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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34th Annual Memorial Day Gate to Gate Run ~ Fort Walton Beach, Florida Events by Southern

Are you a race enthusiast? Spend your Memorial Day at Eglin Air Force Base’s 34th Annual Gate to Gate Run/Walk! The race is set for this Monday, May 27, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Runners, walkers, wheelchairs, and teams are invited to register online through May 17, or in person on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Air Armament Museum (cash only for entry fees). Cost for early registration is $25. There will be no registration available on race day.

Also, a FREE Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the race start line, with t-shirts for all participants and awards for winners. Registration is not required for the Fun Run.

In year’s past, they have had jets fly over and sometimes even paratroopers drop in prior to the race. In addition, flowers are given to each runner to drop at the Veterans’ Memorial to honor fallen service members.  The course is 4.4 miles from one gate to the other, but all along the way are water stations and even a fire hose at one point showering runners with welcome relief.

Eglin Air Force Base is just a short drive from Fort Walton Beach. If you’re travelling to the area for the race, then book a Gulf-front vacation condo like Sea Oats or Azure.