Destin Fla Wanderer's 2014 Calendar features photos of Destin scenes with regular US and Canadian holiday dates, as well as some important non-holiday dates.
The Wanderer's Calendar for 2014, featuring photos of Destin scenes from the website, can be bought from...
There are two major wine festivals in the Destin area -- Sandestin's in April and Seaside's in November. Both of these are big festivals with over 100 winemakers, distributors and sellers present and worth planning a trip around.
The Sandestin Wine festival, in the earlier part of the year, is a great way to start your summer.
While we're talking alcohol, another Festival to keep in mind, and one that fits in with the Seafood Festival time-wise, is the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival in October.
Destin hosts two major fishing festivals as well. The Blue Marlin Classic, in June, is based at Sandestin's Baytowne Wharf, while the Destin Fishing Rodeo, in October, is centered around Destin Harbor.
Both have cash prizes and awards so, if you think you can fish, get down to Destin for one of these tournaments.
Not exactly a 'festival' but every March, students from many of the south-east colleges and universities (and some from farther afield) descend on Destin and study beach volleyball, beer, and biology. It makes for a noisy but exciting week, except in the early part of the mornings when you'll have the beach to yourself:)
Destin's Seafood Festival takes place in October and most of the city's restaurants are involved, particularly those at the harbor and board walk.
As this is the 'luckiest fishing village in the world' and the boats go out daily, you won't find fresher fish and shellfish anywhere. If you love seafood, and live music, October is the time to visit.
One for kids of all ages, the Pirate Festival takes place in June with all the fun and games you'd expect from a pretend pirate. This festival is centred on Fort Walton Beach but Destin joins in with enthusiasm. This festival has been going on about 50 years so you know it has plenty going for it.
On a more cerebral note, a more serious event on Destin's 2013 calendar is the Festival of the Arts in October so you can tie it in with the Beer Festival, Seafood Festival, and the Fishing Rodeo, if you plan your trip right -- there's something for all the family in October:)
And, just a reminder, you can buy the Wanderer's 2014 calendar for Destin here. It makes a great 'stocking stuffer' for someone who loves Destin as much as you do.
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