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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.

June - 2016

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

When: Everyday between June 2 - 6, 2016
Where: 139 Brooks Street Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is a local favorite, with a full weekend of activities to celebrate the pirate in all of us. Events include a parade, a fireworks show and a Pirate Landing. The festival also features competitions such as the Pirate Zombie Costume Contest and the Talk Like A Pirate Contest.

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between June 2 - 30, 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

Latin Salsa Festival

When: June 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing Park
Join the fun at the Latin Salsa Festival, free and open to the public.
Phone: 850.240.4417
More Info: http://www.boricuasausentes.org/

THRIVE MUSIC FEST to Benefit Covenant Care

When: Everyday between June 25 - 26, 2016
Local and regional artists performing on 3 stages at Green Door Music Hall and Downtown Cinema Plus on Saturday, June 25, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Phone: 850.729.1800
More Info: http://www.ThriveMusicFest.org

July - 2016

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between July 1 - 31, 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

August - 2016

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between Aug 1 - 31, 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

September - 2016

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between Sept 1 - 30, 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

October - 2016

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between Oct 1 - 31, 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

November - 2016

Planetarium Night

When: Every Thursday between Nov 1 - 30, 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

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
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Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

Billy Bowlegs Festival

The annual Billy Bowlegs pirate invasion takes place this June in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Activities include a parade, fireworks, food, and fun!

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