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One of the highlights of the year in Fort Walton Beach is the Billy Bowlegs Festival. Held in early June, this annual uprising of local “pirates” commemorates the life of pirate William Augustus Bowles, who prowled the area during the eighteenth century. Events include a mock battle, live bands, food, arts and crafts, a torchlight parade, children’s activities, and fireworks.

Okaloosa Island hosts an annual Mardi Gras celebration that includes a Friday evening ball and a Saturday parade. Music, food, costumes, and children’s activities add to the fun.

Throughout the year, the area hosts live theater performances, concerts, art shows, fishing tournaments, and a host of other special events. 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 Fort Walton Beach

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Fort Walton Beach Florida

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

When: Everyday between June 2 - 3, 2017
Where: The Landing 139 Brooks St. SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
A fun event for the whole family with lots of activities for kids and live music. Food vendors will be selling everything from ice cream to seafood. Their will be a fireworks display at 9pm on June 3rd.
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December - 2016

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between Dec 1 - 15, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 31 Memorial Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month
More Info: www.ecscience.org

Ladies Night Out..Downtown

When: Dec 8, 2016 17:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Downtown Fort Walton Beach
Girlfriends shopping, sipping wine and enjoying the fun.
More Info: www.DowntownFWB.com

January - 2017

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

Cat Show

When: Everyday between Jan 21 - 22, 2017
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Fort Walton Beach, FL

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)

February - 2017

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

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)

Island Dance Party

When: Feb 11, 2017 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Fort Walton Beach, FL
More Info: islanddanceparty.com

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)

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!

March - 2017

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

Bugs Bunny & the Symphony - Sinfonia Gulf Coast

When: Mar 25, 2017 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Fort Walton Beach, FL
More Info: www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org

April - 2017

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.

Earthquake Spring Rally

When: Everyday between April 27 - 30, 2017

May - 2017

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.

June - 2017

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.

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

When: Everyday between June 2 - 3, 2017
Where: The Landing 139 Brooks St. SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
A fun event for the whole family with lots of activities for kids and live music. Food vendors will be selling everything from ice cream to seafood. Their will be a fireworks display at 9pm on June 3rd.
Phone: 850.244.8191

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.

October - 2017

Earthquake Fall Rally

When: Everyday between Oct 19 - 23, 2017
Where: The Boardwalk Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL
There will be bike shows, live music all day, Miss Emerald Coast Earthquake Bikini Contest, charity poker runs, vendors, food and drink specials.
More Info: emeraldcoastbikefest.com/
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