Fort Walton Beach is the perfect place for a festival getaway, with amazing events going on all year long. Below, we’ve put together a guide to planning your trip around Fort Walton Beach festivals, broken down by season.
Spring Fort Walton Festivals
Spring is a lovely time of year to visit Fort Walton Beach for a number of reasons, but the festivals that take place during the season are at the top of the list. Watch the beautiful kites and stunt kites fly at the Fly into Spring Kite Festival at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, held annually for 2 days from late March to early April. Okaloosa RevFest takes place in early April and showcases original art and music from local artists. Musical Echoes Flute Festival celebrates Native American culture, music, and art for 3 days in late April. The Downtown FWB Mudbug Festival serves up Cajun food and live entertainment at Fort Walton Landing Park each year in late April.
Annual Summer Fort Walton Beach Events
Summer is Fort Walton Beach’s busiest season, packed with amazing Fort Walton Beach events and festivals for you to enjoy. Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer with the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, a fun filled and family friendly festival with a pirate parade, battle reenactments, fireworks, live music, games, and activities. The 4th of July fireworks at Fort Walton Beach Landing and on Okaloosa Island’s Boardwalk are spectacular. Enjoy Boat Week and the Emerald Coast Poker Run during the 2nd week of August each year, with proceeds going towards local children’s charities.
Fall Festival Highlights
When fall arrives in Fort Walton Beach, you’ll find a number of cool events going on. The Greek Festival takes place on Labor Day weekend each year at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The Northwest Florida Fair is held in Fort Walton Beach each fall during September and October, with 4H exhibits, a petting zoo, rides, games, and more. Nearby in Destin, the Destin Fishing Rodeo attracts anglers from all over to compete for over $100k in prizes each October. You won’t want to miss the Destin Seafood Festival in early October, either. Pet lovers can celebrate their 4-legged friends during Dog Daze, held at Liza Jackson Park in mid-October. The Panhandle RV Show in October at the Emerald Coast Convention Center showcases the best of modern RVs. November brings on Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Destin, as well as the Gulf Coast Wedding Expo at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.
Winter Celebrations and Events
What better place to escape the snow and cold than in sunny Fort Walton Beach? The Destin Harbor Boat Parade in December is quite a sight. Santa Claus comes to visit, and there is live music, arts, crafts, and a boat parade to be enjoyed by all. Winter Guest Fest at the Emerald Coast Convention Center is an annual mid-January trade show where you can win gifts, coupons, and giveaways. Destin also hosts a Mardis Gras Parade each February at Destin Harbor.
Contact Us Today and Plan Your Seaside Escape
Fort Walton Beach is home to a variety of exciting events year-round, but especially on New Year’s. Give our team of reservation specialists a call or an email today to find out more about the variety of events, activities, and attractions you and your guests can enjoy during your time in Fort Walton Beach when you book your lodgings in one of our gorgeous vacation rentals!