What to Expect
Admission to the festival is free, however, expect to pay for parking. There will be parking within the HarborWalk Village but be prepared for this parking lot to be the first to fill up. This year, the festival is expected to bring in 60,000 people throughout the weekend. At the last festival in 2019, there were over 110 vendors offering food and art, in addition to local restaurants.
You can experience the festival by walking along the harbor and stopping at booths that catch your eye, or perch on the back patio of a local Destin restaurant and enjoy the sounds of live music coming from the festival. No matter how you choose to enjoy this event, it is a great activity for all ages.
Around every corner, you will find delicious fresh seafood, festival classics such as funnel cakes, local art, crafts for kids, and so much more. The Destin Seafood Festival is held during the fall season so you can savor time in the sun without the heat of the summer.
Destin Fishing Rodeo
As we mentioned earlier, the Destin Seafood Festival is held on the opening weekend of the Destin Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo extends throughout the entire month of October. This means you can enjoy it even if you aren’t visiting the Seafood Festival. It is an event that anglers from all over the Gulf Coast look forward to each year. This event features daily weigh-ins, a visit from Miss Destin, and excitement around each boat that pulls into the docks. We highly encourage visiting at least one evening of weigh-ins. It is an amazing experience watching the community come together to watch as boats unload giant fish. Your kids will love it! You might get lucky and watch as they pull in a massive shark caught hundreds of miles offshore.
Book your stay today and start packing for an exciting weekend enjoying the Destin Seafood Festival!