Destin Event Guide

Things to Do in Destin & the Emerald Coast

Nestled along the stunning shores of the Emerald Coast, Destin, Florida, is a vibrant hub of activity and adventure. Known for its sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters, this coastal paradise offers a year-round lineup of exciting events and activities for all ages. From bustling local festivals and outdoor concerts to thrilling fishing tournaments and family-friendly gatherings, there's always something happening in Destin, the 30A and the surrounding Emerald Coast. Discover the latest happenings, or just find something to do this weekend with the kids with our comprehensive calendar of events.

If you're organizing an upcoming event, feel free to let us know in the Comments section and we'll be happy to add it to the list.

June 2024

Bal Harbour Shops Pop-Up High Tea - Tuesday, June 18 from 4 pm - 6 pm

Experience an afternoon of elegance at the Bal Harbour Shops Access Pop-Up and enjoy our traditional style tea service which features exquisite teas and delectable finger sandwiches and pastries. The event is at The Whitman. Along with delicious bites and drinks, there will also be a violinist playing Taylor Swift covers to serenade you! Make reservations here 

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic - Wednesday, June 19 - 23

This million-dollar sportfishing tournament returns for the 22nd year. Get all you need for Registration and Event Schedule here 

Family Sunset Social - Friday, June 28 from 5pm - 9 pm

A family-oriented evening of live music, pirate magician, fly boarder and more. Face painting and balloon sculpting and adorable animal encounters. Admission is free, but any proceeds go to supporting Habitat for Humanity Walton County. Location: Baytowne Wharf of Sandestin

July 2024

Annual Family Independence Day Celebration & Bike Parade - Tuesday, July 2

Head over to the track at Destin Elementary School at 630 Kelly Street at 4 pm. Fun activities, food trucks from 4-7 pm. Then at 6 pm watch or participate in the Bike Parade. Decorate your bikes, strollers, wagons and celebrate. Pre-registration for the Bike Parade is required and can be completed online here 

Red, White & Baytowne - Thursday, July 4 - 7 pm - 9:15 pm

4th of July for a spectacular Red, White, and Baytowne celebration! Enjoy LIVE music from Below Alabama on the Events Plaza Stage from 7:00-9:15pm, followed by a fireworks display that will light up the night sky at 9:15pm. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will also host kids activities including kids crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting.

All American Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at HarborWalk Village for our Thursday salute to America as we honor our local heroes with a heartfelt ceremony featuring a performance from Reid Soria with Autism Sings, LLC, the honor guard, a vintage flyover, and more! Live Music from 7-9 pm. Want to nominate a hero? Fill out the form here.

August 2024

The City of Destin's 40th Birthday Bash - August 10 from 5:30pm - 8:30 pm

HarborWalk Village will be transformed into a vibrant party zone filled with fun, nostalgia, and entertainment for all ages. There will be live music, entertainment for all ages, and the city's first drone show. FREE Parking at HarborWalk Village and all City-owned parking lots.

Bubbly Baytowne - Thursday, August 15 - 5 pm - 9:15 pm

Bubbly Baytowne is BACK! Who's ready to sip and shop through The Village streets?! Join us for an evening full of FREE champagne and shopping during Bubbly Baytowne. Check in by the fountain to receive your complimentary Baytowne Wharf glass and a map outlining specific merchants to visit starting at 5pm. * This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public during this event.

Dog Day Pawty - August 26 - Baytowne Wharf Marina

Celebrate International Dog Day with us at the Baytowne Marina Beach! Bring along the family for an unfurgettable event including Bonfire show, magic show, pet grooming bus, live DJ and a dog kissing booth! Humans will receive a free beer with a donation to Alaqua Animal Refuge and every furry friend gets a tennis ball and treats!

Labor Day Weekend Celebration

August 31, 2024 at HarborWalk Village
Celebrate with live music, beer and samplings.

Perfect Hues: Baytowne Wharf Art & Food Fest

Free from 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday, August 31st - Sunday, September 1st
This Labor Day Weekend join us for Perfect Hues: Baytowne Wharf Art Fest. Each evening from 4-9pm stroll The Village streets as you browse a variety of artwork from local and regional artists. Enjoy LIVE music throughout the festival and a spectacular fireworks show over the lagoon on Sunday at 9pm. ALSO on Sunday night, be sure to check in by the breezeway to enjoy a sip & shop through The Village.

September 2024

11th Annual Soldiers on the Water - September 21 - 7 am - 4 pm

Presented by ECAR - The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors - Our mission is simple – to get combat-wounded service members and veterans out on the water for a day of fishing, followed by dinner at Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer. This is a huge annual event. Get info here, or email for details.

Popular Ongoing Events

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market - Every Saturday | 9am-1pm

This outdoor market in Sandestin's Town Center features dozens of vendors offering food items, produce, gift items, bread and more.

Baytowne Wharf Farmers Market - Every Saturday from 10am-2pm and the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month from 10am-2pm

Local small business bring a lovely brand-new farmers market to Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf every Saturday from 10am-2pm and the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month from 10am-2pm.

Destin Spring Farmers Market - Every Saturday | 10am-3pm

Come to HarborWalk Village and browse a variety of fresh produce, local & handcrafted art pieces, and more!

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Free live concert from 7 pm - 9 pm on the Events Plaza Stage at Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Beat the Heat Concert Series at HarborWalk Village | Saturday, June 1 - August 10 from 7 pm - 9 pm

Dive into a sea of sounds and join us for a sun-soaked summer celebration of good vibes! Featuring live music & beverage samplings from local sponsors.

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