Gulf Coast Events

Mark your calendar with these distinctive events along the Gulf Coast in all of our beach locations, including Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Scenic 30A, Panama City Beach, Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fairhope. While each area hosts their own events, the beach communities are so close to one another, and often intertwined, that visiting guests can participate and enjoy neighboring activities going on nearby with ease.

One-of-a-kind festivals and fairs celebrate so many different passions and interests. With fishing core to all of our communities, we commemorate several seafood festivals and fishing tournaments highlighting local fare and seasonal favorites. With the unique arts and culture of our exceptional areas, art expos, plein air artists, live theater, and wine and music festivals satisfy the creative souls. For the athletes, our climate is perfect for foot races, duathlons and triathlons, as well as fantastic beach volleyball tournaments.

Southern Vacation Rentals event guide can direct you to countless ways to explore these happenings, either to enhance your existing vacation or perhaps entice you to plan your next trip to the beach. We hope you will want to plan more than one.

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30A Half Marathon and 5K ~ Scenic 30A, Florida, Events by Southern

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run the 3rd Annual 30A Half Marathon and 5K! Beginning at Gulf Place on Scenic 30A, the race course takes you all the way through WaterColor, where you’ll loop around at The Boat House and return to Gulf Place. For those running the half marathon, enjoy 13 miles of gorgeous Florida scenery. Don’t want to do a half marathon? No worries, a 5K course is also available!

The 30A Half Marathon and 5K is three days of fun. The 30A BBQ Festival takes place on Friday, October 12 from 6-9 PM at Marina Park in WaterColor. The festival is free for registered racers, but also open to the public for just $30. Enjoy some delicious local barbecue and craft beer as local cooks compete for Best Barbecue on the Coast! Live music will be performed by The Rips. Get your tickets here!

Then, on Saturday, October 13, the packet pickup, race expo, and silent auction takes place from 10 AM – 6 PM. Head down to The Gulf to grab your race bib, t-shirt, goodie bag, and more! A silent auction will also be held that night, with proceeds benefitting The Sonder Project.

Race day takes place on Sunday, October 14! The half marathon starts at 7 AM, while the 5K begins at 7:15 AM. 5K runners who wish to run on the sidewalk will start at 8 AM. Then, another race expo and silent auction will take place at 8. 5K awards will be presented at 9 AM, while half marathon awards are given out from 10:15-11 AM. For a full list of events, visit here.

Traveling from out of town? Stay at one of our 30A vacation rentals to beat the traffic and stay close by! One of our favorites, Arena Blanca, offers luxury living unlike any other with accommodations for 12. True to its name, Arena Blanca’s interior comes decorated with bright white elements, shiplap, and pastel decor that is sure to captivate you. With breathtaking views from private balconies and impeccable craftsmanship throughout, you won’t want to leave.

Or, check out Bungalows at Seagrove, a community of charming cottages in Seagrove Beach. These beach homes offer home-away-from-home comforts, with community amenities including a hot tub and pool. Each bungalow sleeps anywhere from 4-8 guests, so everyone in your group is sure to be plenty comfortable! Enjoy fully-equipped kitchens, private balconies, and nearby beach access when you stay at Bungalows at Seagrove!

Prominence North is another favorite of ours that’s sure to become a favorite of yours, too! Located in WaterSound between Camp Creek and Seagrove, Prominence North’s upscale development offers accommodations for anywhere from 6-10 guests. Featuring a zero-entry pool, state of the fitness facility, and private shuttle access to the beaches, you’re sure to love a stay at Prominence North!