Skip to content

Plan now for the 44th Annual Destin Seafood Festival!

by Celeste Bracewell on August 9th, 2022
Destin Harbor during the annual Destin Seafood Festival, which takes place on the Boardwalk

A long-time Emerald Coast tradition, the Destin Seafood Festival returns to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk this fall for three days jam-packed with food, artwork, fireworks, kids’ activities, and live entertainment. Locals and visitors alike eagerly await the festival’s return after 2 years of pandemic cancellations. And admission is free! Dates and hours for this year’s festival are Friday, October 7, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday October 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Part of the official kickoff for the 75-year-old Destin Fishing Rodeo, the seafood festival offers plenty of fun for visitors of all ages in the world’s luckiest fishing village!

Food, Food, and More Food . . . and Great Beverages

Sample the bounty of the Gulf in the festival food tents. Ready to sit a spell? Then visit any of the restaurants located along the harbor for a great meal and a nice cool beverage. From casual come-as-you-are spots to fine dining, there’s something for everyone.

Destin Seafood Festival platter of broiled lobster tails

Dinner and a Show: Live Music on the Boardwalk

In a listening mood? Then pull up a chair. From rock and reggae to country and tropical sounds, the music scene will keep your toes tapping. Three stages – Destin City Stage, Destin Heron, and HarborWalk Village – will feature great local and coastal musicians. Or visit the harbor’s and HarborWalk Village’s restaurants and bars, many of which offer live music and dancing as well as food and drink.

Destin Seafood Festival is Kid-Friendly, Too!

Destin Seafood Festival offers separate KidZones for youngsters of all ages. In past years, the Heron Harbor Fun Zone, for older children and preteens, has offered a skimboard and skateboard painting workshop, as well as free face painting and pirate tattoos at Captain Davies’ Pirate Village. At the East Pass Marina Kids Fun Zone, the festival has offered a petting zoo, pony rides, and games for younger children and toddlers. The festival celebrates Destin’s community, as well as the seafood that has made it famous, so there’s sure to be plenty of fun for the youngsters.

Need a place to stay? Our Destin vacation rentals include a wide range of accommodations, everything from condos, hotel rooms and suites to spacious, fully furnished beach houses and villas. Book online or call a BeachGuide vacation planner 7 days a week at 888-404-2602.

This article was originally written by Celeste in 2015 and updated annually by BeachGuide editors.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Note: XHTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS