your calendar!
Join us in beautiful historic St. Marks for the 19th St. Marks Stone Crab Festival and Forts, Flags and artiFacts! A Celebration of Archaeology and Heritage! at San Marco de Apalache Historic State Park. St. Marks was first discovered in 1528 by the Spanish. This little city is nestled at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a fall day with friends and family.
The annual event has been held since 1997. It is certain fall has arrived when the local fishermen start hauling in the stone crab traps. We celebrate the stone crab season opening in mid October. The festival host thousands of visitors and provides a venue for local musicians, artisans and craftsmen. In addition to the great food and music, other attractions include children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors and educational displays. This event is organized by the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival committee and the St. Marks Waterfronts Partnership. The main event of course is Stone Crab!
After enjoying a delicious meal stroll over to the Arts and Crafts section. Do a little Christmas shopping or perhaps find that wonderful piece of art you have been looking for. Visit the “Artisans in the Spot Light” and Vendor list page to see who is coming to the festival this year.
Wakulla Charter School of the Arts, Science and Technology (COAST) celebrates their annual Fall Festival. This will be their 6th year as part of the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival. The Staff and PTO will be on hand to provide lots of fun, safe and inexpensive games such as ‘Sting Ray Toss’ and ‘Fling the Frog’.
There will be a fun giant bouncy house, face and fingernail painting. A Silent Auction of donated treasures and wonderful gift items are sure to delight you. Silent Auction items this year include Disney World Tickets, Sea World Tickets, Kennedy Space Center Tickets, Universal Studios Tickets, Busch Gardens Tickets, Wild Adventures tickets, Specialty Gift Baskets, etc. This year COAST will be able to accept credit and debit cards in addition to cash or check payments. All proceeds from this event are to help COAST raise funds to be used during the year for special projects. Some of last year’s funds were used for Art, Music and Physical Education equipment, a mobile computer lab, scholarships for student field trips. This year, for the health of the children, COAST is teaming with the Wakulla County Tobacco Prevention Program and asking visitors to not smoke in the Kid Zone area. So, bring the children to our safe and smoke free “Kid’s Zone” for some fantastic fun and help support our community school. http://coast.wcsb.us
On this same day, the San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park invites you to join in celebrating “Forts, Flags and artiFacts! A Celebration of Archaeology and Heritage!”. The park will offer free entry with children’s activities, living history demonstrations, guest speakers and park tours. Cannons will be on display by the Wakulla River and will be fired several times throughout the day. The schedule of events can be found at www.floridastateparks.org/sanmarcos or call 850-925-6216 . This event will take place from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. The park is located at 148 Old Fort Road, just a few blocks from the Stone Crab Festival. A free short tram ride to the park is offered at the Riverside Drive parking lot.
Just a few miles south of St. Marks on Highway 98 is the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge which will be celebrating their 28th Monarch Butterfly Festival. This event allows visitors to watch live butterfly tagging of Monarch butterflies before they leave on their epic journey to Mexico. Visitors can experience a “behind the gates” tour, hike nature trails and shop in the Nature Store. Children’s activities, plus many educational exhibitors will be available until 4 PM at the Visitors Center Exhibits & Nature Store. 850-925-6121 $5 Park Entry Fee http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks
The St. Marks Stone Crab Festival, Inc. is a non-profit 501-C3 organization. It’s goal is to help support the community of St. Marks and other local non-profit organizations. Funds are donated to the St. Marks Volunteer Fire Department, St. Marks Florida Waterfronts Partnership, Fourth of July Celebration and local Boy Scouts of America and other non-profits. The Festival committee consist of all volunteers who care about the City of St. Marks. The St. Marks Stone Crab Festival has a one dollar entrance fee and children under 12 are free. As a friendly reminder and for the safety and health of our visitors, this is a smoke and pet free event on the festival grounds.
So come enjoy the day with us. We can’t wait to welcome you to our Historic City of St. Marks, Florida!