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.

Featured Events

Okaloosa Island Fireworks

The Boardwalk - Okaloosa Island Pier
May 27 - September 9, 2015 9PM

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Artwalk Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
September 4, 2015

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Bluegrass at The Beach

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
September 12, 2015 11AM-10PM

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Okaloosa Island Fireworks

The Boardwalk - Okaloosa Island Pier
May 27 - September 9, 2015 9PM

http://www.theboardwalkoi.com/things-to-do.php

Join us at the Boardwalk Park to view spectacular Fireworks from the Okaloosa Island Pier every Wednesday at 9PM throughout the summer!

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

June 2 - October 31, 2015 8PM
http://emeraldcoastfl.com/things-to-do/ecotourism/educational-beach-walks.aspx

FREE and open to the public throughout the summer!  Learn about sea turtles, their nesting habits and other wildlife along the beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin.  Beginning Tuesday, June 2 and every Monday & Wednesday thereafter at 8PM until October 31.  Limited to 20 people (ages 6 and older) per walk.  Times and locations subject to change. Reservations are required and may be made by emailing ECTurtleWatch@gmail.com

Rock'n Bingo

Landshark's Pizza and Mama Sherry's Pizza & Wings
June 29 - December 30, 2015

http://facebook.com/pages/Game-Night-Live-Emerald-Coast/1062250327138490

Come out to Landshark's Pizza or Mama Sherry's Pizza & Wings and enjoy bingo with music at "Rock'n Bingo" every Monday and Wednesday nights!  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Game-Night-Live-Emerald-Coast/1062250327138490

Red, White and Blue Celebration

HarborWalk Village
September 3, 2015 7PM; 9PM - Fireworks

http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village located on the Destin Harbor is a weekly honoring of a local hero.  The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community.  Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts and face painting and a vintage WWII aircraft flyover.  The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor.

Greek Festival

Emerald Coast Convention Center
September 4 - September 6, 2015

Hours:  Friday, September 4 - 4:00p-9:00p; Saturday, September 5 - 11:00a-9:00p; Sunday, September 6 - 11:00a-4:00p

Artwalk Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
September 4, 2015 5:30PM - 8:30PM

http://DowntownFWB.com

First Friday of the month, March through November, 2015

Bart Rockett - Spectacular Magic, Stage Illusions, Ventriloquism & Comedy

Emerald Grande - HarborWalk Village
September 4 - September 6, 2015 7:30PM

850-654-7469
http://DestinMagic.com

Now appearing (and disappearing) at Emerald Grande’s HarborWalk Village, come out and enjoy world-class magic, illusions, ventriloquism and comedy as presented by variety performer Bart Rockett in an intimate, custom- designed, state-of-the-art theater located right in the heart of Emerald Grande's HarborWalk Village!  Witness original, never-before-seen illusions in this up-close and personal MUST-SEE show for ALL AGES!  This is NOT JUST a "magic show" and Bart Rockett is not just a "magician," he is an all around seasoned variety entertainer who has headlined theaters and entertained millions around the world!  Tickets are disappearing fast at www.DestinMagic.com

Artwalk Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
September 4, 2015

267-808-5009
http://.facebook.com/DowntownFortWaltonBeachArtWalk

The Downtown FWB Art Walk features local art 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!

Labor Day Weekend Celebration

HarborWalk Village
September 5 - September 6, 2015 5 PM - 9 PM; Fireworks (Sunday Only) 9 PM

850-424-0600
http://emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Summer 2015 ends with a bang!  Live music, family fun and fireworks all make for a weekend that is sure to ROCK! 

Saturday, 7 PMThe Springs.  The Springs are a CMA Award Emerging Artist Award Winner.  Their versatile duo, delivers country, southern rock and traditional favorites!

Sunday, 6 PMThe Village Belles; 7 PMThe Deja Vu Band.  Celebrate with a vibrant fireworks display after Sunday's concert at 9 PM.

Heather Hayes Experience - Labor Day Weekend Concert

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
September 6, 2015 7PM

850-650-2226
http://heatherhayesexperience.com

Daughter of music legend Isaac Hayes, Heather Hayes and her 11-piece, Atlanta-based band have a diverse R&B sound, mixing in soul and funk.  The high energy show is a consistent crowd pleaser, with great vocals, stunning costumes and a first-rate horn section!

Ladies Night Out Downtown 2015

Downtown FWB
September 10, 2015 5PM - 8PM

http://DowntownFWB.com

Girlfriends and shopping go together like wine and cheese, and when you throw all four together, you've got the ingredients for a simply fabulous evening!  Stop in all participating businesses to be entered in a special drawing.  Drawing for raffle prizes will take place from 8-9PM at The Boardroom.  FREE to attend!

Fall Flair

Destin United Methodist Church
September 11 - September 12, 2015

850-543-0304
http://destinumc.org

The Destin United Methodist Church will host Fall Flair on September 11 and 12, 2015.  The event will feature a wide variety of arts and craft booths, auctions and lunch in the Sole Cafe.  For more information, please contact Patty Roof at 850-543-0304 or email fallflair2014@aol.com

2nd Annual Boardwalk Beer Tour

Boardwalk - Okaloosa Island
September 11 - September 12, 2015 Friday - 7PM; Saturday - 2PM - 5PM

850-796-0300
http://boardwalkbeertour.com

Friday, September 11th:  Five-course beer dinner and pairing at The Black Pearl.  Saturday, September 12th:  70+ Beers, Live Music, Great Food & More!  Purchase your tickets now!

Farmers Market Downtown FWB

Downtown FWB
September 12, 2015 8AM - 1PM

http://DowntownFWB.com

Second Saturday of the month, March through October, 2015

Bluegrass at The Beach

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
September 12, 2015 11AM-10PM

850-650-2226
http://www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org

As part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's 20th Anniversary celebration, MKAF and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate present the 1st Annual Bluegrass at The Beach, 1-day Music Festival at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin.  The family-friendly celebration features 7 award-winning Bluegrass bands, including Blue Highway, The Hillbenders, Willie Sugarcapps, Run Boy Run, Moore Brothers Band, Dread Clampitt, and Dismal Creek; with youth crafts and music in the Kids' Art Village, and a diverse array of food and beverage offerings.  www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org

9/11 Pentagon Survivor "Refined in Fire"

The Brooks-Beal Center
September 17, 2015 6PM - 8PM

850-863-2301
http://facebook.com/events/1605665953040588/

U.S. Army Lt Col (Ret) and Texas Senator Brian Birdwell was in the Pentagon on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Only feet from his desk, American Flight 77 crashed into the building and Brian Birdwell was engulfed in flames. He shares his story of anguish, hope and healing.

Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Band

Mattie Kelly Arts Center - Amphitheater
September 17, 2015 7 PM

888-838-2787
http://MattieKellyArtsCenter.org

Rock under the stars in the amphitheater with the all-star Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Band live in concert!  Featuring Jeff Calisi (38 Special), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton), and Jeff Adams (Starship, Survivor).  $30 fixed seats/$20 lawn.

4th Annual FWB BBQ Festival, sponsored by Okaloosa Gas

The FWB Landing
September 18 - September 19, 2015

850-244-8191
http://FWBChamber.com

Join us at the Fort Walton Beach Landing for a two-day celebration of BBQ, beer, and great music. Vendors and a kids' area. Free admission. Friday, 4PM - 10PM. Saturday, 11AM - 6PM.

The Emerald Coast Home Show - Health Fair

Emerald Coast Convention Center
September 19 - September 20, 2015 September 19, 10:00AM - 6:00PM; September 20, 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Free Admission to the Public.
For more information, please go to www.emeraldcoasthomeshow.com

Florida Coastal Beach Cleanup

Okaloosa Island (Beasley Park & Seashore Beach Access), Destin - Henderson Beach State Park
September 19, 2015 8AM-10AM

850-651-7131
http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/environmental/council/coastal-cleanup

Free to volunteers while supplies last: Event T-shirt, Soda, Snacks. Volunteers: Please wear closed shoes, cap and sunscreen. 

Sponsored by the Tourist Development Department and Okaloosa County Commission.

Join Okaloosa County Environmental Council organizers at the following beach cleanup locations.  We recycle littered cigarette trash our volunteers collect.

  1. Okaloosa Island - Beasley Park (Hwy 98 East of Brooks Bridge)
  2. Beach Walk East of Surfdweller (Santa Rosa Blvd.)
  3. Henderson Beach State Park (Hwy 98 East of Destin)
  4. September’s Florida Coastal Cleanup is part of an international event sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy.

ARTWalk on the Harbor

HarborWalk Village
September 20, 2015 11AM - 4PM

850-424-0600
http://HarborWalkDestin.com

Come enjoy the sunshine on Destin Harbor Boardwalk from 11AM - 4PM! ARTWalk on The Destin Harbor features dozens of local artisans and craftspeople along this open air waterfront boardwalk. Jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, repurposed wood furniture and home accessories, handcrafted treats from seasoned snacks, nuts and popcorn to custom blended fragrances combined with your favorite national brands such as Life is Good, UGG, Costa, Billabong, Donald Pliner, NorthFace, Patagonia and Vera Bradley. The ARTWalk on The Destin Harbor is a vibrant marketplace, bustling with street performers, live music, a the perfect way to spend the day and browse through this unique art market. This event and parking is free and open to the public.

Destin Beer Week and Festival 2015

Destin Wine World Paradise Key
September 22 - September 26, 2015 Main Event - September 26

http://destinbeerfestival.com

There will be over 300 beers to sample and over 60 breweries in attendance. Proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis.

The event will also offer various culinary stations, a VIP Tent, live entertainment and a merchandise booth. Some of the biggest names in the craft brewing industry will be exhibiting at this event.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.destinbeerfestival.com  or at any Wine World location.

Hispanic Fest 2015

Emerald Coast Convention Center
September 26, 2015 11:00AM - 9:00PM

United for a Good Cause, Inc., invites you to be part of HISPANIC FEST 2015!  This family-oriented cultural and educational event showcase the very best of Hispanic music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, and flavors and aromas of our delicious cuisine.  This year, a Fashion Show will be added along with several other fun and exciting activities.

7th Annual Kitty Hawk Kites Festival

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
September 26 - September 27, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM

850-837-2800
http://kittyhawk.com/event/destin-florida-kite-festival/

Kitty Hawk Kites hosts its 7th Annual Flying High on the Harbor Kite Festival from 10:00 AM. to 4:00 PM. In addition to these larger-than-life show kites, this FREE two-day event features professional stunt kite flying, kite demonstrations and lessons, and a few candy drops (from kites) that will sweeten the weekend for the kiddos! Kite enthusiasts of all ages are invited to experience and learn from several professional kite fliers, courtesy of Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kitefliers Club. Saturday night ends with a bang with fireworks over the Destin harbor at 9:00 PM! Kitty Hawk Kites Florida will also host FREE kite making for the kids at HarborWalk Village all weekend. For additional event details, please visit www.kittyhawk.com/event/destin-florida-kite-festival/ or call 850-837-2800.