We hope your year is off to a good start! We're more grateful than ever to live in such a beautiful place with so much to do. February is jam-packed with lots of fun and fabulous local happenings – check them out and plan a visit! If you're lucky enough to be local – enjoy them all!
FESTIVALS & HAPPENINGS:
Rombauer Vineyards Wine Dinner
When: February 3rd
Where: The Courtyard at Pescado | Rosemary Beach
Description: The Courtyard at Pescado in Rosemary Beach will be hosting a wine dinner with Jeff Papa of Rombauer Vineyards on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 6:30 PM. The dinner will include a welcome wine as well as four wine pairings from the Rombauer selections. Cash bar available from 5:00 PM for guests of the dinner. Tickets are $155.00 plus 7% tax and 22% gratuity. Please email email@example.com to book your space. The dinner is in affiliation with Winebow Fine Wines and Spirits. Jeff Papa, better known as “Papa,” joined Rombauer Vineyards in 2010. Jeff has been in the wine business for more than 25 years and figures he’s been selling Rombauer wines for just about that long.
When: February 5th-6th
Where: Aaron Bessant Park | Panama City Beach
Description: The 5th Annual Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival is coming back to Panama City Beach at Aaron Bessant Park on February 5th & 6th from Noon to 5PM, VIP hour 11Am - Noon. Thirty of Florida’s most popular food trucks will dish out fan favorites while 50+ national, regional and local craft beers will be available to wash it all down. This is a family-friendly event. Attendees will also enjoy outdoor games, a local DJ, axe throwing, face painting and more! Most importantly - bring your friends and family, lawn chairs, blankets, and soak in the sun!
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com/panama-city-beach.
When: February 5th
Where: Legendary Marine
Description: Shelter House’s 6th Annual Palate & Palette Dinner will be held on February 5, 2022! This pop-up style wine dinner is a unique experience, as Legendary Marine's showroom is transformed into a chic, intimate venue with a trendy, metropolitan feel. Attendees will indulge in a five-course seated dinner featuring five of the area's most respected chefs. Each chef will create a dish for their course, and Elite Worldwide Imports will be hand-selecting fine wines to pair with each dish.
This year's featured artist will be Nikki Cade, from Dallas, Texas. At the end of the evening, the painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in an exciting and competitive live auction.
Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at bidpal.net/palate2022. All proceeds benefit Shelter House, the state-certified domestic and sexual violence center serving both Okaloosa and Walton counties, shelterhousenwfl.org. Ticket pricing will increase to $140 per person on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
Culinary Lineup for the 2022 Palate & Palette Dinner: Camille Withall, Executive Chef, George's at Alys Beach Chadwick Donelson, Executive Chef, Bitterroot Food and Spirits Dan Pettis, Executive Chef, Owner, Dan Pettis' One20 a Modern Bistro Giovanni Filippone, Executive Chef, Partner, Mama Clemenza's European Breakfast
For information on sponsorship, contact the Shelter House team at 850-243-1201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: February 10th-13th
Where: Rosemary Beach Foundation
Description: Getaway to Rosemary Beach, Florida for a great weekend with the girls. Rosemary Beach Foundation invites ladies to the Annual Rosemary Beach Girls Getaway - February 10 - 13, 2022. This is a weekend for women to get away, celebrate, and enjoy the beauty of South Walton. Held each year during Super Bowl weekend, this 4-day event is packed with fun, food, learning, and laughter for women.
Annual Girls Getaway Thursday, February 10 - Sunday, February 13 Information and registration at www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.
The 2022 Girls Getaway benefits The Rosemary Beach Foundation and charitable partner, the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast new Pediatric Emergency Room. The new Pediatric center will include 4 treatment rooms, 1 triage room, and 3 observation rooms, all with advanced equipment specially designed for diagnosing medical emergencies in children. Sick and injured children, ages 1 to 18, will be able to have specialized medical care close to home.
When: February 11th-12th
Where: Aaron Bessant Park
Description: Combine the excitement of the authentic Mardi Gras celebration with the spectacular views of our emerald green water and sugar-white sand, and you're in for a real treat at the Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Music Festival on February 11-12, 2022. In conjunction with the Krewe of Dominique Youx's great Mardi Gras at the Beach parade, the festival features entertainment for the whole family. Attendees will also enjoy float tours, the kid's fun zone, multiple parades, live music, fireworks, and more! Sign up for the Mardi Gras 5k/Fun Run, kicking off Saturday's festivities. For more info, visit visitpanamacitybeach.com/mardi-gras/.
Friday, Feb. 11 | 4PM - 8:30PM
Saturday, Feb. 12 | 8AM - 7PM
When: January 12th-13th
Where: South Walton Area
Description: Valentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike, it also signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes. The tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings bringing inspiration to tour goers’ winter weekend at the beach. Fall in love with some of South Walton’s most interesting homes while raising funds for the CAA’s “Art For All” Program.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 | 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Tickets are available online HERE.
Tickets are $45 when purchased before the event, and $50 during the tour weekend. Tickets can be purchased in advance via CAA’s website or at several of the homes throughout the weekend. For more information about the Valentine Tour of Homes and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, call 850-622-5970 or visit www.culturalartsalliance.com.
When: February 12th
Where: HarborWalk Village
Description: Brunch bites, Bloody Mary's, and bubbles galore will fill the Destin Harbor for our First Annual Brunch Fest on Saturday, February 12. Beginning at noon, you'll be welcomed by a mimosa in hand as you make your way through the Village to taste and try all of the yummiest foods from our area's favorite brunch spots. After all, we know brunch is always a good idea!
Tickets are on sale now: eventliveus.com/purchase/event/2434498.
Follow along on the Facebook event page and HarborWalk Village social media for exciting Brunch Fest announcements!
When: February 17th
Where: Idyll Hounds Brewing Company
Description: Join Idyll Hounds Brewing Company for an exclusive evening around the fire with your Idyll Hounds Brewers. Taking place on Thursday, February 17th, the Bonfire.Brewers. Bottleshare event invites you to pop vintage bottles, make s'mores, roast weenies and talk Idyll Hounds history. Tickets are $30 and include at least 4 - 6 oz pours from select vintage bombers with a beer educational hang from Frasier, Chas, and Austin!
Purchase Tickets: idyllhoundsevents.ticketleap.com/bonfirebrewersbottleshare/details
When: February 18th
Where: Hotel Effie at Sandestin
Description: Wine & Fries will be held on Friday, February 18th on the incredible Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge located at Hotel Effie Sandestin from 6PM-9PM. Wine & Fries features the iconic McDonald's french fries paired with the perfect wine for a party with a purpose. Enjoy sipping wine, indulging your inner child with fries, and bidding on auction items, all in an effort to continue keeping families close at Ronald McDonald House. This is a 21 and over event.
Ticket Information: General Ticket | $100
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida is to love and support families of children with medical needs by giving them a place to call home. For more info visit: rmhc-nwfl.org/
When: February 19th
Where: Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer
Description: Enjoy delicious food, great drinks, and live music on the Destin Harbor as local restaurants compete at the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. The festival will be held behind Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer on Saturday, February 19 from Noon til 4:00 PM, VIP admission begins at 11AM.
Learn more and get tickets: shrimpandgritsfest.com/.
The fun afternoon will feature "tasting stations" where guests can experience food, LIVE entertainment, and cold beverages all against the backdrop of the Destin harbor. Guest celebrities will judge the competition, for winners in several categories with of course the coveted "People's Choice" title, voted by all the guests.
When: February 19th
Where: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater
Description: Santa Rosa Beach Aerial Arts presents Creatures of the Night, a cirque show under the stars on Saturday, February 19 in Aaron Bessant Park. Come out to this family-friendly event and see aerial acrobatic performances, circus performers, fire performers, and much more! Enjoy food trucks, drinks, vendors, pre-show entertainment, and family activities. Purchase tickets at srbaerialarts.com/events.
Gates Open | 5 PM
Kids Portion Matinee | 6 PM
Main Show | 7 PM
Sandestin Gumbo Festival
When: February 19th
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Description: Sandestin Gumbo Festival Main Event: Gumbo & Bloody Marys Saturday 12-4 pm | The Village of Baytowne Wharf Gulf Coast restaurants will be featuring their top-secret recipes! Spend the day sampling a variety of gumbo- dark or light roux, chicken and sausage, seafood, and much more. Vote for your favorite for the "People's Choice Award". Also back this year, Best Bloody Mary’s at The Beach! Taste and vote for your favorite and help them win the title of “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach”! This year’s event is promising to serve up fun for everyone. This festival’s atmosphere is so fun, with live music, free kid’s activities, and restaurants from all over our area vying for your vote! It’s a fun day for the whole family!
Visit sandestingumbofestival.com for tickets and details, including a daily schedule of events and entertainment.
When: February 23rd-27th
Where: Alys Beach
Description: The tenth annual 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful community of Alys Beach Wednesday, February 23 - Sunday, February 27, 2022. Showcasing renowned vintners and beloved culinary personalities, the five-day celebration will benefit the Children's Volunteer Health Network.
Visit 30A Wine Festival online to purchase tickets and to review a complete listing of featured wineries, spirits, breweries, cuisine, and festival events.
The festival kicks off with an intimate wine dinner featuring a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Kevin Cavanaugh. On Thursday evening, attendees have the option between an Oyster and Champagne gathering in Central Park or a Rum Dinner in Papilio Park. Friday afternoon, a Mixology Seminar followed by the Bourbon, Beer & Butts event, where a lively barbecue and bourbon tasting will feature some of the country’s best pitmasters and distillers, with live music under the stars on Kelly Green. Saturday showcases the exquisite Grand Tasting event featuring tastings from distinguished vintners and chefs stationed along the meandering, open-air gallery of picturesque South Charles Street in the heart of Alys Beach. "Rosé & Croquet" on Sunday features rosé tastings, a delicious brunch, and the beloved croquet tournament where croquet whites are not only encouraged but, have become an iconic part of our final day of celebration.
Tickets, schedule, vintners and cuisine, and lodging at 30awinefestival.com.
The 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach is a beloved event in South Walton, hosted by Alys Foundation, that benefits Children's Volunteer Health Network, an outstanding local organization providing medical and dental services to local children.
When: February 26th-27th
Where: HarborWalk Village
Description: Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Destin Harbor! HarborWalk Village will host an epic Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday, February 26th from 2:00-5:30PM and Pawdi Gras on Sunday, February 27th from 3:30-4:00PM.
Mardi Gras Celebration: Saturday, February 26th | 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Harbor with LIVE music by Fais Do-Do, followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers when the parade rolls through the Village at 4:00pm. Catch beads as our authentic Mardi Gras floats pass by.
Live Music | 2:00pm
Parade | 4:00pm
Pawdi Gras: Sunday, February 27th | 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Enter your pup in a festive Pawdi Gras Pet Costume Contest! Registration begins at 3:00 PM.
Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade
When: February 27th
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Description: The Village streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks at the annual Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade, on Sunday, February 27th from 2-5PM. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets. This year's theme: TBA
Follow The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Facebook for updates on upcoming festivals and events.
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