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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Dec 1 - Feb 25

Snowbird Music Entertainment

Live Music from Singer/Guitarist Tom Devoursney 5pm-7pm Thursday thru Saturday starting Dec. 1st, 2016 Performing classics such as Dean Martin and Michael Buble. Happy Hour Beverages & Bar Menu 5PM - 7PM


Jan 21 - Mar 3

Art Exhibit: Walter Perrott Photography

January 21 - March 3, 2017: The Holzhauer Gallery at Northwest Florida State College's Mattie Kelly Arts Center features a solo exhibition by photographer Walter Perrott, 2016 Best-in-Show Winner of the ADSO (Arts & Design Society) in Fort Walton Beach's annual juried exhibition.

Running concurrently in the McIlroy Gallery, the Art Galleries present a new Juried Fine Arts Exhibition which will feature top professional talent from throughout the southeastern USA. The new exhibition will premiere as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center.


Feb 21

Erths' Dinosaur Zoo Live

A breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like, huge dinosaurs presented in a theatrical show to thrill audiences of all ages!  Fun, unique and educational!

Tickets: $6 (10 AM – School Groups); $15 adult/$10 youth (6:30 PM – Evening Show)


Feb 22

Jazz Orchestra Dinner Show

Join us for the Emerald Coast's ONLY Big Band Jazz Show featuring the 18 Piece DownBeat Jazz Orchestra at Fudpucker's all new Dinner Theater on Okaloosa Island. Dinner and Drink Packages available- Dinner Seating Starts at 6PM.


Feb 24

Salute to America

The Emerald Coast Chorus will hold its annual show on February 24, Special guests: Barbershop Quartet – A Mighty Wind, Sugar Beach A Capella Chorus and Camarata (Niceville High School) 


Feb 24

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

Join us for a pub crawl at HarborWalk Village and the Destin Harbor. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and prepare for the weekend’s events! Enjoy drink specials at each stop and Let the Good Times Roll! $10.00 donation to non-profit. 


Feb 25

9th Annual Mardi Gras Parade

Beads, beads and more beads on the Destin Harbor! The Good Times Roll with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, beads, street performers, live music as the parade rolls through the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 2:00 PM. Free to attend/ $50.00 entry fee 


Feb 26 | 1 PM - 4 PM

International Food & Wine Fest

Annual fundraiser sponsored by the NFSO Guild to support the orchestra!

Tickets:   $40 advance, $45 at the door


Feb 27


The smash-hit winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical!  The enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful woman discovers his haunting love songs.

Tickets: $45


Feb 28

Fat Tuesday Celebration

Celebrate Mardi Gras and revel in the fun at HarborWalk Village and enjoy flavorful & free red beans and rice!