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

Fat Tuesday Parade Tuesdays (05/26-08/11)

Who wants some beads?! Book your Destin Vacation Rental now, and enjoy the Fat Parade Tuesdays

Join us for Fat Tuesday, every Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy”.

Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, and float riders tossing handfuls of beads and swag. Enjoy live music from Fais Do Do on the main stage before the parade 6:30-8:30pm.

Event runs weekly from May 26th – August 11th.

Parade Rolls at 8:30pm followed by fire-spinning from

**On-site parking is $10.00.

Digital Graffiti Festival

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists from across the globe use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.

Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies for many years to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a festival geared towards bringing these artists together in one place to celebrate and showcase their unique talents.

Each year, the festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China.

You won’t want to miss this beautifully unique projection art festival where artists project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach, transforming the entire resort town into a living work of art!

Now in its 13th year, this 2-day festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. This year’s awards will include Best of Show ($5,000 prize), Curator’s Choice ($2,000 prize) and three Special Recognition honors (at $1,000 prize each), selected by the Digital Graffiti’s curator Brett Phares and esteemed panel of judges.

The 2020 festival will take place Friday May 15th, 8-11pm and Saturday May 16th, 6-11pm. Tickets on sale March 16

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

Another reason to come and stay in one of our Destin Condos.

Tickets are on sale now for South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, taking place April 23 – April 26, 2020, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin (not to be confused with the Sandestin resort or Sandestin wine festival). With more than 600 quality wines to taste over four days, this annual award-winning charity event delivers a wine experience unparalleled among Northwest Florida wine festivals. 

In addition to the vast selection of wines from around the world, the festival is known for hosting nationally and internationally well-known wine celebrities and 2020 is no exception. Alessia Antinori of Marchesi Antinori, the most famously iconic winemaking family in history, will pour her family’s highly prized Italian wines which will be paired with an exclusive menu of authentic Italian dishes in Culinary Village. 

“The 2020 festival is all about the experience. By bringing in Alessia Antinori, whose wine company has been making wine for over 630 years, it will be like bringing Italy to South Walton. You can’t go anywhere in the world and get this experience and proximity to wine royalty. Additionally, wineries of Jackson Family Wines will present wines from around the world, making this an experience you can’t find anywhere else,” said Chan Cox, festival founder and owner of Wine World. 

Jackson Family Wine World will be featured at the festival and also present in-depth tasting seminars. Expect to taste their Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viogniers from California and “big reds” including Cabernet Sauvignons, French Bordeaux, Italian Super Tuscans, Australian Shiraz and more. 

Nosh Pavilions are located throughout the festival as are Spirits Row offerings. Ongoing live entertainment rounds out the Grand Tasting offerings. 

The festival kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with Winemakers & Shakers, held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting now takes place Friday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., followed by the Friday Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The VIP Tasting can only be attended by purchasing the VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package that includes most festival events as well. 

The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival is truly a celebration of wine, food and music that everyone can feel good about. This event is a major fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida. 

Presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and Visit South Walton, the festival offers the ideal backdrop for wine, charity and fun along the South Walton beaches, named among the best beaches in the country. 

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following Founding Partners: Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Wine World of Northwest Florida and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®. Resortquest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the Official Lodging Partner. 

About South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is an annual charity event held the last weekend in April. The festival features a stunning showcase of some of the best wines in the world. Celebrity wine producers and chefs present fine wine and food pairings from the world’s most famous appellations. The Culinary Village offers a sumptuous array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as wine and food tasting seminars. The event is a major fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida.

Sandestin Wine Festival

The 34th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will take place April 16-19, 2020. The Sandestin Wine Festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, and is known as the Best event in the Visit South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival area.

The Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne Wharf brings an opportunity for discovery. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.

Wine novices are able to learn more about wines and sample from a comprehensive selection in all varieties, styles, and price ranges. Wine aficionados enjoy meeting winemakers, asking detailed questions, and acquiring hard to get selections. An added bonus is the opportunity to immediately purchase your favorite selections at the ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Retail Tent at a discounted rate. Everyone gets to enjoy the live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary tents, and shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne Wharf. THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

The 34thAnnual Sandestin Wine Festival is sure to be a memorable event. Stay tuned to the website and sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know about special events and new activities. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge–they will not receive a wristband.

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit the Culinary Pavilion and sample delicious fare paired with wines.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge–they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.
RAIN OR SHINE, we will have wine!

Annual BoJamz Music and Arts Festival

The 7th Annual BoJamz Music and Arts Festival on the Destin Harbor takes place March 29, 2020, at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House. Gather for this one-day festival, which features live music, a silent auction, and huge community crawfish boil.

his event has continued to gain traction over the years, and the crowd has grown each year. 

There is a suggested donation at the entrance of $10. Funds raised at the event will go toward the Wright Fight for Cystic Fibrosis to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections that limits breathing ability over time. 

Come join the community of Destin’s fight for a good cause at the Annual BoJamz Music and Arts Festival. 


  • 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Gravity A performs The Talking Heads: feat. Cliff Hines
  • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: I’magene
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Blackwater Brass Band
  • 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Sway Jah Vu
  • 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM: The Good Lookings
  • 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Ben Loftin and the Family
  • 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Blake Brock Band
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Tyler Livingston & The Absolutes


If you’re planning a spring vacation to Destin, you’ll find there are many activities and festivals to fill your day. Book one of our Destin Vacation Rental Condos now. 

Mac & Cheese Festival 2020

Thought macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again! Join us at the 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. 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!

Samples will be for sale at Destin Commons starting at noon on the day of the event.

*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.


Tequila and Taco Festival

7th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest
March 6th, 7th and 8th
Hosted at Seascape Towne Centre located in beautiful Miramar Beach, Florida. Local restaurants will be competing for the Best Taco on The Emerald Coast with a first place prize of $2,500.

Sample over 40 different types of Tequilas from Blancos, Resposados, Anjieos, Mezcals and taste some of the best Margaritas of your life!

Launch Party
Friday March 6th from 6pm to 9pm T&T Fest pre-party at
Mezcal Mexican Grill. “Bocadillos and Margaritas” with Tequila, Margarita Sampling and Live Music and DJ Vasco
$40 per person.

The Main Event
Saturday March 7th from 1pm to 5pm
Unlimited Taco Tastings and Tequila and Margarita samplings.
At Seascape Towne Centre
$50 to $95 per person.
Live Music by Merengue4-Four

Sunday, March 8th from 11 to 2 at Acme Oyster House – Seascape, FL.
Special Brunch Menu for $25
* includes (1) Margarita or Bloody Mary.