Florida has a lineup of fall festivities celebrating everything from beer and cocktails to films and music. South Walton is heating up the state with events throughout its 16 distinct beach communities. South Walton has something for everyone during the fall season to highlight the destination’s culinary, art, fashion and fitness offerings.
Baytowne Beer Festival, Oct. 14-15
The Baytowne Beer Festival returns to Sandestin for its ninth annual, two-day celebration of everything beer. From more than 40 breweries and close to 200 domestic and international beers, the festival features taste testing of beers and appetizers. A VIP event on Saturday includes access to a pre-party, lunch and a chance to skip the long lines. General admission tickets start at $30, while VIP start at $60. A complimentary beer tasting glass is included with every ticket purchase.
Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Event, Nov. 19
Kicking off holiday celebrations in Southern style, visitors at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin can sample more than 30 Champagnes while strolling the festive streets. Attendees will experience holiday entertainment, a sneak peak of the tree lighting and food samples from local restaurants. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is offering special event and accommodation premiums to Saturday’s tasting, with rates starting at $139 per night.
Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour, Oct. 6-8
The seventh annual, Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour returns to South Walton at the Village of Baytowne. The free concert series will showcase songwriters who sing country’s biggest hits and will share their stories and inspiration behind the songs. The free concerts feature acoustic performances by Nashville songwriters who sing chart-toppers from country-music stars like Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and more.
South Walton Fashion Week, Oct. 5-9
The fourth annual South Walton Fashion Week features national and local designers, models, stores and boutiques at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. With pop-up parties, shops, style lounges and trunk shows, fashionistas will be over-the-moon. Christian Siriano, best known from Project Runway, will headline this year’s festivities. Highlights of the week include Sirano’s trunk show at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach and buying opportunities at Alys Shoppe. Purchase tickets in advance for $50 to $1,260.
MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor, Nov. 4-5
Grab a blanket and enjoy hot apple cider or hot chocolate during the 19th annual MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor Marina Park Amphitheater. This year’s program will include documentaries on environmental issues, epic adventures and eye-opening political and humanitarian causes. The Kidz Kino at WaterColor’s LakeHouse will be open for kids six and older, which features fun films just for them. MountainFilm stops at 100 destinations on five continents on an international quest to inspire and evoke thought and empathy through independent films.
30A Half Marathon and 5K, Oct. 23
Get ready for the first ever 30A Half Marathon and 5k with a course along Science Highway 30A, beginning and ending at Gulf Place. Runners participating in the race have the opportunity to take in the stunning scenery, iconic landmarks, coastal dune lakes and beach communities. 30A, a globally recognized brand and a top social media travel influencer, presents the event. Price for the 5K is $60 per person and the half marathon is $90 per person.
30A 10K and Fun Run, Nov. 24
A holiday tradition continues with one of the largest fundraisers in South Walton during Thanksgiving week. The three-day 30A 10K celebrations begin Wednesday with packet pick-up, lawn games, entertainment and more. Thursday morning, runners begin the race along the highway taking in views of the Gulf of Mexico, Camp Creek Lake and the beach communities along the Gulf. The festivities come to a close on Friday with the inaugural 30A 10K Black Friday Shopping Spree, which allows runners to be eligible to win prizes from race sponsors by sending in photos of themselves shopping throughout South Walton. The fun run is $25 per person and the 10k is $60 per person.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
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