Destin, Florida Fall Season Area Events & Festivals

Spice up your autumn season this year with a getaway to the Emerald Coast of Florida! Fewer crowds, fantastic temperatures and great vacation discounts - there are several exciting reasons fall is a great time to book your getaway to Destin! Need more motivation? The Emerald Coast features a fantastic collection of special events and festivals that proves fall is an even better time to pack your bags for Florida!

The Emerald Coast features a fantastic collection of special events and festivals that proves fall is an even better time to pack your bags for Florida! During your stay at the Resorts of Pelican Beach - check out Destin's family-friendly fall events and festivals:


ArtWalk on the Harbor takes place every third Sunday from 11am-4pm! The artist's market features dozens of artists showcasing their vibrant, engaging and creative work ranging from traditional to contemporary art to jewelry and paintings and more. You’ll find a mix of unique, handmade items from both emerging and established artists. This event is free and open to the public!


On Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - discover HarborFest. Discover the Luckiest Fishing Village in the World and enjoy gulf-to-table fare from your favorite local restaurants, as well as a tasting of local and regional craft brews at the 1st Annual HarborFest Celebration, September 22nd from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy an evening of sipping, savoring and shopping your way along the Destin Harbor. Celebrate the arts, dining, history and community spirit that makes Destin, Florida so special. The Destin History and Fishing Museum along with Charter Captains from HarborWalk Charters will be sharing their favorite fish tales and fishing heritage of Destin highlighting the areas fishing heritage alongside freshly prepared seafood dishes from local chefs. The area’s best artists will be displaying hand-crafted jewelry, paintings and more. The youngest guests can stop by the Abrakadoodle table to create and take home their own masterpiece. Local favorite, Flash Flood, will be featured on the main stage. Sing along to your favorite tunes from throughout the decade. The evening ends with a firework show over the Destin Harbor at 9:00pm.


In October, "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" hosts the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo to celebrate Destin's rich fishing history. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for salt water anglers of all ages. The event runs October 1st to October 31st and is FREE to anglers who fish aboard boats registered in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Get in on the action by clicking here to learn more!


Located right in the heart of the Destin Fishing Rodeo action, enjoy the 40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival on October 5-7, 2018 along the Harbor Boardwalk. More than just a seafood festival - this event is the perfect opportunity for visitors to discover the area's unique Gulf Coast cuisine and soak in the friendly culture of the Emerald Coast. With approximately sixty-thousand locals and visitors expected to attend the Destin Seafood Festival, you will not want to miss this Emerald Coast celebration! Learn more by clicking here!

This November is barbeque season on the Emerald Coast and the annual Blues, Brews & BBQ bash is set to take over HarborWalk Village on November 3rd. Head down to the Destin Harbor for the 11th Annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ competition held at the HarborWalk Village on Nov. 4th starting at 11am. Area restaurants will once again compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition. They will offer samples of creative BBQ styles (not necessarily the traditional pork, beef, or ribs!) and signature coastal food. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category, including "Best Traditional BBQ" "Best Seafood BBQ" and "Most Original BBQ."




If getting out on the town is on your itinerary - take time during your retreat to discover the charming coastal towns surrounding Destin. Explore the Emerald Coast's enchanting farmers' markets and spend the day getting lost living our lifestyle in the sweetest setting with our other half. Within a short drive of our Resorts of Pelican Beach location, take a drive on Scenic Highway 30A and you will find a captivating journey through the Emerald Coast's gulfside towns - each with their own signature appearance.


On Sundays year-round, visit the 30A Farmers' Market from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM in Rosemary Beach and visit the Seaside Farmers' Market Saturdays year-round from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM in Downtown Seaside.


Spend the Emerald Coast's sunny autumn weekends strolling through these markets in between beach sessions and you'll fall in love with our the Destin lifestyle.


If you're a couple who enjoys wine and beer tastings, fall is the best time of the year to visit the Emerald Coast and our festive collection of events. The perfect setting to bond over beers, discover over 200 unique domestic and international craft beers at the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on October 13-14, 2018. Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales! American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor. The main event on Saturday, October 13th will feature more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Brewery representatives will be available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. Live music will be also featured during the festival.


For an unforgettable moment for all your senses, get cozy at the MountainFilm on Tour event this November 1-3, 2018 in WaterColor at the WaterColor Marina Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket, vino for two and soak in a few hours of film from the International Film Festival against the backdrop of WaterColor's lakeside amphitheater.


November 8-11, 2018, turn your romantic trip into a wine-tasting getaway at the Emerald Coast's highly anticipated Seeing Red Wine Festival. Experience decades of southern tradition in this charming 30A beach town as its complimented by this acclaimed wine tasting event. Reds, whites, and rosés will be uncorked during Seeing Red Wine Festival, four days of wine and culinary events being held in Seaside.


Now in its 28th year and recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, the festival draws attendees from around the world who make the trip to the iconic beach town a yearly tradition. Guests will enjoy sipping on delicious wines, and tasting unique and delectable food pairings. Wine aficionados and foodies will savor carefully selected Gulf Coast-to-table dishes from Seaside’s famous restaurants while sipping beautifully-paired, quality-curated wines from around the globe.


This year, the festival will also feature a VIP experience in Ruskin Place. Each year has been a sell-out event, and this year will be no exception. Tickets are limited. Attendees will want to purchase their tickets early.


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