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Flutterby little butterfly. Each Fall, the mighty Monarch butterflies flitter and flutter their way through South Walton, as they prepare to make their way across the Gulf of Mexico. Hosted by South Walton's Cultural Arts Alliance and sponsored by the Merchants of Rosemary Beach, the annual Flutterby Children's Arts Festival not only celebrates their mass migration, but also helps promote creative...

Sandestin Triathlon

Help cheer on more than 700 participants as they swim a half-mile in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, bike 20 miles and then complete a four-mile run through the gorgeous Sandestin property. (Hey, I'm exhausted just writing this!) Now in it's 29th year, the Sandestin Triathlon benefits our local Sacred Heart Hospital. Click here to visit the official Sandestin Triathlon website.
For over 20 years, Seaside's Seeing Red Wine Festival has been one of South Walton's most highly anticipated events. Each year, dozens of tasting tents showcase hundreds of fine wines from around the globe. Rub elbows with famous vintners at the exclusive wine tastings and then enjoy the Grand Tasting in Seaside's amphitheater. Sample what you like, and then take...
Each year, the South Walton Tourist Development Council and the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation collaborate on a four-day culinary and wine event that benefits underprivileged and at-risk children in Northwest Florida. In addition to the incredible selection of more than 800 wines, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival offers the world’s finest foods, including cheeses, olives, sushi, charcuterie and,...

Spring Break

After a long, bleak winter, there are few things better than loading up the family and heading to the beach for some refreshing sun, surf and seafood. While the neighboring towns of Destin and Panama City Beach tend to attract crazier college crowds, South Walton's a decidedly family affair. Outdoor festivals and concerts, picnics, bike rides, fishing, YOLO boarding, shrimp...
May's a special time to visit South Walton for many reasons. The weather is wonderfully warm, and the Spring Break masses have gone back to study for finals. But it's also special because of a tradition here known as ArtsQuest, an annual festival hosted by our Cultural Arts Alliance. Each year, more than 130 artists are hand-selected by a jury,...

MountainFilm on Tour

A true South Walton institution, few occasions elicit more local enthusiasm than WaterColor’s annual MountainFilm event, held every November. Grab a blanket and some vino (and ideally, someone to cuddle-up next to), and then kick back and soak-in a few hours of newly discovered documentaries and short films, all set against the backdrop of WaterColor's lake-side amphitheater. Every year, this Telluride...

Noche de los Muertos

Begin planning your Halloween costume now (trust me, locals are), because the Noche de los Muertos party at Alys Beach is one of the most surreal and larger-than-life costume parties you'll ever witness. This annual adults-only "Night of the Dead" revival is an eye-popping party full of unexpected costumes, world-class DJs, and macabre fun. Beautiful architecture, beautiful people, outrageous costumes,...

The 4th of July

Independence Day and the beach go together like mom and apple pie (or some other appropriately patriotic metaphor). In addition to truly spectacular fireworks displays in virtually every beach community along Scenic Highway 30A, there's also an annual Fourth of July Parade that runs from Seagrove Beach to Seaside. It's a decidedly small town affair with decorated bicycles, golf carts,...
What began as a small fundraiser for the Seaside Neighborhood School is now a cherished annual tradition, with tickets for the races usually selling out months in advance. Each year, the weather can be wonderfully warm or cheerfully chilly, but one thing is consistent: The scenic early morning dash across South Walton's majestic coastal dune lakes brings fitness fans back...
It started out as a pretty cool little idea about bringing world-class songwriting talents to South Walton during January (a slower month that visitors typically don't associate with a weekend trip the beach). What few people expected was just how many of those world-class music industry talents (from Nashville and around the globe) would jump aboard so quickly and enthusiastically,...
Whether you're a true wine connoisseur or an amateur thirsty for something unique, you're certain to find something to suit your taste during the annual Sandestin Wine Festival. For about three decades, this event has brought together vintners and labels from all over the globe. In fact, more than 800 varieties are available for tasting during these four wonderful days...
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