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Treat Dad to an unforgettable Destin experience this Father’s Day. We recently celebrated for moms and now it’s time to give honor to dads and be rewarded for working hard to provide for their families. If Dad loves to be at the beach then planning where to go in Destin won’t be a problem.

Fishing in Destin is fun for the whole family especially if dad loves the thrill of the catch. It is home to marine life and known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. Dad can bottom fish for Red Snapper along with many anglers which are happening from June 11-July 25.
Experience the Father’s Day cruise at Solaris Sunquest on lunch or dinner with a delectable meal and live entertainment (dinner) on board. This will surely be a relaxing time for Dad you shouldn’t miss.
There are also lists of activities that you can do with Dad such as parasailing, golfing, tennis, kayaking, snorkeling, and dolphin cruises or maybe catch a happy hour in one of the bars and restaurants in the area.
In whatever way you want to celebrate Father’s Day, make sure that it is extra special for Dad and giving him anything he wants to unwind and have a quality time with the whole family.

Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House located on the Destin Harbor announces 7th Annual BoJamz Music and Arts Festival benefitting The Wright Fight for Cystic Fibrosis on March 29, 2020. BoJamz is a one day music festival on the Destin Harbor featuring a silent auction and huge crawfish boil aimed at bringing the community together to raise money for a great cause. This year, proceeds from BoJamz will go to benefit The Wright Fight for Cystic Fibrosis. William Wright, a lifelong Destin resident, and his wife Magen have twin sons, Merritt and Campbell, who were born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There is some real potential for a cure so Boshamps is asking the community to come together to help.

BoJamz is making a name for itself along the Emerald Coast, drawing a larger crowd and more recognition each year. In 2017, over 1500 people attended BoJamz and even more are anticipated to come this year. Funds will be raised by collecting a $10 suggested donation at the door as well as a large silent auction featuring items donated by the community. There will be 2,000 pounds of crawfish!

Live Music Lineup for BoJamz 2020:
8:30 – 10:00 PM – Greenhouse Lounge (original lineup)
7:00 – 8:30 PM- The Shakedown
5:30 – 7:00 PM – Flow Tribe
4:00 – 5:30 PM – Blackwater Brass Band
2:30 – 4:00 PM – The Good Luck Kings
1:00 – 2:30 PM – Dion Jones & The Neon Tears
12:30 – 1:00 PM – Twiiceaweek

 

The love month is here! While sending Valentine cards, flowers or giving chocolates are always thoughtful, wouldn’t it be awesome to think of better and unique ways of showing your love to your special someone?

Spending Valentine’s Day in Destin will bring you different and amazing options on how to make this season very romantic for you. The picturesque view of Destin sunsets, sugar-white sand, and emerald blue waters will be a perfect spot for creating new and lovely memories.

To help you come up with the most romantic things to do less the stress, we detailed some ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Destin.

Sunquest Cruises’ Solaris Valentine’s Sunset Dinner and Cruise

Indulge in a chef-prepared meal while cruising into the sunset on a 125-foot yacht consist of special three-course meals and appetizers. Romance the night away and sneak away to enjoy a private moment on the sky deck.

Valentine’s Day Sunrise Paddle

Is this something you’ve done before on Valentine’s Day? If not, wake up early morning, grab a towel and a change of warm clothes. Head on to James Lee Public Beach to set on your choice of a kayak and stand-up paddleboard. Celebrate love with your love, your friend, your pet, or just your own!

Marlin Grill-Couples Special Valentine’s Day Dinner

If you prefer something simple but elegant, go to Marlin Grill for a memorable dinner. They will be offering a three-course special menu for two, sweet hand-crafted desserts plus wine and champagnes to perfectly pair with each course of the meal.

The Market Shops to Host Valentine’s Celebration Winter Concert

If music is you or your special someone’s thing, there will be a live concert event happening at the market shops. Various merchants will showcase along with the lawn offering food and beverages. Feel free to shop while enjoying Ron Adam’s music.

Harborwalk Village

With tons of things to do at the Harborwalk village, I’m sure you won’t run out of ideas to have fun with your girlfriend. From entertainment, adventure, dining and even relaxation, your Valentine’s date will be loaded with excitement and will become a very long day for both of you!!

Strolling at the Beach

Before heading home, you may end the day by strolling at the beach. It’s relaxing ambiance qualifies to be an amazing place for spending Valentine’s day! Walking side by side barefoot, holding each other’s hands, feeling the ocean breeze and listening to the waves. This gives you some private moments together and to say everything you want to say. If you feel it’s the right time to propose then let the beach be your witness!

Start the year right with Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s upcoming Storyteller Series that will be held on January 9, 16, 30 and Feb 6 at 7 pm.

The event lineup this 2020 includes “An Evening with Gileah Taylor: A Life Lived in Song” (Jan. 9); “Winston Churchill: Through the Storm” performed by Bruce Collier (Jan. 16); “Resurrecting van Gogh,” written and performed by Jason Hedden (Jan. 30); and “Dinner with Booker T” featuring Broadway actor Darryl Reuben Hall (Feb. 6).

“An Evening with Gileah Taylor: A Life Lived in Song” (Jan. 9); Gileah is a singer-songwriter and recording artist who has written and released seven albums since her teen years. Along with accomplished musician and husband Chris Taylor and a few very special guests, Gileah will be telling the stories behind selected songs from each era of her life. Don’t miss this one night only event as Gileah breathes new life into her favorite songs on stage at Emerald Coast Theatre Company.

“Winston Churchill: Through the Storm” performed by Bruce Collier (Jan. 16); Over brandy and cigars Churchill reminisces about his personal and public life, the war, and the possible future. Moving back and forth from past to present, Churchill recalls his worst and finest hours

“Resurrecting van Gogh,” written and performed by Jason Hedden (Jan. 30); Resurrecting van Gogh is a play based on the life, work and writings of Andy Martin, a medical student and oncology patient at Tulane University, who conducted groundbreaking research on sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC), an extremely rare form of cancer that eventually took his life.

“Dinner with Booker T” featuring Broadway actor Darryl Reuben Hall (Feb. 6); On the 16th of October 1901, Booker T. Washington became the first Negro to dine at the White House. Through song and dance, multiple characters are portrayed in this solo show in which Mr. Washington recalls the joys and racial aftermath of this infamous dinner. Written and performed by Broadway artist Darryl Reuben Hall, Dinner with Booker T. is a one-time performance during Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Storyteller Series.

 

All shows will be staged at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, located in Miramar Beach. Theater patrons are encouraged to come early (doors open at 6 p.m.) to browse artwork by local artists showcased in the ECTC Lobby Gallery curated by Lori Drew, founder of Lowkylzart. A portion of proceeds from each sale benefits ECTC and its education outreach and scholarship programs.

Tickets are $30 per event with senior, military and student discounts available. A subscription to all four is $99. Purchase tickets online at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org/on-stage or call 850-684-0323.

 

 

With only a few days away until Christmas, everyone must be so busy creating Christmas lists for gifts, writing Christmas cards or even planning for that Christmas vacation. If Destin is your destination of choice to spend the holiday season, we gathered a list of events that you can go to and have fun with your family or friends.

Come out to the “Heart and Soul of Sandestin” the Village of Baytowne Wharf and witness these events:

12 Nights of Lights
(December 4, 2019 – December 21, 2019)

This is happening from the beginning of December leading up to Christmas to bring your favorite holiday music every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Wednesday Night Concert Series- Holiday Edition + Visits with Santa
(December 4, 2019 – December 18, 2019)

Every Wednesday of this December, enjoy the Holiday edition and be serenaded with some of your favorite holiday classics.
Each concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
Live Music Schedule
December 4: Matt McCarty Band
December 11: Voices of Valhalla
December 18: Niceville Opus One

Winter Wonderland
(December 21, 2019)

Enjoy a day of frosty fun with family and experience a winter wonderland in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The place is pack with snow (yes, real snow!), make snow angels and slide down on the ice slide.

New Year’s Eve | 5 Parties on the Harbor
(December 31, 2019)

Be together with your loved ones in The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s end-of-the-year celebration! This will be a fun-filled with family-friendly activities such as face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on the Baytowne LIVE stage with DJ Vladi and finishing off with a firework display at 8pm. Stay until midnight for the countdown and witness another spectacular fireworks display then jam with Groovy 7’s Live Music until 1am.

You may also go to Harborwalk Village for the 33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade. Amaze yourself with dancing holiday lights along the Harbor past HarborWalk Village toward the Destin Bridge and Norriego Point. This event takes place at Boshamps where boats festively decorated with holiday lights and décor line-up. Dine in Margaritaville or Harry Ts to get a perfect spot for the parade viewing then end the night with fireworks lighting up the sky.

However you want to and wherever you want to celebrate the festive season, what matters is the love you make others feel and the joy of togetherness. May we look back on 2019 with gratefulness in our hearts and welcome the new year full of hopes and goals to achieve.

 

 


DEC 12-14, 19-21 AT 7:30PM
DEC 15 AND 22 AT 2 PM
EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS AVAILABLE DECEMBER 13, 18, AND 19 AT 10 AM

Welcome back all of your fan-favorite characters from “Pride and Prejudice” as Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents the second main stage offering of its seventh season, “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.”

The performance runs Thursday, Dec. 12 (opening night) through Saturday, Dec. 22, and will be staged at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach, Florida.

The imagined sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” was adapted for the stage by Lauren Gunderson (the most produced living playwright in America) and Margot Melcon, who thought up the play in 2013 during a six-hour road-trip together and outlined the plot on Starbucks napkins.

ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher directs this romantic holiday comedy that tells the story of Mary Bennet, the bookish and oft-forgotten middle child, who has her quest for independence sparked by an unlikely visitor. This production honors the legacy of Jane Austen’s humor, playfulness, and wit and simultaneously explores the complexities of family and love.

″This is a wonderful opportunity for all generations of the family to come together and celebrate the holiday season,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “Wit, humor, intrigue, and charm are all abundant in this script. It will be the perfect holiday outing.”

Tickets are $32 per person for adults; $30 for seniors (55 years old and up) and military and $28 for students (must show ID).

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Kick off the festive season with one of the ultimate events in Destin this 2019! “Evening of Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights” will shine its way within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort & The Village Baytowne Wharf this weekend, the night of 15th November.

The event will starts with a dockside reception passed hors d’ouevres: Pork Barbacoa Empanadas and Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna and the cruise will begin treating you with delish courses; Vichyssoise (traditional Potato and Leak Soup), Braised Short Rib/Chilean Sea Bass served with Cajun Corn Maque Choux, Baby Carrots, & Champagne Crème Sauce, finished with Chocolate Lava Cake with Cranberry Rose Compote.

This event is exclusively 21+ and $95/guest to include the dinner cruise, four courses, wine pairings, and live entertainment.

Reservations are required and can be made online at SunQuestCruises.com or by calling 850-650-2519. A 72 hour cancellation policy applies to all specialty cruises.

Make sure not to miss this evening of sparkling tasty champagnes and mouthwatering dishes by the Executive Chef.

Cruise and dine with SunQuest Cruises.

 

This 9th November, all bourbon and craft beer lovers will be gathering at the Henderson Beach Resort for Craft Beer, Bourbon, and Food Festival from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This event that is presented by Wine World is for the benefit of the local charity, Children in Crisis, Inc. Florida.

Sample hundreds of delicious small-batch beers & bourbons alongside food hand-crafted by some of the area’s favorite restaurants. Enjoy live music performances, games & fun, and enter the raffle to win awesome prizes.

Here’s the line-up of the event:

The Beer

This is not your ordinary beer fest.
Don’t come to this event expecting all the same brews you get on every corner! The beers you’ll enjoy at #DestinCrafted are true craft, and many are truly rare (whether seasonal releases, hard to find or never before seen in this area!)
…but sure, we’ll pour some of your favorites too.

The Bourbon

WHISKEY NERDS WELCOME!

Our line-up is hand-selected by industry experts to showcase the most award-winning expressions alongside new & exciting distillers.

VIP’s will have the unique opportunity to meet & mingle with industry celebrities at Friday night’s event, and taste a selection of spirits not featured on Saturday.

 

FEAST ON, FOODIES!

Enjoy local foods hand-crafted by some of the Emerald Coast’s top dining establishments to accompany your samples of craft beer and bourbon!

 

Reserve your VIP ticket for access to the exclusive cocktail hour on the Rooftop Sunset Vista on Friday night, and the “Beer ‘n Brunch” at The Craft Bar on Sunday morning! These exclusive events will feature food & beverage not included in Saturday’s tasting.

 

 

For you not to miss upcoming beer events this fall, we listed them down here! Check them out!

Arts & Drafts

 

This event will be held at HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Boulevard, Destin on Sept 13th, and 27th.

It’s free to attend, tokens are required for draft tasting and fish print T-shirts with Harley.

 

Oktoberfest at Props Craft Brewery

 

Put on your dirndls and lederhosen’s and join Props for the third annual Oktoberfest featuring all things German — beer, food and music. With your purchase of a ticket, you will receive entrance to the brewery and taproom, a 16 oz. Oktoberfest branded mug and your first beer free.

Details here: https://destinshines.com/event/oktoberfest-at-props-craft-brewery/

 

Oktoberfest at Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park

 

Don’t miss our Annual Oktoberfest; September 21st thru 22nd and September 28th thru 29th.
Come one, come all as you will enjoy delicious brews, brats, pretzels and more! Stomp your feet, clap your hands and dance around as you enjoy some entertaining cultural music; PLUS enjoy over 40 different water play areas, tube rides, speed slides and more as you are immersed in the German Culture!

For pricing and details, visit BigKahunas.com.

Oktoberfest at Bluewater Bay

 

This will be the 25th Oktoberfest by Mid-Bay Bridge Rotary Club. A family-oriented event along with German traditions Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Beer, Wine, A German Band, Clowns, Children’s Rides, and Craft Vendors and admission is free to the community.  Be sure to reserve a spot for your booth by submitting an application for the 2019 event early because they always sell out.

For details, visit midbayrotaryclub.org/Events.html

Oktoberfest with Grayton Beer Co.

 

Grayton Beer Company will host its inaugural Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 12PM to 4PM at their Brewpub located on 30A in Grayton Beach, Florida. The outdoor festival, benefitting Food for Thought Outreach, is the brewery’s nod to the famous 16-day celebration of food and beer indulgence held annually in Munich Germany.

Along with live music and beer samples, guests can enjoy traditional German-fare including Schewinshake (roast ham hock), Steckerlfisch (fish on a stick) and Würstl (sausage), each served with a side of Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) and Saurkraut.

Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, Grayton Beer Taproom, Grayton Beer Brewpub and online at GraytonBeer.com/Oktoberfest. For more information, call Grayton Beer at (850) 231-4786.

 

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

 

Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Village’s 12th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. This barbecue block party will fill the docks with the aroma of smoky ribs and pulled pork. Over 15 of the area’s finest restaurants will compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition, offering samples of creative BBQ styles and specialty sauces. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category. Live Music from John Hart & Tyler Mac on the main stage! Bring the family for a day of food, fun and music!

Advance Tickets $30.00 || $35.00 the day of the event || BBQ only (Under 21) $20.00 || Military Tickets $25.00

Award Categories:
Judges Choice – Best Traditional BBQ
Judges Choice – Most Creative BBQ
Judges Choice – Best Specialty Sauce
People’s Choice – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Best Booth

Get your tickets here.

 

 

 

Destin has been a great spot for people traveling from different places for its sugarlike powdered white sand and pristine turquoise beach. This is absolutely a gem within Northwest Florida.  This place gets to enjoyed not just by the adults but definitely the kids as well!

If you have or haven’t been here before, we recommend that you allot a budget, tag along with your kids and fly out to a majestic place of Destin. Not sure exactly where to go and what to do? No worries! We have all that lined up for you!

Dolphin Watch

Nothing would be as fun as seeing these cute sea creatures doing their tricks within the beautiful emerald waters. If they can give you so much excitement, how much more with the kids, right!? You may get to enjoy a thrilling ride when aboard AJ’s Water Adventure’s 53-foot Speedboat “Sea Quest” or 74 foot custom-built Schooner “Daniel Webster Clements”. Whether you do it within the daytime or wait ’til the sun sets, they guarantee spectacular sightseeing of dolphins while cruising within the emerald coast with a glass of wine or beer (max of 2 per adult), soda or water, depends on you, it’s complimentary!

Fishing

It’s obvious! Destin wasn’t termed as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for nothing. For its abundant sea life creatures, you will of course, never run out of catches and this would be something really fun to do with kids for a day. Ever tried deep-sea fishing? Starting at $640 you can give your kids a piece of achievement within them for having them catch a fish bigger than their size. Captain Jeff of O Sea D Fishing Charters can help you make it happen and make memories of a lifetime.

Gulfarium

If you wanted to have some more encounters with marine life but do not want to spend that much, Gulfarium at the Marine Park will be a great option for you! They are dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring guests to help preserve wildlife and connect with the marine life.

Kahuna’s Waterpark

Another perfect attraction to bring kids to is in Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park. It comes with 40 different play areas and waterparks that not only kids will surely enjoy. There are lots of fun activities to do that you and your kids would love and you will definitely have a lot of fun having some wonderful bonding together while on vacation. Tickets and discount passes are available from their website for purchase.

Gator Beach at Fudpucker 

Give your kids some chills by making them see live alligators swimming at the Big Deck of Fudpucker’s beachside restaurant. Head your way to this place and have lunch as they offer free admission for all of their customers. This place with more than 100 live alligators is a must-see place in Destin.

The Track

For adding more thrill and fun experience with the kids visit The Track and enjoy rides and attractions on-site. It is a Family Fun Park perfect for all ages that provide rides, thrills, and laughter! It’s your one-stop, action-packed fun for everyone. Enjoy go-karts, family rides, thrill zones, arcade games and more! No more dull moments while on a vacation in Destin.

Build Sandcastles

Beach is one of the main reason why tourists pack and fly to Destin. Seeing all shades of blue while strolling at the beautiful white sand sets us to a relaxing mood. But if you are traveling with kids you would most certainly look for other fun ways they can enjoy aside with swimming. Why not learn how to build sandcastles?! Yes! You can learn beach sandcastles with Beach Sand Sculptures. They will meet you on your beach with all the tools and equipment needed for building and what’s great is that they offer Kids Under 4 is FREE with participating adults! Yay! You will not just learn to build one, but also create a vacation memory that will last a lifetime!

 

Your kids are off to go places! Though they may forget some of the places you’ve been, the time you spent and will be spending with them are the ones they will truly remember.