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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When are you visiting?
Mar 13 - Dec 27 | 90 minutes
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, hilarious comedy, special effects, unbelievable mentalism and more!
May 3 - Aug 2
Nashville singer/songwriters are bringing their soulful, gritty, country melodies to the Destin Harbor for a live concert on HarborWalk Village’s main stage. The Songwriters Tour offers an opportunity to enjoy the hits heard on the radio every day performed acoustically live in concert by the songwriters who wrote them. The songwriters will also provide guests with the story behind the songs, life experiences, and a peek behind the scenes in Nashville in a series of casual, intimate performances hosted at iconic venues. Fan meet-and-greets and other special guest amenities will follow each performance. Event is free. The event will have several show dates: May 3rd, June 7th, July 12th, August 2nd at 7:30 PM.
May 15 - Jul 1
May 15, 2017 - July, 2017: Works by painter Katherine Ace will fill both Galleries at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center throughout summer 2017. Ace's oil on canvas and mixed-media paintings take their inspiration from mythology, folk- and fairy tales to tell new stories.
May 27 - Aug 5 | 9 p.m.
The Boardwalk proudly presents the Okaloosa Island Fireworks show each Wednesday at 9pm from May 31st to August 9th, and final Labor Day show on September 3rd. Out on the town with friends or getting the family together for the night, the Okaloosa Island Fireworks are sure to be a highlight of the evening. We’ll see you on the sand!
Jun 1 - Jun 30 | 9:30 p.m. | Tuesday and Thursday
Terry Stokes & Terry Stokes, Jr. are stepping up their game with a 60 minute entertainment joy ride of hysterical ADULT hypnotic comedy in the Rockett Theater at HarborWalk Village.
Witness these legendary hypnostists test the limits of their hypnotic subjects with an incredible audience participation show.
Tuesday & Thursday
*Tickets available at the door before the show.
Jun 1 - Nov 1 | 8 am - 1 pm
Downtown Fort Walton Beach Farmers Market is held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month starting in June at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach. It features locally grown products and highlights local artisan bakers and chefs. Market will be held from 8am - 1pm.
Jun 3 - Aug 5
Beginning Saturday, June 3, 2017, Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, will begin their six-week Movies in the Park Summer Series. The community is invited to re-live the old time drive-in movie experience at Uptown Station’s Central Park. Movies will take place every other Saturday in June and July, and the first Saturday in August. Movies begin tentatively at 7:30 p.m. or dark, whichever occurs first. The schedule includes Disney classics such as Finding Dory and new releases like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. All attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating. Movies in the Park are complimentary to attend.
June 3 – Moana
June 17 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
July 15 – Finding Dory
July 29 – Sing
August 5 – Monster Trucks
Jun 6 - Aug 13 | Every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Who wants some beads?! Join us for our first Fat Tuesday Parade of the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy.” Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers and float riders tossing beads and swag! Stay and enjoy live music on the Main Stage before and after the parade.
Pardi Begins: 7 p.m.
Parade rolls at 8:30 PM.
Jun 10 - Sep 16 | 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join us at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for Kid’s “Summer Sagas – US Documents” July 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with special guest, Congressman Matt Gaetz who will share with students his role in government and provide a short civics lesson. Students will learn about our US Documents, the history of the American flag and kids will get to weave their own flag just in time for Independence Day.
“Summer Sagas” is a family-fun public program designed to spark the minds of young people and create memories that last a lifetime!
Cost is $8 per child; or $6 for Museum Family Members. (1) Adult per family is FREE; $3 for each additional adult per family. Space is limited. Please call to make reservations: 850-678-2615 (MC/Visa)
June 10 | History of Ice-cream
July 1 | US Documents
August 19 | What is It?
Sept. 16 | Mad Hatter Tea Party