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Welcome to Destin Dreamers

We are excited to bring you all of the upcoming events in and around Destin, Florida for 2019. We will be updating this list throughout the year as we learn of new events.

Spring

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Coming out of the colder months of winter (December through February) and jumping right into Spring, there is a lot to look forward to. The waters are warming; the marine life react and express excitement as they move closer to the shoreline in search for easy hatched prey. The beaches are majestic and quiet, awaiting the first large flows of vacationers left absent the past couple months. Locals gear up for incredible new events and activities awaiting the season with open arms. Yes...Spring is in full bloom and we are all excited for what awaits us in this new year. Life is picture perfect this time of year. The water is beginning to clear from the rainy months and life that had traveled south for the winter is returning with the same level of excitement as the thousands of snowbirds up north still awaiting the thaw of spring to come to their cold bones. 

Summer

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It's the first Thursday of the summer, there is an expectation in the air of amazing things to come. The crowds gather throughout the day at live outdoor concerts and food trucks lined up awaiting hungry guests for a fun filled night to come. The clock shows 8:45pm and a trace of sparks shoot through the sky like a flaming arrow followed by the explosive boom of the firework that was set off letting everything know of the show about to come. 9:00pm is finally upon us, the boats in the harbor are lining the shorelines and the pass by the hundreds as the night sky erupts in fire and sparks as thousands peer from boats, docks, restaurants and homes at the amazing spectacle that will go on every Thursday and Tuesday throughout the summer. It's only just begun...it's about to get even better. The water, perfect in temperature and clarity for swimming, paddle-boarding and snorkeling and all of life celebrates together in one uniform expression of excitement as we gather together to celebrate life together along our amazing Emerald Coastline.

Fall

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The season has been a success and with bellies full, skin tan and smiles on everyone's faces, we can all sit a little taller and relax knowing that was one fun summer. The locals are the most excited for what is to come. The beaches rest from the volume of people that kissed its shorelines with their bare skin. The locals are reminded of how beautiful the beaches are as there are fewer and fewer people to interrupt the tranquility that can only be found in a quiet place. As things slow down though, there are still amazing events and activities to look forward to. Fall festivals, seafood festivals, boat shows and the occasional firework shows shot off every night we can find a legitimate excuse to watch them. Fall is a magical time to enjoy with your families and our favorite time of the year for sure.

List of Upcoming Events

2019 Upcoming Events for Destin and Surrounding Towns

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January 

  • Penguin Plunge & Paddle: Sign up today to take the plunge or show off paddle board skills. | Date: January 1, 2019 | Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM| Website: CSThttps://www.destinchamber.com/events/details/penguin-plunge-paddle-27764
  • Gulf Wind Paddle & Surf Wednesday Night BOTE Board Demo Event Date: January 2, 2019 | Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST | Website: http://www.GulfWind Paddle & Surf on Facebook.com
  • Farmer's Market at Grand Boulevard | Date: Every Saturday Year Round | Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST | Website: https://www.facebook.com/grandboulevardfarmersmarket/
  • Winter Concert Series | When: Jan 13th, 20th, 27th, 2019 | Where:Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2 p.m. | Info: Shake off the winter blahs with FREE live music every Sunday on the HarborWalk Village main stage! | More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/


February

  • Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade: Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade rolling through Sandestin. Yell “throw me something mister” as unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets and marchers dressed up in all their Mardi Gras best shower parade- goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main St, and parties at various Baytowne establishments.  | When: Feb. 5th, 2019 | Where: Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Time: 5pm-7pm | Website: http://www.baytownewharf.com/what_to_do.php
  • Winter Concert Series | When: Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 2019 | Where: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2 p.m. | Info: Shake off the winter blahs with FREE live music every Sunday on the HarborWalk Village main stage!
    More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
  • Laser Tag Tournament at Wild Willy's Adventure Zone | Date:February 10, 2019 | Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | Website:http://www.wwazone.com
  • 30th Sandestin Gumbo Festival | Date:Friday, February 15, 2019, Saturday, February 16, 2019 | Time: 15th-Seafood Boil from 5-7pm, 16th starts at 12 pm. | Location: Villages of Baytowne Wharf | Website: http://www.sandestingumbofestival.com/
  • Panama City Beach Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival: While some of Florida’s most popular food trucks dish out fan favorites, craft ales and beers will be available for sale. There will also be live music, lawn games, and an artisan market where local artists will showcase their work. Food Truck Festivals of America is pleased to offer free admission to our first responders – police, fire, and EMTs. “The least we can do for all they do for us,” says Anne-Marie Aigner, founder of Food Truck Festivals of America. “We salute them!” 25+ food trucks will be serving up everything from fall-off-the- bone BBQ to juicy prime rib, gooey mac and cheese, authentic Caribbean, savory cupcakes… and so much more! Then, to wash it all down, attendees can choose from 50+ local, regional, and national craft beers. | When: Feb. 16th and 17th | Where: Aaron Z Bessant Park and Amphitheater | Time: 12pm-5pm
  • Wizard of Oz Production | Date: February 11, 2019 | Time: 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM CST | Website: http://www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
  • THE CITY OF DESTIN'S SPRING CRAFT SHOW | Location: Community Center | Date: February 22, 2019 - February 23, 2019
  • Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Annual Chili Cook-Off:Over 20 restaurants will face off for the title of the best chili in town, and attendees will have the chance to taste secret chili recipes guarded closely by generations of family members. If you're a Chili Master yourself, you can even enter the competition. There will be live entertainment, which will be announced before hand. | When: Feb. 23rd | Where: Destin Commons | Time: 11:00am


March

  • Mardi Gras Parade: Beads, beads, beads on Destin Harbor! Let the Good Times Roll with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, beads, street performers, and live music as the parade rolls along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. 2 p.m. FREE! | When: Mar 2, 2019 | More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
  • Tequila and Taco Festival: Enjoy a flavorful afternoon on Destin Harbor full of tequila tastings, live music and tacos of all kind! Experience the fresh smooth taste of over 10 varieties of tequila paired with fish, shrimp, beef and authentic Latin tacos. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army and is sponsored by Crab Island Cantina. Date: March 8th, 2019 Time: 1pm-4pm Website: https://www.eventcrazy.com/Destin-FL/events/details/582481-Tequila-and-Taco-Fest
  • Hammer of the Gods - The Led Zeppelin Experience | Date: March 9, 2019 | Time: 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM CST | Website:http://www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
  • Inaugural Destin Pickleball Tournament | Date: March 15, 2019 Details still to come
  • Fat Tuesday and Pets Costume Contest  | When: Mar 5, 2019, HarborWalk Village Main Stage, 5 p.m. | Info: Celebrate Mardi Gras and revel in the fun at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy free red beans and rice and join us for our third annual Pets Costume Contest. Show off your pets decked out in purple, green, and gold! ($10 donation to participate) | More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/


April

  • Million Dollar Quartet  | Date: April 17, 2019 | Time: 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM CDT | Website: http://www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
  • The Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil & 5K will be on April 21, 2018 at Uptown Station | Location: 99 Eglin Parkway NE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 | Date: April 20th 8:00am - 2pm
  • Easter Explosion | Date: April 20th, 2019 | Location: Baytowne Wharf | Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm | Website: http://www.baytownewharf.com
  • Easter at the Emerald Grand | Date: April 21st | Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Location: Emerald Grand Hotel | Website: https://www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
  • 4Th Annual Easter Egg Dash | Date: April 21st | Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Location: LuLu's Cafe | Website: http://www.lulubuffett.com/destin

May

  • Burning Up The Beaches 2019 - Classic Car Weekend | Date: May 2, 2019 - May 4, 2019 | Website: http://www.burningupthebeaches.com
  • Cajun Crawfish Bash - The Rotary Club of Destin is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash. | Date: May 3rd | Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm |  Location: Towne Centre at Seascape and Mezcal Mexican Grill. | Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-destin-rotary-cajun-crawfish-bash-tickets-55674746666
  • ANIMANIACS in Concert!  | Date: May 17, 2019 | Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT | Website: http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org
  • 64th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival 2019 schedule will be posted below as the festival approaches. Billy Bowlegs is a fun event for the whole family. There are tons of activities for kids as well as vendors selling pirate booty and local crafts. There will be great live music, and food vendors selling everything from ice cream to seafood. The festival is on Friday and Saturday, May 31st – June 1, 2019. The fireworks display will be on May 31st at 9:00 pm. The 2019 Torchlight Parade will be on June 3  at 7:00 pm.


More Events Coming Soon:

Additional 2019 Destin, FL Events to look forward to:

Smoke on the Coast 2019: BBQ and Firework Show at Destin Commons 3rd of July, 2019. Starts at 5pm

Harborwalk Village 4th of July: 4th of July, 2019 Fireworks and Festival at Harborwalk Village. All Day. Fireworks at 9pm

Let The Freedom Ring Firework Show: Every Thursday night during the Summer through August 16, 2018, celebrate Americana and the heritage of Destin Harbor at HarborWalk Village. This celebration will feature a WWII Vintage airshow, live music, and entertainment, and a fireworks show at 9PM over the Destin Harbor. 7pm-9pm

Villages of Baytowne Wharf Summer Firework Show: Every Tuesday evening during the summer months expect the Villages of Baytowne Wharf to put on a great firework show.

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic  | When: TBD | Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort | Info: One of the most prestigious tournaments in Northwest Florida, offering large cash prizes. | More Info:www.fishecbc.com

Destin Fishing Rodeo | When: TBD | Info: The ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages. 850.837.6734 | More Info: www.destinfishingrodeo.org

11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest  |  When: TBD | Where:Baytowne Wharf Village, Sandestin | Info: There will be American specialty beers from around the nation to sample. Saturday will be the main event with over 200 international & craft beers. | More Info:www.sandestin.com/events/detail/baytowne-beer-festival

Destin Seafood Festival  | When: TBD | Where: Destin Harbor Boardwalk |    Info: A three-day festival featuring seafood, entertainment, arts & crafts and fireworks along the Destin Harbor. | More Info: www.destinseafoodfestival.com

Sandestin Wine Festival  | When: TBD | Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf | Info: Featuring over 800 domestic and international wines.
More Info: www.sandestinwinefestival.com

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