Although traditionally thought of as a summer vacation destination, The Emerald Coast offers plenty of reasons to flock to the sugar white sand beaches and emerald green waters year round.
Whether you are looking for a fall getaway, a holiday break, or a spring vacation, there is plenty to keep you busy.
Here are six signature events for you to consider when you are planning your next vacation.
Start the New Year off on the right note at the 30-A Song Writers Festival. This three day music festival brings together more than 125 local, regional, and national singers and songwriter for more than 200 performances in a number of intimate settings across the Beaches of South Walton.
Swing into spring with the South Walton Beaches Food and Wine Festival. Every April, more than 800 world class wines are available for sipping and some of the area's best chefs use them for inspiration as they create innovative and delicious pairings.
Ahoy, Mateys! Join Emerald Coast residents of all ages as they celebrate the spirit of the high seas during the annual Billy Bowlegs Festival. This family friendly event culminates with the dastardly Billy Bowlegs storming Fort Walton Beach Landing and trying to capture the city. From parades to pub-crawls, there's plenty of pirate fun for everyone.
The Emerald Coast Poker runs brings out the fastest boats in the area for their high dollar charity fundraiser. With stops between Sandestin and Navarre, boaters collect cards for a chance to win prizes at the Annul Poker Run Party. The Emerald Coast Poker Run is the major fundraiser for the Emerald Coast Foundation, which raises money for area children's organizations.
Kick off October with the annual Destin Seafood Festival. Celebrate the history and tradition of Destin fishing during the unofficial kickoff to the month long Destin Fishing Rodeo. With food, music, and Â arts and crafts, this family friendly festival is the perfect way to start the fall.
During October, be sure to head to the Historic Destin Harbor to see who tops the leaderboard during the annual Fishing Rodeo. For more than 60 years, anglers have been competing for cash, prizes, and bragging rights in the areas oldest and most prestigious tournament.
The beaches are so white, your friends and family may think you are celebrating the holidays season in the snow! Enjoy the winter holidays along the Emerald Coast with town parades, a boat parade, excellent dining, and fireworks galore.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The annual wine and food festival will be held throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin from April 27th - April 30th. Meet celebrity wine producers and master distillers presenting their fine wine and spirits from around the world. This event is a fundraiser for Destin Charity WineView Details
Eating for Advocacy
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Brunch for a good cause on Sunday, April 30th at Trebeache on 30A! They will be donating 10% of their proceeds from that day to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.View Details
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Pub Crawl
Friday, May 5, 2017
Come and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo drink specials at our Pub Crawl going on May 5 from 6 PM - 12 AM! The pub crawl passes cost $10 a piece and proceeds benefits a local charity. Pub Crawl stops include:1. Margaritaville2. Crab Island Cantina3. Harry T's Lighthouse4. Jackacuda's Seafood & SushView Details
2017 Burning up the Beaches - Car Show
Friday, May 5, 2017
The Arc of the Emerald Coast announces year 7 of its classic car weekend Burning up the Beaches from May 4 - 7 at the Destin Commons. The cars will be in town on May 4 but the show will be May 6th form 10AM - 6PM. It is free to the public and will have more than 300 classic cars from all over the USView Details
5th Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash
Friday, May 5, 2017
The Rotary Club of Destin will host its 5th Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash with a twist of Cinco de Crawdaddy on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 PM until 9 PM. The proceeds benefit young families in need through Food for Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast and education support foView Details
Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Treat mom to a beautiful meal with great service and an amazingl view located in the HarborView Room on the second level of the HarborWalk Village. Reservations are required. Call 850-424-0622 to reserve your spot!View Details
Emerald Coast Relay for Life
Friday, May 19, 2017
Join the Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast while they declare war on cancer! The event will be held at the Destin Middle School, May 19th-20th from 6PM-1Am. Visit www.RelayForLife.org/EmeraldCoastFL for more information.View Details