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
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/
May 17 - Dec 27 | 1 PM - 2:30 PM
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida now offers tours exclusively for Home School families beginning May 17, 2016, 1 PM – 2:30 PM. Educators will focus on the Native American and Pioneer periods in Northwest Florida, and students will reinforce their lesson by making their own pinch pot. Home School Tours meet the Florida education standards for grades K-6, and are offered as an education resource specifically for Home School families. Students must register in advance. $7 per student. Free for 1 parent/teacher per family. $3 each additional adult. Children 4 and under are free, or $3 if they want to participate in the hands-on activity.
May 18 - Sep 4
World Class Magic, Illusions, Ventriloquism & Comedy all in an intimate, custom designed, state-of-the-art theater located right in the heart of The Emerald Grande at 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! Visit www.DestinMagic.com for tickets and more information.
Jun 2 - Aug 11 | 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Venture aboard the SunVenture for a 1.5 hour narrated cruise that explores the beautiful Destin Harbor and ends with a spectacular Destin fireworks show. Also cruising daily to Crab Island and sunset dolphin cruises.
Jun 5 - Oct 26 | 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
Jun 5 - Aug 4
Youth Village Summer Camp is a fun and, most importantly, a safe place for children in grades K-8 which offers a variety of activities such as: weekly, exciting Field Trips, outdoor play, Reading Circles, arts & crafts, theatre and educational computer games and so much more.
Jun 6 - Jul 28
Join Emerald Coast Theatre Company's improv actors and instructors and learn some magic tricks and play theatre games! Every day per week two new magic tricks will be taught. Play theatre and improv games that come from the Family Comedy Improv Show and more! Leave camp and WOW your friends and family. Have fun, laugh, meet new friends, and make your parents disappear for 3 hours! June 6 through July 28th Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2 PM - 5 PM Bart Rocket Theatre, bring your own snack and drink or buy it at the theatre. $25 tuition, optional T-shirt $15, optional drink and snack $3 Register at www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org
Jun 7 - Aug 30 | 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! Celebration begins at 7 PM with live music by FuZion Band and the Village Brass Band, parade rolls at 8:30 PM with a firespinning show by Just Add Fire following the parade.
Jun 9 - Sep 1 | 7 PM - 9 PM
The Red White and Blue Celebration happens every Thursday, on the Destin Harbor. A celebration of an American hero. Pay tribute to our local military heritage with an official presentation of the colors by Eglin Air Force Honor Guard, an air show, live music, fireworks display, and a thrilling fire dance show. To nominate a hero: http://www.emeraldgrande.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/RWB-Nomination-Form-2016.pdf The weekly celebrations are sponsored by Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park, and Leinenkugel.
Jun 13 - Aug 5 | 9 AM - 3 PM
Wildlife enthusiasts can have live animal encounters as they ecosplore on the Destin Harbor and learn about exotic animals in their natural habitats at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuges SummerWild summer camp Time: 9 AM – 3 PM Dates: Monday through Friday, June 13th through August 5th Ages: rising 1st grade to rising 5th grade Cost: $175.00 per week/ $35 per day (Family discount: additional siblings $125.00 per week. Military discount for active duty: $150.00 per week, $30 per day, additional siblings $100.00 per week Registration is open now. Please call 850-830-3933, or email email@example.com
Jul 1 - Aug 8
Every year there are local children who need school supplies to start their school year off right. We will be collecting school supplies again this year to benefit a local school in need. For every item brought into the store during this time - you'll receive an entry for a chance to win a DeFrance gift certificate! So help us collect as much as we can!
Jul 1 - Jul 30
To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents month-long exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach. In July, the works on display for easy viewing are those of Claire Gagne. Additional information about these works is available in the Art Center office.
Jul 7 - Jul 29
Opening reception for the Arts & Design Society’s “Small Show” is scheduled for Friday, July 15 from 6 PM to 8 PM. The exhibition features works that are 6" x 6", not including frame. The show begins July 7 and runs through July 29. Admission to the Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public.
Jul 25 - Jul 29 | 9 AM - 3 PM
One week of total STEM learning and immersion that’s loads of fun for only $185! Prepare your child for the coming school year with a week of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fun-filled activities that connect the real world with hands-on learning. For more information, please contact Craig Anderson at 850-863-6587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 27 | 11:30 AM
Joan Vienot, artist and teacher, will be the speaker at the Arts and Design Society’s July Luncheon on Wednesday, July 27. Specializing in plein air, or outdoor painting, Vienot is the recipient of a number of awards. The Luncheon, which is open to the public, will begin at 11:30. Cost of the Luncheon is $12. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, July 25. Please send reservations request to email@example.com or call Risa at 850-376-3901.
Jul 29 - Aug 21
We had so much fun at our Bay Bash Birthday Party, that we decided to do it all summer long! Bands play atop the Crazy Sista Bay Bar on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM-4 PM. Bring the boat, bring the kids, float, boat or paddle up and play in the Bay as the band plays!
Jul 29 | 7:30 PM
Leonardo Jaffé, of Brazil, a violinist studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London, and Victor Andzulis, Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky and a former member of the Northwest Florida Symphony orchestra, will perform in joint Guest Artist Recital on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Admission is free of charge with donations accepted at the door to provide an honorarium for the musicians. The college's Fine & Performing Arts Division annually hosts a series of Guest Artist Recitals featuring world-class talent from across the USA who perform at the college's main campus in Niceville. The July 29 event is the only sponsored Guest Artist Recital of the summer.
Jul 30 | 7 PM
“Night at the Museum – Hub City” is a unique experience unlike any other in the area. This fun, fast-paced event takes participants on a guided group tour that combines history and theatre. Be entertained with period music from the Pelican Pickers and the talented actors from the Emerald Coast Theatre Company will bring history to life by portraying people such as Congressman Bob Sikes and Celeste Mapoles whose husband, W.H. Maples came to life during last year’s Night at the Museum. Guests can take advantage of great deals in a fantastic silent auction; enjoy a wine tasting, restaurant raffle and delicious food from Café Bienveille, Ernie’s Dockside Oyster Bar Café, Cold Creek Bar-B-Que, Coney Island, and Havana Harry’s East Gate Café.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Make reservations on line at www.heritage-museum.org or call 850-678-2615. Tickets are $40 per person, $35 per Museum member or $29 per person for groups of 6 or more.