Annual Events in Fort Walton Beach for Year-Round Delight

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Nestled along the pristine shores of Florida's Emerald Coast, Okaloosa Island is not just a destination; it's a year-round celebration. From the refreshing vibes of spring to the sun-soaked days of summer and the festive cheer of fall and winter, annual events in Fort Walton Beach cater to diverse interests. There are a myriad of festivals and happenings within just a few miles of your Seaspray Condominium vacation rental. To help you plan your visit, here's a curated list of the most popular Okaloosa Island events organized by the enchanting seasons.

Spring Events

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The Island Pier Spring Fishing Tournament:

Warmer weather signals the beginning of The Island Pier Spring Fishing Tournament, a beloved event for anglers of all skill levels. Join the excitement as the community comes together to showcase their fishing prowess and celebrate the abundance of marine life in the Gulf. The tournament includes Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Cobia.

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival (3rd Weekend in May):

As the temperatures rise, so does the swashbuckling energy during the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival. Join Captain Billy and his crew for a weekend filled with pirate-themed parades, live music, and family-friendly activities that transform Okaloosa Island into a pirate's haven. This is one of the best Okaloosa Island events.

Harborwalk Village Memorial Day Celebration (May):

Welcome summer with a bang at the Harborwalk Village Memorial Day Celebration. Enjoy live music, a dance party, and a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky, setting the tone for the sun-soaked season ahead.

Summer Events


Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (June):

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is a premier event for fishing enthusiasts. Anglers worldwide gather to compete for substantial cash prizes, making it a thrilling spectacle both on and off the water.

Independence Day Celebrations (July):

Celebrate America's birthday in style with an Okaloosa Island Independence Day celebration. From Destin to Fort Walton, you can find beachside extravaganzas featuring live music, patriotic festivities, contests, and breathtaking fireworks displays over the Gulf of Mexico.

Fall Events

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Smoke on the Coast BBQ Festival (September):

The Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ Festival takes place in September at Destin Commons. Enjoy family fun activities, live music, BBQ sampling, and more.

Destin Seafood Festival (October):

As the weather cools, savor the flavors of the sea at the Destin Seafood Festival. Experience the culinary delights of fresh seafood, live music, and a vibrant atmosphere that captures the essence of Gulf Coast living.

Destin Food Truck Fest (November):

Embrace the autumn spirit at the Destin Food Truck Fest. Family-friendly activities, numerous food trucks, bounce houses, live entertainment, and more make this event a perfect way to celebrate fall on the coast.

Winter Events

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Holiday Lights (November-December):

Okaloosa Island and many coastal villages transform into a magical winter wonderland during the holidays. Marvel at the festive light displays, stroll along the illuminated pathways and capture the holiday spirit against the backdrop of the Gulf.

Okaloosa Island New Year's Eve Fireworks (December):

Bid farewell to the year with the Okaloosa Island New Year's Eve Fireworks. Join the community in counting down to midnight with a dazzling display that paints the night sky with vibrant colors, setting the tone for a promising new year. This is one of the best Okaloosa Island events to end the year with a bang. 

No matter the season, Okaloosa Island welcomes visitors with open arms and a calendar full of exciting events. Each season offers a unique opportunity to experience the charm and hospitality of this coastal gem on Florida's Emerald Coast, from pirate festivals to seafood extravaganzas. Plan your trip to coincide with these annual events in Fort Walton Beach, and let the magic of the Gulf Coast unfold around you.

Amazing events are just a few minute's drive from your Seaspray Condominiums. Book your vacation rental condo today!

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