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11/13/2014
Activities

New Year’s Eve on the Emerald Coast!

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Destin and 30A are very popular destinations during the holidays. After all, what can be better than spending holidays with family and friends in paradise!? Still, many people ask, what are some popular New Year’s events on the Emerald Coast? There is no shortage of events and activities surrounding Destin, Florida to ring in the New Year. Countdown the final ticks of 2014 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf’s end-of-the-year party. Dance to live bands, take in the stellar fireworks show, and grab refreshing cocktails. For those that don’t mind

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05/30/2014
Activities

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

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William Augustus Bowles, AKA Billy Bowlegs, came to Pensacola, Florida in 1779 to prevent the capture of Pensacola from the Spanish. After being defeated by the Spanish, Bowlegs developed a fueled hatred for Spain and began the lucrative business of pirating on the high seas. He was known for forming the Independent State of Mukegee, the longest lasting independent state, behind only the Independent Republic of Texas. Next weekend, June 5-7, Billy Bowlegs will return to ye ol stompin grounds and try to round up some new faces to reek

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05/15/2014
Activities

Boogie on Down: Dancing with the Stars Pros at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

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The Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Destin, Florida will host a special night of dancing put on by some of the internationally acclaimed dance champions from the hit show Dancing with the Stars. The event is entitled Dancing with Desire, and will take place on Thursday, June 19th at 7pm. The performance is hosted by local dance school Fred Astaire Dance Studio out of Fort Walton Beach. Celebrity dancers who can be seen at the event include Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Maksim Chmerkovski, and many more. General admission

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05/15/2014
Activities

Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

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Eglin Air Force Base in Niceville will host its 11th annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic. The event acts as The Air Force Enlisted Village’s major local fundraising event and will take place on May 16 and 17. Golfers will get to experience the serene beauty offered up by the 6,869 yard Falcon course. The event will kick off at noon on May 16 and a second round will take place at 8:30 am on May 17. Prizes will be offered to the winning teams, the Longest Drive contest

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05/2/2014
Activities

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

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Digital graffiti is the WORLDS FIRST outdoor festival dedicated to projection art and it’s happening right in our very own Alys Beach on June 5-7. Often referred to as “Urban Projection”, artists use projectors and animation technologies to cast their images onto the urban structures and skyscrapers of Alys Beach. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to showcase this group of underground artists work. Alys Beach is the perfect location for such an art show because all the structures in the town are white

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04/18/2014
30A

Emerald Coast Boat Run

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Jet fuel powered boats with over a 1000 horsepower deafeningly speeding though the Gulf is something everyone can marvel over. The Emerald Coast Boat Week and the Emerald Coast Poker Run is in its 21st year in Northwest Florida. The celebration benefits the Emerald Coast Foundation, an organization that supports local children’s charities and youth organizations. The event includes The Miss Boat Week Bikini Contest, Lucky Ladies Casino Night at Helen Back, and The Emerald Coast Poker Run. More info on the event can be found here.

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04/4/2014
30A

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

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The Emerald Coast is host to one of the Top 10 Big Money fishing tournaments in the world! The ECBMC, starting on June 18 and lasting to June 22, 2014, gives anglers the chance to win huge payouts while also experiencing the natural beauty of the area. The Classic is a modified release tournament, meaning Blue Marlin are the only billfish that may be weighed. Release points are also rewarded for white marlin, sailfish, blue marlin, and spearfish. In addition, there are cash prizes for catching dolphin, wahoo, and tuna.

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03/5/2014
30A

30-A Wine Festival

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Head out to Alys Beach this weekend for the 3rd Annual 30-A Wine Festival. This three day event celebrates  innovative food and wine pairings while raising funds for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, which facilitates the delivery of direct medical, dental, vision, and mental health services to uninsured or underinsured Walton and Okaloosa County School Children. Since 2005, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network has served more than 12,000 procedures. The party begins Friday night with The Bourbon, Beer, and Butts Festival at Fonville Press. Saturday afternoon, you can explore

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02/28/2014
30A

Seaside Half Marathon

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The Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run is a community wide fundraiser for the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Sea Coast Collegiate High School. These public charter schools offer local Walton County students traditional education in a smaller environment supplemented with creative electives like gardening, dance, and an award winning robotics club. The Annual Half Marathon benefits the school’s foundation and is one of the hottest race registries in the panhandle, drawing more than 2400 runners for the half marathon and even more for the 5K. This certified half

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02/28/2014
30A

Fishing for Cobia on the Gulf Coast

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Once the cobia start running in The Gulf of Mexico, you know spring is right around the corner. The migration pattern of these big game fish take them through the warmer waters of the Emerald Coast, and they are a great sport fish. Tipping the scales at anywhere between 20-40 pounds, these large fish will most certainly put up a fight. Your captain and mate will start your cobia fishing trip perched atop the charter boat. This bird’s eye view will give the captain and crew a better idea of

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02/19/2014
30A

Mardi Gras Along The Emerald Coast

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You don’t have to travel to “The Big Easy” to get your fill of beads, king cakes, and moon pies; there are some great Mardi Gras celebrations right here at home. So when you’re ready to Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler, you and your family can head to these family friendly activities. -The Eighth Annual Seaside Mardi Gras parade kicks off at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 22nd in front of Seaside Kids. The festivities begin at 12:00, when kids and families can stop by the store for mask making

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02/11/2014
Activities

Valentine’s Weekend Tour of Homes

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One of the area’s best early spring traditions is the Annual Valentine Tour of Homes, presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. This year, six luxurious and diverse homes will be available for touring on Saturday and Sunday, February 15th and 16th. This annual event gives visitors and residents an opportunity to explore the architecture and style of some of the area’s most interesting and innovative homes. This year, the homes on tour include: -Washaway, 10 Hoytz Street, Grayton Beach -The Taylor Home, 184 Barnhill Street Grayton Beach

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