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New Year = Must-Experience January Events on the Emerald Coast

Pictured: The Back Porch Jetty Run in Destin

January starts a fresh year of first-class events on the Emerald Coast with a variety of things to do from 30A to Okaloosa Island. Music lovers can enjoy the highly anticipated 30A Songwriters Festival or a one-night only tribute to Judy Garland while runners have two fun opportunities for lighthearted competition. Scroll below for more details on all the happenings!


The Back Porch Jetty Run
The Back Porch | Destin
January 7th, 2023

Benefiting the Feline Friends of Destin, the 4th Annual Back Porch Jetty Run is an out-and-back race with a course that follows the beautiful white sand shore of Destin. The race will begin and end at the historic Back Porch. The race route is 5.88 miles to the jetties and back.

30A Songwriters Festival
Various Venues in South Walton
January 13th to 16th, 2023

Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and Russell Carter Artist Management, the 30A Songwriters Festival is in its 14th year of celebrating “hooks, lines and singers” in South Walton over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Headliners include Lyle Lovett, the Gin Blossoms, and more!

Best of the West Jazz Competition
Harborwalk Village | Destin
January 21st, 2023

Ready for an afternoon of jazz music? High school bands from schools in Northwest Florida battle to the Best of the West on the HarborWalk Village Main Stage! Don’t miss a day full of performances by talented, local high school jazz bands!

Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center | Okaloosa Island
January 21st, 2023

Hosted by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Get Happy celebrates the life and artistry of the legendary Judy Garland. Her Carnegie Hall debut in 1961 has become one of the most storied evenings in the Hall’s history. Enjoy a one-night-only celebration of an artist whose legacy continues to inspire fans around the world.

Pink Walk & 5K
The Village of Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin
January 28th, 2023

New for 2023, the Pink Walk Benefiting Fore Her will feature a timed 5K race in addition to the Survior Stroll and Annual Walk. The community is invited to walk or run with friends and family, wear pink, and have fun while raising funds for breast cancer patients in financial need.

Destin Commons Market
Destin Commons
January 29th, 2023

Head to the Destin Commons shopping center on the last Sunday of each month for the Destin Commons market highlighting talented artists, top notch local growers, and accomplished bakers. Peruse a variety of handmade goods, home decor, tasty treats, original artwork, and much more.

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