October 2017 Events Across the Emerald Coast

Now that the weather is cooling off, and October has arrived, it’s time to get out along the Emerald Coast and enjoy more of what makes our area so special. You can’t get bored this month with so many events to choose from. 

Destin Fishing Rodeo

October 1 – 31, 2017

Destin Harbor

Since 1948, the Destin Fishing Rodeo has brought anglers and spectators alike to Destin. It’s one reason the city was dubbed “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” The tradition continues this year. Fish for free as long as you’re on a registered charter or private boat. Weigh-ins occur daily on the docks at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar. Will you be there when the big one is brought in? Learn more.

39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 

Destin Harbor Boardwalk

While the anglers are out on the water, there’s no better fun than the annual Destin Seafood Festival. Admission is free. Enjoy music and fireworks on three separate stages. Kids will also have access to three different Kid’s Zones. There’s plenty of fun for the entire family! Learn more.

Emerald Coast Duck Regatta

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin

The Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is fun for the whole family and charity event for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast to build a 10-bed, level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies in need. Pay the fee to adopt a duck for the race, and if your duck wins, you’ll win prizes – plus help a worthy cause! Come out for other family-fun activities like face-painting, hula hoop contests, and more. Learn more

10th Annual Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kelly Plantation Golf Club, Destin

Play golf, win prizes, and support a worthy local charity. Lunch and golf will be held at Kelly Plantation Golf Course, followed by an awards dinner and silent auction at Tuscany Italian Bistro in Destin. All proceeds benefit Children in Crisis. Learn more.

10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin

The Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest is the largest beer festival in Northwest Florida. This year, you’ll be able to discover and sample specialty beers from around the country. The main event on Saturday, October 14th will feature more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Learn more.

Dog Daze 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach

Friendship Veterinary Clinic is sponsoring Dog Daze 2017 – a celebration of puppies and dogs and the people who love them. This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales.” Bring your pooch out for a day of fun at the park. Learn more.

7th Annual Gumbo Throwdown

Wednesday, October 26, 2017

First City Bank at 135 Perry Avenue, Fort Walton Beach

The 7th Annual Gumbo Throwdown benefits Fresh Start for Children and Families. Several restaurants from the local area will compete to see who makes the best gumbo in Fort Walton Beach. The cost to attend is $10, and you get to enjoy all the gumbo you can eat, beer & wine, and delicious beignets. Plus, enter to win door prizes and raffles! Learn more.

22nd Annual Festival of the Arts

Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin

Artists from 13 states, and a special guest from Europe, will showcase their artwork and compete for cash prizes at the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts this year. It’s a two day celebration of fine art. Come out to see beautiful and unique works of art and to enjoy music, food, and fun. Learn more.

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