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 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 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 6 - Oct 26 | 7 PM
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
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.
Aug 21 - Sep 22
"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" 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.