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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30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival ~ Destin, FL Events by Southern

Make your way to the 30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival and taste some of the most spectacular gumbo around! The gumbo spectacular is one of the largest and most popular winter food events across Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Things kick off with a crawfish boil on Friday night from 5-7 PM. The main event starts on Saturday at 12 PM. Sample everything from chicken, sausage, and seafood gumbo! Do you prefer dark or light roux? Vote for your favorite and see which competitor will win the coveted celebrity judge’s “Area’s Best” award. See area Gulf Coast restaurants and bring the kids for children’s activities and live music. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

Make sure you book your Destin, Florida vacation condo before you head down for the event! Reserve Crystal Villas 9B, a one bedroom condo in Destin with accommodations for six. You’ll love the location in Crystal Beach near exciting dining and shopping opportunities and, of course, the beach!