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Destin – An Art-Lover’s Paradise

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The gorgeous Destin, Florida area has much to offer: shopping, fine dining, golf, fishing, miles of pristine beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, and more. But what can it do for your creative outlet? Besides giving you tons of inspiration, there are plenty of fun activities throughout the year to satisfy your artistic cravings.  ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival takes place each year in Grand Boulevard and will set up May 13th and 14th for its 29th year. Over 150 artists will showcase...
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The 30A Songwriters Festival is Back with Top Musicians

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The 8th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival will be filling the streets of South Walton in January. The much anticipated event will be held January 13th-16th and feature some of the country’s top singer/songwriters. Among the 175 on the schedule to perform are Emerson Hart of Tonic, Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, Shawn Mullins, and John Prine.  For their first time at the festival, Cheap Trick will be headlining on Saturday afternoon. Cheap Trick was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll...
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Seaside Hosts Annual Wine Festival

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall festivals are among the most anticipated events for Destin, Florida residents and attract many to our beach communities. This November, the Seeing Red Wine Festival will take place in Seaside for its 26th year. Recognized by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals”, the four day event never disappoints.  The festival will begin on November 3rd with the Vintner’s Dinner at 7pm at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant. A special menu has been created by Executive Chef...
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Kick Off the Fall Season with 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016

There’s more to the Emerald Coast then just perfect beaches and warm, sunny days. Music, food, wine and beer festivals are held year-round and attract many to our area. The fall season is when most of these occur and the weather is ideal. Gulf Place will host this year’s 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival (formerly known as Destin Beer Festival) on September 30th and October 1st. Over a hundred craft beers and liquors can be sampled over the weekend as well as culinary treats from local restaurants...
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Top Songwriters Perform at 30A Festival

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

The 7th annual Songwriters Festival takes place January 15th-17th at over 25 venues along 30A as well as Grand Boulevard in Destin, Florida . 150 artists from around the country will come to the beaches of South Walton to perform a wide range of music from country, blues, folk, and soul. Jackson Browne will be headlining with an impressive lineup including Grace Potter, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Mullins and many more talented songwriters.   Weekend passes are available will full access to all shows...
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Blues, Brews & BBQ Takes Over HarborWalk Village

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The 8th annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ event will take place November 7th at HarborWalk Village in Destin . From 11am to 4pm, attendees can enjoy barbecue samplings as well as live music throughout the day. Top regional restaurants and chefs will compete to win Best Traditional BBQ, Most Creative, Best Seafood, Best Booth, and People’s Choice. Each winner will receive a donation made to the non-profit organization of their choice. Craft beer, Bloody Marys, and bourbon will also be on hand to complement...
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Annual Seaside Wine Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Along with breathtaking views, Destin, Florida and the Emerald Coast are popular for fun festivals with each coming season. This fall will not disappoint with the highly anticipated Seeing Red Wine Festival. Fodor’s Travel named the annual event in the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” and it looks like many agree since festival tickets sell fast. This year’s dates are November 5th-8th in the charming town of Seaside.   The 25th anniversary event will bring tastings, live music, and...
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Annual Seafood Festival Comes to HarborWalk

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015

The 37th Destin Seafood Festival will take place October 2nd through 4th at the Destin Harbor. The anticipated yearly event brings a weekend full of great food, drinks, and live music. The Harbor Boardwalk has three stages with a full lineup of live performances by bands including Déjà Vu, Continuum, Chris Alvarado, and more.   Local area vendors will be providing fresh, local seafood and signature dishes over the weekend. Restaurants along the harbor will also be open during the...
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First Day of Fall!

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Fall season brings football, cooler temperatures, and a full lineup of fun events. The Chili Vibrations Festival is back in Pier Park October 2nd-4th. The chili cookoff was a big hit last year with competing local restaurants and live reggae music. Spinnaker Beach Club is hosting a pre-party on Friday evening and the music will begin on Saturday at 11am. Among the featured performers are Rebelution, G Love and Special Sauce, and the Wailers. Overnight accommodations are available in 30a rentals...
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Beer Week in Destin

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This year in Destin Florida , those 21+ years of age can participate in the first ever “Beer Week”. Saturday, September 26th will be the 5th annual Beer Festival at Wine World in Paradise Key Shopping Center. This popular event will showcase over 100 beers and craft spirits. Culinary tents will provide food from Bonefish Grill and The Craft Bar. Live entertainment by The Rips can be enjoyed throughout the event.  Leading up to the big day, local restaurants will participate in “Beer Week...
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The Inaugural Bloody Mary Festival

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Emerald Coast attracts tons of visitors with its beauty and year round events like the South Walton Wine Festival and Sandestin Beer Festival. Destin now has a new festival to add to the list! The Market Shops in Miramar Beach are hosting the first ever Bloody Mary Festival on September 19th.  From 12-3pm, area restaurants will compete for the “Best Bloody Mary” in South Walton. Unlimited samples will be provided and visitors can vote for the best while local band Sound Advice performs...
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Andi Scurto Wins MKAF Festival of the Arts Poster Contest

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Destin, Florida resident Andrea Scurto ( AndiArt ) is the 2015 winner of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) festival poster contest. Each year, an art contest is held to promote the Festival of the Arts. The winning design is showcased on the official festival poster, festival guide, website, and more. Scurto’s quirky design of a colorful giraffe riding a large vintage bicycle is the winning illustration for the upcoming event.  Scurto is a self-taught mixed media artist with a whimsical...
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The Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival Spices up the Winter Season

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One of the biggest winter highlights for Destin, Florida is the Gumbo Festival which will take place over Presidents Day weekend. On Friday, Feb. 13th, Marina Bar & Grill will begin the events with a seafood boil at 2pm. Fat Tuesday in the Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a Baytowne seafood boil beginning at 4pm.   The main event will begin Saturday at 12pm where visitors can try a vast selection of gumbo and vote for their favorite. While having great food and company, guests will enjoy...
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Festival of Trees

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One of the best parts about the holiday season is the decorations. Families love to decorate with twinkling lights, ribbons, garlands, ornaments, and everything else they’ve had in storage all year. In Grand Boulevard starting November 25th, there will be a Festival of Trees displayed at the Grand Park. 12 decorated trees from non-profit organizations in Destin, Florida will be competing to win prizes including Best in Show and People’s Choice. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite...
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36th Annual Seafood Festival

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The fall season brings festivals along the coast from Seagrove Beach to the Destin Harbor. One of the biggest festivals of the year is the annual Seafood Festival. This year we are more excited than usual since the last festival was cancelled due to bad weather. Tropical storms better stay away so we can all enjoy the festival as we have for many years. Along the Harbor, tons of vendors will set up with a huge variety of food and drinks. Of course, fresh caught local seafood will be the main...
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Beer Fest Time!

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Among the most highly anticipated Destin events is the Beer Festival which will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 2-5pm. The annual event is hosted by Chan’s Wine World located in Paradise Key Shopping Center. A vast variety of high-end craft and microbrews will be featured at the festival.  There will also be culinary stations set up, a silent auction, and a VIP tent. Boukou Groove will be performing live for the entertainment of the afternoon. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit...
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Jazz Festival is Around the Corner

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

This year is the sixteenth anniversary of Seabreeze Jazz Festivals. The popular festival started out in Seaside with only a few hundred in attendance. These days, the event attracts almost 25,000 jazz fans and is one of the fastest growing jazz festivals in the country. April 23-27 will be the dates of this year’s festival and is going to be held at the Pier Park Amphitheatre in Panama City Beach. Among the weekend entertainers are Brian Culbertson, The Family Stone, Jones and Company, Maysa...
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Jazz Festival is Around the Corner

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

This year is the sixteenth anniversary of Seabreeze Jazz Festivals. The popular festival started out in Seaside with only a few hundred in attendance. These days, the event attracts almost 25,000 jazz fans and is one of the fastest growing jazz festivals in the country. April 23-27 will be the dates of this year’s festival and is going to be held at the Pier Park Amphitheatre in Panama City Beach. Among the weekend entertainers are Brian Culbertson, The Family Stone, Jones and Company, Maysa...
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The Season of Festivals Begins

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014

The Sandestin Wine Festival kicked off last night and will continue throughout the weekend. The festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine and receives accolades from nationwide media. Hundreds will flock to the Village of Baytowne Wharf to enjoy wine tastings along with great food and music. Over 500 domestic and international wines will be available with a Retail Tent on property to purchase your favorite selections. Representatives from vineyards around the world will...
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Emerald Coast Seafood Festival: Panama City Beach

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fresh seafood is a delicacy that's dished up daily on the Emerald Coast. Local fishermen bait their hooks and lure your favorite seafood dish to nearby restaurants. Throughout the year seafood festivals are celebrated from Pensacola to Panama City, honoring all who have a part in serving the tastiest seafood in town. Our next stop in the Emerald Coast Seafood Festival Series....Panama City Beach. The  2013 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival is held on Thursday, October 17th through...
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Emerald Coast Seafood Festival: Destin

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Serving fresh seafood is a daily privilege on the Emerald Coast. The Gulf of Mexico provides an ocean full of delicacies just waiting to be served at your favorite beach town eatery. That's why festivals honoring local seafood restaurants and chefs are hosted from Pensacola to Panama City Beach. Our next stop in the Emerald Coast Seafood Festival Series.....Destin! The 35th Annual  Destin Seafood Festival is held on October 4th through the 6th. Stroll through the beautiful HarborWalk...
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Emerald Coast Seafood Festival: Pensacola

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

The Emerald Coast takes pride in serving the freshest seafood right out of their back yard, the Gulf of Mexico. That's why Seafood Festivals are an Emerald Coast tradition and are anxiously anticipated by locals and guests! This is a celebration of sea delicacies taking place every year from Pensacola to Panama City. Our first stop for delicious seafood is Pensacola! The Fiesta of Five Flags 36th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival will be held on Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September...
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A Week of Wine in Sandestin

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sandestin is known for award winning golf courses, beautiful white-sand beaches, and exciting spring events! Voted "The Best in Destin", the Sandestin Wine Festival has been the event of the year! For the 27th year in a row Sandestin Wine Festival will draw thousands to Baytowne Wharf on April 18th - 21st, for a 4 day wine celebration. So, what's better than a wine festival in Sandestin.....TWO! South Walton Beaches Food & Wine Festival will debut at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin...
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The Emerald Coast's Fall Festivals

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year in Destin. Locals call it the ‘between season’, when the summer crowds have gone back home and it’s a little too early for the holiday surge. The weather is at a perfect 75-85 degrees and my favorite outdoor festivals make their yearly appearance once again. October is the month fo r Destin’s 34th Annual Seafood Festiv al. Three days of over 20 food vendors, mostly local restaurants, serving up delicious seafood dishes. The setting takes place along the beautiful...
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Songwriters of the World Unite on 30A

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Back by popular demand is the 30A Songwriters Festival. It’s a three-day music festival featuring over 250 performances by more than 125 songwriters from all over the country. Venues vary from intimate settings to open air amphitheaters, all taking place along the beautiful beaches of South Walton’s Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida. Beginning January 13th – 15th, the 30A 2012 Songwriters Festival provides non-stop entertainment at unique beach resort venues in South Walton. Performances...
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The Pensacola Seafood Festival is scheduled for September 23rd through 25th, 2011

Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Pensacola Seafood Festival returns to Historic Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola for the 34th year in a row. The event is presented each year by the Fiesta of Five Flags, an organization of over 450 members that volunteer for yearly events to promote tourism, heritage, and pride in Pensacola. There will be over 180 food and craft vendors making the Pensacola Seafood Festival one of the largest arts and crafts Fair in Northwest Florida. 18 carefully chosen food venders border the park...
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Sandestin Music Festival Scheduled For August 12th and 13th, 2011

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sandestin Music Festival is returning to The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Debuting in 2010 with much success the encore is set for August 12th and 13th, 2011. Powered by a collection of top songwriters and hit-makers, this years’ line-up is described as a little country, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and a whole lot of soul.   2,400 acres of pristine beaches and Golf courses make Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort the perfect stage for legendary musicians and songwriters to deliver amazing performances...
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A Weekend Of Smooth Jazz at Pier Park

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In North West Florida April is a big month. For most it’s a time for spring break, warmer weather, and long days on the beach. For this Destin native it means a weekend at the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival. Both locals and vacationers look forward to this event every year. I remember when the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival made its debut in 1999. It started small with just a few participants, mostly from local areas. Over the years I’ve seen it grow into the popular festival it is today, attracting...
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2011 UWF Festival on the Green is Simply Inspiring

Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I’m a local artist and I’m really excited about this year’s Festival on the Green at the UWF campus! Always set in the spring, it’s a beautiful time of year for a festival. The magnolias are fragrant, the breeze is cool and all your senses are delighted and enlightened. Last year there was amazing original art and SO much more. Apart from delicious fresh culinary arts including grilled kabobs, Hawaiian shaved ice and chocolate confections the entertainment was pretty cool. Visitors experienced...
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Destin Festival of the Arts

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Matte Kelly's 15th Annual Festival of the Arts is back and looks to be better than ever! The art festival will be held on October 23rd and 24th at Henderson Beach State Park, which is one of the most picturesque locations along Destin's coastline. Dozens of artists' tents will line the beach front, featuring a diverse range of fine art, glass, jewelry, photography and much more. While you're there, stop by the AndiArt tent and meet one of the artists on display, Andi (a regular...
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32nd Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Since 1979 the Destin Seafood Festival has been an event that never gets old or loses its charm. Each year thousands of hungry locals and visitors alike look forward to listening to popular musical acts, dining on the tastiest seafood around and enjoying the refreshing autumn weather. The festivals location on the harbor only adds to the allure. Each evening, as Destin’s charter boat fleet docks, it is truly entertaining to admire the boats and their quirky names against the backdrop of the...
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PCB Seafood, Wine & Music Festival

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The idea is simple - a celebration of the wonderful array of local area seafood prepared by local chefs merged with local and nationally acclaimed wines, entertainment and vendors with a special focus on families. The Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival is designed to reflect a true taste of the coast, a true toast to the coast and some of the world's best entertainment - we promise it will be like no other festival ever presented on Panama City Beach. SEAFOOD, CELEBRITY CHEF...
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2006 Destin Seafood Festival

Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006

Come experience a true "taste of Destin" at the 28th Annual Destin Seafood Festival. With even more participation from local companies, this year’s festival, voted Best Community Event and Best of the Best in Entertainment in Emerald Coast magazine’s 2005 reader’s poll, promises to be better than ever! From shrimp to fish and more, local seafood restaurants, including The Back Porch, Café Grazie, Fisherman’s Wharf, Louisiana Lagniappe, and Pompano Joe’s, will serve up favorite...
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