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.


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 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.


Mar 4 - Nov 4 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Downtown FWB Art Walk

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

Downtown FWB Farmers Market

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 23 - Nov 11

2016 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

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 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.


May 18 - Sep 4

Bart Rockett Magic Show

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.


May 28 - Sep 3 | 9 PM

Okaloosa Island Fireworks!

Special Memorial Day show, Sunday at 9 PM and every Wednesday at 9 PM beginning June 1.


Jun 1 - Aug 31 | 6 PM

Movies @ AJ's

Every Wednesday evening!


Jun 4 - Aug 27 | 7 PM - 9 PM

Rock the Docks Concert

Make this summer a hit! Every Saturday night this summer enjoy a FREE concert and Rock out with one of the Emerald Coast's hottest bands on the Destin Harbor! 


Jun 6 - Oct 26 | 7 PM

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

The Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts night-time educational beach walks every Monday and Wednesday from June 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 7 - Aug 30 | 7 PM - 9 PM

Fat Tuesday Parade

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

Red, White & Blue Celebration

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.

Red, White & Blue Celebration


Jul 22 - Sep 9 | 8 PM

Movies at the Landing


Aug 21 - Sep 22

Holzhauer: New York

"Holzhauer's New York", an exhibit that highlights the artist's time in New York working with Ash Can School great Robert Henri, appears in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's Holzhauer Gallery.

Running concurrently in the McIlroy Gallery is Bin Feng's "American Dream". This exhibition of large-scale photographs explores the Chinese artist's experience as an outsider-looking-in on American culture.


Aug 22 - Sep 23

Bin Feng's "American Dream"

Bin Feng's "American Dream" in the McIlroy Gallery. This exhibition of large-scale photographs explores the Chinese artist's experience as an outsider-looking-in on American culture.

Running concurrently in the Holzhauer Gallery is "Holzhauer's New York", an exhibit hat highlights the artist's time in New York working with Ash Can School great Robert Henri.


Aug 28

Master Acting Class with Lindsay Wagner

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