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What's Happening in South Walton October 2019

Spotlight Events:

Oct. 3-5: 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 6: 2 p.m., “The Fantasticks”

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. For ages 12 and older. Tickets can be purchased here.


Oct. 5: Octoberfest at The Bay: 6-9 p.m.

Join The Bay for traditional German fare and beer all Saturday. Live music will be played by The Pickled Pickers from 6-9 p.m. Attendants are encouraged to wear traditional German attire like dirndl or lederhosen to the beach party. Authentic Bavarian food and drink will be served.


Oct. 5: Houndfest: 12-5 p.m.

Idyll Hounds Brewing Company will host Houndfest, a beer festival, for the fifth year. This year, visitors will have 40 beers on tap, unlimited samples, a shirt, glass, and sticker included at every ticket level. Tickets can be purchased here.


Oct. 11 & 12: Styling Your Table: Tablescaping for Special Occasions

The fall and winter seasons are full of celebrations taking place around the dinner table. Hosted by Green Thumb Garden Club, get inspired by creative ideas for your next special occasion while touring unique designs and décor at this free event. Enjoy award-winning tablescapes, educational seminars and upcoming trends from the area experts, including designers from Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie and Tommy Bahama!


Oct. 11: 30A BBQ Festival

Come out to the Gulf Place on Friday from 5:30- 9 p.m. and enjoy live music while taste testing the best BBQ creations from local restaurants and chefs. Alcoholic beverages will be available. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite BBQ dish! Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance. Registered participants of the 30A Half Marathon & 5K will be granted free admission with registration. Tickets can be purchased here.


Oct. 11 & 12: Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival

Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales! The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin presents the 12th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on Oct. 11 & 12, 2019. American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor.

The main event on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m. will feature more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Brewery representatives will be 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 be also featured during the festival.


Oct. 12: The Biggest Little Farm: 7 p.m.

Join the Watersound Origins community for a free feature film under the stars. Each month, a unique film is played. This month, attendants are invited to watch The Biggest Little Farm, a chronicle of the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. A limited menu will be available from 2 Birds Café.


Oct. 19: Emerald Coast Duck Regatta: 10 a.m.

Benefiting Sacred Heart Hospital, the around 3,000 rubber ducks will set sail across the Lagoon on Saturday, Oct. 19 during the 9th annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta in the heart of the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line, which includes the $5,000 first place prize. Family0friendly activities like a scavenger hunt and face painting will follow the race. To adopt a duck, visit the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, online or at Baytowne Wharf the day of the event. Adopt one duck for $10, three for $27, six for $50 or 12 for $100.


Oct. 24, 25, 26: Harvest Wine & Food Festival at Watercolor

Harvest Wine & Food Festival is returning to WaterColor in October. Rated as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast, Harvest provides visitors the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections. The line-up of events includes: Thursday’s Celebrity Winemaker Dinners from 6-9 p.m., Friday’s Al Fresco Reserve Tasting from 6-8 p.m., Saturday’s Mad About Malbec Seminar from 12-1 p.m., and Saturday’s Grand Tasting from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are available here.


Oct. 25: Firkin Fête 

A new experience awaits residents and visitors of South Walton this fall at Alys Beach. The inaugural Firkin Fêteat Alys Beach will take place on Friday, October 25, with local breweries showcasing special brews in a distinctive cask ale, called a firkin, which is made of stainless steel and holds 10.8 gallons of beer.

The main event will be held on Friday, October 25 at Kelly Green,where the doors open at 6:30p.m. and the tapping of the brewers’ firkins will begin at 7:00 p.m.There will also be live music, craft cocktails, as well as bourbon and wine tastings to complement the evening’s activities.

All-inclusive Firkin Fête tickets are $100 in advance at www.alysbeach.com/events, and $150 at door.


Oct. 31: 16th Annual Witch Ride: 7 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton are set the host the 16th Annual Witch Ride presented by Pizza by the Sea, on Wednesday, October 31 to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

Those participating can bring their own bike or rent one from one of our Bike Rental Partners. All participants should be at the Gulf Place Amphitheater by 6 a.m. the morning of the ride. The Witches will be leaving the Gulf Place Amphitheater at 7 a.m., heading west along 30A for about 1.5 miles before looping back for the Gathering Brunch shortly after 8 am. Ticketed riders can expect to enjoy a leisurely morning bike ride followed by brunch, which includes delicious food and beverages, the opportunity to win incredible raffle and silent auction items, and compete in the Best Dress, Most Witchy Cackle & Best Broom (bike) decor competitions.

Admittance to the event is limited to the first 350 to register for the event. Advanced Registration is open for the advanced fee of $50.


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.



Family Movie Night at The HUB at WaterSound Beach: 7 p.m.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a family-friendly movie night on the lawn at The Hub. Admission is free and open to the public, food and beverage available for purchase. *All movie nights begin at 7 p.m.


Wednesday Night Concert Series at Baytowne Wharf: 7 p.m.

The Wednesday Night Concert Series returns to Baytowne. Sit back and relax as you take in the cool crisp air and enjoy live entertainment from local and regional talent from a variety of genres. Concert begins at 7 p.m. on the Events Plaza Stage. Upcoming performances include: October 2: Chris Alvarado, October 9: Luke Langford Band, October 16: Boukou Groove, October 23: Geoff McBride, and October 30: Selwyn Birchwood.



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 County Hwy 30A, Grayton Beach
  • Phone: (850) 213-4000


Live music at The HUB at WaterSound Beach: 6 p.m.

Every Thursday night meet up at The HUB for live music from local bands. Admission is free and open to the public, food and beverage available for purchase.


Live music at 30Avenue: 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music every Thursday night 6:30-9:30 p.m. Arrive early and enjoy Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. with half off wine by the glass.


Friends of Eden Fall Film Series: 6:30 p.m.

Every Thursday night in October, join the CAA at Eden Gardens State Park for a movie night. Films are free with paid park admission ($4.00 per vehicle). Movies start at 6:30. Chairs, blankets & coolers are welcome. Some concessions will be available for donation. Upcoming movies include: Thursday, October 10th: The Princess Bride; Thursday, October 17th: Goonies; Thursday, October 24th: Frogs (filmed at Eden Gardens).


Throwback Thursday Cinema at Baytowne Wharf: 7 p.m.

Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening with Baytown Wharf’s free Throwback Thursday feature film.



Live Music Fridays at Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin: 6 p.m.

Enjoy live music at the Marina Bar & Grill every Friday night. Admission is free and open to the public.


Family Fun Fest at Seascape Towne Centre: 6-10 p.m.

With fun activities for the kids, plenty of dining options, games to play and live music, the family fun fest is a great way to spend your Friday evening at the Seascape Towne Centre. You don’t want to miss the magicians and face painters.



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 West County 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.