Exciting Summer Events by the Beach

Relaxing by the pool

The long-awaited summer has arrived, offering a perfect opportunity to embrace the sun, sand, and surf along the captivating Emerald Coast. However, there's much more to explore beyond the coastal paradise. Join us as we unveil a collection of captivating events and mark your calendar for unforgettable experiences in the months ahead.

FlagCelebrate Memorial Day at HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village in Destin is the place to be as summer begins. Delight in live entertainment, a vintage air show, breathtaking fireworks, and mesmerizing fire spinning on May 27-28.

Experience the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Get ready for an unforgettable four-day extravaganza from June 1-4, featuring sensational performances by artists like Kenny Chesney, Hardy, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, and many more. The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam promises non-stop entertainment and thrills.

Browse the Weekend Farmers Markets

Grand Blvd Farmers Market:  Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Grand Park, located in the vibrant heart of Grand Boulevard. Don't forget to bring your shopping bags as you'll have the opportunity to stock up on locally sourced produce, fresh eggs, delightful jams, and delectable pies. Additionally, you'll find a variety of homemade soaps, high-quality olive oil, and a tempting selection of pickled delicacies. 

Seaside Farmers Market:  Held in the Seaside Amphitheater, regardless of the weather conditions, every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM and additionally on Tuesdays from 9AM to 1PM during the period from June until Labor Day. You'll find the charming Airstream Row conveniently located next to the market, offering a variety of shops, restaurants, and cozy spots where you can relax and observe the lively atmosphere of the town.

The Farmers Market at Baytowne Wharf:  Every Saturday & Sunday from 10AM - 2PM. Shop local produce, baked goods, local fresh seafood and gourmet, beef, local honey, fresh pressed juices, and more!  

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Rosemary Beach Farmers Market:  Nestled in the North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach every Sunday from 9AM until 1PM. Take a leisurely stroll beneath the shade of the trees, immersing yourself in the beauty of the park setting, while engaging with local farmers, talented makers, and skilled bakers. Discover an abundance of offerings, including fresh farm produce, delectable baked goods, exquisite textiles, beauty products, and culinary and artisanal treasures. 

Watersound Farmers Market:  Held every Sunday from 9AM to 1PM at the picturesque covered pavilion in Watersound Beach on 30A. Prepare to be captivated by a wide array of food vendors, craft and gift stalls, local farm stands, and enticing food trucks. Discover an abundance of offerings, including fresh and locally sourced produce, mouthwatering prepared foods, homemade jellies and jams, delectable baked goods, flavorful preserves, pure local honey, captivating crafts, homemade soaps, delightful treats for furry friends.

Chillax at Watersound 

You're invited to be part of the vibrant Watersound community for the Sounds Like Summer Series, every Thursday evening from June 1 to August 10. Enjoy enchanting evenings filled with live music, theater performances, outdoor movies, and more, all taking place under the inviting shade of The Pavilion at Watersound Town Center. Rest assured, there's ample parking available, and the covered pavilion even features ceiling fans to keep you cool. Best of all, every event is free and open to the public, ensuring everyone can join in the excitement.

Have a Jazzy Good Time at The Red Bar

The Red Bar Jazz Band sets the stage almost every night over the summer, elevating the energy and creating a funky ambiance once the dinner rush subsides. It's not uncommon to spot celebrities enjoying the late-night scene here. However, at The Red Bar, the main priority for everyone is to simply unwind and enjoy the laid-back vibe.

Gulf PlaceImbibe the Wine and Music at Gulf Place Wine Walk

On the third Thursday of every month from 5-7pm experience the Gulf Place Wine Walk, a delightful evening where you can savor tastings of carefully curated wines, indulge in light appetizers, relish live music, and have a chance to win exciting giveaways. Explore the charming Gulf Place shops offering a wide array of jewelry, artwork, clothing, and distinctive gifts. As you stroll through the picturesque Gulf Place, enjoy the perfect combination of sipping, dancing, and shopping, creating a truly memorable experience. 

Embrace the Fun in Alys Beach

Whether you're staying in Alys Beach or beyond, the community Amphitheater is the epicenter of summer entertainment. Engage in wine tastings amidst live music, tie-dying T-shirts, participating in improv comedy hour, or taking the kiddos to watch a storytelling performances or even to learn to make an art masterpiece by a local artist. Explore the Alys Beach events calendar throughout this summer to find your new favorite experience.

Nighttime Fun in Baytowne

Scallyway Sunday:  Head over to Baytowne for magic, music, and mayhem! Watch as pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with two mesmerizing magic shows on stage, for free! Happening every Sunday night through August 6 from 7 -9pm.

Boomin' Tuesday:  Every Tuesday night through August 8 Baytowne will light up the night with a breathtaking fireworks show over the Lagoon at 9:15pm. Head over to the DJ Dance Party with DJ Mike Whitty in the Events Plaza at 7:15PM while you wait for the fireworks.

Seaside REPMerry Plays on 30A

Join the Seaside REP Theatre as they bring your favorite childhood fairytales to life. A group of traveling actors create onstage merriment by presenting their own version of classic children’s story weeknights throughout the summer along 30A. Checkout the REP calendar for times and locations.

Enjoy Concerts in the Destin Village

Revel in the harmonious tunes of concerts in the village, Destin presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. These Thursday shows throughout the summer will feature incredible acts like "Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton," Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Roman Street Party Band, among others.

Unwind with a Free Beach Bonfire

Sometimes the best plans are the spontaneous ones. Indulge in relaxation after a day of fun with free beach bonfires every Monday and Friday at sunset, graciously hosted by Royal Palm Grille in Miramar Beach. S’mores and Drink Specials along with a full menu will be available.

CrawfishIndulge in a Crawfish Boil at AJ's Grayton Beach

No beach trip is complete without savoring the flavors of a delectable crawfish boil. Join the Sunday crawfish boils until the end of June and relish the mouthwatering delicacies at AJ's Grayton Beach.

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

From June 21-25, immerse yourself in the five-day extravaganza that brings together world-class boats and anglers during the peak of the Gulf Coast's blue marlin season. Experience live entertainment, engaging activities, and be part of the thrilling "big weigh-in," an event the whole family can enjoy.

Sea TurtleWild Sea Turtle Wednesdays at The Big Chill 30A

Join South Walton Sea Turtle Watch every Wednesday morning starting June 21 through August 16 at The Big Chill 30A in Prominence to paint, adopt a hatchling, and learn about all things sea turtles. 9-11am. Check out The Big Chill 30A Events Calendar for more fun summer happenings.

Celebrate Independence Day Beach-Style

Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade:  Drive on down to 70 Hotz Ave in Grayton Beach by The Red Bar at 8am for a wonderful and funky show of decorated cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, etc.  No registration needed and everyone is welcome! "Swimsuits, pajamas and bloody marys optional" as they say.

Red, White & Baytowne:  Embrace the patriotic spirit on July 4 at the events plaza stage in Baytowne. Enjoy live music and engaging children's activities including crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting followed by a grand fireworks show. 

4th of July in Alys Beach:  Head to the Alys Beach amphitheater to celebrate Independence Day with live music followed by a mesmerizing fireworks display. Treat yourself to delightful food and beverages while enjoying the festivities.

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Book Bishes On The Beach

Meet over 60 romance authors at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach on July 15. From the general admission event to the VIP access and afterparty, this gathering promises an enchanting experience.

Summer Concert Series in Rosemary Beach

Enjoy the summer vibe in Rosemary Beach with free concerts every Monday night until August 7. Grab your chairs or blankets and groove to the music on St. Augustine Green.

Charter BoatEmerald Coast Poker Run

Witness a spectacular display of boats, both on the water and on full display during the poker run August 11-12, benefiting children's charities supported by the Emerald Coast Foundation. 

Bubbly Baytowne

Embark on a delightful 21-and-older adventure through The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Check-in before 5 p.m. and receive a free glass of champagne, along with a complimentary glass and a map highlighting merchants to visit. This sparkling event awaits on August 17.

Other Non-Summer Events Worth Putting On Your Calendar

Save The Date! Plan ahead and mark these significant events on your calendar. Join us at the beach once again for unforgettable moments!

Moon Crush Pink Moon 2023

Immerse yourself in a multiday festival at Seascape Resort from September 1-3, featuring talented artists such as Ben Rector, Switchfoot, Mat Kearney, NEEDTOBREATHE, and more.

Baytowne Art & Food Fest

Experience an amalgamation of art, live music, and mouthwatering cuisine from local and regional artists, restaurants, and food trucks. The event culminates in a magnificent fireworks display over the lagoon from September 1-3 in The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Eggs On The Beach

Join the 9th annual event at Seascape Resort on October 14. Delight in prepared bites, live music, and the chance to vote for your favorite chefs. This event supports Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought Outreach.

Seventh Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Wine and culinary enthusiasts alike will relish this Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation event held during the third weekend of October in WaterColor.

South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic

From November 2-4 at Baytowne and Raven golf courses, this event benefits the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Enjoy a casino night, a shotgun start, and a memorable celebrity gala and auction.

Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival

From November 9-12, join an enchanting journey into wines and the stories behind the bottles. Indulge in live entertainment, local delicacies, and vintners' dinners during this unforgettable event.

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