SoWal Stories


ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival Returns to Grand Boulevard Oct 9-10

July 22, 2021
In its 33rd year, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is scheduled for October 9

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Launches 9th Season

July 22, 2021
With its ninth annual season

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for June 2021

July 22, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest Oct 8-9

July 20, 2021
Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales!

Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Nov 4-7

July 20, 2021
Destin Charity Wine A

Fall MKAF Concerts in the Village 2021 Schedule

July 13, 2021
On September 9th, the Mattie Ke

Coastal Dune Lakes Clean-Up Day July 21

July 8, 2021
Join our South Walton community on July 21st to help clean up our precious

Marlin Grill Celebrates 20 years in Baytowne Wharf

July 8, 2021
Raise your glass and help us toast to Marlin Gr

Paddle at the Park in Destin Aug 21

July 6, 2021
Formerly known as Paddle at the Porch, now in its 9th year, the annual event is

Patriot’s Run & Paddle at WaterColor Sep 11

July 6, 2021
Registration for the event is now open for Patriot’s Run & Paddle in

Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

July 6, 2021
At SoWal.com, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying...

Rainy Day Activities in South Walton

July 5, 2021
The beach is a wash and the sun is taking a vacation - what to do on a ra

Where To See 4th of July Fireworks In The South Walton Area 2021

July 4, 2021
Every year during the first week of July folks flock to SoWal for sun, sand, surf and...

South Walton Beach Accesses - Beach Parking, Lifeguards, Restrooms

July 4, 2021
Everyone wants to know where to park at the beach in South Walton.

Spectacular Coastal Dune Lakes of South Walton

July 4, 2021
True Coastal Dune Lakes occur in only a few places around the world, but

Sip, Sip, Hooray! B.F.F. Serves Frozens Everyday

June 26, 2021
The heat is ON in South Walton.

South Walton Beach Accesses ADA Accessibility

June 22, 2021
Here are the details from our complete South Walton &am

South Walton Sea Turtle Season Underway

June 22, 2021
The South Walton Turtle Watch team is hard at work each and every day protecting and...

Alys Beach Crafted Celebrates Regional Artistry & Workmanship Oct 1-2

June 19, 2021
Alys Beach Crafted is the newest of signature events to be hosted by The

Santa Clara Regional Beach Access Reopens After Rebuild

June 18, 2021
Santa Clara Regional Beach Access has re

How to Do Seaside - Park & Ride on the Free Shuttle

June 15, 2021
The next time you think about visiting Seaside, think again ...

The Story of Seaside, Florida

June 8, 2021
Ever wonder how the town of Seaside, Florida began?

Free Admission to SoWal State Parks Summer 2021

June 4, 2021
Hit the beach or hit the trail - it's on us!

SoWal Photo Galleries of Every Beach, Bay & Lake Access in South Walton FL

June 1, 2021
Recently we've added 1,400 new photos of every public Beach, Bay

Annual Events and Festivals in South Walton

May 30, 2021
South Walton has something great going on every month of the year, and every wee

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for May 2021

May 30, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

SoWal Style - Charming Seagrove Cottage from Days Gone By

May 21, 2021
As the old one-story dune cottages of yesteryear disappear, a few are still available to...

Volunteer Opportunities in South Walton

May 10, 2021
We are blessed with a caring and giving community, and during these difficult times,...

Dune Laker Paddle Boil on Eastern Lake Benefitting Gulf TherapyMay 22

May 5, 2021
Distillery 98 is celebrating their first year in business on Saturday, May 22 with an all...

May Calendar is Busy for South Walton Art Month

May 1, 2021
Art Month South Walton, an initiative led by the

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for April 2021

April 30, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

New Homes Selling Fast at Naturewalk at Watersound Origins

April 28, 2021
There is a new town center rising on the eastern end of South Walton.

South Walton Street Art Festival at Grand Boulevard May 7-9

April 21, 2021
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce its newest...

Sandestin Wine Festival Apr 15-18

April 16, 2021
The Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 15-18, 2021 throughout The Village of...

Oysters, Oysters, and More Oysters in South Walton!

April 15, 2021
Sowal is blessed to have access to some of the best seafood in the country, and our plump...

South Walton Kids Fishing Tournament in Grayton Beach Apr 18

April 15, 2021
The annual CCA South Walton Kids Fishing Tournament takes place on Sunday April

Help Clean Up The Bay On Earth Day April 22

April 13, 2021
Earth-lovers are asked to meet at the Baytowne Marina in the Sandestin Golf & Beach...

Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 21-25

April 12, 2021
Tickets are going to sell fast and we're excited for the 22nd year of this great jazz...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for March 2021

March 31, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Local Catch Bar & Grill Celebrates 10 Years Serving Locals & Visitors

March 29, 2021
Local Catch Bar & Grill, located in the heart of Santa Rosa Beach, ce

Focus on a Sandestin Vacation by Beach Blue Properties

March 29, 2021
Sandestin is South Walton's largest resort destin

New Stores Set To Open at Grand Boulevard

March 29, 2021
Making its Northwest Florida debut in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is Arhaus Studio

Food For Thought Champions the Fight Against Growing Food Insecurity

March 29, 2021
In a year that should have been about celebrating ten years of service to the community,

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Annual Fundraiser: Crescendo! Apr 30 - May 2

March 18, 2021
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased...

Scenic Highway 30A Designated as National Scenic Byway

March 17, 2021
Our little road on the SoWal Coast along the world's most beautiful beaches has gained...

SoWal Local Madison Olson Sets Sights on Solo Sailboat Regatta Across Atlantic

March 15, 2021
Madison Olson is a  SoWal native who now lives in France and is building a campaign to...

Reflections On Seaside by Dhiru Thadani Available for Order

March 15, 2021
Reflections On Seaside by acclaimed architect, author, and urbanist Dhiru A.

Buy or Sell a Home with Live 30A Real Estate and Help Change Lives Around the World

March 15, 2021
Here at Live 30A, we believe in living sim

Thousands Run Virtually in Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Raising $300,000

March 12, 2021
Nearly 1,700 runners participated in the 19th Annual Seaside School Virtual Half Marathon...

Blues on 30A at Gulf Place March 14

March 10, 2021
Join family and friends for the Ultimate Blues Festival at Gulf Place. BLUES on 30A

North Beach Social Opens on the Bay

March 9, 2021
North Beach Social (NBS) is now officially open underneath Farm & Fire Southern...

The Return Of The REP Theatre Spring 2021

March 7, 2021
Nearly a year since temporarily shutting its doors due to COVID-19,

Tutu Trot 5K Run & Walk Apr 24

February 28, 2021
The Tutu Trot is a public 5k Run/Walk on April 24, 2021 in beautiful Hammock Bay in...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for February 2021

February 28, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

South Walton Nature Walks

February 22, 2021
Nothing is better for your body and your mind than getting back to nature among the trees...

South Walton Adventures on the Water

February 22, 2021
People flock to South Walton from all over the world to enjoy the most beautiful beaches...

Cartercraft Roofing Celebrates 30 Years in SoWal

February 21, 2021
2021 marks the 30th year in business for Cartercraft Roofing in South Wal

WaterColor Inn & The Pearl Hotel Continue to Receive High Acclaim

February 19, 2021
St. Joe Resort Operations, LLC (“St. Joe Hospitality”), a subsidiary of The St.

Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant Marks 35th Anniversary With Big 2021 Enhancements

February 18, 2021
Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant on Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, Florida,—famous...

Cultural Arts Alliance and Underwater Musem of Art Complete Third Sculpture Deployment

February 18, 2021
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), South Walton Artificial Reef...

Chef Jim Shirley Honored as 16th Van Ness Butler Jr. Award Winner

February 18, 2021
In 2020, Chef Jim Shirley received two honors, the first was becoming the

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for December 2020

February 15, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club Renovation Underway

February 5, 2021
Named “Best Golf Course” by Visit South Walton and Destin Magazine, Santa

Perfect in South Walton 2021 Winners

February 5, 2021
Visit South Walton has announced the

Planet Secure Specializes in Smart & Secure Homes and Businesses

February 1, 2021
The seed was planted for Planet Secure in 2005 when Ken Richard’s business in St.

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for January 2021

January 31, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Walton County Mobility Plan Workshops Feb 2 & 4

January 30, 2021
The Walton County Planning Department will conduct three workshops to discuss the...

Community Garden to Begin at Padgett Park

January 29, 2021
Cultivate Community Gardens (CCG), the first community garden in South Wa

Café Thirty-A Raises Record $35,564 for Caring and Sharing

January 29, 2021
Café Thirty-A in Seagrove Beach raised a r

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for November 2020

January 22, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Sandestin Gumbo Festival Feb 20

January 22, 2021
The Sandestin Gumbo Festival takes place in The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday,...

Alys Beach Town Center Updates

January 22, 2021
Alys Beach, an entity of EBSCO Industries, is pleased to share an update

FOOW Supper Club: Mardi Gras Dinner Feb 18

January 22, 2021
Join FOOW’s Executive Chef for a multi-course tasting menu with beverage pairings...

Annual Food For Thought Dinner at Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood Apr 12

January 22, 2021
The annual Food For Thought Fundraising Dinner is set to take place on Monday, April 12th...

2021 Virtual 30A Songwriters Festival Jan 29-31

January 22, 2021
The annual 30A Songwriters Festival is going virtual! Normally taking place over MLK...

Valentine's Day Dinner in The Courtyard at Pescado in Rosemary Beach

January 22, 2021
The Courtyard at Pescado is now taking reservations for an intimate dinner on Valentine's...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for October 2020

December 22, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

RUN/SUP New Year's Eve Race at WaterColor BoatHouse

December 22, 2020
RUN/SUP New Year's Eve Race will take place at The BoatHouse Paddle Club in Wate

December OneBlood Drive at The Market Shops Dec 18

December 10, 2020
Tis the season for giving. Give the gift of life!

Café Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball Jan 9

November 18, 2020
On Saturday, January 9, 2021

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for September 2020

October 30, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Please Support Our Local Arts Community by Joining CAA

October 26, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on America's arts sector. Since...

What $14 Million Buys in SoWal

October 26, 2020
I had the pleasure of documenting construction by ground and aerial photography from...

The Market Shops to Host October OneBlood Drive

October 19, 2020
The Market Shops

25th Annual Festival of the Arts Oct 24-25

October 13, 2020
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 25th annual Festival of the Arts October 24th...

The Witches of South Walton Ride for Charity

October 5, 2020
The Witches of South Walton are set to ride in the 17th Annual Witch Ride this October...

Mountainfilm on Tour Relocates to Watersound Origins for Drive-In Experience Nov 6

October 4, 2020
In honor of its 20th anniversary, this year’s Mountainfilm on Tour at WaterColor will be...

Registration Open for Seaside School Virtual Half Marathon + 5K

September 22, 2020
The Seaside Half Marathon & 5K will look different in Februrary 2021!

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for August 2020

September 20, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

International Coastal Cleanup 2020 Opportunities

September 14, 2020
The Annual Coastal Cleanup is a great way to get out to the beach AND help the beach at...

Stinky's Beach To Bay Fishing Tournament Begins Sep 27

September 13, 2020
The 7th Annual Stinky's Beach to Bay Tournament begins September 27 and runs through...