April 2017 Events Across the Emerald Coast

Spring is here, the weather is gorgeous, and there’s plenty to do along the Emerald Coast in April. Not sure where to go? Check out these upcoming events!


World War II 75th Anniversary Remembrance

Friday, April 7

Emerald Coast Convention Center


Presented by the Fort Walton Beach Chamber and Eglin Federal Credit Union, this event honors World War II veterans. Honored guests include Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole (USAF, Ret.), the last surviving Doolittle Raider and Elinor Otto, the last of the original “Rosie the Riveters.” Let’s support and honor these heroes while they’re still with us. Tickets start at $50.You can also sponsor a WWII veteran and their guest. Learn more.


Military Appreciation Day

Saturday, April 8; 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Landing, Fort Walton Beach


All active duty military, veterans, and their families are welcome to this free family event. Enjoy free food, drinks, and fun for the kids as the community’s way of showing our gratitude for all those who serve. Learn more.


One Night of Queen

Thursday, April 13

Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville


Enjoy a world-renowned and celebrated performance recreating the amazing and beloved music of Queen. Music performed by Gary Mullen and the Works. Tickets start at $35. Learn more.


31st Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23

Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin


Whether you’re a wine novice or you’ve been enjoying international vintages for years, there’s something for every wine lover at the Sandestin Wine Festival. Events include the Bourbon and BBQ kick off, a Grand Wine Tasting, special dinners with wine tastings, the Champagne and Seafood Voyage on the Solaris Cruise, brunch, wine from around the world, and celebrity chefs. Learn more.


41st Saturday in the Park

Saturday, April 29; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso


This family friendly event helps promote the amazing history of Northwest Florida. The day begins with the Heritage 5K Run/Walk. After that, you can enjoy re-enactments, traditional craft demos, entertainment, games, a kids zone, plenty of craft and food vendors, and much more. Learn more.

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