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What's Happening in Destin This Summer?

Posted by Tim Shepard - Broker on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 11:49am.

Destin guide to summer events

The hot weather is here and Destin is celebrating summer the best way possible - outdoors or at the beach.  Movies in the Park, weekly Farmer's Markets abound, fireworks, concerts and of course the celebrated Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. We'll do our best to keep this list updated with the most popular events in the area. Please let us know if you have an activity you'd like added to the list.

JUNE, 2017

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic - June 21-25th
Huge cash prizes of almost $2 million draws serious anglers from all over the country. Evenings are filled with entertainment, activities, and fireworks.

JULY, 2017

2017 Freedom Pub Crawl - July 1 | 5 pm - 10pm
Get your wristband for $15 on sale at all advertised stops on the crawl. Pre-Register at KC's Sandbar or online at

HarborWalk Village July 4th Celebration - July 1 - July 4 | 6pm - 10pm
Nightly entertainment each night leading up to July 4. A spectacular fireworks display at 9:00 the final night.

Red, White & Baytowne - July 4 | 6pm - 10pm
A spectacular 4th of July celebration with family activities including face painting balloon sculpting and crafts with live music and fireworks at 9:15. More Info:

July 4th at the Landing - July 4
Free admission to a day long family celebration at the waterfront. Kids zone, entertainment and fireworks at 8:45. EC Rider’s got you covered with FREE Park & Ride Trolley service! The trolleys will be running continuously between the Landing and our two designated stops from 5 to 10 p.m.: FWB City Hall and Uptown Station.

AUGUST, 2017

2017 Emerald Coast Poker Run - Aug 9-13, 5:30 pm-11 pm
This annual boating celebration is still going strong after 25 years. Over 2 million dollars has been raised for the Emerald Coast Foundation as a result of this event. Whether or not you're a boater, there is something for everyone during this popular event. For info:

6th Annual Paddle at the Porch - Aug 19 - from 9 am
Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar. It features a Kids' Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Races will be followed by awards. Thank you to our race partners BOTE and The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House!


Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run - Sunday, Sept. 3
Family event for the hole family. Follow the course along the Scenic 30A, obstacle course for the kids, music food and beverages at the Amphitheatre.Contact: for more info

Hispanic Fest 2017 - Sep 10 | 11 am to 9 pm
Hispanic Fest 2017 will include live bands, singers, top DJs, delicious food, a variety of vendors, folkloric groups, a fashion show, a kids zone, and more. It is the largest and most varied indoor Hispanic festival between Tampa and New Orleans!

31st Annual Sandestin Triathlon - Sept. 23 | 6 am
The triathlon will include a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a 4-mile run through Sandestin’s beach and bayside community. More Info:


Okaloosa Island Fireworks - May 27 - Aug 5 | 9 pm
Every Wednesday a 9 pm from May 31st to August 9th, and final Labor Day show on September 3rd.

Rock the Docks at HarborWalk Village - May 31 - Aug 10
Free concerts every Saturday at the Destin Harbor from 7 - 9 pm.

Uptown Station Summer Movies in the Park - June 3 - Aug 5
6-week Movies in the Park summer series - don't forget to bring blankets or chairs for seating. Begins at 7:30 pm

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