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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Dec 1 - Feb 25

Snowbird Music Entertainment

Live Music from Singer/Guitarist Tom Devoursney 5pm-7pm Thursday thru Saturday starting Dec. 1st, 2016 Performing classics such as Dean Martin and Michael Buble. Happy Hour Beverages & Bar Menu 5PM - 7PM


Jan 18

Maximum Magic Dinner Show

Don't spend another night in your condo with nothing to do; Come out to Fudpuckers Theater located at Fudpuckers on Okaloosa Island for some family fun! Illusionist of the year Noah Wells presents Maximum Magic, with mind-blowing illusions.


Jan 20

ResortQuest presents the Winter Guest Fest

The area's largest expo for snowbirds and other winter visitors. Come to experience samples, take home valuable gifts, coupons, and door prizes. Admission $2/person. 8 am to Noon.


Jan 21

An Evening with Jason Alexander - Anniversary Gala

Long before becoming renowned as the iconic George Costanza on SEINFELD, Jason Alexander was a Tony Award winning Broadway song and dance man.  His evening on the Emerald Coast, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and 30th Anniversary of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, brings an hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage which features a program of great music from the theatre along with comedy and audience interaction!  It’s a much heralded night of music, laughter and fun – all backed by the NSFO!

Tickets: $65


Jan 21 - Mar 3

Art Exhibit: Walter Perrott Photography

January 21 - March 3, 2017: The Holzhauer Gallery at Northwest Florida State College's Mattie Kelly Arts Center features a solo exhibition by photographer Walter Perrott, 2016 Best-in-Show Winner of the ADSO (Arts & Design Society) in Fort Walton Beach's annual juried exhibition.

Running concurrently in the McIlroy Gallery, the Art Galleries present a new Juried Fine Arts Exhibition which will feature top professional talent from throughout the southeastern USA. The new exhibition will premiere as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center.


Jan 21

Mardi Gras Party at The Boardwalk

Face painting, photo booth, and more! 11AM - 3PM Shuttle service from The Boardwalk to Santa Rosa Blvd for the Abita Mardi Gras Parade; 2PM - 4PM Beer & Vodka Tasting at Rockin Tacos, Beer Tasting at The Crab Trap & Floyd's Shrimp House


Jan 22

Winter Guest Concert Series

Shake off the winter chills with free live music on HarborWalk Village's main stage! All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy a free live concert every Sunday afternoon from 2-4 PM. 


Jan 24


The unforgettable, high-flying, hit musical – full of amazing acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs!  Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical revival.  “An eye-popping extravanganza!”

Tickets: $45


Jan 28 | 8:45 AM - 4 PM

Diamond Cheer and Dance

For registration and schedule times, please go to www.diamondcheeranddance.com


Jan 28

11th Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction

The 11th Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 11 am. to 2 pm. This event will benefit the Destin History and Fishing Museum. There will be free admission to the museum on the day of the contest. There will be 2 Divisions of Competition including individuals and restaurants. 

$12.00 Advance and $15 Day of the event


Jan 28 | 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Bayou, Bay & Beach Run/Walk

Destin's 7th Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K Run/Walk, 10K & 15K sponsored by Shoreline Church is set for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017! The 10K course is USA Track & Field-certified, and the 15K course is new to the event this year. 

Race Times 7:30 a.m. - 10K/15K begins (2.5-hour time limit). 8:00 a.m. - 5K begins (2-hour time limit) 10:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony

Registration Registration is open on RunSignUp.comThe 5K is $30 through Jan. 27, and $35 on race day. The 10K and 15K are $40 through Jan. 27, and $50 on race day. Registration is available online until Jan. 25, at midnight. T-shirts are guaranteed to first 500 registrants.

On race day, registration will also be available at Clement Taylor Park, from 6 - 7 a.m., for the 10K/15K, and from 6 - 8 a.m., for the 5K  For more information, please visit http://www.destinchamber.com/bayou-bay-beach


Jan 29

Winter Guest Concert Series

Shake off the winter chills with free live music on HarborWalk Village's main stage! All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy a free live concert every Sunday afternoon from 2-4 PM.