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What’s Happening in February in South Walton

South Walton has plenty of fun to keep you busy this winter. From performing arts and wine events romantic Valentine’s Day fun and foodie findsthere’s always something to do. Here’s a look at what’s happening this month in South Walton. For even more South Walton events, go to www.visitsouthwalton.com.


Spotlight Events:


Feb. 2: Super Bowl Watch Party at The HUB: 5:30-10 p.m.

Hang out at The Hub in WaterSound while watching the big game on the 25-foot Jumbotron. Not only will there be food and drink specials, there will be giveaways during halftime.


Feb. 7: ECTC’S Dinner with Booker T: 7 p.m.

On the 16th of October 1901, Booker T. Washington became the first Negro to dine at the White House. Through song and dance, multiple characters are portrayed in this solo show in which Mr. Washington recalls the joys and racial aftermath of this infamous dinner. Written and performed by Broadway artist Darryl Reuben Hall, Dinner with Booker T. is a one-time performance during Emerald Coast Theatre Company's Storyteller Series.


Feb. 9: Champagne & Chocolates: 2-4 p.m.

Join us in Grand Boulevard for a delicious tasting event on Sunday, Feb. 9. Bring your Valentine and taste an array of Champagne and sparkling wine, paired with hand-made chocolates and hors d'oeuvres by Chef Dawn and a selection of artisan cheese.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 day of. This is a limited space event that sells out every year.


Feb. 13: My Furry Valentine: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Please join Dog Harmony for its annual doggie social, My Furry Valentine, at Grand Park at Grand Boulevard! Show your canine love - and dress in Valentine-themed matching attire - at this dog social featuring live music, light bites from JC's Gourmet and drinks. Judges will award prizes for the best costumed duos! No prong, choke or shock collars, please.


Feb. 14: SunQuest Cruises Valentine’s Dinner Cruise: 7-10 p.m.

What’s a more romantic Valentine’s Day in Destin, Florida than indulging in a chef-prepared meal while cruising into the moonlight on the sparkling waters on a 125-foot yacht? Romance the night away with a special three-course, chef-prepared meal including Smoked Tomato-Basil Bisque, Braised Boneless Short Rib, Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Tuscan-Stuffed Chicken Breast and Red Velvet Cake. Dance the night away to live entertainment or sneak away for a private moment under the stars on the sky deck as the moonbeams ride the tide of the local waters.


Feb. 15: Valentine Tour of Homes: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Valentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike, it also signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes. The tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings bringing inspiration to tour goers’ winter weekend at the beach. Fall in love with some of South Walton’s most interesting homes while raising funds for the CAA’s “Art For All” Program.


Feb. 15: Sandestin Gumbo Festival: 12 p.m.

This winter festival favorite is back for the 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival. Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner. Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best.” Gulf Coast restaurants will be featured along with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and children’s activities. The Best Bloody Marys at The Beach competition is back! Sponsored by Bombora Vodka, taste some of the finest bars’ and restaurants’ Bloody Marys on the coast and you’re the judge. Vote for your favorite and help them win the title of “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach.” This year’s event is promising to serve up fun for everyone.


Feb. 16: Crescendo! Main Event: 11:30 a.m.

This year's theme is La vie en rosé (life in pink): enter into an elegant setting of rosé-inspired decor and fashion at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. This energy-infused experience will celebrate the cultural and culinary arts by showcasing world-class vintners, expert spirit purveyors, amazing auction items, and an electrifying musical performance by Violectric.


Feb. 19-23: 9th Annual 30A Wine Festival

The 9th annual 30A Wine Festival is a must-experience signature event along 30A that encompasses the vintner’s craft as well as the culinary arts. We all love an eventful and exciting festival weekend, but we all love an event with an even bigger picture.


For the past 9 years, the 30A Wine Festival has been a proud supporter of the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to health services for children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Your attendance is welcomed with a grateful spirit by us and many others as we continue to support a nonprofit dedicated to going above and beyond while giving back to our local community.


 Feb. 23: Mardi Gras Parade: 2-4 p.m.

The Village streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pickup trucks. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as our four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.


Feb. 25: Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi: 6-8 p.m.

Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) with the Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi. Starting at 6 p.m. join us for a Village Street party complete with music, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments. So break out the beads and get ready for a night to remember.


Feb. 28: Taste of the Race: 6-10 p.m.

Join Chef Emeril Lagasse live and in person and enjoy cuisine from many of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants in the beautiful Seaside Lyceum.

Proceeds from your purchase and participation in our annual Taste of the Race event directly supports our culinary program at the Seaside Neighborhood School! Through this opportunity students will have the opportunity to continue to expand their knowledge about food and healthy habits in our very own Seaside Neighborhood School Culinary Garden.


Feb. 29: 11th Annual Caring and Sharing Fashion Show: 12:30 p.m.

Join us February 29th for the 11th Annual Caring and Sharing Fashion Show. The theme this year is Paris in Spring!

Caring & Sharing Volunteers will model items found in the organizations thrift store. Enjoy lunch, a fashion show, a boutique featuring items from the C&S thrift store, a silent auction, and door prizes! Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Caring & Sharing facility located at 112 Lynn Drive, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information email caringsharingsowal@gmail.com.


 Recurring Events:



Wine & Song at NEAT – Alys Beach: 5 p.m.

Enjoy light bites and live music while tasting select wines every Tuesday night 5-7 p.m. 21 and up only, $15 per person.


Tuesday Tastings at Grimaldis Pizzeria

Every Tuesday, guests can enjoy half off glasses, carafes, and bottles of wine.  This deal excludes house wines but includes all other wines and seasonal sangrias.



Wednesday Night Bonfire on the Beach at The Bay: 6 p.m.

Enjoy The Bay’s private beach, live music from local artists, and cozy fires every Wednesday Night.

  • Website:baysouthwalton.com/
  • Address:24215 Hwy. 331 South, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 622-2291



Grayton Beer Brewpub Trivia Night: 6-8 p.m.

Join the staff of Grayton Beer Brewpub every Thursday night to test your knowledge against other teams. Enjoy $12 pitcher specials, small-batch beers, craft cocktails and dinner. Teams of 6 are best, if you don’t have a team you can make some new friends at the brewpub! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners each week.

  • Website:graytonbeer.com/
  • Address:170 E Co. Hwy. 30A, Grayton Beach
  • Phone: (850) 213-4000



Wine and Tapas at the Backyard of Love

Start your weekends at Hibiscus. Friday and Saturday nights, Hibiscus is hosting a "Wine and Tapas" event from 4-8 p.m. Beer, Wine, Coffee, Espresso and Small Plates of food will be available.

  • Website: com/events/
  • Address:85 DeFuniak St., Santa Rosa Beach



Seaside Farmer’s Market at Seaside Amphitheatre: 9 a.m.

Seaside Farmers Market takes place in the Seaside Amphitheater every Saturday rain or shine 9 a.m.-12p.m.! Seaside Farmers Market is on a mission to educate the public about sustainable practices by providing a well-rounded, green living experience. Vendors offer farm fresh, locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, beef from happy cows, heirloom seeds, artisan breads and cheeses, organic eggs, preserves, and doggie treats, to name a few.


Farmer’s Market at Grand Boulevard: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, the Grand Boulevard Farmer's Market features dozens of unique vendors offering mostly locally sourced food-based items such as produce, grass-fed beef, chicken, and pork, local honey, pickled vegetables, gourmet jams, unique homemade hummus, flowers, herbs, soaps and lotions and much more.


Family Challenge Saturdays at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 9 a.m.

Every Saturday bring the family to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a fun challenge you can complete together. Challenges range from geocaching, photo scavenger hunt, a beach scavenger hunt, or an art challenge! Check in at the Park Store between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for your family challenge packet. Upon completion, return the packet to the Park Store for your treat.



30A Farmer’s Market in Rosemary Beach: 9 a.m.  

Come out to do your food shopping and pick up fresh from the farm produce, baked goods and pastries, delicious prepared foods, and much more. Take in the stunning views of Rosemary Beach where you'll find vendors lining the park with tents and all the good stuff.


Sunday Brunch at Pescado: 10:30 a.m.

Chef Ken Duenas has prepared an elegant and sophisticated brunch menu. Take in the relaxing views of Rosemary Beach from Pescado’s rooftop while drinking Mimosas and Rose – all day. Live acoustic music from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with weekly rotating artists. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.

  • Website:rooftop30a.com
  • Address:74 Town Hall Rd. #4b, Rosemary Beach
  • Phone: (850) 213-4600


Sunday Brunch at Stinky’s Fish Camp: 10 a.m.

Every Sunday you can enjoy brunch at Stinky’s Fish Camp, complete with live music from The Steenos and Stinky’s famous Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Every Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Website:stinkysfishcamp.com
  • Address:5960 W Co. Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 267-3053


Sunday Pickin’ at The Bay: 4-8 p.m.

Every Sunday enjoy live music from Mike Whitty and friends.

  • Website:baysouthwalton.com
  • Address:24215 Hwy. 331, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Phone: (850) 622-2291


Sunday Funday Ranger Program at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 9 a.m.

Every Sunday come discover more about the park’s natural and cultural history with a Park Ranger. Program begins at 9 a.m. Free with regular park admission.





About South Walton:

Located along a 26-mile stretch of white sandy beaches in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses 16 distinct beach neighborhoods, each with its own visual style, amenities and charm. South Walton is home to four state parks, one state forest, and more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. Renowned for natural scenic beauty, turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches, South Walton was named one of the “Secret Florida Beaches” by Travel + Leisure, but is easily accessible as a drive to destination or by flying to nearby airports Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) or the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). An upscale, yet casual place to unwind, South Walton is the place to recharge and build lasting memories. Learn more at VisitSouthWalton.com or follow Visit South Walton on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.