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Your Ultimate Guide to the 30A Calendar of Events
| Friday, November 3, 2017

Are you ready for your next exciting beach getaway? Look no further than Florida’s Emerald Coast! No matter what time of year you visit, there is always a reason to celebrate on 30A. From music festivals and marathons to art shows and holiday events, there’s something for everyone. Check out our 30A calendar of events and come celebrate with us!

Once you’ve added this 30A calendar of events to your itinerary, make sure to download our free vacation guide. It’s full of information about the best dining, entertainment, and area attractions. It will come in handy when you are exploring the beach communities on 30A.

30A Calendar of Events

You’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities and things to do on 30A year-round. Mark your calendar for the following South Walton events:


When the weather gets cooler, the music scene heats up on 30A. The 30A Songwriter’s Festival is one of the most popular live music performances in the nation. The event features over 175 artists and more than 225 live performances. If you enjoy country, folk, or Americana music, this is one event you won’t want to miss!


Wine-lovers should definitely plan to visit 30A in February. There are several wine and food festivals throughout the month! The 30A Wine Festival on Alys Beach is a local favorite, and Wine, Women, and Shoes offers the perfect opportunity for a girls’ night out!


Art is an integral part of South Walton’s culture, and you’ll find plenty of it at Art in the Park! This open-air art festival is one of the best events on Watercolor. Incredible artwork, food, beverages, and live music all add to the excitement. It’s the perfect activity for a fun family outing! Taste of the Race is another popular event in March. Get your blood pumping with the annual 5K and marathon in Seaside.


If you would like to attend the Sandestin Wine Festival in April, you should get your tickets now. The festival features hundreds of wines, dinners with celebrity chefs, live music, interactive experiences, and so much more. The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival is another one of our favorites. Throughout the four-day event, wine aficionados can mingle with celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, and brewmasters.


Are you planning a trip to South Walton in May? Head over to Art Week! This fine arts festival offers live music, tons of original works, student exhibits and more. You can also see the town “come to life” when you attend Digital Graffiti. It’s one of the most exciting events on Alys Beach.


If you enjoy fishing then you’ve probably heard of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. The ECBC attracts anglers of all skill levels, and you’ll have the chance to win some serious cash. This world-class competition also offers gorgeous backdrops and fun for the whole family!


From dazzling fireworks displays to the annual 4th of July parade, there’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day. Every year, the parade begins at 8:00 AM in front of Seagrove Plaza. You’ll see festive floats, patriotic costumes, and decorated golf carts. When the sun sets, you can watch a fantastic fireworks show from virtually every beach on 30A.


Do you enjoy staying active? Mark your calendar for the Sandestin Triathlon in August! Each year, more than 700 competitors participate. The first leg begins with a half-mile swim in the Gulf followed by a 20-mile bike along our scenic coastline. Finally, you’ll finish with a four-mile run. Then, you can celebrate your victory at the post-race party!


The 5K and 1-mile Fun Run in September are some of the best family-friendly events on Alys Beach! The course winds throughout scenic 30A and ends with a giant obstacle course that your kids will love. It’s the perfect event for all ages! Afterwards, you can enjoy music, food, and beverages in the Amphitheatre.


From the Baytowne Beer Fest to the 30A Blue Crab Festival, there are so many fun events in October. With a delicious array of food and wine pairings, Rosemary Uncorked is one of the best events on Rosemary Beach. If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween, Noche de los Muertos also offers tons of spooky fun.


Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids this fall? Take them to the Flutterby Children’s Art Festival for arts and crafts, music, dance performances, and a butterfly parade! There are also tons of food and wine festivals and holiday events in November. The Rosemary 10K and Fun Run is a Thanksgiving tradition here on 30A, and you’ll definitely get into the holiday spirit at the Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Festival. Watercolor also hosts one of the biggest film festivals each November!


December is one of the best times to visit 30A! You can escape the cold weather, there are fewer crowds, and the beaches are as beautiful as ever. There’s no better place to relax and reconnect with family this holiday season. One of our favorite events in December is the REP’s annual production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told… And Then Some. This comedy show will make you laugh until you cry. It’s definitely a must-see for anyone traveling to the area!

Plan Your Stay With Royal Destinations

Now that you know all of the best things to do on 30A, it’s time to start planning your trip! Allow Royal Destinations to customize your perfect South Walton beach vacation. Our elegant properties feature high-end amenities, and many are steps away from the Gulf! After a fun day out on the town, you can kick back and relax in luxury.

For a truly incredible experience, book your stay in Sea-Glass Watersound. This stunning five-bedroom home features a private heated pool and a built-in grilling kitchen. 644 Blue Mountain Road is another fantastic choice. This Gulf-front beauty has been completely remodeled with brand-new appliances. It’s a perfect design for two small families (one on each side of the house). No matter which of our properties you choose, we promise you will make memories to last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Contact us to book your stay today. We’ll see you soon!

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