Things to Do, See and Experience

A sampler of the many diverse events that the Emerald Coast has to offer
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Photo by Land Air Sea Productions

Following is a mere sampler of the many diverse events that the Emerald Coast has to offer as summer gives way to fall.


SEPT. 24–26

The Pensacola Seafood Festival showcases artisans from around the country, rising musicians and the area’s finest Gulf-to-table eateries. Come hungry and enjoy fried, grilled or blackened fish tapas and all the boiled shrimp you can eat.

OCT. 1–3

Miss the Pensacola party? Not a problem. The Destin Seafood Festival keeps the good times rolling with over 100 craft and food vendors, pop-up shops and live entertainment at its yearly seafood extravaganza. Watch yachts enter and exit the Destin Harbor and savor catches of the day.

OCT. 9–10

The Artsquest Fine Arts Festival in Miramar Beach celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month with a two-day, juried exhibition of over 150 artists from around the country. View and purchase ceramics, jewelry, photography and creations using various other media.

OCT. 15

Go from the beach to Bavaria at Panama City Beach Oktoberfest, where beers and brats reign supreme. Partake in the traditional German celebration with tasty lagers, traditional fare, folk music and activities for the whole family.    

OCT. 23

Devote a day to your favorite eye-opening beverage at the Market Shops 6th Annual Bloody Mary Festival in Miramar Beach. Local restaurants serve up their takes on the classic bloody as live music, photo booths and “bubbly” bars provide extra entertainment.

NOV. 14

Fine wine and fine art await at the annual Pensacola Art and Wine Festival. Mosey along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk; peruse and purchase the works of over 20 regional artists; and sample more than 30 red, white and rosé vintages.

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Photo Courtesy of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort


SEPT. 3–5

Pensacola’s Maritime Park will welcome dozens of award-winning jazz musicians at its fifth annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition. Bring your own beverages, beach chairs and coolers, and don’t forget your shades. This breezy, bayside event will offer lots of hot licks and soulful pipes.

OCT. 1–3

Are you ready to #Rockthebeach? Alternative rock greats The Killers, Shinedown and AJR headline the SandJam Music Festival, Panama City Beach’s highly anticipated, three-day jam session at the M.B. Miller County Pier.

JAN. 14–17

Hear your favorite songs and the stories behind them as over 250 songwriters perform across 30 venues for the 30A Songwriters Fest. Meet music industry newcomers as well as icons Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples and Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes.

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Photo courtesy of Destin Charity Wine Auction


SEPT. 18

Join the Miracle Strip Corvette Club in celebrating “America’s Sports Car” at 2021 Vettes at the Beach. More than 300 Corvette owners will compete for prizes at Pensacola Beach. Sample local restaurants’ offerings while admiring magnificent rides, and snag a souvenir from the National Corvette Museum vendor.

SEPT. 23

Hundreds of finely tuned athletes will swim, cycle and run along the coast in the Sandestin Triathlon. The course begins at the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Event proceeds benefit the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

OCT. 20–24

Are to ready to rumble? Motorcycle enthusiasts and over 200 vendors and exhibitors will descend on Panama City Beach for the fall Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. A four-day schedule includes bike parades, tattoo contests, stunt shows, beauty pageants and more.

OCT. 13

Discover what makes premier area businesses the Best of the Emerald Coast, as voted by Emerald Coast Magazine readers. Tour tents along Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and sample award-winning dishes, libations and more from category winners.

Oct. 9–10

Head on out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf for the 13th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest. Returning after a year away due to COVID-19, the festival is sure to delight visitors from all over with a great list of events and programs, including “Beer from Around Here,” craft beer tasting, live music and great food from local merchants and vendors.

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Nov. 4–7

Guests are invited to sip world-class wines paired with some of the Emerald Coast’s finest cuisine as the Harvest Wine & Food Festival returns to WaterColor.

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Photos by Land Air Sea Productions (Best of EC) and courtesy of Destin Charity Wine Auction (Harvest Wine & Food Festival) and sandestin Golf & Beach Resort Baytowne Beer Festival)

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