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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

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Destin Florida

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

When: Everyday between June 21 - 25, 2017
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
One of the most prestigious tournaments in Northwest Florida, offering large cash prizes.
More Info: www.FishECBC.com

Destin Fishing Rodeo in Destin Florida

Destin Fishing Rodeo

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 31, 2017
The ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages.
850.837.6734
More Info: www.destinfishingrodeo.org

10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest  in Destin Florida

10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

When: Everyday between Oct 14 - 15, 2017
Where: Baytowne Wharf Village, Sandestin
There will be American specialty beers from around the nation to sample. Saturday will be the main event with over 200 international & craft beers.
More Info: sowal.com

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

Sandestin Wine Festival in Destin Florida

Sandestin Wine Festival

When: Everyday between April 20 - 23, 2017
Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf
Featuring over 800 domestic and international wines.


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January - 2017

NFL Sunday Football

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Where: Marina Bar and Grill
Stop by Marina Bar and Grill to watch your favorite NFL team with food and drink specials.

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

Snowbirds' Tuesday Night Bridge Night

When: Every Tuesday between Jan 1 - 31, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Linkside Ballroom H
No event for February 21st, 2017

Snowbird's Pickleball Tournament

When: Every Thursday between Jan 1 - 31, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Sandestin, Basketball court on the South side of resort
Play pickleball every other Thursday with other Snowbird's.

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

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.

Winter Guest Concert Series

When: Every Sunday between Jan 8 - 31, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541
Enjoy a free live concert every Sunday afternoon.

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

Snowbirds' Tuesday Night Bridge Night

When: Every Tuesday between Feb 1 - 28, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Linkside Ballroom H
No event for February 21st, 2017

Snowbird's Pickleball Tournament

When: Every Thursday between Feb 1 - 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Sandestin, Basketball court on the South side of resort
Play pickleball every other Thursday with other Snowbird's.

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

Winter Guest Concert Series

When: Every Sunday between Feb 1 - 28, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541
Enjoy a free live concert every Sunday afternoon.

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.

Super Bowl Party

When: Feb 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Marina Bar & Grill, 9300 Baytowne Boulevard Sandestin, FL 32550
Phone: 850.267.7778

Super Bowl Sunday at Fat Tuesday

When: Feb 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Fat Tuesday in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9100 Baytowne Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Enjoy festive football fare with wings, domestic and imported beer specials and margaritas.
Phone: 850.351.1809

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)

28th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

When: Everyday between Feb 17 - 18, 2017
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The 28th Annual Pursue the Roux will be a weekend full of live music, delicious gumbo and lots of fun activities.

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!

14th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade

When: Feb 26, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Streets will be filled with costumed dogs, floats, beads and all the Mardi Gras festivities.
Phone: 850.267.8117

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

Winter Guest Concert Series

When: Every Sunday between Mar 1 - 26, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL 32541
Enjoy a free live concert every Sunday afternoon.

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

St. Patty's Day Delight

When: Mar 17, 2017
Where: Events Plaza Stage The Village at Baytown Wharf
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at Baytown Wharf.

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.

Easter Explosion

When: April 15, 2017 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Enjoy a day filled with family friendly entertainment, enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over our inflatable obstacle course.

Sandestin Wine Festival

When: Everyday between April 20 - 23, 2017
Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf
Featuring over 800 domestic and international wines.

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

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

When: Everyday between May 27 - 29, 2017
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Enjoy LIVE music as the Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans.

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.

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

When: Everyday between June 21 - 25, 2017
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
One of the most prestigious tournaments in Northwest Florida, offering large cash prizes.
More Info: www.FishECBC.com

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 Fishing Rodeo

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 31, 2017
The ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages.
Phone: 850.837.6734
More Info: www.destinfishingrodeo.org

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

10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

When: Everyday between Oct 14 - 15, 2017
Where: Baytowne Wharf Village, Sandestin
There will be American specialty beers from around the nation to sample. Saturday will be the main event with over 200 international & craft beers.
More Info: sowal.com
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