Your Ultimate Guide to Emerald Coast’s Can’t-Miss Annual Events in Destin and Beyond!

by | Mar 22, 2024 | Blog

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Are you itching to mark your calendars with events that guarantee sunshine, stunning beaches, and memories that last a lifetime? Well, buckle up as we take a sunny stroll through the annual events of Destin, Miramar Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach. It’s like the Oscars of the Emerald Coast, but with more sand and less formal wear. 😉

Destin Seafood Festival


When spring unfurls its verdant leaves, the Destin Harbor doesn’t just shimmer with the azure hues of the Gulf; it bursts into a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and aromas with the annual Destin Seafood Festival.

The festival not only offers a chance to taste the ocean’s bounty but does so with the flair and hospitality that only Destin can offer. Imagine strolling along the boardwalk, the air filled with the melody of live music as you move from one seafood delicacy to the next, all while the gentle sea breeze plays its part in this harmonious celebration.

Elevate your festival experience with VIP tickets to the more intimate seafood festival nestled within the larger Destin Seafood Festival. This exclusive event promises an unforgettable culinary journey with items sampled directly from the kitchens of local chefs and restaurants. Accompanied by local beers and ensconced in an atmosphere of joy and festivity, it’s an opportunity to delve deeper into Destin’s culinary landscape.


Destin Seafood Festival
South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival

In the heart of the dreamy Village of Baytowne Wharf, the Sandestin Wine Festival brings just the right blend of charm and sophistication. Picture this: savoring a full-bodied Cabernet, or perhaps a crisp and zesty Sauvignon Blanc, surrounded by the timeless coastal elegance of Baytowne. Feels like you’ve been transported to a tranquil European village, doesn’t it?

With the opportunity to explore countless wines from around the globe, you’ll embark on a tasting journey without ever having to reach for your passport. Cabernets from Australia? Check. Malbecs from Argentina? You got it, mate! Italian Proseccos that dance on your tongue? As they say, “Salute!”

But wait, there’s more! The festival is also a foodie’s paradise, offering gourmet delights that pair perfectly with your newly discovered favorite wines. Expert chefs serve up culinary masterpieces that are sure to impress your taste buds while you enjoy the beautiful coastal backdrop of the Emerald Coast.


South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival

The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is one weekend brimming with the kind of gourmet grub and top-notch tipples that would make a famous chef and sommelier high-five each other in delight!

We’re talking an epic lineup of both domestic and international wines here, my friends! From Napa’s elegant Chardonnays to Spain’s robust Riojas, and Argentina’s alluring Malbecs, your taste buds are in for a whirlwind tour around the world’s most adored wine regions.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the tantalizing food pairings curated by celebrated chefs that complement these wines. The festival’s menu is dotted with delectable bites designed to meld with the melodies of the wines. If there was ever a time to use the phrase ‘match made in heaven’, this would be it.

The cherry on top – and did I mention it’s dipped in chocolate? – the festival takes place in the scenic Village of Baytowne Wharf. Tranquil harbor views, lush greenery, rustic boardwalks – it’s right out of a charming postcard.

Sure sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Come down and raise a toast with us at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. The sun, sand, wine, gourmet bites, and your fun-loving spirit are all the ingredients needed for a spectacular weekend!


Destin Fishing Rodeo

Destin Fishing Rodeo

Isn’t it amazing how Florida’s endless summer gently wraps up, giving way to the crisp, inviting airs of autumn? Well, let me tell you, there’s this magical moment in Destin Harbor when the waters seem to whisper with excitement. That’s because October rolls out the red carpet for the one, the only, Destin Fishing Rodeo! Just picture it: a time when this “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” isn’t just lucky; it’s buzzing with energy and fish stories just waiting to happen.

Now, don’t go thinking the Destin Fishing Rodeo is your average fish-catching competition. Oh no, it’s a whole vibe! A gathering that brings together folks who might’ve just been testing the waters (see what I did there?) and all the way to those who have the sea salt in their veins. Dreaming of conquering the gulf with a charter boat adventure? Check. Or maybe you’re leaning towards a chill day casting lines from the shore with your little sailors? Double-check!

Let’s take a quick sail back to 1948. That’s when this whole shebang started as a crafty move to keep the summer spark alive a tad longer. And look at us now; this Rodeo has become the heart and soul of Destin, showcasing the love affair between the town and its treasure trove of gulf waters. It’s not just about the fishing; it’s a salute to generations of bonding over bait and tackle.

So, come on down and let Destin sprinkle a little saltwater magic on your autumn. Trust us; it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss! 🎣



Rosemary Beach Uncorked

Rosemary Beach Uncorked has been the toast of 30A since 2010, maintaining a legacy of presenting a curated selection of fine wines from renowned vintners the world over. As you swirl, sniff, and sip, you’ll revel in the heavenly pairings of these exceptional wines with innovative dishes from the finest chefs in Rosemary Beach. The event’s eagerly awaited restaurant partners go above and beyond to pair their specialties with the perfect wine, offering a unique tasting adventure you won’t find anywhere else.

Your senses will be fully engaged as you wander the enchanting thoroughfares of Main Street, with every corner offering a new flavor to discover and a novel sight to cherish. Rosemary Beach Uncorked goes beyond a mere wine and food festival—it’s an immersive cultural experience where spirited live music, interactive photo opportunities, and the vibrant atmosphere perfectly capture the essence of celebration. Keep an eye out for our special retail section, where you can purchase your favorite wines by the bottle or case to continue your Uncorked experience at home.

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

The Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival promises to be an experience brimming with unique suds and ales from across the nation. It’s time to roll out the barrel and dive into a world of American specialty beers, waiting for you to sample and savor.

This is always an unforgettable day with more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for your tasting pleasure. Imagine this: an afternoon under the sun, live music setting the soundtrack for your day, and an opportunity to learn about the intricate world of lagers, ales, and all the styles in between directly from the passionate brewery representatives. It’s more than just a beer tasting—it’s an educational journey into the heart of craft beer culture.

The festival ups the ante by bringing back a crowd favorite — the “Beer From Around Here” event. This gem offers an intimate night dedicated to celebrating the local brew scene. Participating local breweries will showcase their craft, providing a fantastic opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of craft beer culture. What’s more, The Village’s finest restaurants will be pairing these brews with unique lite bites, creating a harmonious balance of flavors that’s sure to delight your palate. But hurry, as the allure of local brews and bites makes tickets to this exclusive event a hot commodity!

Stay with Travel Life Vacations

Let’s be real, choosing the perfect place to stay is like picking the perfect glass of wine—it’s gotta have that special something, right? Well, think of us as your home-away-from-home sommelier. We know that a comfortable stay is the vintage pairing to your epicurean escapade, so here’s the rundown:


Why Stay With Travel Life Vacations?


Imagine a getaway where the best events are just a flip-flop-fling away from your doorstep. At Travel Life Vacations, our luxury homes are sprinkled throughout the area like the perfect seasoning on your favorite dish. After soaking up the fun at the local shindigs, you can mosey on back to your private haven with ease, no map or compass needed!

These abodes? They’re so much more than four walls and a fluffy pillow. Each one is a crafted cocoon of luxury, buzzing with bespoke vibes tailored to be as unique as you. We’re talking about a vacay vibe hand-stitched to fit you like your favorite beach hat. It’s all about sinking into sumptuous sofas and feeling the local zest add that special twist to your stay.

Got a craving for the hidden gems and local hangouts? You’re in luck. As your vacation allies, we’re spilling all the secrets. From tucked-away tapas bars to the best sun-soaked patios for an afternoon spritz, we’re here to guide you to the spots that the guidebooks haven’t discovered. With us, your travel story will be as rich and full of flavor as a glass of aged rum.

And let’s talk about the mood setting; we’re serving up a continuous flow of laid-back luxury. From the first tap on the ‘book now’ button to the final wave goodbye, savor the stress-free aura that permeates every nook of our properties. Sunshine, relaxation, and those sweet vacation vibes are our promise to you — here, good times aren’t just hoped for; they’re guaranteed.

So there it is, the ultimate scoop on locking down an unforgettable escape to Destin. Slide into the bay-side bliss for the events, and stay for the seaside serenity. The crew at Travel Life Vacations is here to elevate your holiday from standard to sublime, possibly while sharing a toast to your good times ahead.

Fancy starting your next beach chapter? Give us a shout, and let’s kickstart the celebration. Your dream vacay is a mere ‘click’ from becoming reality. Here’s to you and the days ahead! 🥂🌴