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Events Calendar - Destin Florida


HarborWalk Village Destin Harbor
HarborWalk Village
January 18, 25; 2-4pm Winter Guest Concert Series HarborWalk Village
January 18th, February 15, March 15: 11 am - 4 pm ARTWalk
February 6 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - HarborWalk Village
February 7; 2 - 5 pm 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade - HarborWalk Village
February 28 Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Annual Chili Cook-Off - HarborWalk Village
March 14 7th Annual Irish Street Fest & Grogg March - HarborWalk Village
Sandestin
Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
Live Music Friday Nights 6 - 9 pm - through January 2015
Baytowne on Ice - through January 2015
26th Annual Gumbo Festival: February 13 - 14
12th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade: February 15
13th Annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade: February 17
SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS
SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS
February 13: Valentine’s Dinner Cruises from 7 - 10 pm
February 14: Sunset Dinner Cruise from 5:15 - 8:15 pm
Guests will embark on a romantic and memorable evening that includes a three-hour cruise, three-course seated dinner, live entertainment and premium champagne packages. Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS yacht is a magnificent 125 foot, 5,200 square foot yacht with three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Nightown Destin
Nightown Destin
It's the Place to Be
Live Concerts - $20 All You Can Drink - Neon Glow Paint Party

Finish out the Summer at Destin's hottest nightclub for the 18 & up scene. Nightown's VIP service offers private luxury rooms and areas complete with bottle service. Open from 9pm-4am Wednesday through Saturday.

Act4Murder Dinner Mystery Show
Act4Murder is made up of professional actors presenting comedic murder mysteries for dinner theater. The shows are performed while you enjoy a delicious 3-course meal and HUNDREDS of laughs during a night you'll never forget.  And remember... someone’s going to die!  Will you and your friends win the prize for guessing WHO DUNNIT? 850.862.2885

Sandestin Year-Round Tennis Events Sandestin Tennis Center

 

January 2015

January 1st - 31st
Baytowne on Ice - Sandestin

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, the ice skating rink at the Village is the perfect opportunity to get into the winter spirit. The seasonal ice skating rink has become a local holiday favorite. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youths 12 and under. The Ice Rink is available for private functions. Call 850.267.8184 for details.

January 1st - 31st
Live Music Fridays - Sandestin - Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Enjoy Live Music, every Friday at the Marina Bar & Grill from 6-9pm. FREE and open to the public.

January 1st - 31st
Baytowne on Ice - Sandestin

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, the ice skating rink at the Village is the perfect opportunity to get into the winter spirit. The seasonal ice skating rink has become a local holiday favorite. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youths 12 and under. The Ice Rink is available for private functions. Call 850.267.8184 for details.

Sunday, January 18: 11 am - 4 pm
ARTWalk on the Destin Harbor
A vibrant marketplace, bustling with street performers and live music. Spend the day browsing through this unique art market. This event and parking if free and open to the public.

 

Friday, January 23: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Lagunitas Beer Dinner | HarborView Room | HarborWalk Village
Reservation 850.424.0622
$55 per person plus tax & gratuity.
Lagunitas Brewing Company and Chef Jimmy McManus have paired up to serve a special beer dinner that will showcase their great portfolio of top-notch beers.

 

February 2015

Friday, February 6
Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - HarborWalk Village
Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and kick-off the weekend events on this crawl along the Harbor. Purchase an armband to support a local charity and receive drink and food specials at all stops.

Saturday, February 7: 2 - 5 pm
7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade - HarborWalk Village
Let the good times roll at the 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade on the Destin Harbor. Dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, live music and BEADS, BEADS, BEADS! Parade starts at 2pm.

Friday and Saturday, February 13 - 14: 12 - 4 pm
26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival - Sandestin
The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Prepare your palate while restaurants and businesses vie for the title of "Area's Best" in Gumbo. Cast your vote while enjoying live Zydeco music and family entertainment. Enjoy great food, beverages and many other extras.

Sunday, February 15: 2 pm
12th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade - Sandestin

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans throwing a myriad of throws, beads, and parade favors. Themed convertibles, small floats (pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles, and decorated wagons will be everywhere and Mardi Gras music will fill the air! The Mardi Gras dog parade is one of the premier canine events on the Emerald Coast with members of the four-pawed community coming far and wide to participate.

Sunday, February 15: 11 am - 4 pm
ARTWalk on the Destin Harbor
A vibrant marketplace, bustling with street performers and live music. Spend the day browsing through this unique art market. This event and parking if free and open to the public.

Friday, February 13: 7 - 10 pm
Valentine’s Dinner Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

There’s nothing more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Destin Florida on a luxurious 125-foot yacht, indulging in a chef-prepared meal while cruising into the moonlight on the sparkling waters. SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Valentine’s Dinner cruise includes a special three-course, chef-prepared meal that makes dining in Destin a lover’s delight, including Center-Cut Filet Mignon, Fresh Gulf Fish and Chicken Roulade in Crimson Cream. Dance the night away to live entertainment featuring the songs you fell in love to, or sneak away for a private moment under the stars on the sky deck. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

Saturday, February 14: 5:15 - 8:15 pm
Valentine’s Sunset Dinner Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

There’s nothing more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Destin Florida on a luxurious 125-foot yacht, indulging in a chef-prepared meal while cruising into the moonlight on the sparkling waters. SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Valentine’s Dinner cruise includes a special three-course, chef-prepared meal that makes dining in Destin a lover’s delight, including Center-Cut Filet Mignon, Fresh Gulf Fish and Chicken Roulade in Crimson Cream. Dance the night away to live entertainment featuring the songs you fell in love to, or sneak away for a private moment under the stars on the sky deck. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

Tuesday, February 17: 5 pm
13th Annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade - Sandestin

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 13th annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade rolling through Sandestin. Yell “throw me something mister” as unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets and marchers dressed up in all their Mardi Gras best shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, "throws" tossed from balconies on Main St, and parties at various Baytowne establishments.

Tuesday, February 17: 7 - 10 pm
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Dinner Party Cruise | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Let the good times roll as you cruise through Fat Tuesday on the SOLARIS for the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration in Destin Florida. Begin the night with a Hurricane as you board the yacht, followed by a Lundi Gras appetizer of fresh baked rosemary bread & infused oil with a Muffuletta Pasta Salad. "Bouef Gras" Entree Choices include Louisiana Red Beans and Rice, Cajun Jambalaya or Blackened Gulf Fish. End the night with a SOLARIS King Cake - the Carnival guest who finds the doll scores a dinner cruise for 2! Live entertainment by The CrawDadz. $45.50 per Carnival guest which includes 3-hour cruise, 3 course meal & live entertainment. Reservations required online  or by calling 850.650.2519.

Saturday, February 28: Starting at 11 am
Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Annual Chili Cook-Off - HarborWalk Village
Emerald Coast Parrot Heads hosts a fun and exciting chili cook-off! Starting at 11 am, over 20 different restaurants and chili masters will compete in this spirited event.

 

March 2015

Saturday, March 7: Event begins at 11 am
Tequila & Taco Fest with Crab Island Cantina - HarborWalk Village
Tequila tasting, contests, live music and tacos of all kind. Proceeds to benefit a local charity.

Saturday, March 14
7th Annual Irish Street Fest & Grogg March - HarborWalk Village
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance, and games all day. After dark, "Sham-Rock" to each venue for live music and games.

Sunday, March 15: 11 am - 4 pm
ARTWalk on the Destin Harbor

A vibrant marketplace, bustling with street performers and live music. Spend the day browsing through this unique art market. This event and parking if free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 17: 6 pm
St. Paddy's Day Delight - Sandestin

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live entertainment from Brena and celebrate St. Patty’s Day Village- style in the events plaza from 6-9pm For more information, visit sandestin.com/events.

Tuesday, March 17: 7 - 10 pm
St. Patrick’s Dinner Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Celebrate the luck of the Irish on the SOLARIS yacht for an evening of dinner and dancing on the water for St. Patrick’s Day in Destin Florida. Embark on a sea of green aboard the SOLARIS as patrons enjoy Irish-inspired cocktails, dinner and live entertainment.

 

April 2015

Sunday, April 5: 12 - 3 pm
Easter Explosion - Sandestin

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Guests can skip, hop or jump your way to The Village of Baytowne Wharf for an explosion of fun and enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny, Kid's Crafts, Inflatable Fun Zone, Stilt walker making Balloon Animals and Face painting.

Sunday, April 5: 1 - 3 pm
Easter Lunch Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

If you plan to celebrate Easter on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, hop aboard the SOLARIS yacht for an experience your family will always remember. Start the voyage on the sky deck to take in the fresh coastal breezes and panoramic views of the landscape. Enjoy a three-course, chef-prepared lunch while leisurely cruising the local waters. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

Thursday through Sunday, April 16 - 19
29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival - Sandestin

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The Sandestin Wine Festival is a picture perfect event complete with white tents, flowing wine, food, ladies strolling in hats, and live music. The event is one of the best of the year and draws thousands of people to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Affectionately called the "Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals," the 29th annual Sandestin event is scheduled for April 2015. Discount for advance tickets and accommodations are available.

Friday, April 17: 12 - 3 pm
Sandestin Wine Festival Kick-Off Seafood & Champagne Cruise | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Celebrate the kick-off of the highly anticipated Sandestin Wine Festival on a luxurious 125-foot yacht that cruises the open waters while indulging in fresh local seafood and premium champagnes. The SOLARIS chefs are featuring an elaborate four-course, Gulf Coast seafood menu, each paired with premium champagnes. Patrons will embark on an unforgettable day that begins with a Dockside Reception at noon with hors d’oeuvres and sparkling bubbly. It’s smooth sailing for the rest of the afternoon as guests enjoy all three decks of the SOLARIS yacht, including the open air sky deck, and three additional coastal cuisine courses and champagne. Reservations required online  or by calling 850.650.2519.

Friday through Tuesday, April 17 - 21
Sun Belt Golf Championships - Sandestin®
Raven Course to Host Men’s Conference Titles Through 2018. The 2015 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship will feature 55 players from 11 men's teams who compete over three-days and 54 holes at the award-winning Raven Golf Club. The team champion will earn the conference’s automatic selection into the NCAA Championship.

 

May 2015

Tuesday, May 5: 7 - 10 pm
Cinco De Mayo Dinner Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Bring your sombrero and get ready for a caliente night on the SOLARIS yacht for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Dinner Cruise in Destin Florida. Get ready for the most delicious and festive Mexican celebration this side of the border with cocktails, dinner and live music on the water. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

Sunday, May 10: 1 - 3 pm
Mother’s Day 
Lunch Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS
Give her an experience as amazing as she is. This Mother's Day, skip the crowded restaurants and take her on a memorable, relaxing cruise on the SOLARIS yacht while indulging in a chef prepared meal. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 - 25
Memorial Day Weekend Festivities - Sandestin®
Live music begins Saturday and lasts all weekend long. Enjoy bands on the Events Plaza stage each night. Children’s activities will be featured in the Events Plaza on Sunday night, and then we will light up the sky above the lagoon with a patriotic fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. On Monday, enjoy a Memorial Day program right before sunset, presented by Sandestin veterans, including a special performance. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

June 2015

Wednesday through Sunday, June 17 - 21
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic - Sandestin

Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast. Ranked 5th Richest Tournament in the world by Marlin Magazine, sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and part of the International Game Fish Association Off-shore circuit this event gives serious angling teams their shot at winning a huge pay-off while sponsors. With cash categories for dolphin, tuna, and Wahoo as well as individual angler trophies, fishermen have a multitude of ways to stake their claim on Destin fishing tournament history!

Sunday, June 21: 1 - 3 pm
Father’s Day Lunch Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Salute Dad, the everyday hero in your life, aboard a SunQuest Cruise. Share old memories and create new ones aboard the SOLARIS yacht as you cruise through a decadent meal on the beautiful coastal waters. A perfect gift for the man who has it all or who deserves a special celebration. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

 

July 2015

Saturday, July 4: 7 - 10 pm
4th of July Dinner & Fireworks Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

What better way to celebrate our nation's birthday than on the water with a stunning sunset, a decadent meal and festive fireworks? Celebrate freedom ON the water aboard the SOLARIS yacht. Embark on a fabulous evening of dining and dancing under the stars. End the night with a bang as you enjoy the best seat in the house for an amazing fireworks show. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

 

November 2015

Thursday, November 26: 12 - 2 pm
Thanksgiving Lunch Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Forget the crowded grocery store, the hours of preparation and stacks of dishes. It’s smooth sailing this Thanksgiving in Destin as you leave your worries in our wake. The SOLARIS chefs prepare a lavish buffet on the water featuring the traditions of turkey, gourmet sides, home baked breads, dessert and a cornucopia of coastal delights. Enjoy three decks of indoor and outdoor fun. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

Thursday, November 26: 6 - 8 pm
Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise in Destin | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Forget the crowded grocery store, the hours of preparation and stacks of dishes. It’s smooth sailing this Thanksgiving in Destin as you leave your worries in our wake. The SOLARIS chefs prepare a lavish buffet on the water featuring the traditions of turkey, gourmet sides, home baked breads, dessert and a cornucopia of coastal delights. Enjoy three decks of indoor and outdoor fun. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

 

December 2015

Thursday, December 31: 8 pm - 12:30 am
New Year’s Fireworks & Dinner Cruise | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

Ring in the New Year in true Destin style on the SOLARIS yacht. Enjoy five incredible courses for dinner, a champagne toast, and party favors. Fireworks can be viewed in every direction as you cruise the bay. Enjoy three decks of indoor and outdoor fun. Make the night even more perfect by staying on property at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required online or by calling 850.650.2519.

 

Events Calendar

Annual events for the greater Destin, Florida area including... Destin, Sandestin®, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island and Navarre. Please visit the following websites for scheduled events.

Cruises

Nightlife/Music Scene

  • Nightown - Destin night club with guest DJ's and scheduled music events.
  • Destin HarborWalk Village - Outdoor concerts, seasonal fireworks, indoor live music at multiple venues, parades, art festivals, seasonal family activities, New Years Eve celebration.
  • Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort - Outdoor concerts, seasonal fireworks, indoor live music at multiple venues, parades, wine and beer festivals, seasonal family activities, New Years Eve celebration.

Concerts/Festivals/Arts

Fishing Events

Community Events / Services

January

Wyndham Vacation Rentals - Winter Guests
Annual Snowbird Shuffleboard Tournament

Senior Snowbird Expo
Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach Chamber

Gulf Coast Bridal Fair
Emerald Coast Conference Center, 850.259.2359

February

Annual Mardi Gras Pup Crawl - Destin HarborWalk Village
Annual Mardi Gras Parade - Destin HarborWalk Village
Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Annual Chili Cook-Off - HarborWalk Village

Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival - Sandestin
Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade - Sandestin
Annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade - Sandestin

Mardi Gras on the Island Parade and Ball
Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach Chamber

March

HarborWalk Marina Destin Cobia Tournament
Destin Harbor

Annual Irish Street Fest & Grogg March - HarborWalk Village

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: St. Paddy's Day Cruise

Annual ABWA Coastal Classic Car Show
Fort Walton Beach 850.314.3010

April

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: Easter Lunch Cruise

Annual Sandestin Wine Festival - Sandestin®

Sun Belt Golf Championships - Sandestin®
Raven Course to Host Men’s Conference Titles Through 2018

Emerald Coast Volleyball Week
Okaloosa Island, 850.243.2555

Saturday in the Park Arts & Crafts Festival
850.678.2615

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
Annual charity event held the last weekend of April.

Kitty Hawk Kites Beach Kite Festival
Okaloosa Island

May

Memorial Weekend Events at the Destin Harbor
Destin HarborWalk Village

Memorial Weekend Events at Sandestin
Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort

Destin "Week of Blessings" and Annual Blessing of the Fleet
Destin Harbor, 850.837.6324

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: Cinco De Mayo Dinner Cruise

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: Mother's Day Cruise

Summer Concerts in the Village - Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
10 week outdoor concert series. Destin, 850.650.2226

ABWA Billy Bowlegs Boat Poker Run
Shalimar Yacht Basin, 850.863.9082

Gate-to-Gate Run/Walk
Eglin AFB, 850.882.6801

June

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic - Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: Father's Day Cruise

Concerts in the Park May - June by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Destin, 850.650.2226

Billy Bowleges Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade
Fort Walton Beach, 850.244.8191

July

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
4th of July Red, White and Baytowne

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: 4th of July Fireworks and Dinner Cruise

Independence Day at the Landing
Fort Walton Beach Landing, 850.833.9500

August

Annual Sandestin® Triathlon
Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort

Emerald Coast Poker Run -- Emerald Coast Foundation
Destin Harbor and Bay

Emerald Coast Boat Week -- Emerald Coast Foundation
Destin Harbor and Bay

September

Labor Day Weekend Events at the Destin Harbor

Labor Day Weekend Events at Sandestin

Destin Beer Festival
Destin

Destin Seafood Festival
Destin Harbor, 850.218.0232

Round The Island Race
Choctawhatchee Bay, 850.651.0105

October

Baytowne Beer Festival - Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
Baytowne Wharf - Sandestin®

Destin Fishing Rodeo - October 1st - 31st
Destin Harbor

Festival of the Arts - Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Destin, 850.650.2226

Flying High on the Harbor Kite Festival
HarborWalk Village and Noriega Point

Emerald Coast Fall Classic Volleyball Tournament
Okaloosa Island, 850.243.2555

November

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: Thanksgiving Cruise

Sandestin Wine Festival Presents: Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights - Sandestin

Blues, Brews and BBQ - HarborWalk Village
Top local restaurants compete in a BBQ cook off, breweries offer refreshing craft beers and cocktails,and live music on the HarborWalk Main Stage.

Mid-Bay Bridge Run/Walk
4.5 mile race over the Mid-Bay Bridge.

IRONMAN Florida Triathlon
Panama City Beach

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Pensacola Beach
Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter
Contact: Dana Bartholomew, 850-471-1541

December

New Years Eve Celebration - Destin HarborWalk Village
Destin Harbor

New Years Eve Celebration - Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
Baytowne Wharf - Sandestin®

SunQuest Cruises - Baytowne Marina - Sandestin®
Annual Seasonal Cruise Event: New Year's Fireworks and Dinner

Christmas Boat Parade
Destin Harbor

Holiday Lights
Gulf Breeze Zoo

Holiday on the Harbor - Destin Harbor Boat Parade
Destin Harbor

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