Emerald Coast Events | August 2023

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Welcome to our guide to the events and happenings in the Destin and 30A areas for the exciting month of August. As summer reaches its peak, these iconic Florida destinations come alive with a plethora of fun activities and experiences that cater to every taste. From sun-drenched beach days to festivals and events that benefit local charities, this region offers an enchanting blend of relaxation and adventure. Join us as we explore the top events and attractions that await you in August, ensuring an unforgettable summer along the beautiful Emerald Coast. Please note that event details may be subject to change, so be sure to check with local sources for the most up-to-date information before planning your visit. Enjoy!

AJ's Tin Cup Classic
WhenAugust 5th
WhereEmerald Bay Golf Club
Description: This years Tin Cup Classic, hosted by AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, is being held on Saturday, August 5 at Emerald Bay Golf Club. Check in is at 9:30AM. 
Spend the day on the golf course with your friends enjoying drinks and food, and then head back to the 19th hole for awards, raffles, drinks, and food. 
For more details, email golf@ajs-destin.com, or stop by any AJ's to pick up a registration form. 
Destin Splash Fest
WhenAugust 6th
WhereMattie Kelly Arts Foundation Village
Description: Come cool off for the day with us in August for the First Destin Splash Fest at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Numerous water slide bounce houses, water obstacle courses, slip n slides, dunk tank( 3 balls for $5), corn hole, triple play sports games, misting tents, and more! "Fun for the Whole Family". Please do not bring your pets! 
Wristbands will be issued at entrance to enjoy all slides/bounce houses all day. Advanced tickets are sold online
Dunk tank tickets and foam party tickets sold separately. 
Admission $15 with wristband 
Adults $5 without wristband 
Children 17 and under with wristband $10 
5 and under are free!
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Performance Piece
When: August 6th
WhereSeaside Amphitheater
Description: Join Sinfonia Gulf Coast in the Seaside Amphitheater on Sunday, August 6th from 6PM - 7PM for an imaginative and innovative musical experience as the sun sets over the Gulf. This treasured event is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy. For more information about Sinfonia Gulf Coast, please visit: sinfoniagulfcoast.org
Autos In August
WhenAugust 12th
WhereBaytowne Wharf
Description: Calling all Muscle Cars, Jeeps, Vettes, 4x4s, Exotics, and Imports! Join The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Emerald Coast Customs on Saturday, August 12th from 11AM - 3PM for Autos in August. Enjoy a day of fun, sun, and cars! Visitors are welcome to walk around The Village of Baytowne Wharf and look at the cars, plus enter raffles and win free prizes!
Black Creek Music Festival
When: August 18th-20th
WhereThe Outpost on Black Creek
Description: Southern Sound Music Alliance presents Black Creek Music Festival on Friday, August 18th - Sunday, August 20th at The Outpost on Black Creek in Freeport, FL. Rock out with local and regional musicians at this three-day event while enjoying food trucks, craft vendors and more! Proceeds from the festival will benefit Habitat for Humanity and Alaqua Animal Rescue. 
Boat slips are also available, with a select few being offered as a weekend rental with a VIP ticket. Let’s Meet at the Creek! Event is rain or shine. 
Friday, August 18th, 6 - 10PM | Kickoff Party 
This event is open to the public. Artists Lineup: Tanglewood & Deltaphonic 
Saturday, August 19th, NOON - 10PM | Festival Day 
Ticketed event with general admission and VIP tickets available. Artist Lineup: Mike Whitty Trio, Josh Zook Duo, Dion Jones & The Neon Tears, Big Phun, 12Eleven, Cadillac Willy, Boukou Groove, and Tim Jackson's Storyteller's Tour 
Sunday, August 20th, 11AM - 4PM | Festival Day 
Family Day - Adult tickets are only $10 and all kids are free! Artist Lineup: Jeff Silvey Gospel Hour, Chris Alvarado, and the Southdown Souls
Cones, Cops & Cruisers
WhenAugust 19th
WhereWalton Sports Complex
Description:  Walton County Sheriff's Office Presents Cones, Cops, and Cruisers Community Event! Come out to the South Walton Sports Complex and get to know your District 3 and 4 Walton County Sheriff's Office Deputies. We will have vendors, food trucks, games for kids, and more! Walton County Sheriff's Office will be featuring our specialty units such as the Beach Marine Unit and our Dive Team and a local car club will be bringing out some very special classic cruisers and show cars for display! For more info, please visit the Event Page.
5th Annual Operation Outdoor Freedom Run
WhenAugust 19th
WhereEastern Lake Trail
Description: Spend your morning in the Point Washington State Forest! The 5th annual Freedom Run, benefitting Operation Outdoor Freedom, will take place Saturday, August 19th. The event begins at the Eastern Lake Trail located in Santa Rosa Beach off of 395 South. 
5th Annual Freedom Run 
Saturday, August 19th (Rain or Shine) 
11 Mile Start Time || 7:30AM 
6 Mile Start Time || 7:45AM 
3.5 Mile Start Time || 8AM 
All proceeds benefit Operation Outdoor Freedom to help fund efforts with providing hunts, fishing trips, and special family trips to our area for Florida Wounded Veterans who have a rating of service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater from the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs or a Purple Heart recipient.
10th Annual Stock the Pantry Party
When: August 24th
WhereFood For Thought Outreach Warehouse
Description: It's that time of year again, time to Stock the Pantry at Food for Thought Outreach! This year we'll be stocking the warehouse at our new Santa Rosa Beach warehouse location. Check in at 132 Market St and stroll to our new warehouse. 
Event entry is $7 or 7 pantry items. 
Food Trucks | Beer & Wine | Music | Silent Auction | Raffle Prizes 
Beer Sponsor: Odd Pelican Beer Company 
Wine Sponsor: Cava and Cakes 30A
Music: Chasing Gypsy 
Food Trucks Onsite: Che Buona Pizza | Plant-Based Wellness Con Sabor 
Registration for Food Drive teams and Stock the Pantry Sponsorships are open through August 11th. Contact us at support@fftfl.org to get started. For more info, please visit the event page here.
My Hero Convention
WhenAugust 25th-27th
WhereDestin FWB Convention Center
Description: My Hero Convention: Florida Smash is a three-day event being held to celebrate anime and manga, focusing on the My Hero Academia fandom, as well as general pop culture and animation, while bringing together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family-friendly environment. To purchase tickets, please visit: tixr.com/groups/humbl3ent/events/my-hero-convention-florida-48842

37th Annual Take A Kid Fishing Day Auction
When: August 26th
WhereHarbor Docks
Description: Harbor Docks Charities invites you to the 37th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day Auction to be held downstairs at Harbor Docks in Destin, FL. 
Harbor Docks Annual Charity Auction 
Saturday, August 26th 
Doors @ 6 PM | Auction Begins @ 7:30 PM 
$20 Cover Charge | Includes Food & Bidder Number 
World famous auctioneer Ted Corcoran will be hosting the festivities. Incredible packages will be available during the silent and live auctions. Packages include a week vacation in Livingston, Montana, overnight fishing trips, restaurant packages, and, as always, Yoshie’s catered Christmas or office party for up to 30 people. 
If you are interested in donating an item for the auction or would like more information, call Jackie at Harbor Docks. 850.837.2506. 
Harbor Docks Charities helps fund the annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day. 
Take-A-Kid Fishing Day Sunday, November 5th 
Some 300 children will be treated to a day of fishing on the Gulf of Mexico or Choctawhatchee Bay. Each child - and their chaperones - are served breakfast before boarding one of Destin's finest charter boats for a morning of fishing. Upon return, the day is celebrated with a fish fry lunch, and every child is sent home with a t-shirt and their own rod and reel. 
Follow Harbor Docks on Facebook for more information or visit, harbordocks.com/.
Dog Day Pawty
When: August 26th
WhereBaytowne Marina
Description: Celebrate International Dog Day with us at the beach at Baytowne Marina on August 26th from 6:30 - 8:30PM! Enjoy this FREE event with live music, a doggy kissing booth, a special dog menu at Marina Bar and Grill, photo booth, and more! Bring along your furry friend for an unfurgettable event! 
Located in the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Marina Bar & Grill overlooks the Baytowne Marina and Choctawhatchee Bay. This is the spot to relax with family and friends to enjoy a hearty breakfast or maybe trade fish stories with friends over an ice cold beer after the tackle has been put away.
Wine & Song @ NEAT
Tuesdays | 5-7PM
Wild Sea Turtle Wednesdays @ The Big Chill
Wednesdays | 9-11AM
Wednesday Night Concert Series @ Baytowne
Wednesdays | 9-11AM
The Red Bar Jazz Band @ The Red Bar
Nightly | 5:30-9PM
All American Thursday @ HarborWalk Village
Thursdays | 6:30PM
Sounds Like Summer Series @ Watersound
Thursdays | 6PM
PCB Summer Concert Series @ Aaron Bessant Park
Thursdays | 7-9PM
Yoga In the Backyard of Love @ Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse
Fridays | 8AM
Shrimp Boil @ Shunk Gulley
Every Saturday | 4-8PM
Rock the Docks Concert Series @ Harborwalk Village
Every Saturday | 7PM
Sounds of Seaside Concert Series @ Seaside Amphitheater
Every Saturday | 3-6PM
Brunch & Live Music @ FOOW30A
Every Sunday | 8AM
Brunch & Live Music @ Stinky's Fish Camp
Every Sunday | 10AM-3:30PM
Farmer's Markets
Every Tuesday @ Seaside
Every Thursday @ The Big Chill on 30A
Every Saturday @ Seaside, Grand Boulevard, Watersound & Baytowne Wharf
Every Sunday @ Rosemary Beach, Baytowne Wharf & Hammock Bay
Last Sunday of the Month @ Destin Commons


Planning to be in town? 
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