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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.

May - 2024

Paddle at the Park

When: May 11, 2024
Where: Behind The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island
This event is a stand-up paddle race with 1- and 3-mile recreational events and a 6-mile elite race. Paddle in the Parks includes a fun, no-stress out-and-back paddle for kids 12 and under and kayaks and inflatables are also welcome. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners in addition to 1st place prizes for a variety of categories.
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Jurassic Park in Concert

When: May 18, 2024
Where: 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
The ultimate Jurassic Park experience is coming to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center. With the Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams' iconic score to a giant HD display of the film and groundbreaking special effects, this is sure to be a family favorite. Experience the action-packed adventure like never before.
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July - 2024

4th of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 2024
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing, 131 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Come to the Landing in Fort Walton Beach for activities, music and a spectacular firework show by the beach. The annual party kicks off at 5:00 pm and fireworks begin at 8:45.
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