Fall time and the Holidays look a little different in Destin, FL than those areas north of Florida. While our leaves don’t change and it stays warm most of the year, we have some of the best family-friendly festivals and events around! The warm weather that Destin, FL has to offer is great for those of you who are not ready for Summer to end, or the ones looking to escape the snow! Not only will you be able to enjoy the festivals, but also the great deals.
Here at Destin Palms Vacations, we are offering 25% OFF Fall and Fall Break stays. We are more than happy to help you plan a last-minute getaway. Also, we will give you FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.
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This event is FREE and what fall dreams are made of! Sip, shop, and savor all of the delectable flavors of fall brought to you by Primrose, The Henderson’s signature restaurant. Meet on the Grand Lawn from 1 to 4 p.m. to shop merchandise, participate in festive, fun-filled crafts, and photo ops. Listen to live music, sip on seasonal beverages, and pick out a pumpkin to bring home just in time for Halloween!
Guests will be greeted with a complimentary tote courtesy of Parkside at Henderson Beach Resort to use while shopping for the multitude of local vendors. The epicenter of the event will be a newly added pumpkin patch provided by The Village Church for guests to purchase a pumpkin to take home. Furthermore, the pumpkin patch will also adorn an oversized decorated backdrop to give local residents a place to bring their kids and take fall-themed family photos to commemorate the season. Along with, guests will receive a complimentary 5”x7” printed picture from Epic Photo Co. courtesy of Destin Commons.
In addition, the event will offer live music performed by Sarah Anne and The Sunshine Band. Also, attendees will enjoy fall-themed bites and beverages poured into custom coffee cups provided by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. These will be served by Primrose, The Henderson’s signature restaurant. For the kids, there will be face painting and pumpkin crafts provided by Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties- NWF.
Proceeds from this event will benefit The Sonder Project, a global non-profit charity that focuses on strengthening communities through food security, clean water, housing, and education. Importantly this October marks one year since Hurricane Michael changed the lives of many. With this hurricane, came major devastation to individuals and families across the panhandle with over 102,000 individuals requesting aid. The Sonder Project heard their call and has put in over 6,615 volunteer hours and counting, offering assistance to those in need.
To benefit The Sonder Project, guests will be able to enter into a grand prize raffle featuring a deluxe stay at The Henderson including room accommodations, spa treatments, and meals at their pristine restaurants. Along with The Henderson package, the grand prize will also include exclusive items from every vendor in attendance. Additionally, raffle tickets will be on sale at the event and one hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Sonder Project.
Sweet Sunday: Pumpkin and Primrose secured vendors are:
Village Baptist Church – Pumpkin Patch
30A Barks – Homemade dog treats
The Honey Hutch – Honey, soaps, lotions candles
Shard Shop – ShardWorx art
Swell Pops – Homemade popsicles
Happy Silk – Make your own silk scarf
Salty Scents – Soy wood wick candles & wax melts
Clean Juice – Organic fresh-pressed juices
K.Witherspoon Collection and Lil Plant Shop – Succulent plants and jewelry
Coastal Cookies – Homemade and hand decorated sugar cookies
Merry Beth Myrick Designs – Boho handmade jewelry
Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties- NWF – Kids crafts and face Painting
Art On The Half Shell – Cutting boards, artwork, and more all inspired by life on the Gulf Coast
Mary Ellen DiMauro – Handcrafted artisan clothing
Beach Walk Henderson Park – light bites for guests to enjoy
Be sure to smile, because Alissa Aryn Photography will be on hand taking photos to commemorate the event.
The event is family and dog-friendly, and complimentary to attend.
When: October 20th, 2019
Where: The Henderson
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Save the date! Harvest Wine & Food Festival is returning to WaterColor the last weekend in October and is poised to be bigger and better than ever. Rated as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast, Harvest provides patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections. This event goes through Thursday, October 24th-Saturday, October 26th.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, October 24: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Celebrity Winemaker Dinners
Catena Zapata with Chef David Bancroft presented by 360 Blue & Good Grit Magazine
Gamble Family Vineyards at Vin’tij Food & Wine
PRIME Cellars at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits presented by Stephen & Joan Carter
ROY Estate at Seagar’s presented by RJH & Associates
Friday, October 25: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Al Fresco Reserve Tasting
The Al Fresco Reserve Tasting will offer festival-goers a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not easily accessible to the average consumer. An array of perfectly paired hors d’oeuvres and live music all set to a breathtaking Gulf coast sunset will make for a memorable and elegant evening.
Saturday, October 26:
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mad About Malbec Seminar | 301 Western Lake Dr., WaterColor
Sommelier and Brand Ambassador Marika Vida-Arnold invites you to taste through the most fascinating features that define the various Malbec wines produced by the world-famous Argentinian Bodega, Catena Zapata.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grand Tasting | Cerulean Park
Tickets: $150 General Admission | $300 VIP
The Grand Tasting is the festival’s main event. It is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. There will be large seafood, barbecue and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs and supplemented by the best restaurants along the Gulf Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 250 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP experience will also be available.
VIP tickets include a private entrance to the festival and access to the exclusive VIP lounge featuring elevated wines, additional food, and access to Saturday college football.
This event will be appropriate for those 21 or older.
To buy tickets or learn more visit: www.bigtickets.com/events/harvestwinefoodfestival/?referral=godaddy
The City of Destin’s 19th Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Destin Community Center on Monday, October 28, 2019. It will be from
5:00pm-8:00pm. Also, they ask that you please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with fun games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, a jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5. Registration for the costume contest is 5:00-6:00pm.
In addition, carved pumpkins will need to be dropped off before 3 PM (judging promptly at 5 pm). Please call 654-5184 for more information and come join the fun! The City of Destin’s 19th Annual Fall Festival Jack-O-Lantern Contest will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019, at the Destin Community Center. All carved pumpkins are to be dropped off before 3 pm on Monday, October 28th and will be judged that same day.
First through third-place prizes will be awarded in these categories: scariest, funniest, and most original. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the Community Center on Monday night at the City of Destin’s Fall Festival. All pumpkins are not picked up by 8 PM Tuesday, October 29th will be discarded. For more information, please call the Community Center at 654-5184.
Christmas will come early this year for children in Grayton Beach as Santa has declared AJ’s Grayton Beach as an official stop on his Holiday Tour 2019. Just one night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27, AJ’s Grayton Beach will host an exclusive meet-and-greet party with the big man himself from 5 PM-7 PM. While at the event, each child will receive hot cocoa and a small Christmas gift from Santa.
Secondly, AJ’s will provide a cookie decorating station and S’mores Kit, complete with a campfire for roasting marshmallows. Also, live Christmas entertainment will be provided by Jacob Mohr. Furthermore, Fantasea faces will also at the event providing FREE face painting.
The event is FREE, but please reserve your spot in advance
To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2479678232055212/
Get in the winter spirit with The Village at Baytowne Wharf during their “Here Comes Santa” event on November 30th. Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights the Village tree. Also enjoy face-painting, kids crafts, and a beautiful fireworks display. This is a great event to take the kiddos and to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. The event will take place from 6 PM-9 PM, and most importantly, it is FREE!
To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/532284077240476/