Destin, Florida is an incredible place to live. Not only do we have amazing weather all year ‘round, we also host several fun and exciting annual events that simply cannot be missed. Whether you’re a food aficionado or you prefer more culturally enriching experiences, we have something for both you and your family here!
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Concerts in the Village
Founded in 1995, this music festival has been providing Destin Locals with decades of affordable entertainment. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Concerts in the Village series opens in the spring every year and runs throughout the summer and into the fall. Featuring cover bands that span across multiple different musical genres (ranging from 80’s pop bands to blues and classic rock), there’s something for everybody at this lively annual event.
The Smoke on the Coast BBQ Festival
Fans of barbecue will flock to this delicious annual Destin happening. Since 2010, the Destin Commons have been hosting this cookoff, with the proceeds going to local charities. Enjoy live music, $1 samples of local barbecue, and let your voice be heard when you vote for the People’s Choice BBQ award. After you stuff yourself silly with barbecue and other local fare, you can digest while you watch a dazzling Independence Day Fireworks display.
The Destin Seafood Festival
If barbecue isn’t your thing, then set your sights instead on the Destin Seafood Festival. Established in 1977, this annual event has been going on for over forty years and showcases the talent of local musicians and food vendors. The Destin Seafood Festival is free to the public and makes the most out of a three-day weekend in October. Enjoy fresh seafood, live music, and plenty of fun activities while you walk across the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Even if you’re not a fan of seafood, this event is a must for Destin residents.
The Destin Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
For over 30 years, the holiday season has been heralded by the Destin Harbor Lighted Boat Parade. This annual tradition draws out local boat owners and festive good cheer. Meet Santa Claus, sip hot coca, and snag a good viewing spot along the waterside to watch the boats work their way across the channel. Afterward, enjoy a delightful firework display before heading home to celebrate the holidays with your families.
Destin is anything except boring! With so many fun things to do here, it’s no wonder we’re considered one of the best places in the state to live. If you’ve thought about making Destin your forever home, or you already have a house in my listings that you want to make your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. As a Destin native who is proud to call this city her home, I can help you find your perfect place for you and your family to live on the Emerald Coast.