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

Destin Fishing Rodeo

October 1 - October 31, 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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FANdom Con

Emerald Coast Convention Center
November 7 - November 9, 2014

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Destin Fishing Rodeo

October 1 - October 31, 2014
http://www.destinfishingrodeo.org

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

Panhandle RV Show -Florida RV Trade Assoc.

Emerald Coast Convention Center
October 23 - October 26, 2014

http://www.frvta.org

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

Adults – $4.00, Under Age 12 - FREE

Senior Discount ($1 Off) - Thurs Oct 23

Pumpkinpalooza

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.

19th Annual Festival of the Arts

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

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

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.

GulfScarium's Splash-or-Treat Spooktacular

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

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

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 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.

PENDING CONFIRMATION

Trick-or-Treating at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

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

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

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

850.337.5108
http://www.RuthsChrisDestin.com

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.