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Walton County Roundup of Fall Events 2023

Walton County Roundup of Fall 2023 Events
Fall is here and we are preparing for the season's events with a roundup of local happenings! This roundup will include fall events from October - December, and there will be a separate roundup for upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether you're looking for a free fitness class, a concert, or something to do with the family, there’s an event for everyone in Walton County. 
Oct. 4 - 25, Wellness Wednesday at Grand Boulevard
Wellness Wednesday is a complimentary fitness class that takes place every Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m. and afternoon at 5 p.m., from Oct. 4 - 25 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. It’s the perfect way to kick-start your mid-week while focusing on your overall wellness before the holiday glut.
  • Website: grandboulevard.com
  • Address: 585 Grand Blvd., Suite 205, Miramar Beach 
  • Phone: (850) 837-3099
Oct. 6, Bi-Weekly Farmers Market: 4 - 8 p.m.
Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of makers at the Bi-Weekly Farmers Market—your destination for artisanal creations in the heart of Santa Rosa Beach. This farmers market occurs every other Friday.
  • Website: thedistrictfl.com
  • Address: 2668 U.S. Hwy. 98, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 460-8990
Oct. 6, Children's Volunteer Health Network Benefit Concert: 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Come dance, dine and celebrate with the family! Thanks to presenting sponsors Tommy Bahama, all food and beverage sales give back to support Children's Volunteer Health Network. This concert is free and open to the public.
  • Website: grandboulevard.com
  • Address: 585 Grand Boulevard, Suite 205, Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (850) 837-3099
Oct. 7, Main Street Oktoberfest: 5 - 8 p.m.
Main Street DeFuniak Springs will host its 3rd annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 5 - 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs. The event, held outdoors on Baldwin Avenue between S. 7th and S. 8th St., will feature craft German beer, assorted German-themed vendors, live music, axe throwing and activities for kids and families.
Oct. 6 - 7, 15th Annual Baytowne Beer Festival
Join us for samplings of local brews, merchants and live music on the lawn. Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort presents the 15th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on Oct. 6 - 7. American specialty brews from around the nation will be available to sample and savor. The event will feature over 200 domestic and international craft beers available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. Live music will also be featured during the festival. It's the Best Beer Fest on the Coast!
  • Website: sandestin.com
  • Address: 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach 
  • Phone: (850) 267-8730
Oct. 7, South Walton Fire District Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. - noon
Join the South Walton Fire District in welcoming the start of Fire Prevention Week with a delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5. We will have family-friendly activities available, including face painting, a photo booth, fire engine tours, kids' firefighter combat challenge and plenty of 40th anniversary-themed surprises.
  • Website: swfd.org
  • Address: 911 N. U.S. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach 
  • Phone: (850) 267-1298
Oct. 8, Oktoberfest at North Beach Social
Join the all-day Oktoberfest celebration and costume contest. There's a $250 gift card for first place, and a $150 gift card for second place. Listen to live music with Wildlife Specials & Salt Rock. 
  • Website: facebook.com/events
  • Address: 24200 Hwy. 331 S., Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 622-8110
Oct. 8, Watersound Origins Porchfest: 3 - 6 p.m.
The Watersound Origins community will host the annual Watersound Origins Porchfest on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 3 - 6 p.m. This free public event will take place throughout Watersound Origins on the front porches and lawns of the community. Bring a lawn chair and friends and be ready for an afternoon of good music, good people and good neighbors. Food Trucks at the event include: Curry in a Hurry and MyOhana.
Oct. 11, Cigar and Cocktail Pairing by 30A Distilling Co. and Ash and Air: 5 - 7 p.m.
Ash and Air, a mobile cigar bar, will be setting up on the back porch at 30A Distilling Co. We will have cocktails curated to the cigar, as well as hors d'oeuvres and charcuterie included for your enjoyment.
  • Website: 30adistillingco.com
  • Address: 605 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Building 15B, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 253-7564
Oct. 12, Spa Pearl Bubbles & Beauty: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Highlighting their spa offerings, The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach invites you to Bubbles & Beauty held on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Hemingway Room at The Pearl Hotel. Guests can enjoy complimentary express massages, beauty product samples, glasses of Prosecco, fruit, pastries and raffle prizes. Open to the public, this event is free to attend. 
Oct. 13 - 14, Grand Opening Weekend at Watersound Village Market
Enjoy new and favorite dishes from the menu while watching college football games on a massive 16-foot LED wall, creating a fun and festive day for the whole family. Read more about the grand opening weekend HERE. You can also find the Facebook event HERE
Oct. 14, Eggs on the Beach, Presented by Bay Breeze Patio: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Eggs on the Beach is a green egg cooking competition open to the public with the purchase of a ticket. Teams compete for prizes cooking whatever they want to cook on the Big Green Egg. Ticket entry includes music, a raffle and all of the tastes you would like. This event is Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Seascape Towne Center. 
Oct. 14, Marina Jam with Mitch Malloy: 6 - 10 p.m.
Experience Mitch Malloy Live: Former Great White lead singer Mitch Malloy brings his electrifying performance to Marina Bar & Grill. Enjoy songs from his new album, The Last Song, plus hits and surprises. Marina Jam DJ Vasco Milord will keep the energy high. Sip on Black Sheep Tequila and Buffalo Chip Bourbon while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Secure your spot for this unforgettable night of rock and roll magic by the bay.
  • Website: sandestin.com
  • Address: 8330 Mike Hayes Dr., Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (850) 267-7778
Oct. 19 - 22, Harvest Wine & Food Festival
The seventh annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival returns to WaterColor for four days of epicurean excellence that is sure to delight both wine and culinary enthusiasts alike. The 2023 event will feature wine dinners, our famous Grand Tasting, a cocktail brunch and much more. Rated as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast, Harvest Wine & Food Festival provides patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections.
Oct. 25 - 28, Second Annual Alys Beach Crafted
Crafted is a celebration of artists and artisans, culinary creatives, brewers, distillers and mixologists. Four days of events explore the collaborations between these experts, with guests invited into the the conversation - the "stories that craft tells." Firkin Fête, Spirited Seminars, Spirited Soirée, and "Be the Maker" workshops are the core of Crafted, with pop-ups, take-overs and special events added organically each year as they bloom from the collaborative spirit of the festival. Alys Beach Crafted proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
Oct. 26, Barktoberfest: 4:30 - 6:30
Join our spooky costume doggie social, benefiting Dog-Harmony, for music, beer and light bites. The best costumes will be announced at 6:15 p.m. Please, no prong, shock or choke collars. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Website: grandboulevard.com
  • Address: 585 Grand Boulevard, Suite 205, Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (850) 837-3099
Oct. 27 - 28, AnnaMaria Cammilli Jewelry Trunk Show: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The company has a rich history in Firenze and the designs by AnnaMaria who began as a sculptress and painter are super feminine and all pieces are available in eight colors of cold to further add to the personalization for any woman’s skin tone. Cammilli creations stand out on the international scene for their originality and are recognizable for a coherent style that has become known as "Cammilli style." Since 1983 it produces 100 percent of its jewels in Italy. We invite you to come see our new line in store and see why it is an international name.
Oct. 28, Halloween Celebration at Hotel Effie
This Halloween, celebrate at the only rooftop pool in Northwest Florida with passed bites, specialty cocktails and live beats on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge, perched atop Hotel Effie Sandestin.
  • Website: hoteleffie.com
  • Address: 1 Grand Sandestin Boulevard, Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (833) 873-3343
Oct. 28, Run Watersound: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
The third annual Run Watersound will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28. Attendees will be able to participate in a 10K or 5K run. All registered runners, regardless of race distance, will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. All races will begin and end at The Pavilion at Watersound Town Center with a flat scenic course through the paths and streets of the Watersound Origins community. Entry fees - 5K: $40 10K: $50
Oct. 28, 13th Annual Halloweener Derby: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The 2023 Halloweener Derby will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 on the Lyceum Lawn. Costume contest follows championship race. Please note all dogs will need to be checked in at the registration tent prior to competing in the derby or costume contest.
  • Website: seasidefl.com
  • Address: 25 Central Sq., Seaside
  • Phone: (850) 714-3166
Oct. 28, First Annual Bahama Buck's Fall Celebration: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us for arts and crafts, balloons, music, games and our greatest Sno on Earth. 
  • Website: bahamabucks.com
  • Address: 11299 U.S. Hwy. 98 E., C-106, Inlet Beach
  • Phone: (952) 297-7594
Oct. 29, Kids Fall Festival at North Beach Social 
Join North Beach Social for Kids Fall Festival with arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and live music with Wildlife Specials and Sunshine Wranglers.
Oct. 31, DeFuniak Springs Halloween Happening: 5 - 7 p.m.
Halloween Happening has been an annual event since 1991 and is put on by the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association. Our community will close Baldwin Avenue on Halloween to celebrate! Local businesses will set up booths downtown and give away goodies and candy to kids. Also, there will be a costume contest for children under 11. Registration is at 4 p.m. and judging at 4:30 on Baldwin Avenue across from Creative Styling. This event is free and open to the public. If you have a business and would like to participate by setting up a table, please contact us at 850-830-1661.
Oct. 31, Trick or Treat Seaside: 4 - 6 p.m.
Join us in Seaside on Halloween from 4 - 6 p.m. for an evening filled with ghoulish music, scary delicious treats and more.
Oct. 31, Halloween on the BOOlevard!
Join us for an entertaining stroll through Grand Boulevard Town Center for Trick-or-Treating with our Grand Boulevard merchants and restaurants. This event is free and open to the public.
Oct. 31, Trick or Treat Street at the Village of Baytowne Wharf: 6 - 8 p.m.
Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a spooktacular extravaganza! This Halloween, trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants for your favorite treat. Steve Hall will play frightenly good tunes on the main stage while you enjoy crafts and balloon animals. Be sure to stop by Coconut Kidz to enter the costume contest and compete to win the grand prize. End the night with a fireworks display at 8 p.m.
  • Website: sandestin.com
  • Address: 9300 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (850) 267-8180
Oct. 31, DJ30A Halloween Party and Costume Contest at North Beach Social: 6 - 9 p.m.
Join North Beach Social for a Halloween party and costume contest with DJ30A. There will be a $500 cash prize for first place, a $250 cash prize for second place and a $100 gift card for third place. 

Nov. 9 - 11, Erica Courtney Trunk Show and Personal Appearance: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A modern-day Indiana Jones in Stiletto Heels! Erica travels the world and mines for some of the rarest and most beautiful gems. This event will showcase her Drop Dead Gorgeous jewelry. You will never see more beautiful jewelry than Erica Courtney's collection. It's as though each piece has the most exquisite gemstone(s) and is then dipped in diamond glitter. It's easy to see why Erica Courtney was named one of the “Top 3 Jewelry Designers in the World” by United Brands. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Erica in person and experience jewelry that she describes as “pretty, girly, beautiful, wearable and a little bit edgy.”


Nov. 9, Seaside Red Wine Festival Vintners Dinner: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of delicious wines from Silver Oak Vineyards alongside a curated menu at Bud & Alley’s as we toast to the beginning of Seeing Red weekend. Tickets will be $350 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Jeff Flood of Silver Oak Vineyards will be in attendance serving the wines. Reservations for this coveted dinner can be made by emailing michael@budandalleys.com using the subject line “Seeing Red Dinner Reservation.” Seating is Limited. Visit https://seasideseeingred.com/ for more information.


Nov. 10, Seeing Red Wine Festival Al Fresco Reserve Tasting: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
An elegant evening filled with a curated selection of vintage and reserve wines, poured by the winemakers and vintners. Mingle among friends and fellow wine enthusiasts as you enjoy paired to-perfection hors d’oeuvres and live music in Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn. Visit seasideseeingred.com for more information.


Nov. 11, Seeing Red Wine Festival Grand Tasting: 1 - 4 p.m.
Seaside’s Central Square comes to life for the Seeing Red Grand Tasting. Sip on wines poured by winemakers and vintners from around the world paired with cuisine curated by local chefs, including those in Seaside. Live music fills the air as you sip and mingle with fellow wine enthusiasts. Visit seasideseeingred.com for tickets and more information.


Nov. 12, Seeing Red Wine Festival Sunday Tiki Social: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join us for our Sunday Tiki Social located at The Daytrader Restaurant in partnership with Cabana by The Seaside Style. Enjoy tiki-themed cocktails and more alongside a perfectly curated brunch menu and a live DJ. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, this event wraps up Seeing Red weekend. Visit seasideseeingred.com for tickets and more information.

Nov. 18, Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights: 4 - 6 p.m.
The Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights will take place on the beautifully decorated streets of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, highlighting more than 30 champagne and delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. The event will feature an evening of holiday cheer, carolers, plenty of bubbles and end with Baytowne Wharf's choreographed light show, 12 Nights of Lights.


Nov. 24 and 26, Local Love Sidewalk Sale: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
This one's for you, locals! Join us in SEASIDE® as we celebrate the end of our busy summer season with a town-wide shopping experience of Merchant sidewalk sales, live music, discounted food & beverage, and free parking for the day!


Nov. 25, Turn the Town: 4 - 5 p.m.
'Tis the season for holiday cheer! Join us in SEASIDE® as we ring in the holiday season with our annual tree lighting, photos with Santa, and more holiday activities for guests of all ages. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.


Nov. 25, Charitable Christmas Concert: 3 p.m.
The Merchants of Rosemary Beach are excited to partner with the Rosemary Beach Foundation and Alaqua Animal Refuge for a special outdoor holiday concert from "Strawberry Wine" singer, Deana Carter. Benefiting Alaqua Animal Refuge, this is an all ages, all species show so feel free to bring your furry best friends. Please donate for tickets and raffle online in advance. General Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For $20 per person, gain access to upfront and center seating in the Amphitheater Area. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs.

  • Website: rbconcerts.com
  • Address: 78 N. Barrett Sq., Rosemary Beach
  • Phone: (850) 238-9145
Dec. 2, Charity Ball at Café Thirty-A: 6 - 10 p.m.
All proceeds benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton’s efforts to provide food and financial assistance to local area families and individuals in need. In 2022, the annual Christmas Charity Ball raised over $50,000 through ticket sales, donations, raffle tickets, and auction sales. For area businesses interested in silent auction donations, please contact Jessica Bracken at jessica@proffittpr.com.
  • Website: cafethirtya.com
  • Address: 3899 E. U.S. Hwy. 30A, Seagrove
  • Phone: (850) 231-2166


Dec. 2 - 3, SEASIDE® Holiday Market: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us in Central Square as local artisans, unique vendors, and festive creators fill the square for your holiday shopping. Vendor applications are now open for the 2023 Market HERE.

Dec. 8 - 9, Kwiat Dazzling Diamond Event: 10 - 5:30 p.m.
Kwiat has been one of America's most trusted family-owned houses of diamond jewelry design since 1907. Kwiat has a passion for beauty and a deep understanding of gemstones and spent more than a decade cutting diamonds to bring out their brilliance.