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What to Do in April on the Emerald Coast · Featured Events

Image courtesy of the Sandestin Wine Festival

April is a special time to experience all that the Emerald Coast offers from beautiful weather to family-friendly events including a kite festival, visits with the Easter Bunny, food and drink festivals, and much more! In addition to featured events, many communities such as Seaside, Alys Beach, and Rosemary Beach will be hosting weekly concerts, plays, and movies in honor of spring. Be sure to visit community calendars for more info on these smaller events and scroll below for more details on our featured events!


Spring Kite Festival
The Boardwalk | Fort Walton Beach
April 1st, 2023

What do a 100’ octopus, 80’ foot panda, and a 50’ gator have in common? They’ll all be flying high over the Boardwalk! Join Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kite Fliers Club for two days of FREE kite flying fun with larger-than-life show kites, professional stunt kite flying demonstrations, free kite flying lessons, and more!

Visit the Easter Bunny
HarborWalk Village | Destin
April 9th, 2023

Bring the kids for a fun-filled day at HarborWalk Village with a chance to visit the Easter Bunny and receive a free 4×6 photo! In addition, there will be kids activities and a golden egg hunt! Harborwalk Village offers a variety of shopping, dining, and activities directly on the beautiful Destin Harbor.

Sandestin Wine Festival
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
April 13th – 16th, 2023

Wine, food & fun in the sun! The Sandestin Wine Festival is a four-day festival celebrating wine and all things Gulf Coast. Topping area polls as a must-experience event, this festival offers unique events including wine dinners with celebrity chefs, yoga, live music, interactive experiences, culinary tents, and of course wine tastings.

Moon Crush Pink Moon
Seascape Resort | Miramar Beach
April 20th – 23rd, 2023

JJ Grey & Mofro, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Black Crowes, Marcus Kind and more! Moon Crush is a unique shared experience that brings you together with friends and family to enjoy beautiful beaches, amazing live music, and – most importantly – time together in the sun and under the stars.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
Grand Boulevard | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
April 27th – 30th, 2023

A dazzling roster of dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, and mixologists converge in South Walton, Florida to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the four-day celebration of wine during the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival held each April throughout Grand Boulevard.

Craftathon Beer Festival
Fort Walton Beach Landing Park | Fort Walton Beach
April 30th, 2023

Craftathon isn’t your beer festival! Each year, some of the best (and most sought after) breweries in the country to provide the highest quality experience. The breweries in attendance are given two tasks: bring a little something special for the participants & send a knowledgable representative to pour beers.

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