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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Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run ~ 30A, Florida Events by Southern

It’s that time of year again! Lace up your running shoes and get ready to run the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run. Held over a three day weekend, the 2019 race is sure to be a blast! Kick off the race on Friday, March 1 with the Taste of the Race at Seaside Lyceum. From 6-7 PM Chef Emeril Lagasse will hold a taste of the Race VIP reception with hors-d’oeuvres, fine wine, and craft spirits and beer. Get ready to dance the night away with live entertainment! Then, from 7-9 PM is the Taste of the Race – General Admission. Join Chef Emeril Lagasse as you dine on cuisine from many of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants. Purchase tickets for either event here.

Following the Taste of the Race is the Race Expo on Saturday, March 2nd also held at the Seaside Lyceum from 12-5 PM. The race expo is free and open to everyone. Vendors will offer a wide variety of equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to grab some gear for the race! You’ll also be able to grab your packet while enjoying live music and a silent auction.

The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run kicks off on Sunday, March 3rd at the Seaside Amphitheatre. The half marathon kicks off at 7 AM, while the 5K race begins at 7:25 AM. Then, relax afterward with the post-race party from 8:30-11 AM. Another silent auction takes place during the party, with 5K awards given out at 9 AM and half marathon awards handed out at 10:45.

100% of the race proceeds benefit the Seaside School, a tuition-free neighborhood school serving students who live across Scenic 30A as well as students in Walton County. Seaside School opened in 1996 to 36 students, two faculty members, and one administrator serving students in 6-8th grades. Today, the school sees over 330 students in 5th-12th grade and plans to implement grades K-4. Learn more about the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run here!

Are you visiting for spring break? Then stay at one of our 30A vacation rentals to be close by the fun! Bungalows at Seagrove offer beachfront living surrounded by beautiful Florida foliage. Enjoy two bedroom condos sleeping 4-8 guests. When you aren’t busy lounging down at the beach, take a dip in either of the two community pools or take a stroll down to any of the area’s fabulous local restaurants.