Summer Events in Destin

Most events have either been rescheduled or cancelled altogether. Please check with each event holder before making plans.

Destin, FL is the ultimate family summer vacation destination! Located in the heart of the Emerald Coast, Destin offers sun drenched days, spectacular white sand beaches, and a variety of fun seasonal events. The majority of Destin’s summertime festivities are free to attend and many of them are held on a weekly basis.

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This is a busy time of year for all the attractions. You will need to purchase advance tickets for the activities you want to do. Be sure to check our “things to do” page for the best rates on local attractions which include, deep-sea fishing, dolphin sightseeing tours, snorkeling, sunset boat excursions and even an escapade on a pirate ship.

Of course, restaurants, bars, shopping venues, golf courses, and other amusements are packed so it is always best to make all reservations ahead of time. Huge firework celebrations are held on a weekly basis during the summer with live music at Harborwalk Village. Large firework shows occur on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

Crab Island, located near the Destin Bridge, will have the most visitors during this season. You will need a private boat or watercraft rental (i.e. jet skis, pontoon boats, kayaks, or the water taxi) to reach the sandbar. DO NOT attempt to swim out there from the shore.

With this time of year being very busy, you must allow time for traffic so you are not late for attractions or dinner reservations. The busiest time of the day during the week is of course, during rush hour when the locals are trying to get home from work. Please drive safely. There is no need or reason to get into an accident while trying to enjoy your vacation.

Memorial Day Celebrations

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HarborWalk Village

Destin kicks off the summer season with a bang! During Memorial Day Weekend, the HarborWalk Village will host free concerts from 7 – 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday night, the celebration will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

The Village of Baytown Warf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is another popular destination for Memorial Day. This fantastic shopping and dining venue will also have live music from 7 – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a patriotic fireworks finale on Sunday evening.

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The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber o’ Merchants welcomes landlubbers and swabbys of all ages t’dis jolly family event that takes place on the first full weekend in June. (Rescheduled for 2020).Events include treasure hunts for children, parades, gigantic fireworks displays, athletic events and more.

Every Tuesday during the summer, HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy” with Fat Tuesday Parades. Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, and float riders tossing handfuls of beads and swag! Pardi begins at 7:00 PM with live music on the main stage from the Village Brass Band, parade rolls at 8:30 PM with firespinning by Just Add Fire on the main stage following the parade.

Let Freedom Ring is another one of the best summer events in Destin FL. Running from 7:00 – 9:15 p.m. every Thursday from the end of May through mid-August, this unique celebration at the HarborWalk Village features vintage WWII airshows, live music, and fireworks over Destin Harbor. All of this amazing entertainment is completely free to enjoy!