10 Things to Do This February on the Emerald Coast After Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is officially over, and the party and parades have died down. That doesn’t mean the fun is completely over. Thanks to our beautiful Emerald Coast weather and all our visiting snowbirds, there’s plenty to do this February.


Early Education of Afro-Americans Presentation
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso
Saturday, Friday, February 12; 12:00 p.m.

In honor of Black History Month and to celebrate Crestview’s Centennial, the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is featuring Carver Hill Museum with guest speaker David Wheeler who will present “Early Education of Afro-Americans in Crestview.”

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8th Annual Benefit Car Show

Fort Walton Beach Professional Firefighters

Saturday, February 13, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach

Come on out to take a look at cool cars, eat good food, check out the entertainment, and enter a few raffles. Admission is free. Car show entries are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

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Island Dance Party

Benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Saturday, February 13, 2016; 6:00 p.m. – Midnight

Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island

Come on out and dance the night away for a good cause. Music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and more will be played. A live band will be on hand from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. 21 and up only. Tickets are $10 per person or 5 for $40 in advance and $20 per person at the door.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 7:30 p.m.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville

Bring the whole family to enjoy the national Broadway tour of this timeless classic directed by the original lyricist and direction Martin Charnin! Tickets are $45 per person.

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City of Destin Spring Craft Show

Friday, February 19, 2016; 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Destin Community Center

Join 100 crafters from the Emerald Coast and beyond to find unique gifts and products for you or your family and friends.

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United Way’s 25th Annual Champion Chili Competition

Saturday, February 20, 2016; 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Santa Rosa Mall, Mary Esther

Come on out and try award-winning chili. Prizes to be given out include “Best Chili,” “Best Booth Showmanship,” and “People’s Choice Award.” Each chili team will be paired with a United Way partner agency with all proceeds benefiting the agencies.

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A Symphony of Taste

Sunday, February 21, 2016; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville

Come on out to sample excellent foods and wine selections from area restaurants presented by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra . Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

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The History of Eglin Air Force Base

Friday, February 26, 2016; 6:00 p.m.

Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center

Join Dr. Robert Kane as he presents the history of Eglin Air Force Base.

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37th Annual Home Show

Saturday, February 27, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 28, 2016; 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island

Once again, the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Okaloosa-Walton Counties, presents the annual home show. Come on out and get ideas for your current or next home. Tickets can be purchased from any Eglin Federal Credit Union location for only $2. Tickets at the door are $5 each. Kids 12 and under get in free when accompanied with an adult.

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Emerald Coast Parrot Heads’ 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, February 27, 2016; 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

HarborWalk Village, Destin

Come check out chili from 20 local restaurants and find out who makes the best. Tickets are $20 per person. Military discounts available with military ID.

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Along the Emerald Coast, winter time doesn’t mean we’re trapped indoors with nothing to do. Come on out for any one of these great events and experience what our area has to offer!


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