Every new year sparks excitement, hope, and the chance to start all things new again. Destin, Florida is no different and has an exciting 2019 calendar of upcoming events to look forward to. Whether you are looking to spend a relaxing day at the beach, spend the evening fine dining or want to get away for the off-shore fishing experience, you can do it all right here in Destin and so much more.
Lets Get Started and see what 2019 has to offer for the Beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida!
Penguin Plunge & Paddle: Sign up today to take the plunge or show off paddle board skills. | Date: January 1, 2019 | Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Website: CSThttps://www.destinchamber.com/events/details/penguin-plunge-paddle-27764
Gulf Wind Paddle & Surf Wednesday Night BOTE Board Demo Event Date: January 2, 2019 | Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST | Website: http://www.GulfWind Paddle & Surf on Facebook.com
Farmer’s Market at Grand Boulevard | Date: Every Saturday Year Round | Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST | Website: https://www.facebook.com/grandboulevardfarmersmarket/
Winter Concert Series | When: Jan 13th, 20th, 27th, 2019 | Where: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2 p.m. | Info: Shake off the winter blahs with FREE live music every Sunday on the HarborWalk Village main stage! | More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
Winter Concert Series | When: Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 2019 | Where: Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2 p.m. | Info: Shake off the winter blahs with FREE live music every Sunday on the HarborWalk Village main stage!
More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
Laser Tag Tournament at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone | Date: February 10, 2019 | Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST | Website: http://www.wwazone.com
30th Sandestin Gumbo Festival | Date:Friday, February 15, 2019, Saturday, February 16, 2019 | Time: 15th-Seafood Boil from 5-7pm, 16th starts at 12 pm. | Location: Villages of Baytowne Wharf | Website: http://www.sandestingumbofestival.com/
Wizard of Oz Production | Date: February 11, 2019 | Time: 12:00 PM – 12:00 PM CST | Website: http://www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
THE CITY OF DESTIN’S SPRING CRAFT SHOW | Location: Community Center | Date: February 22, 2019 – February 23, 2019
Hammer of the Gods – The Led Zeppelin Experience | Date: March 9, 2019 | Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM CST | Website:http://www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
Inaugural Destin Pickleball Tournament | Date: March 15, 2019 Details still to come
Mardi Gras Parade | When: Mar 2, 2019 | Info: Beads, beads, beads on Destin Harbor! Let the Good Times Roll with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, beads, street performers, and live music as the parade rolls along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. 2 p.m. FREE! | More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
Fat Tuesday and Pets Costume Contest | When: Mar 5, 2019, HarborWalk Village Main Stage, 5 p.m. | Info: Celebrate Mardi Gras and revel in the fun at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy free red beans and rice and join us for our third annual Pets Costume Contest. Show off your pets decked out in purple, green, and gold! ($10 donation to participate) | More Info: www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/
Million Dollar Quartet | Date: April 17, 2019 | Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM CDT | Website: http://www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
The Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil & 5K will be on April 21, 2018 at Uptown Station | Location: 99 Eglin Parkway NE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 | Date: April 20th 8:00am – 2pm
Burning Up The Beaches 2019 – Classic Car Weekend | Date: May 2, 2019 – May 4, 2019 | Website: http://www.burningupthebeaches.com
ANIMANIACS in Concert! | Date: May 17, 2019 | Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT | Website: http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org
64th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival 2019 schedule will be posted below as the festival approaches. Billy Bowlegs is a fun event for the whole family. There are tons of activities for kids as well as vendors selling pirate booty and local crafts. There will be great live music, and food vendors selling everything from ice cream to seafood. The festival is on Friday and Saturday, May 31st – June 1, 2019. The fireworks display will be on May 31st at 9:00 pm. The 2019 Torchlight Parade will be on June 3 at 7:00 pm.
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Additional 2019 Destin, FL Events to look forward to:
Smoke on the Coast 2019: BBQ and Firework Show at Destin Commons 3rd of July, 2019. Starts at 5pm
Harborwalk Village 4th of July: 4th of July, 2019 Fireworks and Festival at Harborwalk Village. All Day. Fireworks at 9pm
Let The Freedom Ring Firework Show: Every Thursday night during the Summer through August 16, 2018, celebrate Americana and the heritage of Destin Harbor at HarborWalk Village. This celebration will feature a WWII Vintage airshow, live music, and entertainment, and a fireworks show at 9PM over the Destin Harbor. 7pm-9pm
Villages of Baytowne Wharf Summer Firework Show: Every Tuesday evening during the summer months expect the Villages of Baytowne Wharf to put on a great firework show.
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic | When: TBD | Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort | Info: One of the most prestigious tournaments in Northwest Florida, offering large cash prizes. | More Info: www.fishecbc.com
Destin Fishing Rodeo | When: TBD | Info: The ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages. 850.837.6734 | More Info: www.destinfishingrodeo.org
11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest | When: TBD | Where: Baytowne Wharf Village, Sandestin | Info: There will be American specialty beers from around the nation to sample. Saturday will be the main event with over 200 international & craft beers. | More Info: www.sandestin.com/events/detail/baytowne-beer-festival
Destin Seafood Festival | When: TBD | Where: Destin Harbor Boardwalk | Info: A three-day festival featuring seafood, entertainment, arts & crafts and fireworks along the Destin Harbor. | More Info: www.destinseafoodfestival.com
Sandestin Wine Festival | When: TBD | Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf | Info: Featuring over 800 domestic and international wines.
More Info: www.sandestinwinefestival.com
There’s a phenomenon that happens this time of the year here along the panhandle. Us rednecks call it Pensacola Bone fishing. What I’m talking about is the winter False Albacore. These fish are extremely hungry and they’ll run the beaches real close to the shore, I’ve seen them so close to the beach that their backs would be out of the water. So listen up, if you want to have some fun sight fishing in this crystal clear water, it just doesn’t get any better than this! These football-shaped speedsters are easy to spot and look like giants against the white sand.
Fly-fishermen have really picked up on this and hence we came up with the Pensacola Bone fish deal. Just ask anybody that has had a chance to give it a try and they’ll testify that it compares to south Florida Bone fishing in a big way. It’s not just for fly-fishermen either; the spin casters can get in on this action as well. Put a six pound Bo-Bo on the end of an eight pound test spinning outfit and you better have an ample amount of line or you’ll lose it all!
A great time for sight fishing along the beaches. The days with little to no cloud cover and a light north wind are what we look for. These days are perfect for running the beach looking for the Bull Red fish and False Albacore. There is very little fishing pressure this time of the year and most likely we will be the only boat out there. What a peaceful way to spend a day away from the rat race.
The first Cobia of Spring is always caught around the 20th of March, but the biggest push of fish is on into April. Just for fun, we’ll lay bets on what day the first fish will be caught each spring; my guess is always March 20th. We will also be catching Sheepshead around the bridges and structure around the bays as they start their migration towards the passes. Sheepshead is very good table fare and better than that they are great fun to catch. This is a great experience for youngsters, fishermen and women of all ages to get into. Once you locate the fish, it’s catching one after another – its awesome fun!
The Speckled Trout and Slot Red Fish bite to start picking up. If we have a decent spring it will be early in April and if Mother Nature isn’t nice this year it will be late April before we start catching them on a regular basis. The Sheepshead will also be at the top of the list for at the first part of April. But as I mentioned earlier, the most popular thing to be doing in April is sight fishing for the Cobia. I know people that take the whole month off work and fish every day. There are also lots of tournaments along the panhandle that make it even more exciting.
Always a good month; in fact May and June are two of my favorite months for early summer time fishing. The weather is getting more and more consistent, the water is warming up and the fish are hungry! Lots of Speckled Trout fishing along with chasing the Bull Red fish out on the beaches. The slot Red Fish will be doing good inshore and all over the bays.
Probably the best month for Summer fishing. It hasn’t got real hot yet and for the fishing, all you have to do is name your tune. Red Snapper season opens June 1st and 90% of the fishing I’ll be doing is in the Gulf of Mexico. Towards the end of the month it will be the near shore King Mackerel run. As the bait starts to show up in April and May the Kings will follow it up the coast and will here in big numbers by the end of the month. Talk about a light tackle adventure, get you one of those twenty five pound kings on a fifteen pound spinning outfit and hold on!! Spanish, Kings, Snapper, Amberjacks, Jack Crevalle, Slot Red Fish, Pompano, Sharks, Tarpon and who knows just what else we might run across.
The inshore fishing will drop off a lot and 95% of the fishing will be in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s not a bad thing, that’s where the big ones live anyway. There is still a lot of fishing to do in the Bays; slot Red Fish will be at the top of the list of things to do in the summer time, we will also be having a lot of fun with the sharks. There’ll be a lot of big ones here by then.
HOT! Can you say dog days? We catch lots of fish in August though, inshore and offshore. Inshore there will be lots of Spanish, Lady Fish, Blue Fish and Kings still around the passes. In the deeper waters inshore we’ll find the Red Fish and Flounder, you will also catch Red Snapper and Grouper around the same deep structure.
HOTTER! And it will be a lot of the same as August. Lots of the garbage can slams along with a nice summer time Pompano every now and then and a box full of nice Spanish.
We’ll be back into the Bull Red Fishing bonanza, large time, knockdown, drag out Bull Red fishing at its best! Early October brings good Speckled Trout and slot Red fishing, the fish will be feeding up for the winter months ahead. Early morning top water action is as good as it gets. Live bait for Red Fish around the docks and deep water structure will be productive.
For the flat fish fishermen; it’s time. The Flounder migration will be under full swing by now. If catching yourself a limit of Flounder is what you like then don’t waste your time until now. These fish head out to the Gulf and meet up with the big females to perform their spawning duties. Find out where they are and it’s a blast catching, not fishing.
Flounder will still be happening, but slowing down. December we’ll be chasing after the mighty Bull Red Fish.
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