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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Multi-Chamber Business Expo and Taste of Okaloosa County

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

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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 - May 6, 2015

(850) 424-0600

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.

Artwalk Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
March 6, 2015 5:30PM - 8:30PM


First Friday of the month, March through November, 2015

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 1PM - 5PM


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.


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

March 7, 2015 7PM


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


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.

Act4Murder Presents "Decked Out For Death"

American Legion Post 296 - Destin
March 7, 2015 5PM


Join the crew on this lively cruise that proves love is in cards, even if they are playing Bridge and not Kissing Royals! And remember, someone is going to DIE! Will you and your friends win the prize for guessing WHO DUNNIT? Tickets are $32 per person and available in the lounge, includes dinner, dessert and coffee or tea. A cash bar will also be available.

Human Foosball Tournament

Uptown Station
March 7, 2015 12PM - 4PM


This is a multi-relay event!  Register at www.relayforlife.org/fwbfl under Emerald Coast Relay.  Cost is $10 per person or $60 per team (6-person team).  Please contact FWBRelayfor Life@gmail.com for more information.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
March 10, 2015

850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)

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 4:00PM-7:00PM

The Destin Area, Greater Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville Valparaiso Chambers' biggest marketing and networking of our area businesses.  Free event open to the public.

Ladies Night Out Downtown 2015

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


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!

The Pioneer Period - A Free Lecture

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
March 13, 2015 12PM


Celebrating the centennial all year long ... the Heritage Mueum of Northwest Florida presents "Okaloosa: The Pioneer Period", a free lecture March 13 at 12PM. Guest Speaker, Dr. Brian Rucker of Pensacola State College, will focus on the first American settlers and settlements in what is now Okaloosa County between 1821-1865, before Okaloosa became a county. Bring a sandwich and take your lunch break at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, a free lunch-time education program.  This event is free and open to the public.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please call 850-678-2615 to reserve a seat.

Act4Murder and Horizons of Okaloosa County Present Murder Mystery Dinner Annual Fundraiser

Wyndham Garden - Fort Walton Beach
March 13, 2015 6PM


Chow down on a down-home, fresh salad, then choose from a mouth-waterin' chicken cordon bleu or crab stuffed flounder [do WHAT now?] with sides and a MYSTERY dessert, all served up with HUNDREDS of laughs! Don't miss the fun, but don't forget ... someone is going to DIE! Will you and your friends win the prize for guessing ... WHODUNNIT?!  Wear your favorite coustume and you could win a prize!  Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 night of.  For tickets, email dtashikhorizons@hotmail.com or call Donna at (850) 376-1037.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
March 14, 2015

850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)

Thrill to the magic of Cirque in a live performance with the NFSO!  With exciting artistic performances seen in theaters worldwide, CIRQUE DE 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


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


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


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.

Farmers Market Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
March 14, 2015 8AM - 1PM


Second Saturday of the month, March through October, 2015

4th Annual Texas Hold'em Poker Shoot Out

Elks Lodge - Okaloosa Island
March 14, 2015 5PM


This is a multi-relay event! $30 suggested buy-in, top 10 finishers will be awarded prizes, food provided.  Please contact Bea at sadie220@yahoo.com or 850-225-5679 for more information.

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

Emerald Grande - HarborWalk Village
March 14 - April 11, 2015 7:30PM


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

ArtWalk on the Harbor

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
March 15, 2015


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!

Chipotle Give Back Night

Chipotle - Destin Commons
March 19, 2015 11AM - 5PM

Dine at Chipotle Destin Commons from 11AM - 5PM and tell the cashier you are dining in support of Emerald Coast Relay for Life.  50% of your meal purchase will be donated to Emerald Coast Relay.  Grab your co-workers, friends and family and make it a date at Chipotle.

Run for the Health of It Run/Walk

Helen Back Cafe - Okaloosa Island
March 21, 2015 9AM


The White-Wilson Community Foundation will host the 3rd annual Run for the Health of It Run/Walk on Saturday, March 21 at 9AM.  The event features scenic 5K and 8K courses along Okaloosa Island that are perfect for runners and walkers of all skill and levels.  The event will be followed by an after-party and awards at Helen Back Cafe.  For more information or to register, please visit http://whitewilsoncommunityfoundation.org


Fort Walton Beach Beer Festival

Uptown Station
March 28, 2015 1PM - 4PM


Live music by 'Continuum'; Food by Buffalo Wild Wings, Winn Dixie and the Wine Bar; Promotions by 102.1 The Wave and 103.1 The Blaze.  Includes whiskey tasting and free bottle engraving.  Also featuring a custom rifle raffle.  Tickets are $30 pre-purchase, $45 day of and are available now at chanswineworld.com