Destin and the surrounding area is host to great events and festivals year round. Some of the major Local events held each year are listed here.
The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the biggest and most anticipated festivals each year. The festival is held each year during October in conjunction with the Destin Fishing Rodeo. The Seafood Festival is hosted along the beautiful Destin Harbor and the Harbor Boardwalk. With the action of the Destin Fishing Rodeo right in the heart of the Festival, there is lots of excitement along the docks. This is so much more than a festival to us- It is a tribute to the rich history of the Destin Harbor and the Fishing community.
Come join us along the Boardwalk for a great weekend of seafood, live music, arts & crafts and family fun. More than 60,000 locals and visitors attend each year. This three day festival is full of arts, crafts, music, food, entertainment, fireworks, and excitement for all! It will showcase the Best that Destin has to offer on the Harbor. Stroll along the Harbor Boardwalk from one end to the other with over a mile of Festival on the water showcasing Destin's Fishing Fleet, Harbor Restaurants & Bars and breath taking sunsets!
For more information about the Seafood Festival please visit www.destinseafoodfestival.org.
The Billy Bowlegs Festival owes is humble beginnings to a water skiing festival back in 1953. The annual festival has grown into one of the nation’s longest running and most popular pirate festivals. The festival takes place each year during the first full weekend of June and draws pirate and festival fans from all over the world. The festival is family oriented with adult oriented events mixed in. The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival features Parades, Pirate Contests, Live Entertainment, a Pub Crawl, Food Vending, Floating Boats Party (better suited for adult pirates than children), Pirate Landing and much more. There is literally something for everyone at this festival. For more information about the Festival, please visit www.billbowlegspiratefestival.com.
Established in 1948, The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a long standing tradition and is respected as one of the best Saltwater fishing tournaments in the country.
The Fishing Rodeo takes place during the entire month of October with daily weigh-ins from 10am-7pm at A.J.’s Seafood and Oyster Bar on the Destin Harbor. Anglers back in their boats and have their catches weighed-in and tracked against competing anglers. Spectators gather on the docks, enjoy food and beverages in late afternoon, and take in the spectacle.
Over 30,000 anglers compete throughout the month of October and there are Junior, Teen, Ladies and Senior Divisions. Over $100,000 is awarded each year in cash and prizes and nearly every game fish in the Gulf of Mexico is recognized. Popular species are King Mackerel, Marlin and Sailfish, Amberjack and bottom fish like Red Snapper and Grouper.
For more information about the Destin Fishing Rodeo please visit www.DestinFishingRodeo.org.
The Emerald Coast is host to two major volleyball tournaments each year. The Emerald Coast Volley Week takes place the Spring typically in April and the Emerald Coast Fall Classic takes place in early October. These two popular tournaments often attract big names in the sport and are great fun for spectators and participants alike. In addition to the action on the court, local business, restaurants, clubs and merchants contribute to the fun with parties and functions. To learn more about Emerald Coast Volleyball Week and Emerald Coast Fall Classic please visit www.emeraldcoastvolleyball.com.
There is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than at the beach. Long summer days, picnics, fireworks, boating, swimming, sunbathing – it’s just the American way! Independence Day is such a big deal to Destin that the parties often start in June! The 4th of July fireworks can be viewed in several location from the land or the water! Baytowne at Sandestin, HarborkWalk Village, and The City of Destin all put on activities and fireworks to name a few. There is nothing quite like Independence Day in Destin!
Each year during August the Florida Powerboat Club hosts the Emerald Coast Poker Run benefiting the Emerald Coast Foundation. The Poker Run is the pinnacle event of Boat Week, a weeklong celebration of boating in Destin, FL. The event attracts fantastic Powerboat boats and adds excitement to waters around Destin all week long. Grab a spot on the shore, or anchor up near one Poker Run stops like Crab Island, Bamboo Willies, Helen Back or Joe’s Bayou and be a part of this great tradition for a good cause. For more information about the Emerald Coast Poker run, please visit www.emeraldcoastpokerrun.com.