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

Fat Tuesday Parade

HarborWalk Village
July 7, 2015 7PM - Street Party; 8:30PM - Parade

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Concerts in the Village - Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village - Dugas Pavillion & Village Green
July 9, 2015 6PM

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Rock the Docks LIVE

HarborWalk Village
July 11, 2015 7PM - 9PM

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Teen Night At Fud's Destin

Fudpucker's
March 9 - August 31, 2015 Mon-Thurs 10PM - 1AM

http://fudpucker.com/fudpuckers-in-destin/#

Teen Night at Fudpucker’s in Destin every Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thursday Night from 10pm-1am starting March 12 thru the Summer. Teens 14-17 are welcome to a Fun, Safe, Smoke-Free and Alcohol-Free night of dancing to the hottest DJ's tunes.  fudpucker.com/fudpuckers-in-destin/#

 

Okaloosa Island Fireworks

The Boardwalk - Okaloosa Island Pier
May 27 - August 26, 2015 9PM

Join us at the Boardwalk to view the spectacular fireworks display from the Okaloosa Island Pier every Wednesday at 9PM throughout the summer!

Bart Rockett - Spectacular Magic, Stage Illusions, Ventriloquism & Comedy

Emerald Grande - HarborWalk Village
June 1 - August 31, 2015 7:30PM

850-654-7469
http://DestinMagic.com

Now appearing (and disappearing) at Emerald Grande’s HarborWalk Village, come out and enjoy world-class magic, illusions, ventriloquism and comedy as presented by variety performer Bart Rockett in an intimate, custom- designed, state-of-the-art theater located right in the heart of Emerald Grande's HarborWalk Village!  Witness original, never-before-seen illusions in this up-close and personal MUST-SEE show for ALL AGES!  This is NOT JUST a "magic show" and Bart Rockett is not just a "magician," he is an all around seasoned variety entertainer who has headlined theaters and entertained millions around the world!  Tickets are disappearing fast at www.DestinMagic.com

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

June 2 - November 30, 2015 8PM
http://emeraldcoastfl.com/things-to-do/ecotourism/educational-beach-walks.aspx

FREE and open to the public throughout the summer!  Learn about sea turtles, their nesting habits and other wildlife along the beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin.  Beginning Tuesday, June 2 and every Monday & Wednesday thereafter at 8PM through November.  Limited to 20 people (ages 6 and older) per walk.  Times and locations subject to change. Reservations are required and may be made by emailing ECTurtleWatch@gmail.com

Summer Camp 2015

Emerald Coast Science Center
June 9 - July 23, 2015 9AM - 4PM

850-664-1261
http://ecscience.org

The Emerald Coast Science Center will host Summer Camp 2015 June 9 - July 23, 2015.  Themes include Superhero, Gulf Coast Adventure, Build It!, Circus Camp, Dino Camp and Out of this World.  Students will need to pack a lunch for all camps.  Snacks are provided for all camps and classes.  Please call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org for more information.

Arts Center Galleries Displays

Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center
June 11 - July 18, 2015

850-729-6044
http://mattiekellyartscenter.org

Two art exhibitions are on display at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College until July 18 free of charge and open to the public.  The "Of Empires: Russian and Soviet Art" is on display in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's Mcllroy Gallery.  The Holzhauer Gallery features "Raina Benoit: The Tree Army - A Special Installation" by artist Raina Benoit who will create a site-specific installation that will explore what it means to live and work in the Florida Panhandle.  For gallery hours and more information, please call 850-729-6044 or email ArtGalleries@nwfsc.edu

 

SummerWild Children's Camp

HarborWalk Village
June 15 - August 14, 2015 9AM - 3PM

850-830-3933
http://ecwildliferefuge.com

SummerWild Children's Camp at HarborWalk Village is a weekly summer break camp for grades 1st - 6th beginning June 15 - August 14, 2015.  Children can spend an exciting week on the Destin Harbor learning about exotic animals and their natural habitats.  Some activities include: Meet a Wildlife Veterinarian, ECO-Splore on the Destin Harbor, Live Animal Encounters Daily and Hands-On Art Projects, Snacks and Drinks.  Please call 850-830-3933 or email sleveille@ecwildliferefuge.com for more information.

Sunset Camp - Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
June 16 - August 4, 2015 4PM - 9PM

850-243-9046
http://gulfarium.com

Providing fun learning experiences for the children while the parents enjoy a night out!  Activities Include: Dolphin Encounter, Beach Exploration, Ocean Themed Activities, Scavenger Hunt, Dinner at Seal Harbor.  Ages 6 - 14.  Select Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Rock'n Bingo

Landshark's Pizza and Mama Sherry's Pizza & Wings
June 29 - December 30, 2015

http://facebook.com/pages/Game-Night-Live-Emerald-Coast/1062250327138490

Come out to Landshark's Pizza or Mama Sherry's Pizza & Wings and enjoy bingo with music at "Rock'n Bingo" every Monday and Wednesday nights!  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Game-Night-Live-Emerald-Coast/1062250327138490

Gulfarium's Salute to Shark Week

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
July 6 - July 12, 2015 9AM - 3:30PM

850-243-9046
http://gulfarium.com/shark_week

Join us as we celebrate one of the ocean's most fascinating creatures with shark-related activities, specials, and discounts throughout the park all week long!

Fat Tuesday Parade

HarborWalk Village
July 7, 2015 7PM - Street Party; 8:30PM - Parade

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Who wants some beads?!  Join us every Tuesday for Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy".  Enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during our FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village!  After the parade enjoy live entertainment on the main stage, along with a stunning vibrant fire dancing show.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Red, White and Blue Celebration

HarborWalk Village
July 9, 2015 7PM; 9PM - Fireworks

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village located on the Destin Harbor is a weekly honoring of a local hero.  The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community.  Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts and face painting and a vintage WWII aircraft flyover.  The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.

Concerts in the Village - Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village - Dugas Pavillion & Village Green
July 9, 2015 6PM

850-650-2226
http://MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org

Gates open at 6PM with musical performances by The Mulligans. Bring a chair, wine & picnic dinner or purchase dinner prepared on-site by Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.  Admission $10/person or free for MKAF members and chidren 12 & under.  www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org

Virtual Scrapbooking: Learning Local History via Digital Scissors

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
July 10, 2015 12PM

850-678-2615
http://heritage-museum.org

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Okaloosa County all year long ... the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida presents "Virtual Scrapbooking: Learning Local History via Digital Scissors," a free lecture, July 10 at 12 Noon.  Guest speaker Gareth Stearns, founder of the popular Facebook group known as "Fort Walton Beach: What We Did," will highlight the history of Okaloosa County through unique artifacts, various forms of vintage media and the collective perspective of everyday locals.  SPACE IS LIMITED. Please call 850-678-2615 to reserve a seat.

Farmers Market Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
July 11, 2015 8AM -1PM

http://DowntownFWB.com

Second Saturday of the month, March through October, 2015

Rock the Docks LIVE

HarborWalk Village
July 11, 2015 7PM - 9PM

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Every Saturday night during the summer, come out for free concerts on the HarborWalk Village stage!  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Entertainment: TBD

Downtown FWB Farmer's Market

Downtown FWB
July 11, 2015

267-808-5009
http://https://www.facebook.com/downtownfwbfarmersmarket

An array of vendors set up with many different locally grown and handmade items such as fresh farm produce & fruit including Asian pears, local honey, grass fed beef, baked goods, fresh eggs, jams, jellies, handmade soaps & scrubs, and so much more!

Kids' Summer Art Camp

ADSO Art Center
July 13 - July 17, 2015

850-244-1271
http://artsdesignsociety.org

The Arts and Design Society again offers the opportunity for children to participate in creating visual arts in its summer "Kids' Art Camp."  Classes begin with clay artistry and feature a different medium each day, including drawing, painting and other media.  Each week ends with an art show and reception for the families.  Please call 850-244-1271 or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org for more information.

Kamp Kellywamba

Destin Middle School
July 13 - July 17, 2015 8:15AM - 12:30PM

850-650-2226
http://mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

Kamp Kellywamba will feature a fun and festive 1950's theme and include four different classes with students rotating through all four classes each day.  Art, Drama, Dance & Set Design.  Registration fee is $125.  Second child is $100.  MKAF members receive a 10% discount!  Space is limited.  Please visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org for more information.

Fat Tuesday Parade

HarborWalk Village
July 14, 2015 7PM - Street Party; 8:30PM - Parade

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Who wants some beads?!  Join us every Tuesday for Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy".  Enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during our FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village!  After the parade enjoy live entertainment on the main stage, along with a stunning vibrant fire dancing show.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Red, White and Blue Celebration

HarborWalk Village
July 16, 2015 7PM; 9PM - Fireworks

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village located on the Destin Harbor is a weekly honoring of a local hero.  The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community.  Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts and face painting and a vintage WWII aircraft flyover.  The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.

Rock the Docks LIVE

HarborWalk Village
July 18, 2015

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Every Saturday night during the summer, come out for free concerts on the HarborWalk Village stage!  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Entertainment: The Wide Open

Emerald Coast Gospel Exposition 2015

Village Baptist Church
July 18, 2015 6:300 pm - 8:00 pm

850-533-0886

Featuring Chris Brunson/Annoited & Antwan J. Jordan.  Also performing Village Praise Team, Austin Thresher, Chevon Corlew, Jay Wade & others.  Tickets $10, call 850-533-0886 for more information.

ARTWalk on the Harbor

HarborWalk Village
July 19, 2015 11AM - 4PM

850-424-0600
http://HarborWalkDestin.com

Come enjoy the sunshine on Destin Harbor Boardwalk from 11AM - 4PM! ARTWalk on The Destin Harbor features dozens of local artisans and craftspeople along this open air waterfront boardwalk. Jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, repurposed wood furniture and home accessories, handcrafted treats from seasoned snacks, nuts and popcorn to custom blended fragrances combined with your favorite national brands such as Life is Good, UGG, Costa, Billabong, Donald Pliner, NorthFace, Patagonia and Vera Bradley. The ARTWalk on The Destin Harbor is a vibrant marketplace, bustling with street performers, live music, a the perfect way to spend the day and browse through this unique art market. This event and parking is free and open to the public.

 

Fat Tuesday Parade

HarborWalk Village
July 21, 2015 7PM - Street Party; 8:30PM - Parade

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Who wants some beads?!  Join us every Tuesday for Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy".  Enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during our FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village!  After the parade enjoy live entertainment on the main stage, along with a stunning vibrant fire dancing show.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Red, White and Blue Celebration

HarborWalk Village
July 23, 2015 7PM; 9PM - Fireworks

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village located on the Destin Harbor is a weekly honoring of a local hero.  The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community.  Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts and face painting and a vintage WWII aircraft flyover.  The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.

Rock the Docks LIVE

HarborWalk Village
July 25, 2015

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Every Saturday night during the summer, come out for free concerts on the HarborWalk Village stage!  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Entertainment: Continuum

Fat Tuesday Parade

HarborWalk Village
July 28, 2015 7PM - Street Party; 8:30PM - Parade

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Who wants some beads?!  Join us every Tuesday for Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy".  Enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during our FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village!  After the parade enjoy live entertainment on the main stage, along with a stunning vibrant fire dancing show.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Red, White and Blue Celebration

HarborWalk Village
July 30, 2015 7PM; 9PM - Fireworks

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village located on the Destin Harbor is a weekly honoring of a local hero.  The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community.  Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts and face painting and a vintage WWII aircraft flyover.  The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.