So you want to plan a vacation to Destin, but you want more than the beach. Consider a visit to the Emerald Coast during the Fall season. Our rental rates are low, the weather is perfect and there are events for everyone. Check out some of our favorites.
September 30 - October 2 Now in its 38th year, the Destin Seafood Festival is how we show off our gulf-to-table skills. Destin has one of the largest fishing fleets in the country. And if you ever wanted fresh seafood from Florida, this is the one event you want to attend. Restaurants from around the city congregate around the Destin Harbor and sell fresh-made, culinary treats. Plus live music and activities for people of all ages make this one event you don't want to miss.
October 1 - 31 This month long event began in 1948 and has since grown to be one of the biggest fishing events on the gulf. Fishermen compete in all kinds of categories hoping to win big money and claim that they caught the biggest fish. Not a fisherman? Don't worry, come down to the Destin harbor every afternoon in October to AJ's Seafood where official weigh-ins are recorded. The weigh-ins are a great spot for having a drink and taking photos of some of these incredible species of fish.
October 14 & 15The 9th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival is the most fun you can have on the bay. This event features over 200 American and international craft brews. Beer aficianados will be on hand at each station to answer questions and help you learn about the emerging trend of craft brewing.
October 29 & 30 The 21st annual Festival of the Arts in Destin, is recognized as one of the premier art festivals on the gulf coast. Juried artists from all across the country come to this event. The arts festival has been provided by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and continues to showcase Destin's commitment to the arts.
November 3 - 6 The 26th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival takes place a short drive to the east in the town of Seaside on county highway 30a. The event lasts 4 days and includes exclusive tastings, specially paired food treats, live music and more. You'll be able to talk with winemakers and experts from all over the world. If wine is your hobby, this is an event you will definitely want to attend. All proceeds go to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.
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