The 24th Annual Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts

The 24th Annual Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts October 26 & 27, 2019 Bring a splash of color into your life with the 24th annual Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts. Drawing inspiration from the sugar-white sand and emerald-green waters of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, this is the…

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The 71st Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

This isn’t our first rodeo, it’s our 71 st rodeo, and we can’t wait for you to join us. For years, anglers from around the world have known that October means an entire month of exciting fishing and competitive action in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island. With 31 days of tournament action, it…

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The 2019 Destin Seafood Festival

If you see food…eat it. The 41 st Destin Seafood Festival will be here before you know it with three days of fun, live music, and of course, mouthwatering, Gulf-fresh seafood. Taking place October 4, 5, and 6, this family-friendly event is free to attend and attracts foodies and party lovers alike…

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Emerald Coast Boat Week & Poker Runs

The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast knows how to celebrate all things boating with two fun-filled Boat Weeks and Poker Runs. If you love getting out on the water and want to try your hand at a poker by boat then check out these August events! The Emerald Coast Poker Run has been the highlight of…

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The Crab Trap: More Than Just a Place to Eat

Summer is in full swing in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island. Summer time means long days and even longer evenings, with sunsets that stretch out and allow for dinners that languish into night. Here on the Emerald Coast, beach days transition into beach nights filled with playtime under…

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Burgers at the Beach

Fresh seafood is a staple along the Heart of the Florida’s Emerald Coast but our restaurants don’t disappoint in the burger department! A delicious and juicy burger is always a treat so take a moment to experience some of the best burgers along the beach. While exploring Downtown Fort Walton Beach…

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Registration is Open for Paddle at the Porch

Registration is open for the 8 th annual Paddle at the Porch sponsored by Destin ER. There’s opportunities for all ages and stages to get out on Destin’s famous emerald waters with a paddleboard. This year, Paddle at the Porch is on Saturday, Aug. 17, and starts at 9:00 a.m. The races take place on…

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How to Eat Your Catch at a Local Restaurant

You don’t have to live in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island to eat like the locals. Compared to other coastal areas, there are about four times as many types of fish year-round. That means plenty of options for fishing in our pristine emerald waters, for both locals and visitors. But, if…

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Adventures Beyond the Beach

The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast has stunning beaches but don’t forget to explore the fun things to do beyond the beach too! If you need a break from the sun and the sand take time to enjoy these activities in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island. Are you in search of the perfect rainy…

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