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
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
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
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
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
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
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/
Jun 6 - Oct 26 | 7 PM
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 3 - Nov 26
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 - Oct 21 | 6 PM - 8 PM
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 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!
Oct 1 - Oct 31 | 10 AM - 7 PM
Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is Destin’s longest held tradition. Each year the rodeo begins on October 1st and runs through October 31St with weigh-ins daily from 10 AM until 7 PM on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar on Destin Harbor. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is FREE to anglers who fish aboard boats registered in the rodeo.
Oct 9 - Nov 20
ART EXHIBIT. October 9 - November 20, 2016: The Pastel Society of North Florida's 14th National Biennial Juried Exhibition. Every two years, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are proud to partner with Pastel Society of North Florida to present this national display of the best in pastels. This year's juror is Lyn Asselta, PSA.
Oct 19 - Oct 23
The Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson Emerald Coast Earthquake is held at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.
Events include live music all day, bike shows, Miss Emerald Coast Earthquake Bikini Contest, charity poker runs, vendors, food and drink specials at along the Boardwalk.
Oct 21 - Oct 23
Welcome to Boggy Country! What’s our recipe for success? Start with a savory assortment of food, including tons of tasty mullet. Add a unique selection of handmade arts and crafts, then throw in thrilling amusement rides and games. Top it all off with top-notch musical entertainment, and you’ve got one of the most enduring festivals in the Southeast! It’s three days full of fun for the whole family, and you won’t want to miss a minute!
The 4th Annual Pup Cup Charity Golf Tournament will be at the Rocky Bayou Country Club on Friday, October 21. All proceeds benefit Greyhound Pets of America Emerald Coast.
The cost is $75 per golfer. Come out and have a great time while helping a great cause here along the Emerald Coast.
Oct 22 | 8 AM
Join us for the 2nd Annual LuLu's Marlin 5K benefitting the Destin Middle School Marlin Booster Club! Race begins at 8 AM on Saturday, October 22. Registration opens at 7 AM. Pre-Registered Runners may pick up their packets the night before at LuLu's from 3 PM-7 PM on Friday, October 21. Post-Race Party at LuLu's Destin! FUN FOOD MUSIC! Check back for info on how to register.
Las Vegas star Brian Duprey (“The Rat Pack is Back”) performs a knock-out recreation of Frank Sinatra in a tribute concert backed by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra! Hailed as the best Sinatra singing voice in the world today! “This guy has it down!” – Nancy Sinatra
Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, Second City is legendary for producing cutting edge satire and launching the careers of comedy superstars. Howl at this irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity with satire and improv by Chicago’s best!
Oct 27 | 7:30 PM
The season’s second production, Stars of American Ballet, features principal dancers from the New York City Ballet performing works from acclaimed choreographer and co-founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine. Credited as the founder of modern American ballet, Balanchine’s featured works will include Apollo, Tarntella, Who Cares? And more
Oct 27 | 7:30 PM
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) 2016-2017 proudly presents Stars of American Ballet at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Oct. 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Stars of American Ballet, led by Daniel Ulbricht, features principal dancers from the New York City Ballet performing works from acclaimed choreographer George Balanchine. Credited as the founder of modern American ballet and the co-founder of the New York City Ballet, Balanchine's featured works will include Apollo, Tarantella, Who Cares?
Online ticket sales for Stars of American Ballet begins on Fri., Sept. 30. Box office prices are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
Oct 28 | 9:45 AM; 11:30 AM
The annual Children's Series at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents a national touring series of live theatrical events based on bestselling children's literature. The daytime performances are open with advance reservations to school groups and accompanied homeschool students for a nominal fee of $6 per student and chaperones, with teachers admitted free of charge. PETE THE CAT appears October 28, 2016 for two performances -- at 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM. The one hour show is recommended for grades Pre-K to 3rd (third grade).
Tickets: $6, teachers free
Oct 29 - Oct 30 | Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM
For more information, call 850-650-2226 or visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsartfestival.html
Oct 29 | 8 AM - 11 AM
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Take the first step by finding a Walk near you. Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your customized Participant Center. Join us and be inspired by all the footsteps that fall into place behind yours. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s!
Oct 29 | 2 PM
LuLu's Destin 2nd Annual BooLu's Haunted Fun Event! Kicking off Saturday, October 29 at 2 PM with the Paddle Destin Great Pumpkin Paddle hosted at LuLu's Destin! This year’s event will be a day filled with FREE events for the entire family so please come early and spend the day at this beautiful location. It will be a 'SPOOK-TACULAR' event you don’t want to miss so get your favorite costume and pumpkin ready and come join the paddle fun at LuLu’s! All participants are asked to dress in their favorite costume and if you'd like to enter the pumpkin carving contest please bring your pre-carved pumpkin to the ‘Haunted’ judging table before the paddle begins. Boards can also be rented through our friends at GUSU by calling 850-460-7300 or 850-460-7300. BooLu's will begin at 5 PM, complete with inflatable bouncy houses, Face Painting, Crafts, Trick or Treating, Costume Contest and a showing of Hocus Pocus on an inflatable screen on LuLu's Beach!
Trick or Treat, Crafts, Inflatables 5 PM-8 PM
Costume Contest at 6:30 PM
Hocus Pocus at 7:30 PM
Oct 29 - Oct 30 | Sat: 7 PM; Sun: 2PM
The party begins Saturday at 7 PM with a live concert, followed by a grown-up ghouls’ costume contest with awesome prizes and FIREWORKS at 9 PM! Sunday, beginning at 2 PM, will be filled with spook-tacular family fun. Enjoy a kids’ costume contest, arts & crafts and trick-or-treat all afternoon.