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You don’t need a reason to come to the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, but while you're here you might as well enjoy our special events. Cultural activities, fun festivals, lecture series, athletic events.... There's always something happening on our sugar-white shores, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s what’s up on the coast.

Featured Events

Destin Fishing Rodeo

October 1 - October 31, 2014

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Florida State HOG Rally

October 21 - October 25, 2014

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Panhandle RV Show -Florida RV Trade Assoc.

Emerald Coast Convention Center
October 23 - October 26, 2014

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Destin Fishing Rodeo

October 1 - October 31, 2014

Established in 1948, The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages.

Florida State HOG Rally

October 21 - October 25, 2014

Ride along the Emerald Coast with great views of the sand and water, or venture inland into woodlands and rural areas.  To make sure you have some memorable rides, flstatehogrally.com will have guided rides and a great self-guided ride book.   

Panhandle RV Show -Florida RV Trade Assoc.

Emerald Coast Convention Center
October 23 - October 26, 2014


Hours: 9AM-6PM (Th-Sat) 11AM–5PM (Sun)

Adults – $4.00, Under Age 12 - FREE

Senior Discount ($1 Off) - Thurs Oct 23


October 24 - October 26, 2014

Think innovation-because the winning stakes for most creative costume are high with HarborWalk Village as your destination for costume contests for both the little goblins and grown-up ghouls!  There will be plenty of drinks and live entertainment to savor at this thrilling and chilling Halloween bash.  Children can Trick or Treat with Merchants during business hours all day.  Pumpkin decorating, free crafts, and face painting.

College Fair Trade Show - Club Flight Level

October 24 - October 25, 2014

Hours:  Friday, October 24 - 4:00p-8:00p
            Saturday, October 25 - 10:00a-2:00p

Free admission and open to the public.

Hog Rally Kick-off Concert

October 24, 2014 7:00 PM
(850) 424-0600

Rally together for a FREE concert on HarborWalk Village’s main stage with the Bobby Friss Band!  Then keep the night rockin’ with an After Party at Coyote Ugly at 10:00 PM!

Monster Paddle at Harry T's

October 25, 2014

The only costumed stand up paddle poker run in the United States!  You can paddle anything you want … SUP, kayak, canoe, outrigger, dragon boat, row boat, coffin … anything!  Make all 5 stops within the Destin Harbor and get one poker hand at the post-run party!  Find the 6th location and get a second hand!  Get the highest ranked poker hand and win a huge prize pack including a vacation stay at Emerald Grande, SUP equipment, restaurant gift certificates … and this year the SCARIEST trophy ever invented!


19th Annual Festival of the Arts

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
October 25 - October 26, 2014


Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts on October 25-26, 2014 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, FL.  One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes.  Festival features include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more.  A food bistro, wine bar & beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available.  Admission is $3/adult; children 12 and under are free.  For more information, visit MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226.

Finish Here 5K Run/Walk

NWFSCU/UWF Campus in Fort Walton Beach
October 25, 2014 8:00 am


The 1st annual UWF Emerald Coast “Finish Here 5K Run/Walk” takes place on the scenic campus in Fort Walton Beach.  It is a large loop, all paved, passing by academic buildings as well as a lake and pond.  The event includes a post-race party complete with live music and refreshments.

The proceeds of the event will be used to fund the UWF Emerald Coast Finish Here Scholarship, to support a student pursuing their academic and life dreams.  Invite your friends, family, and colleagues…everyone is welcome!

Start time is 8:00am.  Please be in place at the starting line at 7:45am.  Please call 850-863-6565 or email emeraldcoast@uwf.edu for more information.

GulfScarium's Splash-or-Treat Spooktacular

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
October 25 - October 26, 2014 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Scream in delight - not fright! - at this family-friendly Halloween celebration. Saturday Oct 25 and Sunday Oct 26, kids 12 and under in a Halloween costume get FREE park admission during event hours (restrictions apply) and the whole family will enjoy Soggy Sam's Submarine Fun House, a costume parade and contest with great prizes, the Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, HallowGreen crafts, and in-park specials and discounts. New this year- a magic show featuring Pittman Magic & Juggling Productions! Then, come back on Halloween evening, Friday Oct 31, for TRICK-OR-TREATING around the park from 4-6pm. Kids 12 and under are only $5 and adults are FREE! Enjoy dolphin and sea lion shows, and Halloween themed games and activities. Costume Contest categories (Oct 25 & 26 only): Funniest Costume Best Hallow-Green Costume (made from items around the house) Best Group Costume To enter the costest, simply join the costume parade at 1:00 p.m.!

Halloween Haunt

Destin Commons
October 25, 2014 4-7pm


Join Destin Commons on Saturday, October 25th for an afternoon full of Creepy Crafts and Trick-or-Treating. Come dressed to impress in your Halloween Costume and strut your stuff on the main stage for a hauntingly awesome assortment of prizes in our Costume Contest! Registration starts at 4, contest starts at 5 and Trick-or-Treating begins at 6pm. Then don't forget to visit our Haunted House raising funds for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. As always, people of all ages, families and pets are welcome to join in on the fun! "The Dark" Haunted House will be open on Fridays and Saturdays October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31st and November 1st at 7pm.

3rd Annual Eglin Zombie Stomp

Ground Combat Training Squadron (GCTS) compound near the West Gate Shoppette
October 25, 2014 Begin at 2:00pm

http://www.active.com, www.eglinforcesupport.com

Run for your life at Eglin's 3rd Annual Zombie Stomp, a 4.4 mile adventure race complete with exciting challenges, plenty of rampaging zombies, and a special guest appearance by actor IronE Singleton, known for his character T-Dog on the hit TV series The Walking Dead. Event is open to the public and promises to be bigger, faster, and better than ever before!

All race participants are expected to be on site by 2 p.m. at the Ground Combat Training Squadron (GCTS) compound near the West Gate Shoppette. At the end of the race, refugee runners and spectators alike will celebrate their survival—or their zombie transformation—with music, food, and beverages. (Beer included for ages 21 and up!) Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors.

Halloween on the Harbor

October 31, 2014

It’s time to get into costume and come out for a spooktacular time the entire family can enjoy!  This date also marks the end of the Destin Fishing Rodeo with a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.


Trick-or-Treating at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
October 31, 2014 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.


Join us on Halloween evening, Friday Oct 31, for safe and fun TRICK-OR-TREATING around the park from 4-6pm. Kids 12 and under are only $5 and adults are FREE! Enjoy dolphin and sea lion shows, and Halloween themed games and activities.

Halloween Masquerade Ball

Ruth's Chris Steak House is located in the Silver Shells Resort
October 31, 2014 7PM-10PM


Halloween Masquerade Ball October 31st (7-10 pm) Join us in the East Bar and Courtyard for a night of Dinner, Dancing, and Devilish Fun. Come early for Happy Hour 5-7 PM or join us in the main dining room for dinner and stay for the party. LIVE MUSIC & DJ from National Recording Artist Michael J Thomas.