Florida’s best kept secret might not be a secret anymore! South Walton, Florida has the most beautiful beaches, the most fun events and the nicest people too (okay maybe we’re biased). And all without the overdeveloped commercialism of some of Florida’s other coastal communities. If you’re planning a getaway to South Walton this year, you might want to catch one (or two, or three!) of these great events. There are so many to choose from, but here are our favorite 5 South Walton festivals you absolutely cannot miss in 2016.
30A Songwriters Festival
January 15-17, 2016
Coming up this weekend, the 30A Songwriters Festival is expanding and upgrading in every possible way! With headliners like Jackson Browne, Grace Potter, Shovels & Rope, Ani DiFranco and more the crowd this year is expected to be bigger than ever. The festival is celebrating its 7th birthday this year, but this will be the first time that the event main stage will be located at Grand Boulevard, outside of the Sandestin resort. With shuttle service between Grand Boulevard and the venues on 30A this extension of the festival grounds is going to be awesome. Weekend passes for the festival are already sold out, but day passes are still available. Visit their website for more information!
The Food Film Festival South Walton
April 8-10, 2016
The folks of South Walton are very friendly if we may say so ourselves, and this year we are welcoming another festival to the family with open arms! The Food Film Festival is a multi-sensory film festival where films focusing on food are shown. What’s more is that the food featured in those films is also served to the audience members. It looks like it is going to be a very fun and new experience for our area and we can’t wait! Two local organizations have been named beneficiaries of the festival, Food for Thought and Emerald Coast Theatre Company.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Named by Southern Living Magazine as one of the most successful festivals in the Southeast, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is a must. It has it all: amazing wine, great food, live music, culinary celebrities, tasting seminars and more! All proceeds from this festival support the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation which raised over $2.3 million to benefit 14 Northwest Florida Children’s Charities.
ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival
May 7-8, 2016
With over 125 fine artists lining the streets of the Grand Boulevard Town Center, ArtsQuest might be South Walton’s most fun-loving and visually stimulating event in 2016. A totally kid-friendly juried fine-arts festival, ArtsQuest has great food, live music and fantastic artists from a wide variety of media (ceramics, photography, sculpture, painting and more). Held over Mother’s Day weekend, it makes a great vacation opportunity for the family! There is even a dedicated kids’ entertainment stage – the ImagiNation stage.
South Walton Fashion Week
South Walton Fashion Week is a fun and glamorous event perfect for a weekend getaway with your friends. Featuring runway shows by local and national designers, amazing trunk shows and unforgettable parties, the South Walton Fashion Week mission according to their website is “to bring couture to the coast.” You’ll be bumping elbows with the models and designers you see on television. And how cool is that?
What South Walton events or festivals are you planning on attending this year? Let us know!