Experience Magic and History Together


Each year on the third weekend of October, the birthday of the Crooked River Lighthouse is celebrated with a very unique and beautiful event known as Lantern Fest. This remarkable festival is best known for its awesome display of over a hundred colorful and handmade lanterns. Each year there as many lanterns as the lighthouse has years…. like birthday candles. Carrabelle’s treasured maritime landmark was first lit on October 28, 1895.


THIS YEAR, Lantern Fest will be celebrated on Sunday, October 20 from 6-10 pm at Crooked River Lighthouse, and will include special evening tower climbs, ancient crafts, enchanting glowing lantern display, museum displays, gift shop, and delicious food and desserts.

Featured on the program will be a remarkably gifted Celtic duo, Aisha Ivey and Stephen Hodges. Aisha Ivey has won the southeast United States Scottish Fiddle Championship for 10 years in a row. Stephen Hodges plays acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and upright and electric bass in a variety of styles. The performance of lively Celtic tunes will take place under the glow of over a hundred colorful lanterns. Many of the lanterns in the park are one-of-a-kind items that have been handmade at various lantern making workshops over the years.

In addition, the talented Tallahassee Community College Dance Company will dazzle guests on the outdoor stage with their superb choreography, amazing talent and imaginative use of glow-in-the-dark props and illusions. The TCC Dance Company has been inspiring creative dancers for 17 years and the college has an admirable outreach program which enables these students to perform for audiences all over the state. Crooked River Lighthouse is honored that these excellent dancers will be performing at Lantern Fest again this year.

Come revel in this unique birthday party in honor of the 124th birthday of the Crooked River Lighthouse! For more information, please contact (850) 697-2732 or Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. Special thanks to the City of Carrabelle.