DESTIN, FL FALL SEASON EXPERIENCE

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At the Resorts of Pelican Beach, we don't want to keep the secret that fall is the best time of the year to plan your golf-outing, girl's getaway or romantic retreat to Destin, Florida. Fewer crowds, sugary beaches and warm weather make the Emerald Coast the perfect remedy to adjust to your newfound freedom. Experience why fall is the season to enjoy the Emerald Coast's vast selection of exciting events, dining experiences and "I can't believe we just did that" adventures!

Our fantastic weather is the perfect setting to enjoy the Destin's Fall festival calendar. Plus, many of the major events are located close to the Resorts of Pelican Beach at Destin Harbor and HarborWalk Village.

 

EVENTS

October
(1st - 31st) Annual Destin Seafood Festival. Come out to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk for live music, family fun, fireworks, kids’ activities and delicious seafood. Admission and shuttle are free.DestinSeafoodFestival.org

(21st - 23rd) Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival in Niceville is a great event for the entire family, complete with live entertainment, art and handcrafted items and a plethora of food concessions.BoggyBayouMulletFestival.info

Annual Flying High Over the Harbor Kitty Hawk Kite Festival at HarborWalk Village features professional stunt kite flying and demonstrations, RC demos, kite making, contests (cup-stacking competition), toys and games for all ages from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.. At sunset, enjoy the Kites With Lights show over Norriego Point (weather permitting). destin@kittyhawk.com, 850.837.2800

(28th) Halloween Haunt Trick or Treat through Destin Commons and enjoy face painting, arts and crafts and a Spooktacular Haunted House, benefitting the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Pets, families and individual entries are welcome to compete in the annual costume contest!DestinCommons.com
Pumpkinpalooza features the most creative Halloween costumes with contests for both children and adults at HarborWalk Village. Children can Trick or Treat with merchants during business hours. There will be live entertainment, pumpkin decorating, free crafts and face painting!EmeraldGrande.com

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts is recognized as one of Northwest Florida’s premier, fine art shows. The event welcomes more than 100-juried artists to showcase their art and compete for cash prizes at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org

 

November

(3rd - 6th) Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival in Seaside combines two great things—wine and the beach. There will be an extensive array of tasting tents with wines sampled from around the world. Upbeat music and Southern hospitality are an added bonus! SeeingRedWineFestival.com

(5th) Blues, Brews & BBQ takes place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and featureslocal restaurants, firing up their grills for a good time and a good cause at HarborWalk Village. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida chapter will host a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ competition. FRLA.org

(17th) Bourbon at the Bay. Destin Chamber of Commerce  is holding the 4th Annual Bourbon at the Bay at Regatta Golf & Country Club from 5:30-8 p.m. The event features bourbon and scotch tastings and is open to the public. DestinChamber.org

(18th) Santa’s Arrival “Santa Clause is coming to town!” Activities and entertainment for the whole family include Christmas Carolers and musicians playing all of your favorite holiday tunes. Watch Santa’s Parade on Main Street as he illuminates our spectacular 60-foot Christmas Tree and kicks off the Holiday Season with fireworks! DestinCommons.com

(Beginning 26th) Santa Arrives at HarborWalk Village to kick off the Christmas season! Kids can enjoy fun activities and can visit with Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. Come on out and get the entire family into the holiday spirit. EmeraldGrande.com

 

December 
(31st) New Year’s Eve Celebration at HarborWalk Village. Dine, drink and dance into the new year throughout HarborWalk Village! Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as on the main stage. There will also be fireworks and the 5th Annual Ball Drop descending over Destin Harbor!EmeraldGrande.com


 

 

 

DINING

Enjoy a vacation where the hardest decision during your Resorts of Pelican Beach escape will be deciding which award-winning dinner-for-two you will choose first!

For casual dining close to HarborWalk Village's late-night fun, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi is a great option - especially if you're looking for the best fish tacos in town and water views! Jackacudas is also well known for participating in a program called "Fish Trax" which gives guests the ability to look up exactly when and where your seafood meal was caught.

Visit the best daily happy hour in Destin during your vacation at The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House. A top locals' spot to unwind after a day on the coast since 1974 - The Back Porch is popular for their seafood happy hour menu and for continuing the tradition as one of Destin's most celebrated seafood restaurants.

Another locals' dining destination, couples will love dining at Marina Cafè and their popular weekly specials. Enjoy Marina Cafè's nightly Early Dining Special from 5:00 - 6:00 PM and Marina Cafè Lounge Specials: Half Price Happy Hour Monday - Friday nights from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Wednesday Ladies' Night for $2 drinks and Thursday Martini Night for $6 martinis.

Turn up the romantic and celebrate your retreat on the water with a Dining, Sunset & Dancing Cruise aboard the SunQuest Cruises' Solaris. Arguably the best fine dining experience in the Destin area, spend the evening on one of the most romantic places on the Emerald Coast - the water. You and your loved one will be captivated by the romantic ambiance and views of the Solaris yacht's decks while dining and dancing under the stars.

Reserve the Emerald Coast's ultimate dining experience and book the dinner date of a lifetime while your dining with your toes in the sand and rose petals all around with Beach Walk Cafè's "Toes in the Sand" VIP package. The perfect dinner for two, Beach Walk Cafè's "Toes in the Sand" dinner is Destin's only fine dining located directly on the emerald waters of the Gulf Coast.

Located near the best the Emerald Coast has to offer, book your stay with the Resorts of Pelican Beach this fall and turn your Destin vacation into a treasured retreat. Take advantage of Destin's more relaxed fall season, which gives you the chance to authentically experience our Gulf Coast lifestyle and turn your Destin getaway into the vacation of a lifetime.

 

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