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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.

Native American Flute Festival in Fort Walton Beach Florida

Native American Flute Festival

When: Everyday between April 21 - 23, 2017
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: Everyday between Aug 9 - 13, 2017
Details TBA


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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

Big Band Jazz Night

When: Feb 23, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: 1318 Miracle Strip Parkway Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
The 18 piece orchestra will be playing big band and contemporary jazz.

38th Annual Home Show

When: Everyday between Feb 25 - 26, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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

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

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

Moos Brothers- Benefit Concert

When: Mar 31, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: 1335 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
A premier party band benefitting Horizons- The ARC of the Emerald Coast.

April - 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

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.

Native American Flute Festival

When: Everyday between April 21 - 23, 2017
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 Volleyball

When: Everyday between April 26 - 30, 2017
Where: The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island
More Info: http://emeraldcoastvolleyball.com/

Earthquake Spring Rally

When: Everyday between April 27 - 30, 2017

May - 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 Bike Fest

When: Everyday between May 4 - 7, 2017
Where: Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson
Details TBA

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.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert Celebration

When: Everyday between May 27 - 28, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 10 Harbor Boulevard Destin, FL 32541
Live music and activities all weekend long with fireworks over the Destin Harbor.

June - 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

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.

July - 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

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

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 Poker Run

When: Everyday between Aug 9 - 13, 2017
Details TBA

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: Sept 1, 2017

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

Dog Daze

When: Oct 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Liza Jackson Park, 159 Brooks St Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
More Info: fwbchamber.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

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/

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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