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WCT What's New Roundup: Summer 2024

WCT What's New Roundup: Summer 2024
Summer is here, and we are getting ready for the season with several new events and other happenings in Walton County. Whether you’re looking for a new restaurant, a place to grab a drink with friends or a place to stay during your next visit, there’s something for everyone in Walton County. 
Amavida Donuts: National Donut Day
Celebrate National Donut Day with us! We will be serving up donuts, coffee, and smiles on Friday, June 7, from 7 a.m. to noon or until sold out! Be one of the first in line for a chance to win mugs, shirts or other goodies!
  • Website: amavida.com
  • Address: Central Square, Seaside - 29 S. 9th St., DeFuniak Springs
  • Phone:(850) 213-1965
30A Distilling Co: Summer Snowball Series
Join us every Wednesday and Friday through June and July for a refreshing and sweet snowball treat in front of 30A Distilling Co. 
  • Website: 30adistillingco.com
  • Address: 605 N. County Highway 393, Building 15 B, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 253-7564
30A Distilling Co: Summer Cuisine Pop-Up Series
Every Friday in June from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., the Beachy Asian cuisine will feature a different menu each week.
  • Website: 30adistillingco.com
  • Address: 605 N. County Highway 393, Building 15 B, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 253-7564
Southern Prize and State Fellowships for Visual Arts Exhibit
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is excited to welcome the 2023 Southern Prize and State Fellowships for Visual Arts touring exhibition. The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, June 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. at The Foster Gallery.
Perla Baking Company: Open Mic Night
Join us at Perla Baking Co. every first Thursday at 6 p.m. for our Community Open Mic Night! Poets, singers, comedians and storytellers, along with supporters and listeners, are all welcome. Come together for an evening of talent, connection, and community vibes, and make memories as we celebrate local voices and creativity.
  • Website: amavida.com
  • Address: 766 Baldwin Ave., DeFuniak Springs
  • Phone: (850) 564-3030
Amavida Coffee and Perla Baking Co: Summer Seasonal Drink Release
Join us to try our two new Summer Seasonal Drinks. Returning favorite, the Tie-Dye Lemonade is a color-changing delight with blue jasmine green tea with organic lemon juice and lavender syrup served over ice. The new Cinnamon Crunch Cold Brew features cold brew topped with cereal milk and pH delight cold foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon brown sugar.
  • Website: amavida.com
  • Address: 766 Baldwin Ave., DeFuniak Springs
  • Phone: (850) 564-3030
Amavida Coffee: Monthly Roaster Tour
Join us on the third Wednesday of the month for a tour of our roastery and a coffee tasting with your local coffee roaster. You'll get to see behind-the-scenes operations of specialty coffee roasting and meet some of the team who make it possible to enjoy freshly roasted coffee from across the globe. Following the tour, we invite you to taste a couple of our current specialty coffee lots!
  • Website: amavida.com
  • Address: 712 Serenoa Road, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 213-1965
The Big Chill Opens Arcade
The Big Chill just got even more fun. Join us at the arcade and make it a game day every day!
  • Website: thebigchill.com
  • Address: 24 Hub Lane, Watersound 
  • Phone: (850) 213-0782
3 Sons Bar-B-Q: Flip Night
Guests can flip a coin for a chance to get their drink for free, even top-shelf. All liquor, beer and wine are eligible. Go big every Thursday 5 p.m. to close. 
  • Website: 3sonsbarbq.com
  • Address: 6931 W. County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 278-6082
Idyll Hound Proper: Saturday and Sunday Brunch with Live Music
Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for brunch at Idyll Hound Proper, with live music from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy brunch with live music and bottomless mimosas!
  • Website: idyllhoundproper.com
  • Address: 12805 U.S. Highway 98 E., E101, Rosemary Beach
  • Phone: (850) 909-9041
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Movie Monday
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn for a featured film on the big screen! Movie listings: June 10 - The Super Mario Bros Movie, June 17 - Cars, June 24 - Vivo, July 1 - Secretariat, July 8 - Holes, July 15 - Mummies, July 22 - Dumbo, July 29 - The Little Mermaid, and Aug. 6 - Dolittle.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Boomin' Tuesdays - Fireworks Show
Turn your eyes on the sky and watch as we light up the night with a breathtaking fireworks show over the Lagoon at 9:15pm. PLUS, enjoy a DJ Dance Party with DJ Mike Whitty in the Events Plaza at 7:15 p.m. through Aug. 6.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Fly Guy Thursday
Enjoy shows from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon! Watch as he soars to the sky and makes waves at Baytowne Wharf. Thursdays May 23 to Aug. 8.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Scallywag Sunday at Sandestin
Join us for magic, music and mayhem! Watch as featured pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with two magic shows on stage at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Every Sunday from May 19 to Aug. 4. 
Chautauqua Vineyards Winery: Food Trucks
Food trucks will be on the lawn at Chautauqua Winery in historic DeFuniak Springs, located at the corner of 331 and Interstate 10, through Saturday, Sept. 7. The trucks will start serving at noon and will stay as long as people are hungry. Join us for fun in the sun! You can enjoy food, music, wine, and lawn games every Saturday this summer.
  • Website: chautauquawinery.com
  • Address: 364 Hugh Adams Road, DeFuniak Springs
  • Phone: (850) 892-5887
Coastal Kids Summer Events and Reading Schedule
All events are free to the public and everyone is welcome. Visit the website below for the full schedule. 
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, June 19-22, attracts anglers of all skill levels to compete for over $2 million in cash awards. Now in its 22nd year, the ECBC continues to expand. However, the core attributes of the tournament remain the same: world-class competition, exceptional service, luxury accommodations, a beautiful backdrop for the event and fun for the whole family. Visit fishECBC.com for details.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Red, White and Baytowne
Join us this 4th of July for our spectacular Red, White and Baytowne celebration! Enjoy LIVE music from Below Alabama on the Events Plaza Stage from 7 - 9:15 p.m., followed by a fireworks display lighting up the night sky at 9:15 p.m. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will also host kids' activities including kids' crafts, face painting and balloon sculpting.
Walton County Heritage Association Meetings
The Walton County Heritage Association will hold quarterly members' meetings on Thursday, July 18 and Oct. 17, featuring storytellers and historians. Presentations will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour in length, followed by a museum tour. Everyone is invited at 5:30 p.m. on both days at the Walton County Heritage Museum.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Dog Day Pawty
Celebrate International Dog Day with us on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Baytowne Marina Beach! Bring along the family for an unfurgettable event that will include: a special dog menu at Marina Bar and Grill, Baytowne Marina Bonfire Show, Captain Davy Magic Show, a pet grooming bus, a dog kissing booth, a photo booth, a live DJ, and for humans, a free beer with a donation to Alaqua Animal Refuge. Plus, every furry friend gets a tennis ball and treats!
Hotel Effie Joins Marriott Autograph Collection
Hotel Effie has joined the Marriot Bonvoy family as part of the luxurious Autograph Collection. The Marriot Autograph Collection is made up of distinctive independent hotels, carefully crafted to leave a lasting imprint. 
  • Website: hoteleffie.com
  • Address: 1 Grand Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (833) 873-3343
Bal Harbour Access Pop-up Shops at Grand Boulevard
Enjoy a taste of the luxury fashion, dining and shopping mecca with the Bal Harbour Shops Access Pop-up, open at Grand Boulevard through July 18.  A total of 30 individual shipping containers join together to house a curated array of luxury fashion, jewelry and lifestyle brands, as well as an acclaimed dining destination, The Whitman, and even an edited version of its signature courtyard.
  • Website: grandboulevard.com
  • Address: 585 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (850) 837-3099