Events & Entertainment
Florida’s Emerald Coast from Okaloosa Island to Panama City Beach provides an array of events and entertainment venues to suit all tates. From art festivals to wine charity auctions, the area hosts events year-round that provide the opportunity to sample some of the areas finest offerings. Live music is also abundant along the coastline, with many restaurants hosting live bands nightly.
ArtsQuest | May 7-8, 2016
The ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and Visit South Walton. ArtsQuest is a juried fine arts show that includes over 125 artists in the categories of Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oils & Acrylics, Original Digital Art, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Works on Paper. ArtsQuest features the best in live musical entertainment, dance performances, artist demos and entertainment for kids.
Baytowne Beer Festival | October 14 & 15, 2016
American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor. The main event on Saturday, October 15th will feature more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Brewery representatives will be available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. Live music will be also featured during the festival.
Destin Beer Fest | September 24, 2016
The Destin Beer Festival, presented by Wine World, will feature high-end craft and microbrews. The event will also offer various culinary stations, a VIP Tent, live entertainment and a merchandise booth. Some of the biggest names in the craft brewing industry will be exhibiting at this event! Proceeds from the event benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which raises funds for Northwest FL children in need.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend | April 28, 2016
The Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend, recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” by Wine Spectator Magazine two years in a row takes place over the 4th weekend of April each year. The event draws wine aficionados, gourmet chefs and celebrity vintners from around the globe to enjoy world-class wines in the picture-perfect setting & white sand beaches of the Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Funds raised will benefit 12 local charities impacting the lives of children in need.
Digital Graffiti | May 13-15, 2016
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original works onto the town’s iconic white walls. Each year’s festival attracted digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture.
Sandestin Wine Festival | April 15-16, 2016
Four days of unique events include attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines. Wine novices are able to learn more about wines and sample from a comprehensive selection. Wine aficionados enjoy meeting winemakers, asking detailed questions and acquiring hard to get selections. Everyone gets to enjoy the live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary tents, and shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival | Novemver 6-8,2016
Decades of southern tradition in this charming beach town are complimented by a wonderful afternoon event sure to satisfy your taste for wine…and the beach! Seaside offers an extensive array of tasting tents with wines sampled from around the world. Guests are sure to enjoy the wine, music and southern hospitality of this featured event.
Taste of the Beach | October 31,2016
This three day extravaganza held in the northwest Florida gulf coast will showcase a world class resort community where the residents sport a casual and relaxed attitude but are obsessed with great wine, great food, and philanthropy. An event produced by the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Taste of The Beach combines new and established food, wine and artistic events featuring prized vintners and renowned chefs.
Entertainment & Music
Boulevard 10 Cinema | 850-502-8819
The new Carmike theatre, named the Boulevard 10, features ten screens with total seating for 1,800 and is highlighted by a state-of-the-art “BIGD” auditorium and Ovation Dining Club, Carmike’s premium theatre environments. The movie theater is located in Grand Boulevard near Sandestin.
Destin Live Music
Restaurants at Destin Harbor and downtown Destin offer a variety of nightly music and entertainment.
Seaside REP Theatre | 850-231-0733
For more than 10 years, the Seaside Repertory Theatre, the only professional theatre troupe in this corner of the world, has taken the stories of life to the stage. The comedies. The dramas. Everything. From Shakespeare to Charlotte’s Web, the productions have touched on truths. Sometimes they are serious. From the troupe’s intimate, 75-seat theatre, these players, hailing from all over the country, show us ourselves.
South Walton Live Music
Throughout the year, South Walton offers many opportunities to gather and listen to talented local artists at many intimate venues. You can usually find live music daily at many great local restaurants.