Five Fantastic Fall Events in Destin
Fall is full of fun on the Emerald Coast!
It’s often said that Fall is the best season to visit Destin—both by tourists and locals alike. The waters of the Gulf stay comfortably warm well into October, and, while the nights can be cooler, the days still feel like Summer. Additionally, unlike the Summer months, you’ll rarely have to wait in any lines at restaurants or in Highway 98’s infamous peak-season traffic. Prices and nightly-minimums for accommodations also take a dip from Summer’s peak rates and restrictions, making shorter, last-minute getaways easier!
However, most people will agree that the festivals and events in Destin are the biggest reason to experience the Emerald Coast in the Fall! Some of the area’s most popular and signature events and festivals take place between September and November. So if you’re looking for a festive place to make a fall getaway, look no further than here! Lots of extraordinary homes and condos are still available so don’t miss out on the Fall fun — book your stay today!
Burgers, Bourbon, & Beer Festival
Sep. 24, 2022
Experience gourmet burgers paired with craft beers and bourbons at the 2nd Annual Burgers, Bourbon, & Beer Festival. The festivities begin at noon at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk behind Brotula’s. Live music is also on tap, and the festival will benefit the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the Emerald Coast.
74th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo
Oct. 1-31, 2022
A long-standing tradition, the Destin Fishing Rodeo has been the signature annual event for “the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for 74 years. Anglers from far and wide compete for cash and prizes in this exciting saltwater fishing tournament. Catch all the action on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar at the Destin Harbor, with weigh-ins daily throughout the entire month!
44th Annual Destin Seafood Festival
Oct. 7-9, 2022
Hungry? Treat your taste buds to the flavor of the Gulf coast at the Destin Seafood Festival. It’s no mystery as to why this is one of the most popular events in the area: Over 100 vendors showcase their delicious take on local seafood. The event also features local art and boutiques, plus, 6 stages of live music! This is one you can’t miss!
Rocktober Concert Series
Oct. 1, 15, & 22, 2022
Rock out on Saturday evenings throughout October after the Fishing Rodeo weigh-ins! This live concert series is FREE and begins at 7:00 p.m. each night, and concludes with a Fireworks show over the Harbor at 9:00 p.m.
27th Annual Festival of the Arts
Oct. 29-30, 2022
The Festival of the Arts, hosted and presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, is one of the Southeast’s premier art events. The festival showcases over 65 premier artists plus collaborative artists from around the world. It also features a food bistro, live music, a beer and wine garden, and a student exhibit. Admission is FREE for all attendees!