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February = FUN on the Emerald Coast | Featured Events

Plenty of sunshine, generally mild temperatures, and less tourist traffic make February a prime time to enjoy festivals, races, and events on the Emerald Coast. Whether you want to celebrate Mardi Gras, test your skills in a half marathon, or feast on the classic Gulf Coast dish shrimp and grits, there’s something fun to enjoy throughout the month. Scroll below for more details on our featured events!


Brunch Fest
Harborwalk Village | Destin
February 11th, 2023

Kick off your day with brunch bites, Bloody Marys, and bubbles galore at the 2nd Annual Brunch Fest at the Destin Harbor! Taste yummy foods from the area’s best brunch spots with mimosa in hand as you soak in the sights of the lively Destin Harbor at Harborwalk Village. Brunch is always a good idea!

Camelia Festival
Eden Gardens State Park | Santa Rosa Beach
February 11th, 2023

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Eden Gardens State Park during the height of camelia season with this fun annual festival featuring live music, food and beverage vendors, heritage presenters demonstrating skills such as blacksmithing and weaving, and master gardeners sharing tips about cultivating camelias. Over 500 varieties will be in bloom on the grounds!

Love & Football: A Dog Promenade
Grand Boulevard | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
February 11th, 2023

Dog-Harmony presents Love & Football: A Dog Promenade on Saturday, February 11th at Grand Boulevard. Dress up your pups in a uniform of your favorite football team or in a Valentine’s Day Theme to win prizes in the following categories: Best Dressed, Most Creative, and Most Enthusiastic. Food with from JC’s Gourmet along with hot dogs, beer and wine will be available at this fundraising event!

Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade & After Party
Broussard’s Bayou Grill | Navarre Beach
February 11th, 2023

Find all the Mardi Gras spirit at the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade with floats entering Gulf Blvd from Indiana Street and moving east to end at Broussard’s Bayou Grill where the after party is! A beer tent along with hotdogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, and jambalaya will be available along with homemade ice cream or shaved ice from Turtle Role Ice Cream and live music until 10PM. The Parade is hosted by the Navarre Krewe of Jesters.

Mardi Gras Celebration
Harborwalk Village | Destin
February 18th, 2023

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Harborwalk Village with LIVE music by Fais Do-Do at 2PM followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers as the parade rolls through the Village at 4PM. Find good times for all at this high energy celebration on the harbor!

Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
February 19th, 2023

Bigger and better than ever, the Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade offers fun for all with unique, colorful floats, golf carts, and trucks as well as costumed dogs and owners filling the streets with Mardi Gras cheer. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” with marchers dressed up in their Mardi Gras best and showering parade-goers with beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.

The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K
February 19th, 2023

Everyone’s favorite race returns to Seaside on February 19th! The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K features a whole weekend of amazing, must-see events! Weekend events include the Taste of the Race kick-off party on Friday, a race expo and packet pick-up on Saturday, followed by the big race on Sunday. This year’s race is themed “rockstar run” so come ready to rock and roll!

Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
February 21st, 2023

Celebrate Fat Tuesday, one of the most festive days of the year, at the Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi! Beginning at 6pm, the Village Street party kicks off with live music, street performers, and more with celebrations continuing into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments. Let the good times roll with beads and more!

Sandestin Gumbo Festival
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
February 24th – 25th, 2023

Known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events on the Emerald Coast, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival returns to Baytowne Wharf on February 24th with a delicious Seafood Boil at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill. On Saturday February 25th, enjoy live music, family activities, and the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast!

Shrimp & Grits Festival
210 Harbor Blvd | Destin
February 25th, 2023

Head to the Destin docks for the 4th Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a nonprofit devoted to “enhancing the development of boys and girls.” This event features creative variations of this favorite southern dish by local restaurants, food trucks, and personal chefs competing to be crowned the best on the Emerald Coast.

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