Destin Winter Event Guide

It's Winter on the Emerald Coast and the Fun is Just Beginning!

Now that the Christmas holidays are over, the Destin event calendar just moved up a notch. Popular annual events, Mardi Gras celebrations, farmers markets and festivals are all beginning to emerge. As we get closer to spring, watch for the ever popular fishing tournaments, including the Cobia Tournament commencing in March.


Mardi Gras Events - Feb. 9-13

  • Mardi Gras Pub Crawl at HarborWalk Village and Destin Harbor - Feb. 9-10 | 6pm-1am
    Wear your fav Mardi Gras outfit and enjoy drink specials at each stop. $10 fee benefits the Alaqua Animal Refuge
  • Mardi Gras Parade - Feb 10 | 2pm-5pm
    Beads, costumes, street performers and live music as the parade follows Destin Harbor Boardwalk
  • Fat Tuesday Mardi PAWS - Feb. 13 | 5pm-8pm
    Show off your pets at this annual pet parade for Mardi Gras.

Seascape Art Show & Sale - Feb. 10 | 9am-4pm
Local artists featuring watercolors, prints gift items and jewelery at the Seascape Resort Conference Center.

Gumbo Festival - Fri. Feb. 16 - Sat. Feb. 17
29th Annual Gumbo Festival kicking off with a Crawfish Boil on Friday. Gumbo sampling on Friday along with live music and children's activities.

Valentine Tour of Homes - Sat. Feb. 17 - Sun. Feb. 18
29th Tour some of the most stunning homes in the South Walton area and raise fund

Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off - Feb. 24 | 12 pm-4pm
Chili experts compete in a competitve cook-off for the best chili recipe. Held at Harborwalk Village.

March 2018

21st Annual Destin Cobia Tournament - Mar. 1- Apr. 30 | 7am-8pm
100s of anglers participate in this annual fishing tournament at the HarborWalk Marina.

Tequila & Taco Festival - March 10 | 1pm-4pm
Just as the name suggests enjoy an afternoon of tacos, live music and tequila tastings at Harborwalk Village.

Easter Expolosion - March 31 | 12pm-3pm
Easter activities for the whole family at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

April 2018

32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival - April 12-April 15
Four days of wine tasting, dinners, celebrity chefs and so much more. This is a popular event held at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Vettes at the Village - April 21
All the area corvette clubs converge to showcase a huge array of corvettes. Held at the Village of Baytowne Wharf

Popular Ongoing Events

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market - Every Saturday | 9am-1pm
This outdoor market in Sandetin's Town Center features dozens of vendors offering food items, produce, gift items, bread and more.

Baytowne on Ice - Jan. 1-Feb. 3
Seasonal ice rink set up in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Skate rentals available. Visit for more info.

Wednesday Night Concert Series
Free live concert beginning at 7pm on the Events Plaza Stage at Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Sunday Cinema
Bring a chair or blanket and check out the latest film on at the Events Plaza at Village of Baytowne Wharf. Begins 7:15 pm every Sunday and is free of charge.

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