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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.

February - 2023

Bubbly Baytowne

When: Feb 16, 2023
Where: Baytowne Wharf
Shop the merchants throughout The Village of Baytowne Wharf with free champagne at various stores.
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Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 19, 2023
Where: Baytowne Wharf 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Watch the colorful floats, decorated cars, and golf carts cruise down the street with music filling the air, and catch some colorful beads, moon pies, and more.
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Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi

When: Feb 21, 2023
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Fat Tuesday Celebration with live music, street performers, and entertainers.
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34th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

When: Every Friday,Saturday between Feb 24 - 25, 2023
Where: Hammerhead's Bar & Grille Sandestin
There will be a kick-off party at Hammerhead's Bar & Grille with the festival starting on Saturday at high noon with live music, children's activities and even a Bloody Mary competition!
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April - 2023

36th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

When: Everyday between April 13 - 16, 2023
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Each year, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort transforms itself into the South of France with a four-day event providing participants with an entertaining and educational atmosphere to enjoy fine wine. Don't miss the opportunity to taste your share of the excitement. Festival goers will be treated to more than a dozen events including private dinners and the Destin Charity Wine Auction. Guests of the festival will also have the opportunity to indulge in and purchase exquisite, hard-to-find wines at special event pricing with more than 500 domestic and international wines to choose from.
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Beethoven V. Coldplay

When: April 29, 2023 7:30 PM
Where: Destin-Fort Walton Convention Center
The music and lyrics of Coldplay combined with Beethoven for a most unusual outcome.
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September - 2023

Perfect Hues: Baytowne Art & Food Fest

When: Everyday between Sept 1 - 3, 2023
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Browse a variety of artwork from local and regional artists in The Village streets. Live music, sumptuous bites from area restaurants and food trucks with amazing fireworks display over the laggon on Sunday at 9:30 PM
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