Destin Florida events are happening throughout a good portion of the year, due in large part to the beautiful weather along the Emerald Coast of Florida. This one-time, sleepy fishing village has enjoyed a boom of growth in the past few decades and is now a popular tourist destination for millions of people each year. There are Destin festivals dedicated to performing arts, angling, wine, motorcycles, beer, food, and more. Many of the best events in Destin are focused on top tourist attractions like fishing and water sports and activities. Destin enjoys a prime location along the Gulf of Mexico with miles of pristine coastline where you can enjoy everything from diving and snorkeling to boating and sunbathing. It is a bonus that there are so many awesome Destin Florida events also going on throughout the year.
One of the most popular Destin festivals is the Fishing Rodeo that takes place throughout the entire month of October. This event attracts more than 30,000 anglers annually and hands out $100,000 in prize money. Talented anglers from around the world take to the high seas for King mackerel, snapper, grouper, and much more. There is no fee whatsoever to take part in the competition, which means that this event is accessible to even novice fishermen looking to up the ante on their competition skills. Another of the best events in Destin is the Seafood Festival. This takes place for a couple of days at the end of September and serves as a perfect lead up to the Fishing Rodeo. Around this time the Destin Harbor, Fishing Fleet Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park are alive with excitement and activity. Residents and guests alike will enjoy the special emphasis that is placed on rolling out fresh seafood and particularly gourmet and interesting seafood concoctions during this time of the year. The Fishing Rodeo and Seafood Festival are definitely two of the best events in Destin.
Taste of THE Beach is another of the Destin Florida events that draws visitors from all around the country and beyond. This annual event in the early part of November is a celebration of the 227 miles of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. There are so many ways in which the celebration unfolds, including live music and a range of activities for the entire family, zoos, amusement rides, special beach activities, outdoor concerts, and more. You’ll find that many of the Destin festivals take place during the early fall months when temperatures drop from highs in the 90s to much more pleasant conditions.
Destin Festival of the Arts takes place the third week of October. It is often held at Henderson Beach State Park (locations may vary from year to year) and is a wonderful time to enjoy not only lots of artwork, but also live entertainment and a variety of art-related lessons, workshops, and activities.
Other popular Destin festivals and events include the Florida State Annual HOG Rally, Rosemary Beach Uncorked, the Harborfest at HarborWalk Village, the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest, and the Beaches to Woodland Tour. Destin has an array of lodging options, including plenty of cheap hotels, luxury hotels, and vacation rentals, whether you are coming into town to enjoy one of these events or on general vacations.
Image: Taste of the Beach