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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Nov 16 - Feb 14

Bart Rockett Magic Show

Now appearing and disappearing at Emerald Grande’s HarborWalk Village, Rockett is a world-class variety performer who has entertained millions around the globe.  A must see magic experience for all ages!


Jan 8 - Feb 26 | 5 PM - 7 PM

Sons & Daughters of Italy "Friday Night Pasta"

Open to the public every Friday night! Serving pasta with meatballs or sausage.

Cost: $8 with meat or $7 meatless


Jan 19 - Dec 13 | 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.


Feb 2 - Nov 1 | 6 PM - 8 PM

Gulf Coast Sportsman Seminar Series

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 2 - Mar 29 | 3 PM - 6 PM

Live Music @ AJ's: Banjorama with Rusty & Jabbo

Every Tuesday!  Dixieland Jazz * Early Bird Specials * Drink Specials


Feb 7 - Mar 27 | 4 PM - 8 PM

Live Music @ AJ's: Jones & Company

Every Sunday!


Feb 13 | 5 PM

The Science of Wine @ Twisted Grape

Join the Emerald Coast Science Center at Twisted Grape for a wine and food tasting featuring the Noble Grapes. Learn about the science behind wine-making and explore food pairings!

Tickets: $25 for Non-Members, $20 for Members


Feb 13 | 2 PM

Valentine's Victorian Tea

Men, women and children are invited to experience Valentine traditions of the past and create future memories with the ones you love at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida’s “Valentine’s Victorian Tea”. Enjoy light refreshments as you are guided through etiquette and customs of taking tea in Victorian England. Enhancing the holiday sentiment, guests will learn facts about the historic evolution of Valentine’s Day and see an exhibit of unique Victorian artifacts. The Valentine’s 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. Please call 850-678-2615 for reservations.


Feb 14 | 11 AM

Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal

For all of the Lovebirds out there, this one is for you! Come celebrate your love and commitment at LuLu’s 1st Annual Tropical Re-union. Couples – Come out and enjoy the festivities with a Complimentary Champagne Toast, Complimentary Wedding Cake, Flowers for the “Brides”, Certificates of Re-Union and some great music will help to make this day perfect. Come spend the day with friends, family and all of us here at LuLu’s as we celebrate YOU!!


Feb 16 | 7:30 PM


Leapin’ Lizards! Enjoy the world’s best-loved musical in an all-new critically acclaimed national tour. The Tony Award winning production is directed by original lyricist and director, Martin Charnin. Annie is sure to warm your heart and put a grin on your face.

Tickets: $45 each, group discounts available


Feb 19 | 5:30p - 10:30p

Caged Combat 8

For additional information and ticket prices, please go to http://caged-combat.ticketleap.com/caged-combat-8/.


Feb 19 - Feb 20 | Fri: 11 AM - 4 PM, Sat: 9 AM - 3 PM

City of Destin Spring Craft Show

Hosted by the City of Destin at the Destin Community Center, there will be nearly 100 crafters along with their products for sale during this annual two-day event. This show highlights many of the Winter Snowbirds talents.


Feb 20

United Way's 25th Annual Champion Chili Competition

Get your teams and your chili recipes ready to brew at the 25th Annual Champion Chili Competition to be held at the Santa Rosa Mall. Earn bragging rights for the “Best Chili” in town or win over the judges for the “Best Booth Showmanship”, or win the “People’s Choice Award”. Each team is paired with a United Way partner agency with all proceeds benefiting the agencies.


Feb 21 | 1 PM - 4 PM

A Symphony of Taste

An “International Food & Wine Tasting Festival” will be held on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. A variety of area restaurant partners will provide food sampling and wine selections.

Tickets: $40 in advance/$45 at door


Feb 26 | 6 PM

The History of Eglin Air Force Base

On Friday, February 26, 2016, at 6 PM, Dr. Robert Kane presents The History of Eglin Air Force Base. Eglin Air Force Base has a long and varied history from its founding in 1935 as Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Field to today as host to the F-35, the world’s most advanced jet fighter. Dr. Kane previously served as Staff Historian at the Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base and currently serves as the Air University Director of History at the Air Force Historical Research Center, Maxwell Air Force Base.


Feb 27 - Feb 28

Home Show - BIA of Okaloosa-Walton Counties

For additional information about the show and exhibitor info, please go to http://www.biaow.org/home-show.


Feb 27 | 6 PM - 10 PM

Girls Night Out

Enjoy a night of pampering services while sipping wine, tasting food, and viewing a fashion show sponsored by Destin Commons. Tickets: $50 per person.


Feb 27

MJ Live: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

One of Las Vegas’ top shows! Featuring the mega hits from the King of Pop performed by tribute artists who re-create the feeling and experience of a genuine Michael Jackson concert with practically perfect impersonation.

Tickets: $35 each, group discounts available


Feb 27

1st Annual Northwest Florida Chasing Butterflies Walk

Join us at Destin Middle School on Legendary Marine Drive and Walk to benefit the local Turner Syndrome Society!  There will be information about TS, food and fun for all ages.  Bounce house, face paint and vendors will be there for you to enjoy.  10AM Registration, 11AM Walk, Activities until 3:00pm. 


Feb 27 - Oct 29 | 10 AM - 4 PM

Saturday at the Museum

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.


Feb 27 | 11 AM

Emerald Coast Parrot Heads' Annual Chili Cook-Off

We’re bringing the heat to the Destin Harbor as over 20 restaurants cook-up their secret Chili recipes for the 11th annual Chili Cook-Off! Hot, spicy chili and live entertainment on the Destin Harbor!

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here: http://hwvchilicookoff.eventbrite.com/ Military use promo code MILITARY to get $5 off (must present military I.D.)

Participant Application: http://www.emeraldgrande.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/PHCCO-App-16.pdf