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 19 - Dec 13 | 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 12 - Oct 8 | 8 AM - 1 PM
The Downtown FWB Farmers Market is open the 2nd Saturday of every month starting in March and going through October. 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 - Aug 4 | 4 PM - 9 PM (Tues & Thurs)
Enjoy an evening out while your children have an unforgettable experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Our Sunset Camp includes a dockside encounter with a dolphin, an exploratory venture along the beautiful Emerald Coast beach at dusk, ocean themed activities, scavenger hunt and dinner at Seal Harbor. Ages: 6-14 | Price: $89 for the first child and Special Deal – 25% OFF each additional child within the same reservation! | Program Availability: 4 PM – 9 PM on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings during spring and summer.
Mar 23 - Nov 11
For more information about 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 19 - May 20
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s 17th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show is scheduled for Friday, April 22, from 6 PM to 8 PM. The show begins April 19 and runs through May 20. For more information, please call 850-244-1271 or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org
May 3 - Oct 27 | 7 PM
The Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts night-time educational beach walks every Monday and Thursday from May 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
May 5 - May 8
Welcome to the MOST partyin', fun, BEST value classic car weekend on the circuit! If you are looking for a fun, relaxing weekend on the beach to meet other gearheads and have a BLAST at the beach, THIS IS IT! This three day event is a classic car action for any enthusiast. Registration and show is held at The Destin Commons.
May 5 - Jun 30 | 7 PM - 9 PM (entrance opens at 6 PM)
Every Thursday, 7-9 PM, May 5 – June 30! Entrance opens at 6 PM. Buy tickets at the door. General admission $12 per adult. FREE to MKAF members and kids under 12! Bring a chair, wine & picnic dinner! Or, purchase dinner prepared fresh on-site. Coke products and bottled water are also available.
May 5: The House Rockers, Mississippi Blues Band notorious for it's non-stop, high energy performances.
May 12: Moos Bros., The Emerald Coast's premier party band.
May 19: Emerald Gold, Get ready for an amazing Motown showdown.
May 26: Supernatural, Santana Tribute Band including mega hits such as "Black Magic Woman" to "Smooth".
June 2: LavaLamp, An entertaining mix of '70s Soul, Funk & Disco. This band puts the "yes" in polyester!
June 9: Faithfully – Journey Tribute Band, A "faithful" tribute to one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
June 16: The Joe Band, This band promises a powerhouse tribute to Joe Cocker - one of the greatest rock icons of all time.
June 23: The Maxx, Be dazzled by energetic choreography and an eclectic sound that ranges from the classic oldies to today's pop music.
June 30: Todd Allen Herendeen Legends in Concert, Come see several legends on stage in one amazing show including Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly & Elvis Presley!
May 6 - May 7
Join us for the opening weekend of Red Snapper Season. Mandatory Captain’s Party on Friday May 6th 6:00PM and Awards Ceremony, Raffle and Fish Fry at Fudpucker’s on the Island on Saturday May 7th 6:00PM. Details available at www.fudpucker.com/fishing-series
May 6 | 9:00a - 12 Noon
May 7 | 12 PM
Lion Fish Eradication 2016 Tournament May 7, 2016! Hosted by Under Pressure, Discovery Dive World & LuLu's Destin! Join the fight and help us get rid of these reef destroying fish! Sign up at Discovery Dive or online at LionFishTournament@outlook.com
May 7 | 2 PM
Men, women and children are invited to experience a Mother’s Day Victorian Tea, Saturday, May 7 at 2 PM at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Enjoy light refreshments and a variety of teas as you are guided through etiquette and customs of taking tea in Victorian England. The Mother’s Day Victorian Tea, for ages 6 years and up, is a distinctive and festive program chockfull of charm and culture. Cost: $16 per person; $13 for Museum Members. Reservations required.
May 7 | 3 PM - 7 PM
This Junior League of the Emerald Coast fundraising event will feature a live showing of the Derby along with a silent auction. There will be raffles and contests for the best Derby hat! Guests will enjoy mint juleps, southern-style luncheon, live music and dancing! Tickets are $55 with early bird tickets at $45 until April 10. Purchase tickets at www.jlec.org
4 PM - Beer and BBQ - Bayview Plaza
6:30 PM-9:30 PM - Chris Janson Concert
Tickets range from $25 - $40
To purchase tickets and/or for additional information, please visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=eccc
May 13 - May 14 | Fri Check-in 10:30 AM; Sat Tee Off 8:30 AM
The Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic is the Emerald Coast's premier two-day golf tournament held at Eglin Golf Course in Niceville, FL. All proceeds benefit the Air Force Enlisted Village. Golfers will enjoy two days of golf, including green fees, cart, range tokens, boxed lunch, awards lunch, continental breakfast, on course refreshments, goody bag, and 2016 commemorative coin. Prizes will be awarded for the Hole in One Contest, Closest to the Pin Contest, Longest Drive Contest, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Teams in A-B-C Flights.
May 13 | 12 PM
The City of Crestview is celebrating its Centennial year and the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is honored to host Pat Hollarn, former Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections as she presents “Crestview through the Century”, Friday, May 13. Hollarn, who is a current officer with the Mainstreet Crestview Association, will paint a picture of what it was like in Crestview 100 years ago and share highlights of the city’s history through the century. Bring a sandwich and take your lunch break at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, an informal lunch-time education program. This lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please call 850-678-2615 to reserve a seat.
May 14 | 9 AM - 3 PM
The Arts and Design Society’s 2nd Annual Starving Artists Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. ADSO artists will be selling their art and/or new, or gently used artist materials or books they no longer need. The sale will be indoors, inside the gallery and studios. A great opportunity to buy art and art supplies! Items available for purchase may include jewelry, ceramics, paintings or whatever art the multi-talented group produces.
May 14 | 2 PM - 4 PM
The Valparaiso Garden Club will host a “Gala in Paradise Gardens” on Saturday, May 14 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. “Paradise Gardens” is an outdoor exhibit, created and maintained by the Valparaiso Garden Club, which supports pollinators in our environment, including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Come out to learn about pollinators and shop the club’s plant sale to purchase seeds and plants for pollinators and add them to your garden.
May 17 | 5:30p - 6:30p
May 20 - May 21 | 6 PM - 6 AM
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement - a 12-hour, overnight event that celebrates, remembers and inspires.
May 21 | 1 PM - 4 PM
Celebrate everything ‘craft” at Fort Walton Beach’s original charity beer and spirits festival presented by Wine World at Uptown Station, Fort Walton Beach and feel good doing it – 100% of proceeds benefit Special Forces Association Chapter 7. Tickets are available for $25 per person through April 30, 2016 at www.wineworld.xorbia.com/fwb-craft-beer-spirits-festival
May 23 - Jun 3 | Reception; June 3, 6 PM - 8 PM
In 1956, a small group of artists joined together to create opportunities for artists like themselves to exhibit, learn and grow. From May 23 through June 3, to celebrate its 60 years of making and sharing art, ADSO will present its 60th Anniversary Celebration, an historical exhibit reflecting their colorful history. Featured will be a selection of art works by ADSO members from its permanent collection, show posters and photographs, and historical documents from ADSO archives. A reception is scheduled for Friday, June 3 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Guests may tour the ADSO studios and enjoy birthday cake and other treats.
May 24 | 10 AM - 2 PM
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May 25 | 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8 PM
We invite all Okaloosa and Walton County pregnant women and new parents who have had a baby in the last 3 months to join us for the World's Greatest Baby Shower!
There will be up to 50 information stations on various topics such as: parenting, prenatal health, new baby care, community resources and more!
FREE Admission, food, fun, games and prizes!
Exhibitors must first register before paying for their space at www.healthystartokawalton.org/worlds_greatest_baby_shower.htm.
May 28 - May 29 | Sat, 7 PM - 9 PM; Sun 5 PM - 9 PM
It’s time for flip flops, sun tans and SUMMER! Kick-off summer with live music all weekend long and FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor!
May 31 | 7 PM - 9 PM
Who wants some beads?! Join us for Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy”. It’s one Pardi in Paradise where you can enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during our FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village! Laissez les bons temps rouler!