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There's a celebration going on just about all the time in Destin, making it a fun place to be year-round. Several festivals, including October's Destin Seafood Festival and the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo, celebrate the Gulf's edible gifts from the sea. There's also the annual Emerald Coast Poker Run, which takes place at the end of Boat Week. Participating boats pay an entrance fee, then travel to designated spots to pick up cards. The boat with the best poker hand at the end of the run is the winner. Proceeds from the poker run go to local children's charities. And every month sees plenty of live concerts, theater and dance performances, wine tastings, food festivals, and arts and crafts shows. Check out our calendar of events for an up-to-date list of what's going on while you're in town.

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Featured Events in Destin

Blues Brew and BBQ in Destin Florida

Blues, Brew and BBQ

When: TBD
Where: HarborWalk Village
Sample the different BBQ styles and coastal food as you listen to live entertainment and cold brews.
More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3

Destin Seafood Festival in Destin Florida

Destin Seafood Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 6 - 8, 2017
Where: Destin Harbor Boardwalk
A three day festival featuring seafood, entertainment, arts & crafts and fireworks along the Destin Harbor.
More Info: www.destinseafoodfestival.com


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December - 2016

Baytowne on Ice

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 30, 2016 6:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
A seasonal ice skating rink with the first hour of each day reserved for kids 12 and younger.
Phone: 850.267.8184
More Info: www.baytownewharf.com

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday between Dec 1 - 31, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

Visit with Santa

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: HarborWalk Village
It's time for the children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa Claus. All of Santa's guest receive a special treat! November 26 & 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18.

12 Nights of Lights

When: Every Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday between Dec 2 - 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
A festive light show in the Events Plaza set to holiday music with shows 6, 7, & 8pm.
Phone: 850.267.8117
More Info: www.baytownewharf.com

Wednesday Night Concerts

When: Every Wednesday between Dec 7 - 21, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Every Wednesday in December come listen to the holiday edition of the Concert Series with a light show and Ole' St. Nick. Free admission
Phone: 850.267.8117
More Info: www.baytownewharf.com

Tuba Christmas

When: Dec 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
More than 30 brass instruments will play holiday music with entertainment for the kids.
More Info: www.baytownewharf.com

Smooth Jazz and Jingle Bells

When: Dec 10, 2016 7:30 PM
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center,Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL.
"A Peter White Christmas" with trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Euge Groove.

Tee Off for Toys

When: Everyday between Dec 10 - 11, 2016 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Raven Golf Club / Baytowne Golf Club / The Links Golf Club
Donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards with a value of $15.00 or more in exchange a game of golf with golf cart fee. Toys and donations will be given to Harvest House's "Hope for Holidays" and Children in Crisis programs.
Phone: 850.267.8155

Breakfast with Santa

When: Everyday between Dec 10 - 18, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Grande Vista Bar and Grill
Ring in the holiday cheer and have breakfast with Santa Claus at Grande Vista Bar and Grill! December 10, 11, 17, 18.

30th Annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade

When: Dec 11, 2016 18:00 PM
Where: Harborwalk Village
The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 30th Annual Destin Boat Parade. Come enjoy live music, children’s arts and craft and hot chocolate! Visit with Santa Claus from 12-4 PM at HarborWalk Village's Main Stage. Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM.

Santa Pub Crawl with the Destin Nights

When: Dec 17, 2016 7:00 PM
Where: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541
Dress in your Christmas best (tacky sweaters, Santa outfits, elves and more) and spread Holiday cheer through HarborWalk Village with cheerful drink specials at every stop. Passes can be purchased in advanced at www.eventbrite.com or on the day of the event.
More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3

New Year's Sidewalk Sale

When: Dec 30, 2016 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Sandestin Family Retail Shops located in the Village
Sandestin Family Retail Shops in the Village of Baytowne Wharf will be slashing prices with an additional 25% off sale.

Baytowne Countdown

When: Everyday between Dec 31 - 30, 2016 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Enjoy the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an end-of-the-year party with kids activities from 6-8pm, live music and two fireworks shows at 8pm & midnight over the lagoon.
Phone: 850.267.8117

Cocktails and Countdown

When: Dec 31, 2016 8:00 PM
Where: HarborView Room, 10 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 32541
Ring in the New Year with a festive celebration with a live DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. Dance the night away overlooking the Destin Harbor. Two fireworks shows at 8:00 PM and midnight and the 9th annual ball drop.
Phone: 850.424.0622

Grande Gala

When: Dec 31, 2016 8:00 PM
Where: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 32541
Dine with a chef selected menu and dance into the New Year at this exquisite celebration in the Emerald Grande Ballroom with live music, a champagne toast at midnight. The perfect spot to watch the ball drop and fireworks at 8:00 PM and midnight. Live music by Cool Rayz.
Phone: 850.424.0622

NYE Street Party

When: Dec 31, 2016 7:00 PM
Where: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 32541
Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as 2 Firework shows, and the 9th Annual Ball Drop descending over the Harbor make this celebration Destin’s most exciting place to be on New Year’s Eve!

January - 2017

Baytowne on Ice

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
A seasonal ice skating rink with the first hour of each day reserved for kids 12 and younger.
Phone: 850.267.8184
More Info: www.baytownewharf.com

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday between Jan 1 - 31, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

New Year's Sidewalk Sale

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 2, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Sandestin Family Retail Shops located in the Village
Sandestin Family Retail Shops in the Village of Baytowne Wharf will be slashing prices with an additional 25% off sale.

Baytowne Countdown

When: Jan 1, 2017 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Enjoy the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an end-of-the-year party with kids activities from 6-8pm, live music and two fireworks shows at 8pm & midnight over the lagoon.
Phone: 850.267.8117

Planetarium Nights

When: Jan 5, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Where: Emerald Coast Science Center 31 Memorial Parkway, SW Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
1st & 3rd Thursdays

Winter Guest Concert Series

When: Every Sunday between Jan 8 - 29, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: HarborWalk Village Destin, FL 32541
Shiver off the winter chills with free live music on HarborWalk Village's main stage. All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy a free live concert.

Monthly Movie Night

When: Jan 17, 2017 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: The Destin Library 150 Sibert Avenue Destin, FL 32541
Movie: 5 Flights Up

An Evening with Jason Alexander - Anniversary Gala

When: Everyday between Jan 21 - 22, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Phone: 850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)
More Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventItem.cfm?ID=1124

Art Exhibit: Walter Perrott Photography

When: Everyday between Jan 21 - 31, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Featuring a solo exhibition by photographer Walter Perrott, 2016 Best-in-Show Winner of the ADSO (Arts & Design Society) in Fort Walton Beach's annual juried exhibition.
More Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventItem.cfm?ID=1098

PIPPIN

When: Jan 24, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
The hit musical – full of amazing acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs! Winner of 4 Tony Awards i
Phone: 850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)

Bayou, Bay and Beach

When: Jan 28, 2017
5K-10K-15K
More Info: www.runsignup.com

February - 2017

Baytowne on Ice

When: Everyday between Feb 1 - 11, 2017 6:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
A seasonal ice skating rink with the first hour of each day reserved for kids 12 and younger.
Phone: 850.267.8184
More Info: www.baytownewharf.com

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday between Feb 1 - 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

Art Exhibit: Walter Perrott Photography

When: Everyday between Feb 1 - 28, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Featuring a solo exhibition by photographer Walter Perrott, 2016 Best-in-Show Winner of the ADSO (Arts & Design Society) in Fort Walton Beach's annual juried exhibition.
More Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventItem.cfm?ID=1098

The Lightning Thief

When: Feb 1, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Two shows: 9:45am & 11:30am The annual Children's Series presents a national touring series of live theatrical events based on bestselling children's literature.
More Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventItem.cfm?ID=1122

Planetarium Nights

When: Feb 2, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Emerald Coast Science Center' 31 Memorial Parkway, SW Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
1st & 3rd Thursdays Shows are approximately 45 minutes

Emerald Coast Parrot Head Chili Cook Off

When: Feb 4, 2017
Where: HarborWalk Village, Destin, FL 32541
The Chili experts from near and far will be stirring up their special recipes to prove they have the best chili. Over 20 restaurants and Chili Master’s compete in this spirited cook-off.

42nd Street Play

When: Feb 9, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
A musical comedy classic with some of the greatest songs ever written, “We’re In The Money,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and “42nd Street!”
Phone: 850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)

The Piano Men

When: Feb 11, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
A musical tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
Phone: 850-729-6000 or 888-838-ARTS (2787)

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

When: Feb 24, 2017 7:00 PM
Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit for the Pub Crawl. Enjoy drink specials at each stop. A $10.00 donation to a non-profit.
More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3

9th annual Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 25, 2017 2:00 PM
Where: Destin Harbor Boardwalk
Watch the stunning floats, colorful costumes, and street performers while catching lots of beads as the parade rolls through.

International Food & Wine Fest

When: Feb 26, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Annual fundraiser sponsored by the NFSO Guild to support the orchestra!

Fat Tuesday Celebration

When: Feb 28, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541
Celebrate Mardi Gras and join in the fun at HarborWalk Village and enjoy flavorful & free red beans and rice!

March - 2017

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday between Mar 1 - 31, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

Art Exhibit: Walter Perrott Photography

When: Everyday between Mar 1 - 3, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Featuring a solo exhibition by photographer Walter Perrott, 2016 Best-in-Show Winner of the ADSO (Arts & Design Society) in Fort Walton Beach's annual juried exhibition.
More Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventItem.cfm?ID=1098

April - 2017

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday between April 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

One Night of Queen

When: April 13, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Recreating and celebrating the music of Queen.

Destin Marathon & Half Marathon

When: Everyday between April 22 - 23, 2017
More Info: facebook.com/destinmarathon/

May - 2017

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday between May 1 - 31, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

Burning Up The Beaches!

When: Everyday between May 4 - 7, 2017
Where: The Destin Commons.
This three day event is a classic car action for any enthusiast.
Phone: 850-376-1037
More Info: BurningUpTheBeaches.com

Emerald Coast Classic

When: Everyday between May 6 - 7, 2017

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Gala Event with Temptations Revue

When: May 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Where: The Henderson 200 Henderson Resort Way Destin, FL
More Info: sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

Katherine Ace: "Fantasy & Myth"

When: Everyday between May 15 - 30, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Works by painter Katherine Ace will fill both Katherine Ace's oil on canvas and mixed-media paintings take their inspiration from mythology, folk- and fairy tales to tell new stories.

NFSO 30th Season - Guest Artist Piano Recital - Larry Weng

When: May 20, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Mr. Weng is a laureate of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, The New York International Piano Competition, the Kosciuzsko Foundation Chopin Competition, the Wideman International Piano Competition, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition.
More Info: mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventItem.cfm?ID=1120

June - 2017

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

When: June 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Boulevard 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering locally sourced food items, including butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, dips, artisan breads and pastries, flowers and more.
More Info: www.sowal.com

Katherine Ace: "Fantasy & Myth"

When: Everyday between June 1 - 30, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Works by painter Katherine Ace will fill both Katherine Ace's oil on canvas and mixed-media paintings take their inspiration from mythology, folk- and fairy tales to tell new stories.

July - 2017

Katherine Ace: "Fantasy & Myth"

When: July 1, 2017
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Center 100 E College Blvd Niceville, FL
Works by painter Katherine Ace will fill both Katherine Ace's oil on canvas and mixed-media paintings take their inspiration from mythology, folk- and fairy tales to tell new stories.

August - 2017

5th Annual Paddle at the Porch

When: Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House 1740 Scenic Hwy. 98, E. Destin, FL 32541
More Info: www.PaddleAtThePorch.com

October - 2017

Destin Seafood Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 6 - 8, 2017
Where: Destin Harbor Boardwalk
A three day festival featuring seafood, entertainment, arts & crafts and fireworks along the Destin Harbor.
More Info: www.destinseafoodfestival.com
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