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.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.
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