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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Announces 2024 Spring Concerts in Village

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation announces the lineup for the 2024 Spring Concerts in the Village performed at the Dugas Pavilion in the heart of Destin, Florida. The 12-week series features some of the most talented tribute bands in the country as well as original artists such as the Soul Songstress Haley Reinhart and Rocker Mitch Malloy, former (read)

Published on Monday, March 25, 2024
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Concerts in the Village Continues through June

We are so excited to be welcoming back LIVE music. One of our favorite local traditions is Concerts in the Village each spring/summer season. Hosted at the Mattie Kelly Arts Village (next to Home Depot on Commons Drive), the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation brings in a variety of talented musicians and bands for Thursday night concerts at sunset on the (read)

Published on Friday, May 7, 2021
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Moon Crush 2021 - Live Music Event in Miramar Beach, Florida

MOON CRUSH LIVE CONCERT - REMAINING RENTALS GOING FAST We are excited to announce that South Walton will host the first annual, Moon Crush Live Concert Event! If you're missing live music as much as we have been, you'll be excited to learn that Moon Crush is designed to be a socially distanced experience for you and your favorite people to connect and (read)

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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December Events Along Florida’s Emerald Coast Warm the Holidays

Along Florida’s Emerald Coast within Destin and South Walton there a wide variety of events that celebrate the holidays and unite our coastal towns with the peace, love and joy of the season. If you have a trip planned or are considering a Destin vacation during December, here are some of the fun events and celebrations that are planned for 2019. Now (read)

Published on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Fun November Festivals and Events along the Beaches of South Walton

One of the joys of visiting the beach in the fall are the fun festivals and events held throughout the 16 beaches neighborhoods through South Walton County, Florida. From wine festivals to 5Ks and everything in between, you're sure to find an event or activity that touches your interests. Here's a round up of some of the most popular fall celebrations (read)

Published on Friday, November 1, 2019
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South Walton September Events and Festivals

Every local knows that fall is the best time of year at the beach. With fewer crowds, spectacular sunsets and a wide array of events to suit a variety of interests, the beach communities within Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Dune Allen and Blue Mountain Beach are a perfect locale for a fall escape. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite fall events (read)

Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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Father's Day 2019 Things to do with Dad

Are you celebrating Father's Day 2019 in Destin, Florida? If so, consider making it especially memorable by participating in one of the fun Father's Day activities taking place along the Emerald Coast. From active to relaxing, there are plenty of ways to show Dad how much he's loved.  Here are a few suggestions: Solaris Father (read)

Published on Friday, June 14, 2019
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Best Local Event on 30A

Are you looking for one of the best local events on 30A on your South Walton vacation? Well you’re in luck, Grayton Beer Company just announced their 23rd annual “Rags 2 Riches Regatta" will return to Grayton Beach on Saturday, June 29, 2019.    This event was originally organized by the residents of Grayton Beach and Seagrove Beach to (read)

Published on Friday, June 7, 2019
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Celebrate Mom at ArtsQuest Fine Art Festival

Are you looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Consider bringing Mom to the beach and take her to the ArtsQuest Fine Art Festival at Grand Boulevard.  Presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the 31st Annual ArtsQuest: A Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival  provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from (read)

Published on Friday, May 3, 2019
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Free Fitness on the Lawn at the Market Shops at Sandestin, May 3 - July 29

Looking for a fun healthy way to the start the day during your Destin vacation? We're excited to share that  The Market Shops at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host free, weekly fitness classes on the lawn this summer.    Beginning Friday, May 3, 2019, through Monday, July 29, 2019, Free Fitness on the Lawn will take place on (read)

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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February Events Along the Beaches of South Walton

Are you staying at the beach this winter or planning a beach getaway during the  month of February? If so, we want to help fill your calendar with fun and festival South Walton events. Here's a round-up of the best February events in Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach and along 30A.   Feb 7th: Ryanhood Live at The Repertory Theatre (read)

Published on Friday, February 1, 2019

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam is Next Friday, April 27

Do you like craft beer? What about premium whiskeys, bourbons and spirits? If you answered "yes", you'll want to make plans to attend the  Craft Beer & Spirits Jam coming to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin on Friday, April 27, 2018.   As part of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 26 – 29, the Craft Beer (read)

Published on Friday, April 20, 2018

The Best Gumbo on the Gulf Coast is at the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Feb. 18

Do you have the winter blues? Come to the beach and enjoy our winter hues, delicious gumbo and celebrate love! If you love gumbo, you’ve come to the right place. With Louisiana influencing our cuisine, many of our area chefs know just what it takes to make the perfect roux. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 for the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival . (read)

Published on Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Races in Destin and South Walton

It’s that time of year! Time to make resolutions, and at the top of the list, we're guessing it says "be more active.” So, why not start by training for a race down at the beach, and reward yourself with a trip to the white sandy beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida? It is race season along the Emerald Coast and we've compiled (read)

Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Free Winter Concerts at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach

It’s winter, but unlike much of the country, we are not covered in snow and are still enjoying time outdoors. We cherish our outdoor events in and around Destin, and celebrate outdoor festivals and concerts year round. And for the next eight Saturdays, we’ll gather on the lawn at the Market Shops in Miramar Beach to enjoy live music by a variety of (read)

Published on Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 30A Songwriter Festival, Jan. 12-15, Announces Ann Wilson of Heart

One of the joys of living in paradise is that our destination attracts talent. From chefs to artists to architects to musicians, locals and visitors alike enjoy the results of the talented individuals who reside in Destin and South Walton or make an annual pilgrimage to the coast year after year. We’re excited to welcome back many talented songwriters (read)

Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Santa and Snowbirds Arrive in Destin this December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Destin is decorated in its holiday best as we welcome Santa and our first flock of snowbirds for the winter season. As our winter guests arrive to town, we look forward to quickly getting you acclimated to your winter home and wanted to start with some of the fun activities taking place around town as (read)

Published on Monday, December 4, 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend Events In South Walton and Destin

There is so much to be thankful for this year. Here at Newman –Dailey, we’re thankful for our pristine environment and white sandy beaches. We’re grateful for our extended family of guests and owners who entrust their beach vacations and beautiful beach homes to us. And we’re thankful for the incredible community that comes together... (read)

Published on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Destin Veterans Day Events Honoring Military Heroes

With several military bases in the area, including Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlbert Field and Tyndall Air Force Base, the Destin community loves and honors our service men and women. And for Veterans Day, it is only appropriate that there are a variety of celebrations along the Emerald Coast that recognize and celebrate their service. In addition, the (read)

Published on Thursday, November 9, 2017

BBQ, Beer, and Blue Crabs Take Center Stage at these October Festivals

Fall is in full swing and fun October events fill the calendar this weekend. Whether you love to eat, drink or just have fun with friends, there is an event this weekend that will add a dash of fun to your weekend at the beach.   Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival (Oct. 13-14) For those who prefer to skip the barbecue and focus on the beer, the (read)

Published on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Run for Fun – Race Along the Emerald Coast this Fall

While visiting the beach is a restful, relaxing experience, some guests like to earn their rest by participating in a 5K run while at the beach. Participating in a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon is a great feeling. You get up early and feel accomplished even though the day has just begun. In addition, you’ll get your daily dose of exercise while supporting... (read)

Published on Monday, October 9, 2017

Florida’s Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 2-5, Showcases Local Cuisine

Fall is one of our favorite seasons to eat, drink and be merry in South Walton and along Florida's Emerald Coast. We recently highlighted the Big Green Egg Cooking Competition, Eggs on the Beach, then we told you about the diverse array of local seafood at the Destin Seafood Festival, and now we’re excited to share the incredible coastal cuisine (read)

Published on Monday, September 25, 2017

October Kicks off Festival Season in Destin

October is the kick off to the fall festival season in Destin. To start the season, the first weekend in October is full of some of the locals’ favorite festivals. Festivals celebrating craft beer, Bloody Marys and seafood fill the weekend calendar. Idyll Hounds Brewery in Santa Rosa Beach hosts Houndfest, The Market Shops at Sandestin host the (read)

Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Big Green Egg Cooking Competition, Sept. 30

Do you love tasting a variety of delciious bites? If you answered "yes", we've got the dream event for you! An official Big Green Egg Cooking Compeititon will be held at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.   Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, Eggs on the Beach is a family-friendly event that celebrates the delicious (read)

Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2017

If you love country music as much as we do, you won’t want to miss the 2017 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach. The annual music festival is held over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, and will feature some of the hottest artists in country music.  The three-day country music festival will feature headliners, including Jason Aldean, Little Big (read)

Published on Friday, August 18, 2017

Endless Summer Fun and Labor Day Events in Destin

Are you missing the beach? If so, consider making plans for a Labor Day beach getaway that includes fun, sun and sand. You deserve it! Along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, there is endless summer fun and a variety of events taking place during the Labor Day weekend. Here are some of the fun Labor Day events that will be held along Florida&# (read)

Published on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Magic Shows in Destin

Looking to be entertained while visiting Destin, Florida on vacation this summer? Consider being “wowed” by a magic act. This summer, variety shows, magic performances and hypnotics take center stage to delight audiences of all ages. Consider checking out one these sensational summer shows: Maximum Magic Dinner Show For more magical fun, (read)

Published on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Sizzles with Free Events at Grand Boulevard

Are you visitng South Walton or Destin, Florida this summer? If so, there are a vareity of free outdoor performances and events taking please all along the Emerald Coast. In Miramar Beach, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is a great location for events of all kinds. For summer 2017, Grand Boulevard is featuring a variety of cultural performances that are (read)

Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Things to Do in Destin & South Walton for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 has arrived! And with it brings our extended family of guests to the beach. As we take time to honor the men and women who have served our country, there are a variety of events including live music in Destin and South Walton to make the Memorial Day Weekend special.  Memorial Weekend Concert at HarborWalk Village . Live (read)

Published on Friday, May 26, 2017

The Emerald Coast's Obsession with Wine - Wine Festivals

Today's blog is the first of a three part series that includes excerpts from Newman-Dailey Resort Properties  Where you'd rather Be Magazine . Part I features the early days of wine consumption in Destin, dating back to 1971, and focuses on the impact South Walton wine festivals have had on our wine culture and appreciation for wine.   (read)

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Concerts in the Village Every Thursday

Florida’s Emerald Coast enjoys a continuous beat. Locals and visitors alike appreciate live music and there are an abundance of live music venues in and around Destin. One venue that that is tucked away off the beaten path is Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) Cultural Arts Village located off Commons Drive near the Home Depot. While it’s not visible (read)

Published on Friday, April 21, 2017

Premier Wines, Spirits and Bites Take Center Stage at South Walton Beaches Wine Food Festival

At the intersection of premier wine and culinary genius, you’ll find the 2017 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. This ultimate wine week, April 27-30, is where wine, charity and fun converge and the result is an incredible line up of celebrity winemakers and wineries as well as some of the best chefs in the South showcasing their culinary talents... (read)

Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kenny G to Perform at Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 19-23, 2017

By now you probably know the Gulf Coast loves live music and welcoming talented musicians from around the globe is part of our heritage. In April, celebrating its 19th annual production, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be held April 19-23 at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s headliner is Kenny G! One of the most (read)

Published on Monday, February 27, 2017

Best Event at Sandestin Invites You to Pursue the Roux, Feb. 17-18

One of our favorite aspects of February is the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. This annual event is held in a beautiful setting overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay and serves up a delicious variety of gumbo. On Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m., the Crawfish Boil Kick-off Party begins at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill. Guests are invited (read)

Published on Friday, February 10, 2017

Free and Fun Things to Do in Destin This Weekend

It is January in Destin and we know visitors and residents alike will be out enjoying the many free as well as fun things to do in Destin this weekend. Here's an overview of events scheduled throughout the weekend for families, snowbirds and couples.  On Friday, Jan. 27, kick off the weekend with“ Snowbird Day at the Museum. ” From 10 a.m. - 4 (read)

Published on Monday, January 23, 2017

Try the Winning Wines at Tasting of Champions Jan. 27

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival presents will present Tasting of Champions on Friday, Jan. 27 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive “first taste” of the medal winning wines that will be featured in the upcoming South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, April 27-30, 2017. This is (read)

Published on Friday, January 20, 2017

Save Our Bay Oyster Roast, Jan. 28

Oysters are not only a delicacy, they are also critical to the health of the Choctawhatchee Bay, which the community depends on for fishing and recreation. In celebration of the oyster and to raise funds for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), the non-profit organization responsible for sustaining healthy local waterways through monitoring (read)

Published on Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 30A Songwriters Festival Kicks Off Next Friday

We enjoy welcoming hundreds of talented songwriters from across the nation to Scenic 30A and the beaches of South Walton. Many are very familiar with our coastal communities and have been attending the festival every year over its seven year history. For others, this will be their first time visiting South Walton and the Emerald Coast and will be awakened... (read)

Published on Friday, January 6, 2017

15th Annual Seaside Half Marathon Races Through South Walton, March 3-5

We’re taking a break from holiday festivities to share the news that Seaside Neighborhood School has announced that the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run will be held the weekend of March 3-5, 2017. The 15th Annual Seaside Race is sure to be a sell-out event so register early.  The weekend of fast-paced fun kicks off Friday night, March (read)

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wine Down at the Seeing Red Wine Festival, Nov. 4-6

Florida’s Emerald Coast has a passion for wine. We’re current researching the reasons so we can tell this story in our next issue of W here you’d rather Be magazine. In the meantime, we'll be doing some field research. Next weekend, residents and visitors alike will flock to Hwy 30A to celebrate the  26th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival , and (read)

Published on Friday, October 28, 2016

Run or Walk in a 5K This Weekend

Looking for a fun activity for the weekend? Consider making your way to Destin and South Walton for a half marathon or 5K that will leave you feeling great for good cause! With great weather and great causes, it’s hard to sit at home when you could be at the beach. Here's two Northwest Florida races this weekend:  2nd Annual LuLu’s Marlin 5K (read)

Published on Monday, October 17, 2016

What's New at Eggs on the Beach EggFest, Sept 24

The  3rd Annual Eggs on the Beach  EggFest will return to Seascape Resort this weekend! On Sept. 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 30 Big Green Eggs will be fired up and teams will be cooking and serving samples of their best recipes for a chance to win cash and prizes. The cooking competition benefits two local non-profits... (read)

Published on Monday, September 19, 2016

Tips to Enjoy the Destin Seafood Festival like a Local

Planning a trip to Destin this fall? Be sure to check out the 2016 Destin Seafood Festival , September 30 - October 2. The 38th Annual Festival will begin on Friday, September 30 (4:00pm-10:00pm) and continue on Saturday, October 1 (10:00am-10:00pm) and continue through Sunday, October 2 (11:00am-4:00pm). The festival takes place along the scenic Destin (read)

Published on Friday, September 16, 2016

Fourth of July Fireworks in Destin and South Walton

Happy Independence Day weekend and welcome to the many vacationers visiting the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida to celebrate the 4th of July along Florida’s Emerald Coast! We want to be sure everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend. Therefore, we want to remind guests that most consumer fireworks are illegal and “not permitted” to be (read)

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Things to Do in Destin-The Emerald Coast Theatre Company

A question we’re often asked is “what is there for families to do in Destin at night?” While there are attractions such as The Track with Go-Karts, games and mini-golf as well as the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin with its Adventure Zone, there are also family-friendly performances to keep families entertained long after the sun goes down.& (read)

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2016

Top Things to Do at the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, June 3-6

June means it is the time of year when kids are out of school, the weather is warmer, and our favorite pirate festival, Billy Bowlegs has everyone talking like a pirate.   Billy Bowlegs is a local legend that comes to life and takes over Destin and Fort Walton Beach for a weekend of fun, resulting in the annual festival encompassing fireworks, pirates (read)

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016

South Walton’s Ultimate Wine Weekend, April 28-May1

South Walton is definitely where you’d rather be the last weekend of April if you love wine, culinary delights, spirits, exclusive trips and more. South Walton becomes the epicenter of the wine world, as the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction bring together a dazzling roster of more than a dozen celebrity winemakers... (read)

Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Destin on the Emerald Coast

Since Destin gets to enjoy Emerald Green hues throughout the year, visiting the Emerald Coast for St. Patrick’s Day is naturally a great tradition. It is the luckiest time of the year and those who enjoy a much needed getaway to the beach for this festive holiday will be feeling very lucky indeed.  On Saturday, March 12, join the following South (read)

Published on Friday, March 4, 2016

Award Winning Wines at South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 28-May 1

We have a lot of wine lovers along the beaches of South Walton. Whether you’re just a casual wine drinker or a full-fledged wine enthusiast, there is no shortage of wine events and tastings in Miramar Beach and along Hwy 30A. For those looking for the perfect spring getaway, consider attending the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin (read)

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tasting of Champions Wine Event, Feb. 19

It’s time for wine! Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or a wine connoisseur, you’ll have a great experience at the annual Tasting of Champions. Hosted by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), Tasting of Champions provides participants an opportunity to sample the more than 650 wines that will be featured at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival (read)

Published on Friday, February 5, 2016

Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 20-24, 2016

Calling all music lovers! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival recently announced the 2016 line-up of incredible musicians and bands. You can’t get much better than live jazz music with coastal breezes off the Gulf. The weekend concert will be held April 20-24, 2016 at Aaron Beasant Park at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fla.   The 2016 Seabreeze Jazz (read)

Published on Friday, January 29, 2016

Holiday Hop Added Before the Destin Boat Parade to Benefit Food for Thought

Destin is known for hosting fun events and celebrations as well as giving to those less fortunate. So we were not surprised to learn that three of Destin’s most popular seafood restaurants have partnered to host a Destin Holiday Hop to benefit our local charity Food for Thought. Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer , Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House and AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar (read)

Published on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 in Destin

It’s hard to believe we’ll soon be ringing in 2016! Where will you be welcoming the New Year? If you’re still undecided, consider renting a South Walton or Destin vacation rental for your New Year's Eve celebration. New Year’s Eve events in Destin are abundant and ringing in 2016 along Florida’s Emerald Coast is a (read)

Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

October is the Destin Fishing Rodeo

We’re in the final weeks of the 67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo . This is a great time to get in on the action or simply head down to the docks to view the weigh-ins. Destin has long been known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village and the Destin Rodeo takes fishing to a competitive sport. Here’s the top things to know about the (read)

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015

25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, Nov. 5-8

Aged like a good Bordeaux, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 5-8, 2015. Held in Seaside, Florida as well as throughout the beaches of South Walton, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is four-day celebration of wine that benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and children in need in Northwest (read)

Published on Monday, October 12, 2015

Delicious Fall Festivals along the Emerald Coast

Fall is the season for football and food festivals along Florida's Emerald Coast. This weekend is the  Fort Walton Beach Barbecue Festival . Foodies will be flocking to the Fort Walton Beach Landing for a delicious array of barbecue and live music from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (139 Brooks Street, Ft. Walton Beach).   Next weekend, don’t miss E ggs (read)

Published on Friday, September 18, 2015

Bloody Mary Festival, Sept. 19

Along the Emerald Coast, we celebrate an abundance of wine and culinary festivals. And on Sept. 19, the Market Shops at Sandestin will add a new one. The inaugrual Bloody Mary Festival will be held from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Market Shops at Sandestin . Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastes of 15 of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and (read)

Published on Monday, September 14, 2015

Register Now for Paddle at the Porch in Destin, August 15

What do you get when you combine a long-time Destin favorite restaurant with one of the hottest new watersports? You get Paddle at the Porch, the Destin Chamber’s annual stand up paddleboard event held in the beautiful emerald waters behind The Back Porch, one of Destin’s most iconic restaurants. Now in its 4th year, Paddle at the Porch will feature (read)

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gulfarium Salutes Shark Week, July 6-12

This week is the Discovery Channel's shark week , which has many of our guests buzzing about these toothy marine creatures. While the movie, Jaws II, was filmed in and around Destin, Florida, sharks are really misunderstood predators of the sea. Therefore, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating these fascinating creatures with educational (read)

Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fourth of July in Destin

Destin is the perfect place to be for the Fourth of July. With all American celebrations taking place all along the Emerald Coast, it is easy to feel patriotic and celebrate our nation’s independence. Here’s a quick round up of Destin 4th of July celebrations and fireworks displays:  July 3 Smoke on the Coast –Hosted by Destin Commons , the 5th (read)

Published on Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July in South Walton

The beaches of South Walton are the perfect place to be for the Fourth of July. With 4th of July celebrations taking place in beach neighborhoods up and down the coast, it is easy to feel patriotic and celebrate our nation’s independence. Here’s a quick round up of 4th of July celebrations and fireworks displays:  On July 3, Easy on 30A will be (read)

Published on Friday, July 3, 2015

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin Hosts Shakespeare in Grand Park

South Walton’s thriving arts community ensures visual and performance art is celebrated on a regular basis. And while many performances, special events and artist galleries are located along Scenic Highway 30A, appreciation for art extends throughout South Walton, including Miramar Beach. Grand Boulevard at Sandestin has launched a Coastal Culture (read)

Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pirates Invade This Weekend at the Billy Bowlegs Festival

Ahoy Matey! It’s that time of year! Yes, time for summer Florida beach vacations, but it’s also time for the Annual Billy Bowlegs Festival , June 4-8.  The dastardly Billy Bowlegs has been seen off the shores of the Emerald Coast and he’s planning to dock his ship at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. On Friday, June 5 head to Fort Walton Beach landing (read)

Published on Friday, June 5, 2015

Top 30A Event, Digital Grafiti, June 5 & 6

If you’re in South Walton this weekend, you’re in for a real treat! It’s the annual Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach (and there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world)! As one of the leading South Walton June events, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies (read)

Published on Thursday, June 4, 2015

30A Adventure Camps & Kids Nights Out

Your beach vacation is right around the corner and you’re planning your escape. Of course, you're planning for lots of beach time and relaxing with family and friends, but consider planning some activities for the kids, and a special night out for the adults. The 30A Learning Academy, located at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, offers Adventure Camps (read)

Published on Monday, June 1, 2015

Destin Kicks Off Summer Concert Series

Summer is a great time to visit the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. In addition to relaxing and enjoying time on the sugar white sand beaches during the day, evenings heat up with live outdoor concerts at a variety of venues all along the Emerald Coast. The summer concert series feature a wide variety of music and each is on a different (read)

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

May Events in Destin

For those coming to the beach (or thinking about coming to the beach) next weekend, you’ll be excited to learn the May weekend is filled with fun events and things to do in Destin, Florida. Here’s a round-up of events and activities on May 18 & 19 so you don’t miss the fun! Blessing of the Fleet – This is a special week in Destin, Florida as we celebrate (read)

Published on Monday, May 11, 2015

Wine Festivals to Family Festivals at the Beach this Weekend

 If you’re headed to the beach this weekend, you’re in for a real treat. For wine lovers, we’re celebrating the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and the Destin Charity Wine Auction. For families, there’s tons of action packed fun. Here’s the line-up for wine enthusiasts, craft beer drinkers and foodies: On Friday (4/24), from 4 – 6 p.m (read)

Published on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrity Vintner Marc Perrin Honored at SoWal Wine Fest & DCWA

Attention: Wine Lovers! You’ll want to make plans to visit South Walton, April 25-26, 2015. Not only will you have access to some of the most exclusive wines from around the world, but you’ll be supporting children in need in Northwest Florida. The fourth weekend of April, April 24-26, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity (read)

Published on Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Weekend is Hoppin’ in South Walton

Easter weekend is a great weekend to be visting the beaches of South Walton! Not only is it is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with family, there are Easter happenings all along the coast. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, consider attending one of the following fun Easter Events: Easter Brunch at the Hilton Sandestin – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., (read)

Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Weekend is Hoppin’ in Destin

Easter weekend is a great weekend to be visiting Destin! Not only is it is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with family, there are Easter happenings all along the Emerald Coast. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, consider attending one of the following fun Easter Events: Destin Harbor Easter Celebration – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., HarborWalk Village (read)

Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Solaris Blues, Brews & Crawfish Cruise, March 29

Our friends at the Solaris know how to put on a Louisiana-style bash! Back by popular demand, SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS will host the Second Annual Crawfish Cruise on March 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guests will board the Solaris at the Sandestin Marina and enjoy live blues, craft brews and freshly boiled, perfectly seasoned crawfish while cruising the (read)

Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Seaside Half Marathon, Feb. 27-Mar 1

Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Seaside Half Marathon & 5K benefiting the Seaside Neighborhood School. Don’t miss the fun at the 13th annual race, which takes place on March 1, 2015. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. and 5K begins at 7:25 a.m. On Friday evening, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m., join the fun for Taste of the Race (read)

Published on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fat Tuesday at Sandestin

Fat Tuesday in Sandestin is a fun finale to the 2015 Mardi Gras season. Revelers are invited to head over to Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf for one of two celebrations. At 5 p.m., the  Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will host the 13th Annual Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Parade. Fun for all ages, the colorful parade of floats, golf (read)

Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

South Walton Wine, Women & Shoes Feb. 13-15

Calling all gals who love wine, fashion, and fun! Grab your best girl friends and head to the Hilton Sandestin for Wine, Women & Shoes on Feb. 15, 2015. The event kicks off with a wine tasting by some of the country’s preeminent vineyards, including Aloft by Mondavi, Arbios, Blackbird, Ferrari Sparkling, Gabrielle Collection, Justin, Charles Krug, Peju (read)

Published on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mardi Gras at Destin Harbor, Feb. 7

The Gulf Coast is rich in traditions and one of our favorite is Mardi Gras. While New Orleans is best known for this festive celebration, the tradition is celebrated in communities along the Gulf Coast, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is the day of revelry before Ash Wednesday. (read)

Published on Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Florida Getaway to Sandestin Gumbo Festival

We know our friends and guests around the country are ready for a break from freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions. Have you considered a winter Florida getaway?   There are many great reasons to visit South Walton and Destin, Florida in February and one of the best is to warm up with gumbo and Florida sunshine. The 26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival (read)

Published on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tasting of Champions

It’s a fine time for wine! The Annual Tasting of Champions will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6-8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive “first taste” of the 600 wines to be featured at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 24-26, including the medal winning wines in 60 categories from the (read)

Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

Tickets on Sale for South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 23-26, 2015

South Walton will be the epicenter of the wine world the fourth week of April. Whether you’re new to the world of wine or a wine connoisseur, you’ll immensely enjoy the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival , April 23-26, 2015. The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) team up to host the preeminent (read)

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Tips for Enjoying 30A Songwriters Festival

We want to help you experience the 30A Songwriters Festival like a local so our local expert, Andi, shared her top tips for making the most of your 30A Songwriters Festival experience. Either watch her video or read her top 5 tips for the 30A Songwriters Festival below:     Stay on 30A or at a nearby South Walton rental .  Newman-Dailey (read)

Published on Friday, January 9, 2015

Order Tickets Now for the 30A Songwriters Festival

  The 2015 30A Songwriters Festival is just three weeks away! The 6th annual celebration of music will take place January 16-18, 2015 at venues along Scenic Highway 30A. Headliners include Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins and Glen Philips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Other confirmed artists include (read)

Published on Friday, December 26, 2014

Veterans Day

Thanks to our Veterans We send our heartfelt gratitude to the many men and women who have served our country. On Veterans Day in Destin, we are reminded of the extreme sacrifice that comes with service. For those that are in Destin this week, consider heading to Mary Esther (west of Fort Walton Beach) for the annual Veterans Day Parade at 1 p.m. This (read)

Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 November Food & Wine Festivals

When you live along the Emerald Coast, you know that October and November are the most spectacular time of year. The temperatures are perfect, the sunsets are magnificent AND the culinary festivals are delectable! Here’s some of the delicious reasons to visit South Walton and Destin this fall: November kicks off with Taste of the Beach , Oct. 31 – Nov (read)

Published on Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Festival of the Arts is Next Weekend!

Sure there are art festivals in many cities around the country, but the setting for 19th Annual Festival of the Arts, which will be held in Destin, Florida on October 25-26, cannot be beat.   The festival will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s new Cultural Arts Village off Commons Drive near Henderson Beach State Park. With more (read)

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014

Veterans Day 2014, Celebrate Our Nation’s Heroes in Destin

The fall is a busy time of year, and if you’re like us, you’re reviewing the calendar looking for an opportunity to take a break. With Veterans Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pause and honor and celebrate the many men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces.     Whether you’re commemorating a family member or (read)

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Beer & BBQ Season on the Emerald Coast

There are so many reasons to love fall along the Emerald Coast and here’s yet another—It’s barbecue & beer festival season! From Fort Walton Beach to Miramar Beach, Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast turns up the heat with BBQ Competitions and beer tastings. The aromas of delicious barbecue and the clink of glasses toasting a new favorite ale can be (read)

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 Destin Fishing Rodeo Oct 1-31

At Newman-Dailey, we appreciate traditions--holiday traditions, family traditions and community traditions. One of the most cherished Destin traditions is the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Since 1948, the fishing community has been coming together for a fun spirited competition to see who can hook the biggest while proving time and time again Destin is indeed... (read)

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 South Walton & 30A Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrating the Fourth of July at the beach in South Walton and along Scenic Highway 30A is the ultimate All-American celebration! The quaint beachside towns and sugar white sand beaches along 30A are the perfect place to celebrate our nation’s independence and family traditions.     After a day at the beach, families are invited to attend (read)

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Smoke on the Coast, July 3, at Destin Commons

Summer and grilling go hand in hand so it made perfect sense when we learned that Destin Commons is hosting the 4th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ competition on July 3. The fun family-friendly event will be filled with delicious aromas and samples along with kid’s activities and street performers. Live bands, including THE MAXX, Heritage, Jones & Company... (read)

Published on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Junior Marvin Live at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach

Summertime means lazy days at the beach, and fun evenings at outdoor events along Scenic Hwy 30A and throughout South Walton each night. With so many choices for events on 30A , the hardest part is deciding where to go. For those staying in Santa Rosa Beach or nearby beach communities, the week of Fourth of July includes a very special outdoor performance (read)

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ahoy Matey! Billy Bowlegs Festival, June 5-7

What grades does a pirate make in school? High Cs, of course. ‘Tis the weekend to bring out all our corny pirate jokes, because our friends in Fort Walton Beach are hosting the annual Billy Bowlegs Festival!    Landlubers and swashbucklers of all ages will enjoy this family-friendly event. Here’s the schedule of events:   Thursday, June (read)

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014

South Walton Art Festival Digital Graffiti, June 5-7

 As you may have discovered, here in South Walton and Destin, Florida, we’re on beach time. This means everything moves at a slower, more leisurely pace.  And beach time is ideal for a digital art projection festival. Celebrating its 7th year, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, June 5-7, will present some of the most creative and innovative light... (read)

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gregg Allman to Perform Memorial Week Concert, May 28

Locals in South Walton are getting excited that our coastal community will be welcoming the Legendary Gregg Allman later this month. Inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s“Top 100 Singers” list, Allman is renowned for his Southern-style rock and harmonious vocals. On Wednesday, May 28, Allman will perform (read)

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gimme Abbey Concert in Destin, April 24

We love outdoor concerts in Destin, and we recently learned that Destin, Florida will be one of the tour stops for Gimme Abbey, a tribute to the two greatest bands in rock and roll history—The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.  On Thursday, April 24, the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin will come alive with the sounds of the ‘60s. The (read)

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

First Note Music Experience Returns for Easter Weekend in Destin

For families spending Easter at the beach, First Note Entertainment is partnering with Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach for two special holiday weekend performances, featuring four incredibly talented singers and musicians.  Sam Booker, Joann Cotton, Isaac Hayden and Sharif will each take the stage for a one-of-a-kind music experience on Friday (read)

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gregg Allman Coming to Santa Rosa Beach, May 28

It is not every day that we get the good fortune to enjoy a live performance by one of the legendary singers of our time. On Wednesday, May 28, Gulf Place will host Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman. Recognized by Rolling Stone Magazineas one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Allman will bring his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound (read)

Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Events & Easter in Destin

Spring is in full swing. We’re loving this gorgeous weather and the fun spring activities all along the Emerald Coast.  If you’re coming to the Destin in April, here are some of our favorite April events in Destin, Florida. April 20 – ArtWalk and Easter Bunny at Destin’s Harborwalk Village . From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Destin Harbor will feature (read)

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, April 24-27

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying some of the best wines in the world near some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Mark your calendar for April 24-27, and make plans to stay in one of our luxury homes in Destin, well-appointed condos on Hwy 30A or a cottage or villa in Miramar Beach .  The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival (read)

Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Valentine's Day Tour of Homes, Feb. 15 & 16

Feel the love! Valentine’s Day in South Walton and Destin offers romance and exploration around every corner. Whether you’re seeking a quiet, cozy corner to dine and celebrate your love or a fun dinner cruise aboard the Solaris, South Walton has an abundance of romantic restaurants and special amenities that exude romance.   This weekend (read)

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Feb. 14-15

The New Orleans influence runs deep in South Walton and Destin. With many famous chefs and restaurant owners opening restaurants and bringing Cajun flavor and traditions to the beach. From New Orleans native AJ Tusa who opened Poppy’s Seafood Factory and Hammerhead’s in the Village of Baytowne Wharf to Jim Richard from Lafayette Louisiana who shares (read)

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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