Come enjoy some live music at the Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Series. Be sure to bring your lawn chair and/or blanket to the Events Plaza Stage.
Enjoy a FREE live concert on Wednesdays at 7PM at the Seaside Amphitheater. Check out the talented list of musicians below: Concert Schedule June 14 – Humming House June 21 – Guthrie Brown June 28 – Sam Lewis July 5 – Alvarez Kings July 12 – Future Thieves July 19 – The High Divers July 26 – The Brummies August 2 – The Brook & The Bluff August 9 – The Memphis Strange August 16 – The Georgia Flood August 23 – The Courtyard Saints August 30 – Forrest Williams Band September 2 (Saturday) – Great Peacock
The Grand Boulevard Farmer’s Market is located at SanDestin Grand Park between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Lardeo. Come enjoy fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Open Saturdays year round! Also open on Thursdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 9am – 1pm.
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy these free concerts at Navarre Beach Park. Each scheduled Thursday night, a different talented band or musician will be playing from 6-8PM. Food and beverage concessions will be available from Navarre Chamber member restaurants. Concert Schedule June 15 – Bay Bridge Band – Rock 60’s, 70’s, 80’s June 22 – Platinum Premier – Various June 29 – Emerald Gold – Classic Rock July 6 – The Rowdies – Rock & Roll July 13 – Erma Granat & Shades the Band – Motown July 20 – A Touch of Gray – Oldies July 27 – The Blenders – Reggae, Jazz & Groove Aug 3 – Theresa Byrd Band – Classic Rock, Modern Country Top 40 Aug 10 – Stevie Hall – All Around Entertainment Aug 17 – The Hot Sauce Band – A-Z Variety Aug 24 – Freeway 98 – Blues, Funk, Rock & Pop Aug 31 – Lucky Dogs – Rockin Southern Soul
Destin salutes our heroes. Enjoy a weekly celebration of an American hero, including a presentation of the colors, ceremony celebration, a WWII vintage airshow, entertainment & FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor at 9:00 P.M with fire spinning from Just Add Fire.
Interested in great family outdoor movies? They are showing at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach for FREE! Each scheduled Friday night from 7:30 – 10:00 pm, you can enjoy a different family-friendly movie. Bring your blanket or chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars. Don’t forget to bring snacks or a picnic dinner for your family!
Come out and join us for the 13th annual Josh Sprinkle Memorial 5k. Before the race begins, there will be donuts, bagels, and fruit. After the race ends there will be free massages. There will be dozens of door prizes given away (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN), including restaurant gift certificates and unique local prizes. Be sure and stay after the race for the awesome Post-Race picnic. We will also have drawing tickets for some great prizes (such as condo stays, massages) DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN THESE PRIZES!
Support your local farmers and eat better produce by shopping at the Seaside Farmers Market located behind Raw & Juicy on Saturdays. Rain or shine. The Seaside Farmers Market is a producers market focused on food, produce, cooking demonstrations, specialty items, artisan cheeses and breads, novice and professional gardeners, seed exchanges, educational aspects of growing and preparing food, and the celebration of eating and sharing great ingredients. We look forward to developing these concepts and to your participation. Labor Day to Memorial Day – Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day – Saturdays & Tuesdays 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Grab your paddleboard and meet behind The Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House and have some fun. Race Start Times 9 a.m. – 3/6-mile races begin 10:30 a.m. – 1-mile race begins 11 a.m. – kids’ race begins
Free concerts every Saturday night from 7-9 pm at HarborWalk Village.
Shop for fresh and local produce on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month – year-round! The farmers’ market opens at 8am and stays open through 1pm at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. In addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables, you’ll also find an array of handmade crafts and unique items.
You can’t get high quality, locally grown, nutritious produce at the grocery store. But you can at the 30A Farmers’ Market in Rosemary Beach. Come shop the great varieties of fruits vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods, and more. Open Sundays year round from 9am-1pm at the Rosemary Beach Community Town Center.
See some classics on the big screens at Baytowne Wharf on the last Thursday of every month! Schedule August 31 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory September 28 – Mary Poppins October 26 – Hocus Pocus
Farmers market in Niceville selling produce from local farmers. First Saturday of each month at One 20 a Modern Bistro
Watch a beautiful fireworks launched from the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier every Wednesday night during the Summer.
If you love live music, you’ll love Bands on the Blackwater in Milton. This FREE outdoor concert series is held on Friday nights in the Spring and Fall in Downtown Milton, FL. Bring a chair, blanket, or pull up in your boat to hear some great music! Below you’ll find the schedule of bands. Concert Schedule Spring Series: April 10 – June 26 Fall Series: September 9 – November 4 June 16 – The Rowdies June 23 – Southern Breeze June 30 – CrossTown Band September 8 – TBA September 15 – TBA September 22 – TBA September 29 – TBA October 6 – TBA October 13 – TBA October 20 – TBA October 27 – TBA
Visit this annual festival to learn about Hispanic culture while benefiting United for a Good Cause Inc.
Come enjoy great BBQ, beer, and live music.
Sweet Seasons Corn Maze is open on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 6, 2017. Attempt the corn maze during the day or on Friday nights if you dare maneuver the maze in the dark. Besides the corn maze, there are so many other activities to enjoy while visiting the farm, including the hayride, corn cannon, and the many kids playground attractions. Of course, if you get hungry, there are food and snacks, too!
The students of the Alissa Steffens Vocal Academy based in Destin will perform a free concert at Baytowne Wharf on September 26th beginning at 7pm.
Enjoy some great seafood at the annual Destin Seafood Festival.
Don’t miss the Nightmare on the Old Spanish Trail. This haunted trail in Baker is only a short ride from the Fort Walton Beach and Destin area and well worth the visit. However, prepare yourself for the terror you will find in the woods during your journey through the trail. You never know who or what may be lurking behind the bend or tree. Ticket sales begin 1 hour prior to opening and the last tickets are sold 1 hour prior to closing.
Join Baytowne Wharf and the Emerald Coast Sacred Heart Hospital for the Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta. Adopt a duck for your chance to win $5000, airline tickets, Disney World tickets, or a paddleboard. Just $10 or more which get you a rubber duck and all proceeds will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.
Hosted by DeFrance Antiques, this event showcases local artists and crafters.
Van R Butler Elementary Chorus will perform a Halloween concert.
Get a jump on Halloween with Halloween Haunt at Destin Commons. Kids & dogs can come dressed in their best costumes for the Costume Contest for ages 0-12 that begins at 6:00 PM. Trick or treating will be from 7:00 – 8:00 PM at various sidewalk stations throughout Destin Commons and at participating stores. Other Halloween activities such as fantasy face painting, creepy crafts, and a photo booth will also be available.
Don’t miss Tricks & Treasures at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. This event offers an evening of free fun with safe trick or treating. live entertainment, live music, carnival games, a hula hoop contest, and more! Kids eat free with the coupon you receive at the event! Be sure to pick up your treasure map outside Black Pearl and visit each merchant on the map for an X, then drop off your treasure map at The Crab Trap for a special treat! Captain Davy and crew will be entertaining everyone with plenty of pirate shenanigans, music, balloon sculpting, and more at Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Check out the short video below for a sneak peak of all the fun for what is sure to be a spooktacular night for the whole family at The Boardwalk.
Trick or treat through the village streets of the tranquil Baytowne Wharf. Face painting & Halloween crafts will be provided by Abrakadoodle. Dance on the stage as the DJ playing frighteningly good tunes. There will be fireworks over the Baytowne Lagoon starting at 8pm.
The Fort Walton Beach Women’s Club is hosting the Home of the Brave 5K Run/Walk this year November 11th 6:30am until 11am.
Enjoy the classic movie, The Polar Express, on the main events lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
Destin Commons & Bass Pro Shops welcome Santa to light the Holiday Tree! Come out for holiday projects and character photo opportunities and live entertainment with Sinfonia and festive carolers. Then sit back and marvel at a holiday parade with Santa down Main Street as he arrives to light 50 feet of the most spectacular holiday tree on the Emerald Coast with a fireworks finale to kick off the Season! Free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops (select dates and times starting in November).
The beauty of the zoo comes to life at night with Zoo Lights 2017. Thousands of Christmas holiday lights will be on display for an evening at the zoo. DATES 2017 Dates TBA TIMES 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm –Last admission is at 8:30 pm.
This is one Christmas activity you don’t want to miss. Each year, the residents of Northgate Estates in Fort Walton Beach come together for an amazing display of luminaries and Christmas lights. Hundreds of houses within this neighborhood display massive Christmas decorations. The sense of community is incredible as you see many residents of the neighborhood celebrating the event with outdoor block parties surrounding a toasty, warm fire pit while waiving to the thousands of onlookers. As you slowly drive through the subdivision, you’ll see dancing lights on houses, religious displays, Santa Claus, and other Christmas characters. This will become a new favorite tradition to get you into the Christmas spirit. Check out the video below for a preview of what you will see (video from 2016). Northgate Estates Luminaries & Christmas Lights
The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 31st Annual Destin Boat Parade. Visit with Santa Claus from 12:00-4:00 PM at HarborWalk Village’s Main Stage. Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM with fireworks following the parade and firespinning on HarborWalk Village’s main stage with Just Add Fire.
Live Nativity Scene – 2017 dates TBA Everything is FREE! Free Photos, Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and Bounce House! See the Christmas story come to life as you drive through scenes surrounding the birth of Jesus. Experience live animals including camels, llamas, donkeys and alpacas. Witness the angel making the announcement to the shepherds. See magic traveling from the east. Open Thursday, December 14th – Saturday, December 16th each night from 6 – 9PM. Navarre First Assembly of God 9594 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 We are located at the corner of Hwy 98 and Whispering Pines Boulevard.
The annual Live Nativity presented by First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach will be December 15-20 from 6-8:30 pm. This event is FREE and includes real animals including goats, sheep, miniature ponies, and camels. Have your photo taken with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus!
2017 dates TBA If you really want to experience the true meaning of Christmas, the Cross Creek Hayride hosted by Ropin’ the Truth Ministries will take you through the life of Jesus Christ, starting with his birth, continuing through his crucifixion and into his resurrection. You will experience a series of dramatic scenes by volunteers while you ride through the woods on a hayride. Other activities are on site such as horseback riding, crafts, refreshments, and more! This event is completely free and everyone is invited.
It’s an end-of-the-year family-friendly celebration at Baytowne Wharf from 6PM-8PM with face painting, kids activities, live music, and a fireworks display at 8PM. Adult celebrations will continue through 1AM.
HarborWalk Village will host a New Year’s Eve Street Party to wind down 2017 and welcome 2018. Party the night away with thousands of people and enjoy a live concert, great dining, drinks, dancing, and more. The 9th Annual Ball Drop over the harbor will be back again this year. Fireworks shows will be a 8:00 PM AND Midnight. More information to be posted closer to the date.
The Boardwalk presents the 2nd Annual Pelican Plunge benefiting The Emerald Coast Foundation! SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018 PLUNGE TIME: 11:30 AM REGISTRATION FEE: TBA 2018 Schedule TBA First 100 registrants receive a free long-sleeved Pelican Plunge shirt thanks to Islanders Coastal Outfitter! All proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Foundation, a charitable organization committed to investing the in the youth of Northwest Florida. The Emerald Coast Foundation benefits children’s charities such as ARC of the Emerald Coast, All Sports Association, Children in Crisis, and the Eleanor Johnson Youth Center. Day-of registration for the plunge begins at 10:30 AM at The Boardwalk’s common area located just below The Crab Trap. The restaurant will be offering some liquid courage cocktails before the official splash into the Gulf of Mexico at 11:30 AM. A post-plunge party will also take place at The Crab Trap and include warming hot-cocoa, coffee, and tasty gumbo. After the dip, plungers (and spectators) can continue to celebrate New Years Day with daily specials at The Boardwalk restaurants: Rockin Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar: $3 Bloody Marys • $8.99 Bottomless Mimosas Lunch Specials starting at $5.99 The Crab Trap $3 Bloody Marys • $2 Mimosas 99¢ Gumbo • Lunch […]
63rd Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival 2018 schedule will be posted below as the festival approaches. Billy Bowlegs is a fun event for the whole family. There are tons of activities for kids as well as vendors selling pirate booty and local crafts. There will be great live music, and food vendors selling everything from ice cream to seafood. The festival is on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, 2018. The fireworks display will be on June 1 at 9:00 pm. The Torchlight Parade will be on June 4 at 7:00 pm.
The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade is one of the largest parades on the Emerald Coast. Come join the whole city on June 4, 2018 in this fun parade with Captain Billy Bowlegs and his Krewe. The Krewe of Bowlegs, along with many local businesses, will be sharing their wealth by throwing out plenty of beads, candy, doubloons, and other pirate booty. This parade is filled with festive music, costumes, beautifully crafted floats, marching bands, and a fun crowd all along the parade route. 2018 Torchlight Parade Route The route begins from downtown Fort Walton Beach, FL at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 4, 2018 and heads north up Eglin Parkway, ending just past Uptown Station (at Hughes St). Do you want to have a float for your business or organization in the parade? Download a Parade Application and return to the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.