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.

 

 

Considered as one of the largest and the most popular charity poker runs in the USA is already on its 25th year! The Emerald Coast Poker Run also called as the “Big One”, will be hosted by Emerald Coast Foundation from August 7-10.

Powerboats, fishing boats, pleasure boats will sail and make waves within the waterways.

 

Emerald Coast Poker Run has a mission to support the youth in Northwest Florida to have a chance of a brighter future and all the proceeds from the event go straight to the foundation. Over the last 25 years, this volunteer-run event has raised over $2.5 million which has created an impact on the lives of each local kids in need.

 

The fun of Boat Week event will start with a kickoff party at AJ’s on the Bayou, Wednesday at 6 pm and continue to “The Big One” Poker Run party Saturday night at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Guests may bet and take their chances with playing poker, Black Jack while enjoying delicious food and drinks! This will surely be a week loaded with fun, excitement and helping kids!

For a more detailed line-up of activities and information on registration visit www.emeraldcoastpokerrun.com

Please join us for the one and only ORIGINAL Emerald Coast Poker Run! Help us help the kids who need it most.

 

 

“MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!” That was the answer from our Facebook follower when asked why she doesn’t start planning out for her Destin dream getaway! I know – it can be so hard to plan for a trip if the budget is very limited. Traveling can be so expensive but the cost can be lower down if we use the right strategy and, of course, if we carry a bag of self-discipline for our travels. Here are some tips on how we can save money while actually spending money.

 

  • Flight Promos. Traveling via air usually costs us a fortune. Don’t fret, most airlines do offer flight promos more than twice a year. It would be best if you can subscribe to different airlines and be updated when a good deal comes up! They may spam your inbox, but hey, what’s that if it means saving dear money on your future travel!

 

  • Travel in the off-season. Sure most of us wanting to travel over the holiday or summer break so we can be with the ones we love. But then, we can’t deny the fact that these are the times of the year when travel gets to be so expensive. Flight fares are extremely high and vacation rentals are most likely overbooked! If a little flexible maybe you can consider traveling during the offseason,  this may not just save you money, it also releases you from the stress of rush hour travels and to be in a less crowded beach. These are the off-season months in Destin; late spring (March until late of May), late summer (mid-August to Labor Day), September – mid-November, and Winter (December – February).

 

  • Book for Condos/Homestays rentals. While it’s really great to stay in a hotel, you can definitely save more with condos/apartment rentals! Not just because the rates are lower, but you can also definitely get rooms with kitchenettes available to cook. Rather than dining out on each meal, going out for groceries and cook it within the rental is also very ideal. Staying and share spendings with friends will lessen the cost too!

 

  • Happy Hour. Taking advantage of happy hour specials will save you big for drinks or appetizers! You can definitely buy more for less, but of course, with moderation. Make a list of great bars in Destin and know when they are doing the happy hour by downloading Destin Shines app.

 

  • Start with your daily routines. This happens before traveling to your destination. Saving money starts with reducing your spending habits and cutting out unnecessary expenses. Tracking your daily and monthly expenses will be much helpful and next thing you know you are on your way to Destin in less than a year!

You really don’t have to be rich or have a bank account that’s bursting with digits. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is how you have given your self a well-deserved break – may it be exploring all by yourself or spending it with your friends and loved ones!

To make the most out of your stay in Destin, do not forget to check out our page for real-time information of great attractions to see, recommended places to dine-in and events with free admission.

Safe travels!

 

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company will convert its performance space at 560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach into a psychedelic music hall for a special one-night-only performance of live music for the exclusive benefit of their capital campaign.

 

On Friday, July 12, let’s all witness a night full of love, music, and peace with New York-based dynamic entertainment duo Jordan Wolfe and Michelle Dowdy and take us to the ultimate ‘60s rock journey.

Jordan and Michelle will be lovingly recreating the iconic songs of 1967 which was considered by some as the greatest year ever for music or the “Summer of Love”. This energetic tribute will pay homage to the likes of The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Monkees and more.

Michelle Dowdy is a MAC Award winner and a nightlife favorite who first took New York by storm as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of “Hairspray,” racking up over 400 performances. She has gone on to play the role internationally and with Dallas Theatre Center. She also co-conceived and starred in the West Coast premiere of the circus/burlesque musical extravaganza “The Girlie Show. “Her acclaimed debut solo album “A Brass Act” is available on iTunes.

Jordan Wolfe is an actor/singer as well as a composer and arranger. His New York credits include lead roles at New York Classical Theatre, Musicals Tonight, Theatre for a New City, Prospect Theatre, The Duke Theatre on 42nd, Theater Row and NYMF. He was recently in the original Off-Broadway casts of two acclaimed new musicals: “Neurosis” and “Night of the Living Dead: The Musical,” which he also wrote. Wolfe has appeared on stage at more than 15 regional theaters, and his TV credits include “Law & Order” and “S.P.L.A.S.H” for PBS.

Tickets cost $40 per person. Through this, we can help raise funds for the ECTC’s  $125,000 capital campaign for their educational and professional programs.

ABOUT EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY

ECTC is a company founded by Anna and Nathanael Fisher in 2012. This non-profit professional theater has a mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC has become a professional theater company and established itself focused on staging thought-provoking productions, festivals and creative collaborations as well as a valued community resource for professional acting, educational theatre for children, and theatre for young audiences.

To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

Purchase tickets online at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call the Box Office at (850) 684-0323.

We all know that more people come to Destin for beaches, shopping, and fishing during the day. But don’t you think that this place can also give you a great experience even after the sun sets? Yes, Destin has a lot of fun and interesting to do even at night. Sure that a whole day spent at the beach can be so tiring already but saving a little energy for the night will be so much worth it.

Here are some of the Top Things to Do in Destin at night.

 

Concert Series

Every year there are weekly series being held in some areas of Destin, Okaloosa Island, and Fort Walton Beach. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation held live concerts in the village with some of the great bands and artists that will suit your every genre of music like country, rock, reggae, R&B, pop, jazz, and more. If you’re here in Destin by September-October, you’re sure to catch them performing every Thursday night. There are Saturday night concerts too at Harborwalk Village and Rock the Docks all summer long.

Fireworks

Who would not fall in love with all the beautiful lights and colors illuminating the night sky? If you’re such a great fan of fireworks, Destin has fireworks at different nights that it’s impossible not to find anything that fits your schedule. Every Tuesday, find your way to The Village of Baytowne Wharf and be thrilled with the spectacular fireworks display of Boomin’ Tuesdays! If Tuesday doesn’t work for you, head on to Harborwalk Village every Thursday to witness their picturesque fireworks show with Firespinning to follow on the main stage.

 

Bonfires on the Beach

Setting up a bonfire at the beach while cooking hotdogs and roasting s’mores is something you would be excited to do with family and loved ones.   Just note that permits may be required, however, there are bonfire services around who arrange bonfire activities and packages like Bonfire Guy, Beach Bonfires 30A and The Rental Shop 30 A. They will certainly help you avoid all the hustles of processing permits and what to drink or eat and rather spend a night of great talks and laughs.

 

Nightlife and Live Music

Nothing beats ending a long tiring day at the beach with a bottle of beer at the local bar. Whether you want to just chill and listen to live music or maybe dance like there’s no tomorrow, there are so many local bars and dance clubs in Destin you can get to enjoy. The night is always young for the local and tourists going here.

These are just some of the few suggestions for the things you can do at night in Destin. If you wish to be updated with all the nightly happenings, feel free to check Upcoming Events and hope you’ll have one of the most unforgettable night to remember.

Have you been thinking of something unforgettable moment with Dad this weekend? Fret no more! Solaris Sunquest Cruises has you covered!

This Father’s Day, June 16, 2019, Dad is the King once you board in Solaris’ yacht. For all the hard work and sacrifices Dad has given, this is our perfect chance to express our love and appreciation.
The Solaris Father’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise begins with a warm welcome from the Solaris Captain. You may explore three indoor and outdoor decks and there will be a full-service bar and air sky deck included.

Skip the restaurants in Destin, Florida as fine dining experience will be served for the Father’s Day dinner at Solaris. The sumptuous Menu includes Beef Filet Mignon, Bronzed Gulf Fish of the Day, Solaris Shrimp and Grits, Southern Crab Cakes, Carribean Glazed Chicken, and Vegetable Harvest. As dad satisfying these cravings he will feel the fresh ocean breeze and enjoying the spectacular panoramic sunset view. Can you imagine how this experience would bring so much delight to his face?

And hey! The amazing news is, a special treat to Dad doesn’t really have to be expensive! Solaris Sunquest wants to make sure that you can get to have this moment with dad without breaking your wallet. Per adult costs $79, $38 for the child, and $20 for the child under 3.

 

Reserve your table online or call 850.650.2519. The Solaris is docked at the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Let’s give dad the kind of experience he’ll never forget!

Coins for A Cause – Fireworks and BBQ Festival

The 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival will be held at Destin Commons on Wednesday, July 3 from 5-9pm. This year, 18 charities will be partnering up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados to fire up their grills and cook for over $85,000 in donations. Live music will be performed by Heritage Band at 5 pm in starting the event, and the BBQ tasting will be at 5.30 for $1 per sampling. People will then cast their votes for the People’s Choice title and celebrity judges for Judge’s Pick winners.

There will be kid’s activities, street performers and other local favorites that will definitely entertain people of all ages. The annual event will be ended by Independence Day firework extravaganza.

Participating Barbecue teams and their partnering charities include:

– Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is partnering with Cold Creek BBQ
– Dog-Harmony is partnering with Cafe Rico
– Destin Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast is partnering with BIG Red Truck
– Habitat for Humanity ReStore Fort Walton Beach & Crestview is partnering with Hub City Smokehouse and Grill
– Children in Crisis, Inc. Florida is partnering with B&C Fire Safety
– Gulf Coast Council BSA is partnering with Smok’n Scouts BBQ Crew
– Youth Village, Inc. is partnering with Waste Management – Fort Walton Beach, FL
– Air Force Enlisted Village is partnering with The Gulf Restaurant on Okaloosa Island
– Rotary Club of Destin is partnering with Rotary Club of Destin
– Jobs4U, Inc. is partnering with Lillie’s Q
– Food For Thought Outreach Inc is partnering with Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
– Emerald Coast Science Center is partnering with Bow tie bbq and catering
– Shelter House is partnering with The One and Culinary Pirates
– Opportunity Place, Inc. is partnering with B’s Smoking Barbeque
– Niceville Rotary is partnering with Smokin Hot Wheels
– Junior League of the Emerald Coast is partnering with Buh’s BBQ – Dry Memphis Style Rub and BBQ Sauces
– The Taylor Haugen Foundation is partnering with BrightView

Come out and celebrate in Destin, Florida!

 

The 17th annual event will take place June 19th-23rd – at the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season.

It’s just three short weeks to the start of the 17th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and timed to coincides with the peak of Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season. This huge annual event will be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from June 19th-23rd.

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is Northwest Florida’s most successful entry into world-class sportfishing tournaments. Being one of the richest on the Gulf Coast that attracts major players from across the globe, the ECBC set not only a tournament record but the new Gulf Coast record for largest prize purse in history with an impressive $1.95 million in 2016.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and The Village of Baytowne Wharf will, of course, offer various recreational activities surely both the teams and their families can enjoy while at shore. The spectacular nighttime weigh-ins are held at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin and are open to the public. There will also be nightly entertainment and activities, including a live cooking demonstration, fireworks and live music on Friday. Details are subject to change based on weather. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional details, visit Fishecbc.com.

Friday, June 21

  • Day One Weigh-In │ 4-9pm
  • Live Music │ 6pm
  • Fireworks │ 9pm

Saturday, June 22

  • The Big Weigh-In │ 4-10pm

 

Sources:

https://sowal.com/event/emerald-coast-blue-marlin-classic-25 http://www.sandestin.com/events/detail/emerald-coast-blue-marlin-classic/

Photo Source: https://www.jadeeastcondos.com/blog/2017/6/3249/dads-in-destin-will-be-hooked-on-the-emerald-coast-blue-marlin-classic-june-21-25/

 

The 7th Annual Paddle at the Porch Sponsored by Destin ER will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is open on PaddleGuru.com!

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!

Race Start Times
9 a.m. – 3/6-mile races start
10:30 a.m. – 1-mile race starts
11 a.m. – kids’ fun race (for ages 12 & under only) starts

Awards for all races will begin directly after the last race.

Awards
Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, as well as the 1st place winner for 50+ in the following categories:
1-Mile Beginner – Men’s, Women’s
3-Mile Recreational – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, Women’s Surfstyle
6-Mile Elite – Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite

The names of the top male and top female in the 6-Mile Race will be placed on the Destin SUP Cup.

The top boy and girl in the Kids Fun Paddle will be awarded.

Registration
Registration is open on PaddleGuru.com! Pricing is as follows:
1-Mile Beginner – $35 until Aug. 17 / $45 on Aug. 18
3-Mile Recreational – $40 until Aug. 17 / $50 on Aug. 18
6-Mile Elite – $55 until Aug. 17 / $65 on Aug. 18
Kids’ Fun Race – $12 (This price does not include a race shirt.)

Racer Welcome Party & Packet Pick Up
BOTE is welcoming racers with a party from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Destin headquarters, located at 383 Harbor Blvd. Catch up with racers old and new, enjoy food and beverages, and pick up your race packet. Packets are also available for pick up at the Destin Chamber, located at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, in Destin, on Friday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They may be picked up the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m., at The Back Porch.

Follow Facebook.com/PaddleAtThePorch for event details.

Race Weekend Accommodations
Planning your race weekend stay in Destin? Please check out our accommodations sponsors:

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
www.RQDestin.com
(877) 724-2159

Destin Gulfgate
DestinGulfgate.com
(888) 234-4853
Promo code: PADDLE18
Must stay between Aug. 10 – 26, 2018
20% off your stay of 3 nights or more!

The Islander
Islander-Resort.com
(800) 477-8837
10% off your stay of 3 nights or more! Please reference ‘Paddle at the Porch’ at booking to receive discount.

Newman-Dailey Resort Properties,Inc.
https://www.destinbeachsideinn.com/specials/paddle18
(800) 225-7652
Promo Code: PADDLE18
10% off at the Beachside Inn between Aug. 13 – 24, 2018

Vacasa
http://www.vacasa.com/usa/florida/destin/
(800) 544-0300

It’s A Jammin Reggae Night! 

Join us at the Baytowne Marina from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm for an evening of fun for the whole family at the Sandestin Reggae Night! Enjoy delicious Jamaican cuisine from 6-8 pm, and be entertained by a fire dancer, hair braiding, a photo station, limbo contest, bounce house, parrot meet and greet, a live DJ, and much more! After enjoying the music, food and fun, cap off the evening with an amazing fireworks display over the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The Jamaican menu will be served from 6-8 pm and includes authentic Jamaican favorites that will excite both adults and kids alike. Beverages included in the price are fresh lemonade, Caribbean fruit punch, and water. Alcoholic beverages are available for an additional cost.

PARKING
Limited parking is available at the Baytowne Marina. Additional parking is available at the Village (valet), The Grand Sandestin (open) and Monark/Inspiration (open). A tram will be available at the Village and The Grand to take you to the Marina.

Sandestin guests can travel to the marina from any tram stop location throughout the resort. Click here to see all tram routes.

WEATHER
In the case of inclement weather, the Reggae Night will be canceled. You will be notified via email by 11 am if the event is canceled, and refunds will be issued.

REFUNDS
Refunds will only be issued in the event that the event is canceled. All other ticket sales are final.

*Fireworks schedule managed by BWNA and is subject to change.

“Craving for some good southern comfort food? Mary’s Kitchen officially opened its doors in Destin on Thursday and welcomed all locals and visitors to try out their favorite signature dishes.”.

This is the second location for home cooking restaurant, which already has a restaurant at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Mary’s Kitchen’s Destin restaurant is located in the old Destin Diner building, at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Airport Road.

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla.—August 26, 2015–Bay Breeze Patio is pleased to announce that Ray Lampe, better known as “Dr. BBQ”, will be the featured celebrity guest at the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition coming to Seascape Resort on Sept. 26. Dr. BBQ, as he is affectionately known, is a chef, author, and a familiar face on many popular cooking shows, serving as an expert judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” NBC’s “Food Fighters,” and the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” among others. As the Big Green Egg’s spokeschef, Lampe is an expert at cooking foods on the Big Green Egg smoker/grill.

“We had great participation and positive feedback at our first Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition last September,” said Susan Kiley, co-owner of Bay Breeze Patio and event organizer for Eggs on the Beach. “Therefore, we wanted to make year two even bigger. We are thrilled to bring Dr. BBQ to South Walton and show him our Southern Hospitality and beautiful beaches, while he shares his grilling expertise with us.”

After spending 25 years in his family trucking business in Chicago, Illinois, Lampe turned his love of participating in BBQ cook-offs into a new career. He has since authored eight cookbooks, including his recently published title, “Flavorize.” He has cooked and medaled in over 300 BBQ contests, and in 2014, he was inducted into the “BBQ Hall of Fame.” He is currently writing his ninth cookbook and traveling the country as Big Green Egg spokeschef.

Lampe, who has also appeared on HGTV, CNN, Martha Stewart Living and The Howard Stern Show, will be on hand offer expert advice, answer questions and autograph copies of his new cookbook, “Flavorize.”

“For many years I dreamt of traveling the country learning about barbecue — and now I am privileged to make a living by passing on what I’ve learned. I spend about half the year on the road in search of “the ultimate rib” or the “perfect pulled pork,” and I can tell you that I never get tired of it,” said Lampe in an interview for Big Green Egg’s Profile Magazine.

The 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition will feature tastings by more than 25 cook teams, grilling and product demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, “People’s Choice Awards,” silent auction, chances for prizes, kids’ activities and more. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast located on Eglin Air Force Base.

Lampe said “I’m happy to be attending Eggs on the Beach. I’ve heard many good things about this EggFest.”

For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, are on sale now for a discounted price. There are 40 Demo Eggs for sale (25 large and 15 XLarge) and all come with a nest (metal stand), plate setter and a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 – 5 p.m. on September 26.

Cook team registration is $50 for a team of up to four and includes use of a Demo Big Green Egg for grilling. Each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub. Entry fees are waived for non-profit teams who wish to compete for $500 toward their cause.

Taster tickets are also on sale now, featuring advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.

The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host the inaugural Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastes of 15 of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made and served by the finest restaurants and bars in the panhandle using Cathead Vodka. Competing restaurants include Bijoux DestinBrotula’s Seafood House & SteamerBud & Alley’s RestaurantDIGGreat Southern CafeLouis LouisMama Clemenza’s, NOLA Boiling Company, Signature Catering of 30AStinky’s Fish CampSunset Bay CafeThe Beach HouseThe Bowery On Thirty-A,The Craft Bar and The Perfect Pig.

The event will also feature live music by local band Sound Advice, and food for purchase by area restaurants including Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, DIG eatery and Island Wing Company Grill and Bar Destin. Guests will also enjoy a mimosa bar by Coastal Wine & Spirits of Florida and frosty brews by Grayton Beer Company.

Facetime Photobooth will provide a dynamic photobooth complete with fun props and accessories to commemorate the event. Special thanks to additional sponsors Churchill Oaks, Velia Lala Fine Art and Pure7 Studios.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. Sinfonia’s goal is to enrich and expand the traditional orchestral experience through unique artistic disciplines and collaborations, enhancing Northwest Florida’s cultural vitality.

$15 Advanced • $20 at the Door…tickets can be purchased in our upstairs retail shop prior to the day of the event. Live Music by Bri Wehner Music and Tyler Denning Band For more info contact us at 850-837-1913

Join us on Saturday, August 15, 2015, for the 4th Annual Paddle at the Porch – The Destin SUP Cup!

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. This standup paddleboard event features a one-mile recreational race, a three-mile recreational race, and a six-mile elite race, to be followed by awards, including a cash purse!

Awards
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place racers in our 12’6″ Men’s Elite and 12’6″ Women’s Elite will split a cash purse! Additional awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, as well as 1st place winners for 50+ and for 18 & Under, in the following categories:

1 Mile Recreational Race – Men’s, Women’s

3 Mile Race – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, and Women’s Surfstyle

6 Mile Race – 14’ Men’s Elite, 12’6” Men’s Elite, 12’6” Women’s Elite, Men’s Surfstyle, and Women’s Surfstyle

Visit PaddleAtThePorch.com for more race details.
Website
http://PaddleAtThePorch.com/

The 5th Annual Destin Beer Festival is a highly anticipated event elevating the craft beer and spirits movement, highlighting local & national breweries alike, and attracting over 1,000 enthusiasts to the Destin area. Proceeds from the event benefit local 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. This year, a series of additional events will be held to make“Destin Beer Week”.

9/22 Colorado Beer Tap Takeover
9/23 Celebrity Brewer Tap Takeover
9/24 Gulfside Party & Concert
9/25 Dogfish Head Anniversary Party
9/26 The Destin Beer Festival

Children in Crisis & The Emerald Coast Autism Center will be proceed recipients for 2015.

For tickets…visit the official Destin Beer Festival website: www.destinbeerfestival.com

2014 Highlights:

  • Event SOLD OUT
  • Over 1200 attendees at the Saturday Main Event
  • Over 40 local and nationally recognized brewers/distillers participated
  • Proceeds benefited the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

On Friday, July 10, from 4-7pm, NatureWalk at Seagrove invites neighbors, friends, visitors and the local community to come join us for the “Peanut Butter Jam” benefit concert featuring the Forrest Williams Band to support Food For Thought. This Santa Rosa Beach-based charity helps nourish over 750 local students in need so education and not hunger can be their focus. Sponsored by Kolter Homes, the developer of NatureWalk, the event is free, thoughattendees are asked to bring a plastic jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to help fill Food For Thought’s pantry:  over 800 jars of peanut butter a month are used to feed these students.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be available – please visit www.NatureWalkatSeagrove.com for directions.

SEASIDE®, Fla.July 1, 2015—Aged like a good Bordeaux, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 5-8, 2015, in the award-winning town of Seaside, Fla. Produced in partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the town of SEASIDE® presents the highly-anticipated, four-day event featuring some of the world’s premier vintners throughout a variety of special events that take place within the iconic beach town located along Highway 30A and the sugar white sand beaches in South Walton, Florida.

“Our role with the festival continues to grow. Each year, we’ve been able to identify new elements that would make the event an even richer experience,” said John Russell, President of DCWAF. “Building on the festival’s long-standing history coupled with the reputation of DCWAF, we’ve been able to attract some of the world’s pre-eminent vintners. This year, we’re adding a VIP tent to the Grand Tasting, allowing some of these celebrities of the wine world to showcase their exclusive wines and rare varietals.”

Celebrating its silver anniversary, the Seeing Red Wine Festival has grown to be a sell-out event, attracting wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets well in advance. The Seeing Red Wine Festival has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals,” by Fodor’s Travel, and has enjoyed the outstanding support of Coastal Livingas a sponsor.

The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants showcase their farm-to-fork and gulf-to-table offerings, which pair beautifully with the featured red wines.

The festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. with theVintner’s Dinner at the famed Bud & Alley’s restaurant. Executive Chef David Bishop will create a special menu in collaboration with the featured vintner. Admission is $125 and a limited number of reservations are available.

On Friday, Nov. 6, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting, from 6 to 8 p.m., is an elegant evening showcasing an incredible selection of library wines, featuring vintages that have been cellared to be uncorked at just the right time. Celebrated local chef, Jim Shirley, will prepare a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres that pair perfectly with the featured wines. The evening is complemented by live jazz music under a clear-topped tent and twinkling lights on Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn. Admission is $200 and a limited number of reservations are available.

The Grand Tasting, from 1 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 7, is the main event and features more than 250 wines for tasting. Guests will spend the afternoon strolling through in Seaside’s Central Square sipping an extensive array of highly sought after wines from around the world, while enjoying live

music, light bites from South Walton’s leading local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase wine on-site. General admission is $150. Available for the first time this year are VIP tickets for $300, which include early admission at 11:30 a.m. as well as access to the VIP amenity tent with a private tasting of rare and premium wines.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, the weekend wraps up with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café in Seaside, followed by the Fall Wine Walkabout & Charity Auction, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach.

The Celebration of Bubbles features sparkling wines, including Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, among others, which will be complemented by delectable brunch items. Live music and new friends make for a festival morning on the coast. Admission is $60.

From 2-5 p.m., the Fall Walkabout & Charity Auction will feature wines, cocktails, live music and food stations from more of South Walton’s top local restaurants. The event is enhanced by the gorgeous beachside setting on the Hilton’s Sunset Deck, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico and includes a silent auction, featuring wines, vacation packages, and artwork.

“This is a special commemorative year as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Seeing Red Wine Festival, and we’re anticipating a great deal of interest and participation,” said Lori Leath Smith, Seaside Community Development Corp. public relations and marketing director. “Seaside is well-suited for strolling, sipping and socializing – a comforting throwback to simpler times where attendees enjoy not only the wines but Seaside’s intimacy and charm.”

Proceeds from the Seeing Red Wine Festival will be presented to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which supports 14 local non-profits, serving children in need in Northwest Florida. The DCWAF’s signature event, the Destin Charity Wine Auction, is held annually the last weekend of April at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. In 2015, the auction raised $2.3 million for children in need and is ranked among the top 5 charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator.

Presenting sponsors for the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival include The Merchants of SEASIDE®, The SEASIDE Style, VISIT South Walton, Coastal Living magazine and 45 Central.

To learn more or purchase tickets to the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, visit www.SeeingRedWineFestival.com. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided from the Publix at WaterColor Crossings on County Road 395.

Special lodging packages are also available at SeeingRedWineFestival.com. For information about SEASIDE®, visit www.seasidefl.com. For information about the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit dcwaf.org.