and the surrounding communities hold various types of special events all year long. The following is a partial list of just some of the types of special events that can be found in the area. There are many more; some are one-time-only affairs, others are ongoing throughout the summer, still others are special holiday events. Chances are, whatever time of the year you are visiting, there will be some sort of special event taking place along The Emerald Coast. Be sure to check with the local Chambers of Commerce for the area and time you plan to visit.
Mini Gras – A family style “Mardi Gras” is held in the Village every Tuesday during the summer months created especially for kids (but the whole family is invited.) Street vendors, face painting, balloon creations, music, beads, masks and a parade.
Thursday Stroll in the Tupelo Courtyard - June through September. Join the wonderful Tupelo Courtyard Merchants every Thursday for an evening in their New Orleans - style courtyard. Enjoy live music, sip on champagne, enjoy delicious desserts or sample a different gourmet dish each week. Plus, view the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry and accessories for you and your pampered pooch.
Picnics in Paradise Summer Concert Series - Every Monday night live music from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Children’s Events and Happy Hour Hosted by Chan’s Market Café. Free admission.
July 4th - Destin Independence Day Fireworks Display over Destin's East Bridge. Synchronized patriotic music airs during the show.
Annual Junior Classic Golf Tournament held at Fort Walton Beach Golf Course. Tournament is open to girls and boys 10 to 18 years old.
The Annual Harbor Docks CaddyshackClassic 18-Hole Golf Tournament – held in August.
Emerald Coast Boat Week – usually held in mid-August.
Annual Sandestin Triathlon – usually held in August. Formerly the Elephant Walk Triathlon. More than 750 participants attend this half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a 4-mile run throughout Sandestin’s beach and bayside community. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast.
Paradise Music Festival – held at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds the first week of September.
Annual Destin Seafood Festival – usually held the first week of October.
Annual Boogy Bayou Mullet Festival – usually held in mid-October.
Destin Festival of the Arts – usually held the last week of October at Henderson Beach State Park.
Destin Christmas Parade and the Annual Destin Boat Parade – usually held in mid-December at Destin Harbor.