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.

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Jan 18 - Dec 12 | 3 PM

Friends Guild of the Destin Library, Inc. "Monthly Movie Night"

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library Inc. will sponsor a monthly movie night featuring independent films and documentaries on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 3 PM. The film series may occasionally feature a foreign film. The next film of the series, “Still Alice,” will be offered on Jan 19th. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed towards mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.


Feb 2 - Nov 1 | 6 PM - 8 PM

Gulf Coast Sportsman Seminar Series

In 2016, on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 PM – 8 PM, you’re invited to join Legendary Marine and Half Hitch to learn from the professionals in a fun and educational seminar on top sportsman seasonal topics! Come eat and drink and learn from the local industry experts with the best tips to maximize your fishing and sporting activities!


Feb 27 - Oct 29 | 10 AM - 4 PM

Saturday at the Museum

The last Saturday of each month the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida offers reduced admission for everyone at the $3 children’s rate. Visitors can check out all the new exhibits, play in the Discovery Room for kids, enjoy Paradise Gardens and participate in instructed craft time and history lesson.


Mar 4 - Nov 4 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Downtown FWB Art Walk

The Fort Walton Beach Art Walk on Brooks Street is held the 1st Friday of every month beginning in March and ending in November. It features local arts in all sorts of mediums. There is something for everyone from an array of local art, jewelry and many other handmade creations. Stroll the sidewalk, check out all the fun and unique businesses, listen to local music and be amazed by our local artists. It’s a great way to support our local community and start off your Friday evening downtown!


Mar 11 - Dec 10 | 8 AM - 1 PM

Downtown FWB Farmers Market

The Downtown FWB Farmers Market is open the 2nd Saturday of every month. 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! Feel free to stroll down the streets of Downtown Fort Walton Beach after the Farmers Market and check out our local flavor and southern hospitality. Our community offers many unique boutiques, restaurants, and bars perfect for a Saturday afternoon!


Mar 22 - Nov 9

2016 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

For more information about Tuesday and Wednesday practices at the National Naval Aviation Museum, please call 850-452-3604 or visit the museum website at http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/blue-angels/

For information about the July 16, 2016 Pensacola Beach Summer Show and the November 12, 2016 Homecoming, please call 850-452-3604 or visit http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/events/upcoming/


Apr 13 - Dec 28 | 11 AM - 10 PM

Wine Wednesday @ La Famiglia Destin Commons

VINO DAY!!!! Come to enjoy our Great House Wine for only $4 a glass and a large variety of bottle of wines selection for 20% off!!!! We also Offer different Carafes Sizes at a great Price Daily!! Salute!


Apr 15 - Dec 18 | 6 PM - 10 PM

Live Music @ La Famiglia

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday!


Apr 21 - Dec 15

Emerald Coast Science Center: Planetarium Night

Please call 850-664-161 or visit www.ECScience.org for more information.


May 11 - Dec 28 | 5 PM - 9 PM

Ruth's Chris: Locals Night Out

LOCALS NIGHT OUT! Every Wednesday, 5 PM – 9 PM, at Courtyard Bar, Ruth’s Chris. Jones & Company Band 6 PM – 9 PM.


May 14 - Dec 10

2nd Saturday Market

2nd Saturday of the month at DeFrance for an outdoor market with vendors, artists and crafters as they display their one-of-a-kind creations, re-purposed items, jewelry, clothing, shabby chic furniture, art, and hamburger and hot dogs.


Jun 6 - Oct 26 | 7 PM

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

The Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts night-time educational beach walks every Monday and Wednesday from June to October. Learn about sea turtles, their nesting habits and other wildlife along the beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin. While free and open to the public, reservations are required. Limited to 20 people, age six and over, per walk. Times and locations are subject to change based on turtle nest locations. Email: ECTurtleWatch@gmail.com



Sep 1 - Sep 30

ADSO Window Gallery Display: Month of September, 2016

To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and design Society presents month-long exhibits in their studio windows.  In September, the works on display for easy viewing are those of Ann Tucker.  Additional information about these works is available in the Art Center office.


Sep 3 - Nov 26

College Football Saturdays - Emerald Grande

Are you ready for some football! Come down to HarborWalk Village and unleash your inner fan and score some great food and drink specials at Crab Island Cantina | Harry T's Lighthouse | Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi | Margaritaville, Destin 


Sep 27 | 6:30 PM

Ruth's Chris: New World Rustic Italian Wine Dinner

Seating is limited for this wine dinner and requires reservations in advance. For Reservations Call 850-837-7884. To view the menu: http://ruthschrisdestin.com/eventspromos.html


Sep 27 - Oct 1 | Tues, Sept 27 - Fri, Sept 30: 5 PM - 10 PM; Sat, Oct 1: 2 PM - 10 PM

33rd Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show and Reception

The 33rd Northwest Florida tri-County Fair Fine Arts show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 – Friday, September 30, 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday, October 1, 2 PM – 10 PM.  The Opening Reception for the Show is on Sunday, September 25, 2 PM – 4 PM.  Artworks in every medium will be on display; high school and middle school art will be a special feature.  There is no charge for the Reception or Show; both are open to the public. 


Sep 27 - Oct 21 | 6 PM - 8 PM

"Autumn" Opening Reception and Gallery Show

Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s “Autumn” Show is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 6 PM – 8 PM.  The exhibition features works in any medium that celebrate the glories of Autumn.  The show begins September 27 and runs through October 21.  Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public.


Sep 28 - Dec 28 | 5:30 PM - 7 PM

Brotula's Monthly Wine Tasting

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer has partnered with McNeese Distributing to present Monthly Wine Tastings.  For only $15, guests are invited to enjoy a different selection of red and white wines every month from both small and large vineyards located throughout the country.  Artfully crafted snacks are prepared to complement each wine to create the perfect pair.  Guests are invited to enjoy wine tastings monthly from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.  Stay for our Wine Down Wednesday and enjoy 50% off all house wines by the glass or 15% off any bottle of wine!


Sep 28 | 11:30 AM

ADSO Luncheon, September 28

Ann Wagner will be the speaker at the Arts and design Society’s April Luncheon on Wednesday, September 28.  The topic of her talk will be Metal Art.  She will present mixed media painting, enhanced with metal designs.  The Luncheon is open to the public and will begin at 11:30.  Cost of the Luncheon is $12.  Please send reservation requests to adsorsvp@gmail.com or call Risa at 850-376-3901 by no later than September 26.


Sep 30 - Oct 2 | Fri 4 -10 PM; Sat 10 AM-10 PM; Sun 11 AM-4 PM

38th Annual Destin Seafood Festival

The 38th Annual Destin Seafood Festival will feature tons of fun for the whole family.  Festival highlights include fresh, local seafood, live music on multiple stages, artist and craft vendors, kids’ zones, family fun, a fireworks show and more! The Destin Seafood Festival is hosted along the Destin Harbor and is free to the public!