January 14th, 2017: A lively and full-bodied Dolly Parton-themed Artwalk takes over Old Town each January, celebrating the iconic queen of country music. The highlight of the event is a Dolly-Parton look-alike contest. This year, more than 40 Dolly fans participated!
- photographs by Brenda and Ned Comer
September 17 & 18 on the grounds of the Historic Depot. This first year show produced by the famed all-women Krewe of Nereids, brought together nearly sixty artisans, showing everything from glasswork to clothing, dolls, soaps, candles, paintings, ceramics, wreaths, calligraphy, framing, floral arts, and more. Click here to read more about the show.
The monthly Second Saturday artwalk on July 9th celebrated the birthday of iconic artist Frida Kahlo with an extraordinary costume contest and a fiesta of other events!
- photographs by Ana Balka
Garden Isle Annual Boat Parade (July 2) and 1st Bike Old Town Bike Parade at the Mockingbird (July 4th).
- photographs by Ellis Anderson
Thousands of people attend this popular festival overlooking the beautiful waters of the Gulf each year. On the grounds of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.
A weekend of buccaneering in the Bay! June 24 & 25.
- all photos by Ellis Anderson unless otherwise attributed
Held Memorial Day Weekend: 5/27 - 5/29, 2016: Bands, Classic Car Show, a 5k Run/Walk & 1-mile Fun Run, seafood, vendors, fair rides, more SEAFOOD, and a big ol’ fireworks display at the end! It’s a gigantic weekend of HELLO SUMMER at the 6th annual staging of this festival. Read more about the festival in ourMay "Talk of the Town" column!
- photos by Prima Luke