Spring Kite Festival

Say hello to Spring at the Kitty Hawk Kites annual ‘Fly Into Spring’ Kite Festival at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

In addition to experiencing the sight of 25-to-100-foot larger-than-life show kites of all sizes and shapes, this FREE two-day, high-flying event features stunt kite flying, demonstrations and lessons, and a family fun fly that is perfect for kite enthusiasts of all ages. The public is invited to experience and learn from several kite flyers both days, courtesy of Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kite Flyers Club.

Mac & Cheese Festival 2021

Thought macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again! Join us at the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast on Sunday, March 7 at the Destin Commons! This family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants will compete for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote!

*All proceeds from this event will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, which works in our community to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence through its programs focused on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

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2nd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival

On Saturday, February 29, over 1,000 people packed the boardwalk for the inaugural Shrimp & Grits Festival along the Destin Harbor, celebrating one of the South’s most beloved dishes. The afternoon was filled with variations of the dish, by local restaurateurs and chefs from Fort Walton Beach to 30A, all competing to be crowned the best Shrimp & Grits on the Emerald Coast. The first year festival raised more than $20,000, with all the profits going to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a nonprofit devoted to “enhancing the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence through its programs focused on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.”

Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi

Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi! Starting at 6 pm join us for a Village Street party complete with music, street performers, entertainers and more! The post-pardi celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments. So break out the beads and get ready for a night to remember!

Mardi Gras Celebration

Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Harbor with LIVE music by Fais Do-Do, followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers. From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm the good times will roll! Join us for a “parade in place” and stroll by each parade float to collect colorful Mardi Gras beads and treats. For applications or more information, contact [email protected] A portion of the proceeds to benefit Fresh Start for Children & Families.
Float Entries – $25
Float Packages – $200 – LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Includes float for up to 8 people – Face Painting for the krewe – Float will be stocked with beads and a cooler with sponsored beverages, waters, and Coke products
COVID-19 Disclaimer: HarborWalk Village is an outdoor, open-air venue that allows guests to follow CDC guidelines in regards to mask-wearing and social distancing while still enjoying the ambiance of the Destin Harbor. We encourage all guests to social distance and wear masks while visiting HarborWalk Village.

Mardi Gras Masquerade 2021

Laissez les bons temps rouler or Let the Good Times Roll and join us for our annual Mardi Gras Masquerade. Y’all come out and enjoy the live music, free face painting and photo booth.
At 7:00PM, our Mardi Gras parade will kick off so enjoy all the theatrics of Mardi Gras in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Activities Include:
-Live Music
-Photo Booth
-Face Painting

Emerald Coast Taco Festival

Come out for the biggest taco event the Emerald Coast has ever seen! We have the best taco restaurants and food trucks from Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, and all the surrounding areas!

We will crown the BEST, and also categories for Judges choice, best Margarita, salsa, and other categories TBA.

Emerald coast’s Best taco restaurants serving up tacos all day fighting to be crowned the BEST. PLUS, margaritas and Mexican beer, live music and more!

This is a family friendly event with activities for the kids like pinatas,karaoke, face painting, balloons and more. There will also be LIVE DJs and bands throughout the day.

Plus, our first annual TACO EATING CHAMPIONSHIP & much more!

Destin Festival of the Arts

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) presents the annual 25th annual Festival of the Arts October 24 & 25 for an entire weekend of art, music, food and fun for everyone. The area’s premiere fine arts festival takes place at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida. 

Saturday Oct 24 | 9am – 5pm
Sunday Oct 25 | 10am – 4pm

Celebrating 25 years, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of more than 100 artists from across the US and Europe showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in different art mediums. Beyond the visual arts, the Festival will feature two days of continual live music, a sampling of the local culinary arts scene and a beer & wine garden. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs — all create a family-friendly festival feel.

The 2020 Festival of the Arts brings an arts-packed weekend filled with new and old traditions during the most beautiful time of year on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Festival fans can relax and dine alfresco with table seating while listening to the stellar music line up taking to the stage. 

Festival Admission:
$5 per Adult
Free to MKAF members
Free to Children under 12

Proceeds from MKAF cultural events help fund arts education community outreach programs serving K-12 students, adults and children with special needs and military and veteran populations suffering with PTSD and TBI. The event is free to children 12 and under and MKAF members. Sorry, no refunds are given for inclement weather.

Sorry, no pets! Unfortunately, the event venue is not pet friendly. Pets are often intimidated by crowds and can react unpredictably. For the comfort and safety of all of our patrons, people with pets will be asked to leave the event area, which is enforced through city ordinance. All registered service animals are welcome.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is a non-profit member and volunteer organization that has inspired over 320,000 children in over 70 schools, and United Way agencies including children with special needs and wounded warriors. 


13th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin

Bring together  beautiful October weather and a festive beer tasting and you have a winning combination for fun in the sun at the Baytowne Beer Festival this October. Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” this popular event features more than 40 on-site craft brewers, nearly 200 domestic and international craft beers, seminars, samplings and live music. Beer novices to beer lovers will be able to sample delicious options, including specialty, seasonal and not-yet-released beers.
Friday Beer From Around Here, 6-8 p.m.

Sample local breweries, taste appetizers from merchants in The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and enjoy live music by the Forrest Williams Band on the Events Plaza Lawn. More details coming soon.

Saturday VIP Event 1-2 p.m.

Exclusive beer tastings and great food from Marlin Grill. This ticket is all inclusive for Saturday’s events AND you can beat the entry lines.
 Grand Tasting Saturday
 2-6 p.m. 

Featuring more than 40 on-site craft brewers, offering close to 200 domestic and international craft beers for sampling! Brewery representatives will be available to discuss the different types of lagers and ales, teaching about the variety of styles. Plus, enjoy live music by The Modern Eldorados and The Moon Lagoons. All ticketholders will be provided a Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest tasting glass for sampling.

The Baytowne Beer Festival is a pitcher perfect reason for a getaway and Sandestin makes it easy with its great offers. Book one of our Destin condos by owner now for the best rates. 

Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival

The 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival takes place Wednesday, July 3 at Destin Commons and this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever! Family fun activities include live music and entertainment, BBQ sampling, face painting, photo booth, and the highly anticipated, Independence Day firework extravaganza. Through the Destin Commons Coins for a Cause initiative, 18 local charities team up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados, for over $85,000 in donations.

5:00 p.m.: Family entertainment and live music by Forrest Williams Band
5:30 p.m.: BBQ lovers can enjoy $1 samples from 18 area restaurants and BBQ groups and vote for their favorite as People’s Choice winners.
7:00 p.m.: Heritage Band performance
9:30 p.m.: Independence Day firework extravaganza

This annual event may only be one day per year, but collecting coins and organizing the most anticipated event of the Summer takes more than time, it takes a village of yearly contributions raised by those in the local community who “plug the meters” at Destin Commons.

“Smoke on the Coast has grown in participation and attendance over the years and we are excited to say that 2019 will be the best yet. Through the dedication of the nonprofits, the support of our business sponsors, and everyone remembering to plug the meters at Destin Commons, we are able to give out over $85K at this annual event. We look forward to serving up some delicious BBQ, great music and entertainment, and friendly competition all in the spirit of charity on July 3rd!”
– Heather Ruiz, Senior Director of Marketing & Leasing at Destin Commons

The 18 non-profit organizations, along with their BBQ teams, are:

Air Force Enlisted Village & The Gulf
Boys and Girls Club & Big Red Truck
Children in Crisis & B&C Fire Safety
Dog Harmony & Cafe Rico
Emerald Coast Science Center & Bow Tie BBQ
Food for Thought & Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America & The Pig in the Garden
Habitat for Humanity & Hub City Smokehouse and Grill
Heritage Museum of NW Florida & Cold Creek BBQ
Jobs4U & Lillie’s Q
Junior League of the Emerald Coast & Buh’s BBQ
Niceville/Valparasio Rotary Club & Smok’n Hot Wheels
Opportunity Place & B’s Smoking BBQ
Rotary Club of Destin
Shelter House & The One and Culinary Pirates
Taylor Haugen Foundation & Brightview Landscaping Services
Toys for Tots & Bass Pro Shop
Youth Village & Waste Management