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Fall Events in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida 

It’s fall, y'all! In our humble opinion, fall is the best time of year to visit Destin - Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Milder temps and thinner crowds make autumn a “local secret” that we’re willing to share. The Gulf of Mexico is still warm enough for a dip or dive and the area is buzzing with events and festivals. Come stay and fall in love with fall in Destin - Fort Walton Beach! 


It's Fall, Y'all


Destin Seafood Festival

The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the biggest fall events on the Emerald Coast. The three-day festival takes place on the Destin Harbor in October - kicking off the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Food vendors ― many local restaurants ― line the Destin Harbor carnival style with fresh-caught seafood that displays the bounty of “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.”


In addition to all of the amazing food, the Seafood Festival also features live entertainment, arts and crafts, and fireworks. Three separate kid zones are spread out along the boardwalk, giving families plenty to explore. The Annual Mingo Toss contest ― an old-fashioned "fish throwing contest" just for kids ― is a fun photo op for parents, too.



Destin Fishing Rodeo

Fishing is life in Destin. The small beach town is known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” so it makes sense that they host the best fishing rodeo ever. Year after year, fishermen return in hopes of catching the big one.


It’s easy to get in on the action, all you need to do is contact a local captain and charter a boat for a day of fun on the water. Destin has the largest charter fishing fleet in the country, so booking a boat is a breeze. Once you’ve got your catch, head into AJ’s for weigh-ins. Everyone’s welcome to share in the fun and excitement as anglers show off their winning catch of the day.



Greek Festival

The Greek Festival is a local tradition, this year hosted at the Saints Markella and Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church in Mary Esther, Florida. Enjoy an extensive menu of traditional Greek food like spit-roasted lamb, as well as desserts and drinks.


In addition to authentic Greek food, enjoy live music and performances. Multiple local and national vendors showcase unique arts, crafts, and goods. Also on display is knowledge about the festival planner’s 2000-year-old Greek Orthodox Christian faith, tradition, and history.


Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer Festival

The Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer Festival in Destin is a can’t-miss fundraising event benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. One day only, located on Destin Harbor (behind Brotula’s), the event is full of gourmet burgers from local restaurants, paired with local craft beers, the best bourbons, live music, and more!



Join the fun at the Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer Festival September 24, 2022



Concerts in the Village - Fall

If you’re in Destin for the fall, Concerts in the Village at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village is the perfect way to spend a Thursday evening. A continuation of the summer series, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation showcases musical artists for family-friendly evening concerts. Picnics are encouraged and food trucks serve up local cuisine to complement the performances.


Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts

The Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts provides an entire weekend of art, music, food, and fun for everyone. More than 100 exhibits from artists representing countries all over the world are on display in the Cultural Arts Village, just north of Henderson Beach State Park and two miles west of Destin Commons. And more than 22 different art mediums represented, from acrylic and clay to photography and digital art.


The festival, presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation also features live music, a sampling of the local culinary arts scene, and a beer and wine garden. Entertaining street performers and a kid’s art tent create a family-friendly festival feel.



From bountiful fish hauls to drawing artistic inspiration from the sea, fall events showcase all that is special about life on the water. Browse our events calendar to find your new fall tradition.