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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.

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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October - 2024

Saints Markella & Demetrios Greek Festival

When: Oct 20, 2024
Where: 104 Bryn Mawr Blvd, Mary Esther, FL 32569
Enjoy this annual, family-friendly Greek festival at Saints Markella and Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. With free admission, the 33rd festival features homemade food, live music, dancing and more. And, with kids activities like a balloon twister and a bounce house, there's fun for everyone.
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Walk to End Alzheimer’s Emerald Coast

When: Oct 27, 2024
Where: AirForce Armament Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB, FL 32542
Join a section of the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care with the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Emerald Coast. This event is open to all ages and abilities with no registration fee, although donations are encouraged. Register and create your own team to start the fundraising process today.
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8th Annual Tricks and Treasures

When: Oct 31, 2024
Where: The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
This annual Halloween celebration has fun for all ages with trick-or-treating, games, live entertainment and more. Pick up a treasure map and a “kids eat free” voucher at the main entrance to begin the ultimate treasure hunt. Tricks and Treasures is the place for crazy costumes and fun and don’t forget to stay until 8 p.m. for the fireworks finale.
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