Area Events

Join Us on Navarre Beach for a UNIQUE Mardi Gras Parade!



Enjoy this Family-friendly FUN way to have a Mardi Gras Parade!
Saturday, February 6  |  Parade begins at 1:00 pm

The parade runs down Gulf Blvd.  Afterwards, an "after party" event will take place at Juana's Pagoda's with Live Music, Crawfish & Awards!


Tickets on Sale Now for the 2021 Virtual 30A Songwriters Festival!

2021 Virtual 30A Songwriters Festival
January 29 - 31 @ 6:00 pm EST Each Day

Tickets are now available for the 2021 Virtual 30A Songwriters Festival scheduled to debut next Friday, January 29th at 5:00 p.m. local time.  The Virtual Festival is a three part series with each episode running approximately one hour.

The presentation is a documentary of the past decade of Festivals edited from film footage shot at Festivals together with recent recordings of many of your favorite artists performing songs for our online 2021 Festival.

Bundles will be offered for purchase with Virtual Festival tickets including a spectacular coffee table photography book with beautiful photos shot over the years at past Festivals. It is a true collectors item!

Additionally, a commemorative hat in three colors and 12 distinctive t-shirts - one for each year of the Festival with the graphic artwork from each year on the front and the names of artists who performed that year on the back are being offered. Discounts will be offered if you wish to buy all!

This is truly a one-of-a-kind event for this popular festival.  To purchase tickets and find out more click here.


Make your Mardi Gras Plans Now with our list of Local Events!


The Krewe de Yak’s 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will be held Jan. 23 on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. The Street fair and Car Show will begin at 11 a.m. and GrasFest will once again be the place to be for food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment celebrating the Carnival season. The Grand Parade will roll at 3 p.m.
For more information, call 850-419-5977 or email

Laissez les bons temps rouler or Let the Good Times Roll and join Destin Commons  for their annual Mardi Gras Masquerade from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12. Enjoy live music, free face painting, photo booth, and more. Mardi Gras parade will kick off at 7 p.m.

If interested in having your business or organization participate in the parade, email


2021 Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K is Going Virtual! See how you can Participate!

Support the Community in this year's Virtual

Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K

New for 2021, the Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K is going completely virtual! This new format allows racers to sweat, connect, and crush some run goals from anywhere in the world. Gather some friends and register at for either race before January 17th to receive a complimentary swag bag.

How does it work? Simply complete your selected course, at any pace and in any style you wish, between Sunday, February 12th and Sunday, February 28th, 2021. Then report your time to be added to the race’s national results leaderboard. 100% of proceeds from the race benefits the Seaside School, Inc. making this a great way to support the school and children of our community!

Registration fees are $100 for the Virtual Half Marathon and $75 for the Virtual 5K. The registration fee includes shipping costs for your swag bag which includes a Vera Bradley® ReActive Sling Backpack and Pleated Face Mask, Billie Gaffrey Designed Race Shirt, Virtual Training Coach Program led by lululemon® Grayton Beach Ambassador, Rex Stinnet + many more surprises!

Be sure to tag #runseasidefl on social media so that participating racers and staff...

Take a Look at Upcoming Events along the Gulf Coast in January!

January Events along the Emerald Coast

Pinta Replica  |  January 8-17  |  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sandestin's Baytowne Marina |  9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy |  Miramar Beach
Admission - $6.50/adults  |  $5/students (5-17 yrs. old)  | 4 & under are Free

A replica of the ship, the "Pinta", one of the three ships that came over with Christopher Columbus, will be at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Visit the ship for a walk-aboard and self-guided tour.


Sip N' Stroll Gallery Night  |  January 8  |  4:00-6:00 pm
J. Leon Gallery and Studio  |  13370 US Hwy 98  |  Miramar Beach

Enjoy an evening of art with wine, champagne, and eats. Get the chance to meet local artists and view work from 11 artists from the Okaloosa/Walton area.


Charity Ball  |  January 9  |  7:00 - 11:00 pm
Cafe Thirty-A  |  3899 E. Scenic Hwy 30A  |  Seagrove Beach

This rescheduled annual Christmas Charity Ball benefits Caring and Sharing of South Walton.  Attendees will be greeted upon arrival with a glass of champagne and enjoy passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and a cash bar. Enjoy music by DJ 30A and a commemorative photo booth. Guests are encouraged to dress in evening attire, black tie optional. Click here...

How to Celebrate the New Year along the Gulf!

It's Time to Celebrate the End of 2020
& the Beginning of 2021!

Ring in the new year with multiple dining options along the Gulf Coast!  Here's a list of ideas!

Santa Rosa Beach
Old Florida Fish House | 33 Heron's Watch Way | Reservations:  850.534.3045

Dining 8:30 pm - 1:00 am
New Year's Eve Menu/Sushi Menu

FOOW | 34 Goldenrod Cir | | Reservations not accepted

Dining hours:  5 pm-12:30 am | Outdoor seating available.
Enjoy champagne, live music and special guests

Alys Beach
George's |

Reserve your spot now!  Seatings at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 8:30 pm
The Four Course Meal include a seafood trio and crab coconut bisque and main dishes including a Wagyu filet, seared duck breast and crab stuffed sea bass.

Rosemary Beach
Edward's | 66...

Take a Look at where you can enjoy Holiday Events this year!

*Published in the Walton Sun 10:38 am December 2, 2020

Spend your Holidays with Family and Friends
at any of these events from
Fort Walton Beach and Defuniak Springs 
to Rosemary Beach!

12 Nights of Lights
Wednesday Night Concert Series at Village of Baytowne Wharf
Christmas Tree Lighting Drive-Thru
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Christmas at the Beach
and so many more!

Click here
for details!


See our Updated List of Upcoming Events in Northwest Florida!


beginning the week of November 29

Sunday Matinee Series
Downtown DeFuniak Springs is hosting
Christmas-themed movies every Sunday now through December

Holiday Poinsettia Drive
Billy Gray Ministries annual poinsettia drive is NOW!
Poinsettias to be delivered December 4th or 5th

Sip N' Stroll Gallery Night
December 4 - 4:00-6:00 pm
J. Leon Gallery and Studio
Enjoy wine, champagne and eats while enjoying  artistic work from 11 artists from the Okaloosa/Walton area

Click here for additional details AND additional events through April 2021!


Upcoming Events through April 2021!


See the list of Events Scheduled in Walton & Bay County
until April 2021!

Pups, Paddles and Pints

BOTE in Grayton Beach will host Pups, Paddles, and Pints to benefit local nonprofit, Dog-Harmony at 2 p.m. Nov. 21. Featuring food from AJ’s Grayton Beach, cold brews from Destin Brewery,  information from Pedego Electric Bikes and a chance to win a BOTE Breeze Aero paddleboard, this fundraiser will be a four-legged-family-member friendly afternoon. Event is free, with tickets to win the paddleboard available before and during the event for $10 each or three for $20.

Island Concert Series

Dance to the sounds of the Caribbean on the harbor from 6-8 p.m. Nov.21 with Aloe Vera's at HarborWalk Village. Tap your feet to the island beat.

Annie Kids

ECTC’s Educational Theatre program elementary students present one of Broadway’s family-friendly musical comedy classics in DeFuniak Springs at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and  2 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $12 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs. Purchase...

Food Truck Festival & Christmas Bazaar bringing holidays to Panama City Beach


Food truck festival & Christmas Bazaar bringing holidays to Panama City Beach

by: Posted:  / Updated: 

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Food trucks and vendors from across the Southeast will come to Laketown Wharf for November 21 and 22 as part of the Emerald Coast Christmas Bazaar and Food Truck Festival.

The event does not have a price of admission and begins at 10 a.m. each day and will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Event Coordinator, Tracey Neudecker, said patrons can expect raffle and cash prizes, an appearance from Santa, kid’s games and a bouncy house, live entertainment and vendors selling a variety of merchandise to fit Christmas shopping lists.

The event does not have a price of admission and begins at 10 a.m. each day and will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday....