Destin hosts numerous special events and activities throughout the year. Many times, the Resorts of Pelican Beach will offer a special discount for visitors to many of Destin's best events!

September 2023


September 30, 2023: 3:00-6:00PM


Our highly anticipated 12th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ Festival is coming back on September 30th! Join us for a day filled with mouthwatering BBQ and exciting family fun.

October 2023


October 1-31, 2023


The Destin Fishing Rodeo stands as a quintessential celebration of the deep-rooted fishing culture in Destin, a charming coastal town renowned as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village." This annual event, eagerly anticipated by both locals and visitors, embodies the essence of fishing as a way of life. With its longstanding tradition and reputation, the rodeo has established itself as a pinnacle of fishing competitions.

October 6-8, 2023


The Destin Seafood Festival stands as one of Destin's most cherished traditions, inaugurating the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo every October.

World-renowned pop songstress Macy Gray and her band California Jet Club headline the inaugural Salt Water Music Fest at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Experience the electrifying, eclectic talent of Grammy-winning Macy Gray, best known for her international hit single I Try will be performing hot tracks from her newest album, The Reset. Head to the Dugas Pavilion at Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in Destin to witness Gray's captivating vocals and soulful R&B at its finest.

VIP ticket levels includes access to VIP tent for musician meet & greet, lounge seating, light bites from area restaurants, complimentary Black Sheep Tequila featured cocktail station, cash bar.

Day two of the inaugural Salt Water Music Fest features - Ben Burgess, Jared Mullins, Jordan Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Josh Mirenda Band - five of the top singer/songwriters from Nashville grace the Dugas Pavilion stage performing chart-topping hits written for Pop, Country and R&B artists. The evening culminates with country music sensation and CMA "Vocal Duo of the Year" nominee LOCASH. Named "country music's iconic feel-good duo," Preston Brust and Chris Lucas are "hitting homers and serving up first-class songs," as hailed by American Songwriter. Known for GOLD breakout I Love This Life and their first No. 1 with GOLD / Know Somebody, they've earned eight charting singles, two successful albums, and over 815 million global on-demand streams since 2015.

Local Food Trucks, beverage stations and cash bars on site.

The Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts provides an entire weekend of art, music, food, and fun for everyone. More than 100 exhibits from artists representing countries all over the world are on display in the Cultural Arts Village, just north of Henderson Beach State Park and two miles west of Destin Commons. And more than 22 different art mediums represented, from acrylic and clay to photography and digital art. The festival, presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation also features live music, a sampling of the local culinary arts scene, and a beer and wine garden. Entertaining street performers and a kid’s art tent create a family-friendly festival feel.