Welcome to the SoWal Events Calendar 2017 SoWal.com calendar editors are working on covering the area's best local events coming up in 2017. We enjoy promoting large festivals and small community events that readers want to know about in the South Walton area and along the Emerald Coast. You'll find all the annual festivals, outdoor concert series, outdoor movies, main stage performances by the Seaside REP Theatre, Seaside Institute workshops and performances, book signings and art receptions, holiday parades, wine dinners and big parties, fundraisers, and happenings in all our beach towns from Seaside to Gulf Place, Alys Beach and Sandestin, and even Destin, Panama City Beach and Niceville. Here are some of our favorites: 30A Songwriters Festival Jan/MLK weekend Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Feb/Mar Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade Feb Art in the Park at WaterColor Mar Seaside Spring & Summer Concerts Pier Park Concerts at Aaron Bessant Park (Summer) Alys Beach Spring & Summer Concerts Baytowne Wednesday Night Concerts (Mar-Dec) Cattle Barons Ball Mar Sandestin Gumbo Festival Feb/Presidents Day weekend Sandestin Wine Festival Apr Gulf Place Concerts on the Green (Summer/Fall) Gulf Place Community Sidewalk Sale (Spring/Fall) Baytowne Beer Festival Oct Chili Vibrations Music Festival Oct Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach Mar Sinfonia Gulf Coast concerts For Her Golf Tournament Oct ArtsQuest Festival May South Walton Fashion Week Oct Flutterby Children's Arts Festival Nov South Walton Independence Day Parade Jul South Walton Holiday Parade Nov Farmers Markets year round Sunday Brunches with live entertainment year round Coastal Branch Library Lecture Series Jan-Feb Shelter House Luminaria Run Dec CBA EcoTour Adventures year round starting in March Valentine Tour of Homes Feb St Patrick's Day Parade Mar Seabreeze Jazz Festival Apr Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation / Cultural Arts Village Summer Concerts South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival Apr Destin Charity Wine Auction Apr Digital Graffiti May Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Jun Walk Her Way Jun Rags to Riches Regatta Jul Hurricane Party Sep Baytowne Art Walk Aug Festival of the Arts Oct Best of the Emerald Coast Celebration at Grand Blvd Oct Halloween festivities all around town: Alys Beach, Seaside, Baytowne, Grand Blvd, Destin Commons etc Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola Nov MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor Nov Christmas Candlelight Tour at Eden Gardens Dec Rosemary Beach Unleashed Dec Destin Boat Parade Dec NYE Festivities in SoWal/PCB/Destin Bloody Mary Festival / Sinfonia fundraiser (we hope to see this fun event return in 2016 in the fall!) Sidewalk sales and big events at Shopping/Dining destinations [SoWal partners] Blue Angels Homecoming Shows in Pensacola (July, Nov) And this is just a slice of the main events we cover each year at SoWal.com. Many new, one time events will be added to our calendar throughout the year - so stay connected and check in often. Art classes and workshops are sometimes included for Cultural Arts Alliance and Seaside Institute - most classes/workshops will need to be promoted in the forum as we there are too many for our calendar. Seaside Repertory Theatre main stage productions, concerts and outdoor theater are all included on the SoWal Events Calendar - incredible performing arts in our town! The SoWal Music Calendar is a whole different calendar we maintain. It covers local live entertainment in our restaurants, beach towns and music venues and includes nightly/weekly acts, nightlife, venues, artists and concert series. Larger music concerts will be found on both calendars. We love hearing from local people, marketing and event planners, beach towns, businesses and individuals involved in bringing unique and outstanding events to South Walton, Florida every year. Please keep us posted and email us your event information! We may not be able to include all community events but we'll let you know how best to promote them here on SoWal.com. SEND us your events! POST about them here in the SoWal Community Forum! KEEP up to date on local events by checking the SoWal Events Calendar often. POST your business or town events here in the SoWal Community Forums under Events & Activities, Food & Dining, Sports & Rec, Business, etc. Not all events are posted to our calendar but SoWal Forums are the perfect place to promote what's happening at your business any time. It's free and you'll reach a targeted readership of 200,000 unique readers on the site every month (locals, frequent visitors, new visitors and new residents logging in for the local scoop). Join the SoWal Communithy Forums! Ask questions, answer questions, trip reports, business updates, dining, shopping, events... The forum is for you and anyone who lives and loves South Walton Beaches, Fla.