What's Going On

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

2015 Homeshow

Emerald Coast Convention Center
March 7 - March 8, 2015 Saturday, 9AM - 5PM; Sunday, 11AM - 4PM

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Lucky Leprechaun 5/10K and Lil’ Leprechaun 1 Mile Fun Run

Register on Active.com or at Run With It -Downtown FWB
March 14, 2015 8AM 5K/10K 9AM 1MI Fun Run

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HarborWalk Marina 18th Annual Destin Cobia Tournament

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
March 1 - April 30, 2015

(850) 424-0600
http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/Destin-Cobia-Tournament/357760130379

Enter the ultimate cobia competition or watch the weigh-ins on the docks. Have a front row seat to the fishing excitement along the Destin Harbor. Follow Destin Cobia Tournament on Facebook for updates and information. Stay and Play Rates Available at Emerald Grande.

The Wings of Freedom Tour

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
March 2 - March 4, 2015

800-568-8924
http://cfdn.org

Explore majestic bomber aircraft such as the B-17, P-51 Mustang and B-24 inside and out.  Feel the engines power up and take to the skies in an amazing 30-minute flight experience!  Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger.  Bomb flight experiences in the B-17 or B-24 are $450.  Get some "stick time" in the world's greatest fighter!  P-51 Mustang flights: (World's only full dual control P-51C Mustang fighter) are $2200 for a half hour or $3200 for a full hour.  Tour hours: March 2, 12PM-4:30PM; March 3, 9AM-4:30PM; March 4, 9AM-12PM.  For flight reservations, please call 800-568-8924 or visit www.cfdn.org

Home Show - Building Industry of Okaloosa-Walton Counties

Emerald Coast Convention Center
March 7 - March 8, 2015

For additional information about the show and exhibitor info, please go to http://www.biaow.org/home-show.

Tequila & Taco Fest with Crab Island Cantina

Crab Island Cantina
March 7, 2015 11AM

850-424-7417
http://crabislandcantina.com

Can't make it South of the Border this Spring?  No worries, we are bringing the sizzle to you.  Spice up your Saturday with taco tastings prepared by local chefs that love to put their own spin on the traditional tacos.  If the gorgeous weather along the Destin Harbor isn't enough to keep you warm, join the tequila tasting that will be sure to tempt you to take your turn on the dance floor.  With over 20 varieties of tequila, you will spend the day sipping on the flavors of spiced habanjero and sampling smokey agave.  Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army and is sponsored by Crab Island Cantina and Sauza Tequila.

Tickets:

General Admission: $15 - General Admission includes a tasting armband for unlimited samplings of tacos and 6 tickets for tequila samples.

VIP: $20 - VIP Package includes armband for unlimited samplings of tacos and 10 drink tickets with an exclusive after party at Crab Island Cantina featuring additional top shelf tequilas, exclusive exotic tacos and live music from 5PM-8PM.

To purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-tequila-and-taco-festival-tickets-15788549978

Zoolectric Neon 5K

Nightown
March 7, 2015 7PM

850-650-1880
http://ECWildlifeRefuge.com/ZoolectricRun

The inaugural Zoolectric 5K will be held on March 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM.  This exciting nighttime race will feature "electrifying" entertainment, glow-zones and DJs.  Participants are invited to sprint or stroll through Destin's only 3.1 mile evening event.  The course will begin and end at Nightown.  Runners are encouraged to wear bright, neon colors, reflective gear and glow attire.  A glow accessory will be provided to each pre-registered runner at packet pickup and event shirts will be given to the first 250 registrants.

2015 Homeshow

Emerald Coast Convention Center
March 7 - March 8, 2015 Saturday, 9AM - 5PM; Sunday, 11AM - 4PM

850-863-5107
http://biaow.org

Close to 100 exhibits of products and services for your home!  Seminars by industry professionals at no additional charge.  Activities for the whole family!  Visit Saturday for Okaloosa Saves Piggy Bank Contest, Financial Seminars and Free Individual Federal Tax Preparation by IRS-Certified Volunteers.  Tickets on sale now at all Eglin Federal Credit Union Branch locations!  Tickets are $2 in advance or $5 at the door.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
March 10, 2015

850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)
http://MattieKellyArtsCenter.org

The final national touring Broadway musical of the season!  "Goin' Courting" has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie.  Set in the Oregon wilderness in 1850, the musical tells the story of Millie, a young bride and her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage - all with hilarious results!

Tickets are available for $45 each all seats or $40 each all seats for groups of 10 or more.  Please call 850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Multi-Chamber Business Expo and Taste of Okaloosa County

Emerald Coast Convention Center
March 12, 2015 4:00p - 7:00p

Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County - For the 8th year, the Destin Area, Greater Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville Valparaiso chambers of commerce will partner to bring their members the biggest marketing and networking opportunity around - the Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County! Join us at the Emerald Coast Convention Center to see the latest and greatest our area businesses have to offer. The event is free and open to the public.

Ladies Night Out Downtown 2015

Downtown Fort Walton Beach
March 12, 2015 5PM - 8PM

http://downtownfwb.com

Girlfriends and shopping go together like wine and cheese, and when you throw all four together, you've got the ingredients for a simply fabulous evening!  Stop in all participating businesses to be entered in a special drawing.  Drawing for raffle prizes will take place from 8-9PM at The Boardroom.  FREE to attend!

7th Annual Irish Street Fest & Grogg March

HarborWalk Village
March 14, 2015

850-424-0600
http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance and games all day.  After dark, "Sham-Rock" to each venue for live music and games.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
March 14, 2015

850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)
http://nfsymphony.org

Thrill to the magic of Cirque in a live performance with the NFSO!  With exciting artistic performances seen in theaters worldwide, CIRQUE D LA SYMPHONIE will present aerial flyers & silks, acrobats, dancers, contortionists, jugglers, balancers and strongmen - all choreographed to magnificent music presented by the NFSO.  A full-scale sound and visual feast for the senses.

Tickets are available for $37 each all seats.  Please call 850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787) for more information.

French Street Market

DeFrance Antiques
March 14, 2015 9AM - 4PM

850-543-4579
http://defranceantiques.com

DeFrance Indoor Flea Market, Antiques and Collectables will host its French Street Market on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9:00am-4:00pm. There will be local artisans and crafters with anything from antiques, shabby chic, re-cycled, re-purposed, handmade items and original artwork. Enjoy one of a kind finds, great food and live music throughout the day.

Lucky Leprechaun 5/10K and Lil’ Leprechaun 1 Mile Fun Run

Register on Active.com or at Run With It -Downtown FWB
March 14, 2015 8AM 5K/10K 9AM 1MI Fun Run

850-243-1007
http://www.runwithitfl.com/node/35#overlay-context=user/8

The 4th annual Lucky Leprechaun 5k/10k is a local Ft. Walton Beach race presented by the Northwest Florida Track Club and Run With It. The LL was inspired by a local family whose young daughter, Charlotte, had Leukemia and struggled with it for several years. We are glad to announce that Charlotte is 100% cured! In honor of Charlotte, part of the proceeds raised will go to the Ronald McDonald House. The other half will go in the Rubberized Track fund for our local student athletes and our community. The 5k/10k race is Saturday, March 14th at 8am followed by a Lil’ Leprechaun 1 mile fun run at 9am. We are collecting sponsorships and raffle donations so we can help raise money for these worthy causes. We have a lofty goal, to surpass the 10,000 dollars we raised for Charlotte’s fund each of the past 3 years! Please help us meet our goal by sponsoring our great event. Check out the Lucky Leprechaun FB page for more information. Register on Active.com or at Run With It -Downtown FWB 

7th Annual Irish Street Fest and Grogg March

HarborWalk Village
March 14, 2015 1PM

http://facebook.com/events/351431551702399/

Don’t forget to wear your GREEN! The whole clan will enjoy an afternoon full of live Irish music and activities!  Wee ones will enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, and an interactive treasure hunt through HarborWalk Village, sure to lead to the Pot O’ Gold! After dark, "Sham-Rock" for a cause!  Travel throughout HarborWalk Village for the largest Grogg March this side of the Blarney Stone!  Proceeds benefiting Food for Thought Outreach, Inc.  Bring a plastic jar of peanut butter or jelly and receive $5 off your Pub Crawl Pass!  Irish Street Fest Entertainment Line-up: 1PM - Emerald Coast Community Band; 2PM - Emerald Coast Pipes and Drums; 3PM - The Irish Dance Studio; 4PM - Joe Ashcraft; 6PM – Continuum.  Grogg March Passes $10.00 available for purchase online or day of event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-grogg-march-tickets-15516732966  Grogg March Schedule: 5-6PM: Fishheads Pre-Party Kick-off! 6-7PM: Margaritaville, Destin/Fish Tales; 7-8PM: Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi; 8-9PM: La Famiglia On the Harbor/Jesters; 9-10PM: Crab Island Cantina; 10-11PM: Harry T's Lighthouse; 11-UNTIL: Coyote Ugly Saloon-Destin.

ArtWalk on the Harbor

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
March 15, 2015

850-424-0600
http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3

HarborWalk Village transforms into a mini art district as dozens of artists showcase their vibrant, engaging and creative artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary art, jewelry, paintings and more every 3rd Sunday of the month!