Destin Area Upcoming Events

June 19-23, 2019    Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic


Officially sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and a qualifying event for the IGFA World Championship Circuit, the ECBC attracts anglers of all skill levels. In 2016, we had 85 Teams, 628 Anglers, $1,952,750 in Cash Awards. In 2017, we had Tropical Storm Cindy which left us with a solid team of 36 boaters and $624,625 in Cash Awards! Fast forward to present, 2018 we had 91 boats participate, over 600 individuals, and over $2,040,000 in purse money awarded to our winners! 2019, its full speed ahead to surpass those records!

July 3, 2019   Smoke on the Coast


Join us for the 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival! Starting at 5 p.m. family entertainment and live music will kick off the day. At 5:30 p.m. BBQ aficionados can enjoy $1 samples from 18 area restaurants and BBQ groups and vote for their favorite as People's Choice winners with over $85,000 in donations benefiting local charities.

July 4, 2019  City of Destin Fireworks

July 4th may be the best night to watch the fireworks, but the City of Destin has them every Thursday during the summer!  For the best viewing locatons, you can check out this guide:  https://thegoodlifedestin.com/best-places-to-watch-destin-harbor-fireworks/

We have two properties, Harry's Beach House and Poolside Villa, that provide a great view of the fireworks from the sand right outside of the pool area!

August 7-10   Boat Week on the Emerald Coast


Powerboats, fishing boats, pleasure boats, and all in between, will fill the waterways for one of the largest and most popular charity poker runs in the USA! Affectionately called “The Big One,” the Emerald Coast Poker Run has been held along the beautiful waters in and around Destin, Florida for over 25 years.


Boat Week events start with a bang Wednesday night, and continue to “The Big One” Poker Run party Saturday night. It is truly a week of excitement, boating, fun, and helping kids.

August 17, 2019    Paddle at the Porch


Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar. It features a Kids' Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Races will be followed by awards.

October 1-31, 2019   Destin Fishing Rodeo


The Destin Fishing Rodeo began in May of 1948 to bring people to Destin. It worked! Destin shortly became known as a summer tourist destination and “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.  The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for salt water anglers of all ages.  The Rodeo founders, people such as Howard Marler, Jewel Melvin and Willie Marler, decided that moving the Rodeo to October would lengthen the tourist season another month. Today the Rodeo is held October 1- 31.


October 4-6, 2019    Destin Seafood Festival


41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival hosted on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Free, family friendly event, shopping, music, and TONS OF DELICIOUS FOOD!!!

October 26-27, 2019   25th Annual Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts

One of the Southeast's premier art festivals, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of nearly 200 total artists (including the juried and collaborative exhibit) from 13 states showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in 22 different art mediums.