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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: TBD
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.

Native American Flute Festival in Fort Walton Beach Florida

Native American Flute Festival

When: TBD
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 SE Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
This unique festival celebrating Native American culture is the largest event of its kind in the U.S.

Emerald Coast Poker Run in Fort Walton Beach Florida

Emerald Coast Poker Run

When: TBD
Where: Check website for details.
The Emerald Coast Poker Run rounds out Boat Week the weeklong boating celebration.
More Info: http://flpowerboat.com/project/emerald-coast-poker-run


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August - 2017

Downtown FWB Art Walk

Where: Downtown FWB
Stroll the sidewalk listening to local music while viewing local art displayed in different mediums. There will be an array of jewelry and other handmade creations. First Friday of the Month

September - 2017

Downtown FWB Art Walk

Where: Downtown FWB
Stroll the sidewalk listening to local music while viewing local art displayed in different mediums. There will be an array of jewelry and other handmade creations. First Friday of the Month

Fort Walton Beach BBQ Festival

When: Everyday between Sept 16 - 17, 2017
Where: The Landing, 34 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, FL 32548
More Info: facebook.com/FWBBBQ/

Kitty Hawk Kite Festival

When: Everyday between Sept 16 - 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island
Larger-than-life show kites with an Octopus, Panda and Gator flying high in the sky. There will be assorted activities like professional stunt kite flying demonstrations, free kite flying lessons and special activities at the Kitty Hawk Kites store at The Boardwalk.

Emerald Coast Home, Boat and Car Show

When: Everyday between Sept 23 - 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Emerald Coast Fall Classic

When: Everyday between Sept 27 - 30, 2017
More Info: emeraldcoastvolleyball.org

October - 2017

Downtown FWB Art Walk

Where: Downtown FWB
Stroll the sidewalk listening to local music while viewing local art displayed in different mediums. There will be an array of jewelry and other handmade creations. First Friday of the Month

Emerald Coast Fall Classic

When: Oct 1, 2017
More Info: emeraldcoastvolleyball.org

Wicked Triple Fun Run 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon

When: Oct 1, 2017
Run three races in two days! The Wicked Triple Fun 10K/5K/Half Marathon is a premier event to raise funds to build a State of the Art Rubberized Track for Okaloosa County.
More Info: fwbchamber.org

Dog Daze

When: Oct 14, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Liza Jackson Park, 159 Brooks St Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
A day of family fun for dogs and the families that love them. Over 1,000 dogs will gather for a day full of doggy activities .
More Info: www.fwbchamber.com/dogdaze

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/

Wicked Triple Fun Run, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon

When: Everyday between Oct 21 - 22, 2017 8:00 AM
Where: 139 Brooks St, Ft Walton Beach, FL 32548
Check website for details.
More Info: nwftc.com/racing/race-calendar

November - 2017

Downtown FWB Art Walk

Where: Downtown FWB
Stroll the sidewalk listening to local music while viewing local art displayed in different mediums. There will be an array of jewelry and other handmade creations. First Friday of the Month
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