Deciding to book a trip to the fantastic panhandle of Florida is always an inspiring decision. Whether you’re a traveler that has a passion for spending time on the sand, one who loves the sun or someone who can’t wait to make the most of water adventures, boutique shopping, and delicious restaurants, this area promises to have something for you. Fort Walton Beach, in particular, proves to be a scenic place to call your home away from home and offers up proximity to nearby Destin, known for its many fun and exciting stops along the way. When you’re in the area and looking for some intriguing local Destin events, here are a few that belong to Destin that you’ll want to make sure to put on the itinerary.
Mardi Gras by the Sea
Mardi Gras makes its way to Destin each and every year as visitors and locals flock to Harbor Walk Village to celebrate this fun, colorful and vibrant moment. In 2020, the festivities will take place on February 22nd and will be centered around 10 Harbor Boulevard. Guests to this fun event will be able to enjoy a fantastic parade beginning at 2:00 pm and will have a chance to indulge in live musical performances by the band Fais Do-Do. Floats, beads, food vendors and fun are yours for the enjoying during this Mardi Gras event. If you’re in town with a canine companion, this Mardi Gras celebration includes a pet costume contest with registration beginning at 5:00 pm.
Mac n’ Cheese Festival
It sounds too delicious to be true, but the Boys and Girls Club of Destin is proud to host the annual Mac n’ Cheese Festival once again in 2020. Open to locals and visitors alike the Mac n’ Cheese Festival will be held on March 8, 2020, between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Destin Commons. Guests are invited to come and savor the flavors of all types of Mac n’ Cheese as well as savor gourmet variations and enjoy live demonstrations on-site. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club with adult admission starting at $25 and kids entering the fun festival for $10.
Shrimp and Grits Festival
Destin is a destination of fun, but it’s very much a place where water plays a major role in its identity, particularly when it comes to cuisine. For those that have a heart for seafood, a trip to Destin in February should always include participation in the Shrimp and Grits Festival, one of the best food events in Destin FL. The 2020 Shrimp and Grits Festival will take place on February 29th between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Harbor Walk Village. Tasting stations, live entertainment and endless fun await for those that participate in this inaugural festival. The event gives over 100 local vendors the chance to feature their seafood fare and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Admission is $35 at the door with VIP package options available for $50.