Lantern Fest, a unique festival celebrating the birthday of the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle, will be making a big change this year and subsequent years.

Historically this enormous birthday party was held the fourth weekend in October to be close to the actual birthdate of the Crooked River Lighthouse, Oct. 28, 1895. However last year, in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with Halloween and fall festival events held by other community groups, the date of the party was moved.

Subsequently the lighthouse had an exceptional Lantern Fest; many people were able to attend for the first time. Other guests drove from hundreds of miles away to join in the festivities. In addition the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) got many requests to keep the changed date. Therefore the CLA has decided to permanently move Lantern Fest to the third weekend in October.

Mark your calendars now. Lantern Fest 2018 will be Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle Beach. Planning for this amazing event has begun and some of the ancient craft demonstrators are already confirmed. This remarkable festival, best known for its breathtaking display of over 100 colorful and handmade lanterns, lights up the night with magic and history at the 1895 maritime landmark. This evening of music, dance, night tower climbs, glowing lanterns and yummy food is truly a fitting way to honor of the 123rd birthday of the Crooked River Lighthouse!

For more information, please contact 697-2732 or carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com.