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10 Things To Do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Aug 1 18
by S. Lynne
Gulf waves lap against the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton Beach

There’s no doubt that a stay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, can be great for recharging the batteries. However, while spending a few days relaxing in a beach chair with the world-famous sugar-white sands between your toes is a great way to pass your time, there are many other family-friendly and couples’ activities to be found […]

Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival: A Great Excuse for a Fall Vacation!

Jul 12 18
by S. Lynne
Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest glass of beer on the beach with the Gulf in the background

It’s not too early to start thinking about raising a glass or two at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival. Held every fall at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin’s popular shopping and entertainment venue, the festival has earned a reputation as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast.” Scheduled this year for October 12 […]

National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

Jun 18 18
by S. Lynne
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 11-14, the 47th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city. Founded in 1971 to lure tourists to Alabama beaches during the off-season, the Gulf Shores event has since […]

Parasailing in Gulf Shores — Take Your Senses for a Ride

May 16 18
by Chris Chatelain
Parasailing through a bright-blue sky over a grove of leafy palm trees

Imagine you’re a bird soaring above the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, just where the waters meet the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. What would you see? Maybe schools of fish swimming below, or a pod of dolphins playing a few hundred feet under your toes. Perhaps you’d catch a glimpse of sea turtles nesting […]

Country Music Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2018

May 9 18
by S. Lynne
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

Some of country music’s brightest stars will have an opportunity to shine at the upcoming Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. First held in 2013, the festival has quickly become a Panama City Beach tradition. Past events have featured such familiar names as Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, and Keith Urban. Headliners for this […]

Emerald Coast Poker Run: Playing Cards for a Cause

Apr 30 18
by S. Lynne
emerald coast poker run power boats

You don’t have to own a boat to find plenty of fun during the Emerald Coast Poker Run. This is the 26th anniversary of the annual boating event, presented by the Emerald Coast Foundation as part of Boat Week, August 8-12. And it’s the largest summer poker run in the U.S., annually earning around $150,000 […]

Siesta Fiesta Art Festival Celebrates 40 Years With Big Block Party

Mar 20 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Painting of sunset over the water, on display at Siesta Key's Siesta Fiesta

Celebrate the end of Siesta Key’s peak season in block-party style with the 40th annual Siesta Fiesta, April 28-29, 2018. The outdoor street fair, which is set up over an entire block at Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, features more than 200 of the country’s most talented artists and crafters. The collections of artwork are […]

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: Ready, Set, Build Sand Sculptures!

Feb 12 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

For 10 days, the sugar-white sands of Clearwater Beach will become the raw material for works of art – the incredible sculptures created and displayed during the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival. Eleven of the world’s best sand sculptors will be participating in this year’s festival, scheduled for April 13-22 and themed “Sea America, a […]

Visit Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Banish the Lingering Winter Blahs

Jan 16 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Daytime band performance at Tampa Bay Blues Festival

St. Petersburg, Florida, comes alive with the blues at Vinoy Waterfront Park during the highly acclaimed Tampa Bay Blues Festival. Hailed as one of the world’s finest blues music events, the festival, scheduled this year for April 6-8, packs out the house with three days of legendary sounds from some of the biggest names in […]

Celebrate Art at Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts

Jan 3 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Anna Maria Island Art League small stylized painting of surf against the sand

Head to the Anna Maria Island Art League’s 30th Annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts and dive into art of all colors, textures, and mediums. Held each year in Holmes Beach, the biggest community on this beautiful barrier island, Springfest brings people of all ages together to share its three biggest attractions […]

Jellyfish Facts: Safety Tips, Sting First Aid, and Fun Things To Know

Dec 15 17
by S. Lynne
A trio og blue-tinted moon jellyfish

Safely exhibited behind the glass of an aquarium, jellyfish, with their fluorescent colors, spots, stripes, and other markings, can be real crowd pleasers. However, a close encounter with a jellyfish in the ocean or on the beach can have painful consequences for vacationers. The good news is that these stinging nuisances, which are found abundantly […]

Make a Run for It in the Boca Grande 5K Run and Fun Walk

Dec 8 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
boca grande 5K and fun run 3.cropped

You know you love to run. And you know you love the beach. So, what are you waiting for? Join the folks at Boca Grande Community Center for an island 5K Run and Fun Walk through the historic town, one of Southwest Florida’s premier spots to take in the sun. Not only is the event […]

Happy Tasting at Apalachicola’s Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler

Nov 30 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Local chefs serve guests at the annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler.

Because it’s hosted by a city with the memorable name of Apalachicola, you should expect the 22nd annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler to be uniquely fun. Presented by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, the event features chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast, preparing and serving their most creative dishes. It’s scheduled for Sunday, […]

Festive Naples, Florida, Cocktail Party Raises Funds “For the Love of Art”

Nov 21 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Live entertainment and art at Naple Art Association fundraiser "For the Love of Art"

Art connoisseurs know that the love of art comes from the heart, bringing joy and visual engagement. So it’s no wonder that “For the Love of Art,”  a festive cocktail party/gala organized by the Naples Art Association, is a highly anticipated event that has become as unique as the artistic creativity and artists it showcases. […]

ArtFest Fort Myers – Waterfront Event Is Southwest Florida’s Premier Art Festival

Nov 10 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Colorful painting of a tropical scene by ArtFest Fort Myers artist Jim Holehouse

If you ever need a reason to head to the beach, ArtFest Fort Myers is destined to be one of them. The popular event gives you all the fun and sun you need wrapped in one sweet weekend. Held each February on the city’s beautiful waterfront, ArtFest features original artwork from more than 200 experienced […]

Venice, Florida, Christmas Boat Parade Dazzles Visitors

Nov 3 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Holiday lights decorate a boat in the Venice Christmas Boat Parade.

As the sun sets on December 2, the Intracoastal Waterway will twinkle with lights from the lineup of boats decked out for the 29th annual Venice, Florida, Christmas Boat Parade. Seasoned boating enthusiasts and novices alike will take to the water for a glittering evening and a chance to claim top spot for the best-decorated […]

Eat Your Way Through Mardi Gras at the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

Oct 24 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Mexico-beach-Gumbo

Nothing says celebrate like a Mardi Gras event coupled with a great batch of fresh, spicy gumbo, especially when you’re talking about the 20th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off scheduled for February 17, 2018. Held during a season of smaller beach crowds and ideal Florida temperatures, this popular event features the best gumbo and Brunswick […]

Parasailing in Destin – Gravity-Defying Thrills and Bird’s-Eye Views

Jun 8 17
by Chris Chatelain
parasailers with multi-colored canopy

While Destin, Florida might be well known for the spectacular Gulf views from its sugar-white beaches, there’s another vantage point that provides even better views – and way more thrills as well. That’s the one from above via parasailing. A Unique Perspective Seeing this popular beach destination from 400 feet in the air provides the […]

Top 13 Destin Florida Attractions

May 30 17
by S. Lynne
View of Destin Harbor from Harborwalk Village

  With its white-sand beaches, glittering Gulf waters, and clear skies most days of the year, Destin is a popular spot for vacationers wanting to laze around in the sun. But for visitors looking for a more active vacation, or just a quick break from the beach, there are plenty of other Destin Florida attractions. […]

5 Reasons for Booking Vacation Rentals from the Pros

May 24 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
booking vacation rentals

Finding the perfect beach vacation rental to book for a reasonable price can be difficult. So, we suggest that rather than struggle with uncertainty, you go through an experienced and reputable property management company when booking vacation rentals. In addition to making the booking process easier, the advantages of using a pro may include discounts, […]