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.


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!


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.


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!


Nov 26 - Dec 18

Visit with Santa

It's time for the children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa Claus. All of Santa's guest receive a special treat! 


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


Dec 9 | 2 PM

Billy Claus

Billy Claus Oh Billy Claus how we love you...  Poor Billy is allergic to snow!  So what better place for him to come and celebrate the holidays but LuLu's?!?  Come enjoy as this delightful children's book, written by Lucy Buffett, comes to life.  On Sunday, December 11, enjoy a full day of arts & crafts, live music and get your picture taken with Billy Claus and his LuLuBelle's.  Make sure to leave Billy your Christmas list so he can personally deliver it to his brother, you may have heard of him - Santa Claus. What a better way to kick off the holiday season than a day here with all of your friends and family at LuLu's.  Billy arrives at 2 PM, so make sure to get here early to watch him arrive in style!


Dec 9 | 7:30 PM

NFSO 30th Season - "Holiday Pops" Concert

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 30th Season continues on Friday, December 9, 2016 with our popular annual HOLIDAY POPS concert at 7:30 PM (CT) in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville, Florida. Ring in the season with all your holiday favorites as the NFSO is joined by the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the talented NWF State College Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci Women's Ensemble.

Tickets: $15 adult, $18 active duty military & youth


Dec 10 | 7:30 PM

A Peter White Christmas

Make your list and check it twice! This holiday concert is more than just nice!! The wildly popular A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun & Euge Groove is coming to the Emerald Coast, Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 PM (CT), 2016 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The event is another Seabreeze 106.3 FM smooth jazz event.

Tickets: $80 front 4 rows, $40 floor & balcony


Dec 10 - Dec 18

Breakfast with Santa - Emerald Grande

Ring in the holiday cheer and have breakfast with Santa Claus at Grande Vista Bar and Grill! For reservations, call 850-424-0621.


Dec 11

30th Annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade

The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 30th Annual Destin Boat Parade. Visit with Santa Claus from 12:00-4:00 PM at HarborWalk Village's Main Stage. Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM. 


Dec 14 - Dec 23

John Denver Tribute

James Garrett, former member of the two time Grammy Award winning country group, Kendalls, started his John Denver Tribute show at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex in January of 2007.  Since then, James and his band have won numerous awards including, Instrumentalist of the year, Show of the Year and Fan’s Choice Award. 

James knew John Denver personally and shares stories behind many of the songs.  He will be accompanied by Roy Clark’s Fiddle Player, Shawn Pittman.  You will have a FAR OUT time!

The John Denver tribute show will be performed in the Rockett Theater located on the second level of HarborWalk Village, December 14th thru December 23rd  at 8:00p.m. For Concert or Ticket info call 417-527-6598. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before show times.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults, and kids 12 & under are free. Group rates available for 15 or more at $15.00 each.


Dec 17

Santa Pub Crawl

Deck the halls dressed in your Christmas best (tacky sweaters, Santa outfits, elves and more) and spread Holiday cheer through HarborWalk Village with jolly drink specials at every stop. Pub Crawl passes can be purchased in advanced at www.eventbrite.com


Dec 18

Dreamcatcher Vocal Performance Studio's Make It Shine Concert

No instrument is more deeply moving than the human voice. Watch talented young vocalists perform at this stirring musical Holiday experience.


Dec 26

Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Enjoy a grand menorah lighting on the main stage with hot latkes, Chanukah music and kids activities beginning at 5:30 PM. For more information, please visit www.chabademeraldcoast.org



Dec 28 | 10 AM

LuLu's Annual Noon Year's Eve Party

Think your year couldn't possibly get any better, just wait and see what LuLu's Destin has in store to help you end the year with a bang.  LuLu's Annual Noon Year's Eve Party is pure excitement around every corner. Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, December 31, the delicious food, Sandcastle Building Contest, Arts & Crafts, Live Kid Friendly Music, Inflatables, Face Painting... WOW!!  I could just go on and on but wait there is one thing I forgot to mention...  To count it down to NOON we celebrate with Kid-Friendly Fireworks and a HUGE Beach Ball Drop.  Make sure you don't miss this incredible event.  See you there!!!


Dec 28

MAXIMUM MAGIC Dinner Theater Featuring Noah & Heather Wells

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, and mentalism. Two shows - 5:45pm & 8:15pm. 


Dec 31

New Year's Eve at Ruth's Chris Steak House

MAKE A RESOLUTION ANYTIME YOU DARN WELL FEEL LIKE IT Live Music by Billboard Charting National Recording Artist Michael J Thomas 6pm-TILL We’re serving up a delicious night on New Year’s Eve. Say a fond farewell to 2016 – and a big hello to 2017.


Dec 31 - Jan 1

Cocktails & Countdown

Get your all access pass into the most exclusive party in town. Revel in cocktails, chef selected hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing, all while taking in the stellar views of the ball drop and fireworks at 8 PM and midnight. Live music by Cool Rayz 


Dec 31

Grande Gala

Dine and dance into the New Year at this elegant extravaganza. Includes a chef selected menu and dinner, live music and dancing. Dress to impress in formal attire and enjoy the ultimate view of the ball drop and fireworks at 8 PM and midnight. Live 


Dec 31 - Jan 1

New Year's Eve Street Party

Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as 2 Firework shows. Be sure not to forget about the 9th Annual Ball Drop descending over the Harbor!