Crooked River Lighthouse Hosts a Night of Magical History

Glowing lanterns and music bring magic & history together.


Light up the night at an adapted Lantern Fest with the Crooked River Lighthouse throughout the grounds of lighthouse park at 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL. Join the glow of many colorful, hanging lanterns under the night sky in celebration of the Crooked River Lighthouse's 125th birthday! Local lore, glowing lanterns, music, ancient craft demonstrations, and food bring magic and history together! Come revel in this unique birthday party in honor of this 1895 maritime landmark, the Crooked River Lighthouse!

This remarkable, open-air festival is best known for its awesome display of beautiful lanterns suspended around the grounds of the park. This year the lanterns will be placed in new locations in the park including a new ground-level, lighted display. The same talented musicians who amazed the audience last year, the extraordinary Frank Lindamood and the dynamic Ali Kafka from North Carolina will be joined by award winning fiddler, Henry Barnes to perform Old Time music on banjo, mandolin and fiddle. There will also be a performance from another gifted musical group, Christy Crandall and the Bog Lilies. The grounds will be equipped with a widespread sound system so visitors will be able to hear the music from all over the park. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and find a perfect, socially-distanced spot in the park to enjoy the music.

Ancient craft demonstrations from Blacksmith John Pfund will be set up from 12 noon til dark. Delicious food can be purchased from Dave’s Dawg House hot dog stand or bring your own and have a picnic. Delectable desserts from the Beacon Bistro and wonderful maritime items from the Lighthouse will be available for purchase at the outdoor, Gift Shop booth. Adding even more glow to the evening, a warm firepit will be burning. To ensure social distancing and for the safety of guests, staff and volunteers, the Keeper’s House Museum will be closed to the public during the event. This event is SOLD OUT.

Attendees are asked to follow all CDC guidelines to keep themselves safe including social distancing and sanitizing hands frequently. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the event. Masks are required anytime social distancing is not possible. Be creative and match your mask to the theme with ones that glow in the dark or light up. To ensure social distancing and for the safety of guests, staff and volunteers, the museum will be closed to the public and there will be no tower climbs during the event.