The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the top events that take place on the late summer and early fall calendar in this beach and golf resort community. The Destin Chamber of Commerce and partners put on this event, which takes place in the latter part of September and serves as a lead up to perhaps the most popular of the fall Destin events, the Fishing Rodeo. This month-long event in October attracts over 30,000 anglers from around the world and hands out $100,000 in prize money. The Destin Seafood Festival events serve as a proper kick-off to the Fishing Rodeo. Adults and children alike are welcome to enjoy a wide range of food at the Destin Seafood Festival, as well as rides, attractions, and games, live concerts with a notable headliner, crafts, vendors, and more.
The Destin Seafood Festival is held at the City of Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. One of the major appeals of the festival is being able to walk throughout the cordoned-off streets, checking out all of the vendors, arts and crafts stands, and entertainers. The food at the Destin Seafood Festival is the icing on the cake. Although there is an absolutely huge bounty and selection of fresh seafood, it is conveniently organized in one area. When you visit the Destin Seafood Festival, you can pile your plate high for one extremely reasonable price. You can pay about $15 dollars to get in for the full weekend, or pay a cheaper rate for each day (and a bit more for a daily rate on weekends). And for the gourmet diners in the lot there are many other options, both with and without seafood. You will have the option of choosing from endless varieties of fish, as well as lobster, crab, shrimp, mussels, and that is just the very beginning. It is an understatement to say that there is something that will please everyone’s palates—giving the local restaurants a run for their money. Complement your fresh seafood with the beverage of your choice and you are in prime position to enjoy the rest of your day or evening and all of the Destin Seafood Festival events.
One of the marquee events at the Destin Seafood Festival is the headlining band. Generally this is a notable national band with several openers. Other live music takes places throughout the weekend and covers a relatively broad spectrum of genres. If you are parents with children that are nonetheless wanting to see the concert, you can always let the kids wear out at the designated kids’ area, complete with a rock climbing wall, inflatables, and lots of exciting games and activities. No one is likely to go hungry and there is certainly no shortage of action, both for adults and the kids. Also expect an array of vendor and craft booths where you can pick up an ideal souvenir or help support the local arts scene.
Other Destin Seafood Festival events include the Golf Classic, a golf tournament played at one of the nearby golf courses. Two-person teams compete, and there is also a golf clinic and the fee per team includes admission to the seafood festival in general. While this event is perhaps not for everyone, it is an excellent additional facet to this fun festival.
The Destin Seafood Festival is an ideal day out for families, couples, or just about anyone. October can still bring hot weather in Destin Florida, so it is highly advisable to bring sun block, a hat, sunglasses, light layers, as well as comfortable walking shoes.