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Events

 

Late February

 

Spring Break

Held when colleges break for spring, usually late February – March

Events held throughout the area.

 

March

 

Spring Break

Held when colleges break for spring, usually during the entire month of March

Events held throughout the area.

 

Hog’s Breath Annual Cobia Shootout Tournament

Usually held in late March
850-837-5100
Weigh in from 6pm until 8pm nightly at Hog's Breath with food, drinks and entertainment. Cash prizes include random daily drawings.

 

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Destin Commons Center Court

Held on March 17

850-337-8700
Enjoy a festive Irish Bagpipe concert. The fountain flows green and children wearing green receive St. Patty’s Day treats.

 

 April

 

Emerald Coast Volleyball Week

Usually held mid-April

850-243-2555
Four player volleyball tournament held over 5 days each year at Sundestin Beach Resort in Destin.

 

Musical Echoes

Usually held late April

850-243-4405
This 3 day annual event features music and dance performances by Native American artists, seminars on flute making and playing, and an outdoor market with Native American art, beadwork, clothing and more. 

 

June

 

Mattie Kelly Concerts in the Park

Kelly Plantation Park

Held during the last three weeks of June
850-650-2226
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents its annual summer concert series featuring locally and nationally recognized artists. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music for all ages.

 

Sand-sational Summer Sand Fest

Destin Commons Center Plaza

Usually held mid-June

850-337-8700
Enjoy sandcastle building by a professional and watch as he/she creates a spectacular work of art. Families are invited to join in the sand activities.

 

October

 

AJ's Annual Shuck-Off

Usually held early October

850-259-3958

Oyster shucking competition held at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar in the Destin Harbor. Participants compete for prizes including an all-expense paid trip to the National Championships in Maryland.

 

AJ’s Annual Mullet Toss-Off

Usually held in mid-October
850-837-1913
Mullet tossing competition held at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar on the Destin Harbor. Participants compete for prizes from local merchants.

 

26th Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Morgan Sports Center
Usually held early October over a 3 day weekend

850-837-6241
Enjoy an arts and crafts expo, foods from local restaurants, and fun activities for the entire family.

 

Destin Crab Trap Triathlon

James Lee Park

Usually held early October

850-864-2416
The Crab Trap Triathlon consists of a 400 yard swim, a 10 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.

Registration is limited to the first 400 participants.

 

Destin Festival of the Arts

Henderson Beach State Park
Usually held late October

850-650-2226
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents a juried fine arts show representing artists from around the country. The event features a children's activity tent, student art exhibit, live entertainment and bistro cafe.

 

November

 

Annual Holiday Doggy Parade

Usually held in mid-November

800-337-8700
Bring the family dog to Destin dressed for the holidays for a parade down Main Street of Destin Commons.

 

Destin Commons Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival

Usually held in mid-November
850-337-8700
Welcome Santa to Destin at the annual lighting of the 40-foot tree. Enjoy a parade, holiday goodies and more.

 

Annual Edwin Watts Golf Regional Golf Show

Usually held in mid-November
850-267-8117
Golf’s major manufacturers display their latest products at the Edwin Watts Regional Golf Show.  There are opportunities to try out the latest equipment on the driving range and special appearances by touring professionals and other VIPs.  In addition, there are daily giveaways, contests, clinics, tournaments and more.

 

December

 

Sounds of the Season

Destin Community Center

Usually held in mid-December
850-650-2226
The Mattie Kelly Foundation presents its annual “gift” to the community. The event features a guest conductor, the Community chorus and more.

 

Annual Holiday on the Harbor

Destin Harbor

Usually held in mid-December
850-837-4242
This event introduces the holiday season by lighting up the Destin Harbor in a festive reflection of holiday lights surrounding the water. Boat cruises and other festivities take place during the event.

 

Annual Christmas Parade

Usually held in mid - December
850-837-4242

Parade route begins on Highway 98 at Main Street and ends at Stahlman Avenue.

 

Chalk Drawing with Santa

Morgan Sports Center

Usually held late December

850-650-1241
Children of all ages may visit with Santa and participate in decorating the pathway into the Children’s Park.  Chalk is provided.

 

Annual Sandestin Boat Parade & Stroll

Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Destin Harbor

Usually held in mid-December
850-837-4242

Festively-decorated boats parade from the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Baytowne Marina. Stroll through the Village both before and after the parade to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. For the best view, catch the parade from the Village boardwalk. After the parade, enjoy a celebration with live holiday music, merry-making, caroling and arts & crafts for kids and adults. Open to public. Subject to change based on weather.

 

Rockin’ Village New Year’s Eve Celebration

Events Plaza

Held December 31
850-650-2226

Admission Free
Enjoy live music in the Events Plaza all night long leading up to the annual firework's extravaganza over the lagoon at midnight. Make sure to gather the family and ring in the New Year with the Village's magical fireworks show.