Celebrate Fall with Seafood Festivals in Pensacola and Destin ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

Fall may not officially be here yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start celebrating it. For many, September 1st is the unofficial first day of fall, and we’re already dreaming about all of the exciting things we’ll be doing from now until November. Fall is also known as “festival season” along the Gulf Coast – wine, seafood, and music are just some of the avenues you can explore for the festival experience. In September and October, yuou can celebrate fall in one of our favorite ways, with seafood festivals in Pensacola and Destin. If you’re a seafood lover or just like to experience local culture, these events are for you. The seafood festivals in Pensacola and Destin have been going on for decades and are loved by visitors and locals alike. Read on below to learn more about these local festivals! Be sure to also explore our event calendar to check out more fun events across the Gulf Coast!

Pensacola Seafood Festival

In its 42nd year, the Pensacola Seafood Festival is more than just seafood; it’s one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Northwest Florida. Live music and mouth-watering cuisine line the streets of Downtown Pensacola in Historic Seville Square each September. This year, the festival takes place from Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 29th. Local restaurants offer up their best tapas-sized dishes at the Gulf to Table spot, while seafood vendors and food trucks have prepared exactly what you need to satisfy your cravings. You’ll also find over 170 artists from all across the region to exhibit their paintings, prints, drawings, and more. The 2019 theme is affectionately known as “Seafood in the Square,” and you can purchase the art piece that inspired this on t-shirts, posters, and koozies!

When you stay with us in a Pensacola Beach vacation rental, you’re closer than you think to Downtown Pensacola. This fall, stay with us in one of our vacation rentals at Regency Towers on Pensacola Beach. We love Regency Towers 608 West for its striking beach views and spacious accommodations. With your backyard as the beach and room for 10, this is the ideal spot for a vacation to Pensacola Beach. Come on down and stay with us for the Pensacola Seafood Festival!

Learn more about the Pensacola Seafood Festival here.

Destin Seafood Festival

It’s almost time for the 41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival! Held from October 4th-6th, 2019, you only need to spend a few minutes at the Destin Seafood Festival to learn why this event is so popular. You’ll find the event along the historic Destin Harbor and Harbor Blvd., with numerous food and arts and crafts vendors. Live music will fill your ears as you wander through the festival all weekend long. Local restaurants and bars host the music and entertainment. You’re sure to find something exciting going on at AJ’s Bimini Stage or the Boathouse Main Stage! There are also two “Just For Kids” zone to keep the kids endlessly entertained. Pony rides, a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, and more will have the kids giggling all weekend long. As always, the Destin Seafood Festival is free and open to the public!

Want to stay within walking distance of the Destin Seafood Festival? Then you’re in luck, as our Cottages by the Bay are just a short walk to the festival. We love “Something Blue,” a three-bedroom, three-bathroom vacation home at Cottages by the Bay that comfortably accommodates eight guests. You’ll feel right at home here, with the upscale furnishings and luxurious touches. Boat slips are available in addition to the community barbecue grills and a fire pit. What’s not to love?

Interested in the Destin Seafood Festival?