Emerald Coast

Annual Events

This page lists family-friendly events in the Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County, Florida area. Note: Details of these events can change from year to year, so please check our calendar of events for specific dates and updated information.
Kids Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County: Annual Events - Fun 4 Emerald Coast Kids
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Baytowne Fat Tuesday Parade

"Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) with the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade. Unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up t ...

Season: Winter
February
9100 Baytowne Blvd, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Baytowne Mardi Gras Dog Parade

Mardi Gras is a fun time for everyone at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, and that includes your furry canine friends. Join us for a unique parade dedic ...

Season: Winter
February
9100 Baytowne Blvd, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

It started out as a water skiing festival in 1953, and has turned into one of the nation’s longest-running and most popular pirate festivals. Sponsore ...

Season: Summer
First full weekend in June
139 SE Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Blue Angels Air Shows

The Pensacola Bay Area is the official home to the Blue Angels, officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Pensacola Beach hosts ...

Season: Summer
July and November
free!
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival

Start with a savory assortment of food, including tons of tasty mullet. Add a unique selection of handmade arts and crafts, then throw in thrilling am ...

Season: Fall
weekend in October
Hours: noon on Friday, 11am on Sat and Sun
free!
208 Partin Dr. North, Niceville, FL, 32578
Central Panhandle Fair in Bay County

Rides, family friendly fun, and special events at this long standing tradition in Bay County.

Season: Fall
October
Hours: varies
varies
2230 E 15th St, Panama City, FL
Destin Fishing Rodeo

This is a month long fishing tournament in October, sponsored my AJ's restaurant. More than 30,000 anglers compete for over $100,000 in prizes, and th ...

Season: Fall
Month of October
most activities free
Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL, 32541
Destin Harbor Boat Parade

Come enjoy live music, children’s arts and craft and hot chocolate! Visit with Santa Claus during the day along with performances on the stage. Boat P ...

Season: Winter
December
Hours: 12-8
free!
Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL, 32541
Destin Seafood Festival

The Destin Seafood Festival is on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk the first weekend in October, working in harmony with the kick-off of the Destin Fishing ...

Season: Fall
First weekend in October
free!
Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL, 32541
Emerald Coast Annual Duck Regatta

Join us for a day of family fun at the annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta! Face painting, live performances, kids' contests, games, and activities, and ...

Season: Fall
October (1 day event)
free to attend; $ to adopt a duck
9100 Baytowne Blvd, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Fiesta of Five Flags

A 10-day heritage celebration, held the first two weeks in June, is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the State of Florida. It inclu ...

Season: Summer
First two weeks in June
Hours: varies
free
2121 W Intendencia St, Pensacola, FL
Geneva Festival on the Rivers

Geneva's Festival on the Rivers has been recognized nationally as one of the Top Twenty events in the Southeast. Kid zone activities are free! Current ...

Season: Spring
last Saturday in April
varies
S. River Street, Geneva, Alabama, 36340
Gulf Coast Jam

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is a three-day country music festival in Panama City Beach, Florida over Labor Day weekend. The three day Country Music Festival ...

Season: Fall
Labor Day Weekend
ticket prices vary
16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
Harborwalk Mardi Gras Parade

Beads, beads and more beads on the Destin Harbor! The Good Times Roll with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, beads, street performers, live music as ...

Season: Winter
February
free!
Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL, 32541
Kitty Hawk Kite Festivals

Kite festivals are held twice a year: in April and September. Join Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kite Fliers Club for two days of FREE kite ...

Season: Spring
April and September
free!
Harborwalk Village and Norriego Point, Destin, FL, 32541
LakeFest in DeFuniak Springs

Festivities will take place on #1 roundest lake in America, the beautiful Lake DeFuniak. Bring your whole family out for a fun day of Water Sport Com ...

Season: Summer
May or June
3 Circle Dr, DeFuniak Springs, FL
Marvel of Flight Expo

Aircraft Judging, Pilot Seminars, Exhibits, Live Entertainment and Fun for the Whole Family!

Season: Spring
March (2 day event)
Hours: 8-6
171 Country Club Ln, DeFuniak Springs, FL
Northwest Florida Fair

Rides, games, petting zoo, livestock, daily events, 4H exhibits, handmade items and baked goods, and more!

Season: Fall
September/October (dates TBD)
Hours: varies, 5-10 or 2-10
varies
1958 Lewis Turner Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Panhandle Watermelon Festival

Panhandle Watermelon Festival is a free event with legendary country music acts, pancake breakfast, watermelon contest, parade, arts and crafts, and f ...

Season: Summer
last full weekend in June
Hours: varies
1544 N Railroad Ave, Chipley, FL, 32428
PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival

Combine the excitement of authentic Mardi Gras celebration with the spectacular views of our emerald green water and sugar white sand, and you're in f ...

Season: Winter
weekend before Fat Tuesday
free!
600 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
Pepsi SringJam

The producers of Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam bring today's best artists back to Panama City Beach for a rockin' Spring show. Pepsi SpringJam is a two-day cou ...

Season: Spring
April
varies
600 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
Pirates of the High Seas Festival

Columbus Day weekend will bring waves of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the annual Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Bring the whole fam ...

Season: Fall
Columbus Day weekend (October)
5550 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Sandestin Gumbo Festival

The annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival is one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida's Emerald Coast. Sample a variety of gumbo ...

Season: Winter
February (2 day event)
varies; early bird and "day of" pricing
9100 Baytowne Avenue, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Schooner's Lobster Festival and Tournament

The biggest 7-Day lobster festival in Florida. With huge Local Lobsters on the weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared every mouth-watering way you ca ...

Season: Fall
5121 Gulf Drive, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Named a "Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA" by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as "Best Jazz Festival" at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabr ...

Season: Spring
April
varies
600 Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL
Walton County Fair

The Fair provides an opportunity for youth and adults alike to showcase their talents for artwork, handicrafts, growing crops, rearing livestock, etc. ...

Season: Fall
October
Hours: 5-varies
varies, 5 and under free
790 North 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433