SoWal Stories


Watersound Farmers Market Debuts Oct 2

September 20, 2021
The Watersound Town Center is growing ra

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest Oct 8-9

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

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

September 20, 2021
In its 33rd year, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is scheduled for October 9

Seaside School Race Weekend Feb 18-20

September 17, 2021
The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K

Seaside Pavilions are Unique Gateways to Beach Bliss

September 15, 2021
If you’ve ever driven down Scenic 30A through Seaside, then chances are y

Patriot’s Run & Paddle at WaterColor Sep 11

September 10, 2021
Registration for the event is now open for Patriot’s Run & Paddle in

Harvest Moon Celebration at Eden Gardens State Park Sep 23

September 8, 2021
Harvest Moon at Eden Gardens State Park

Global, Regional and Local Businesses Opening in Grand Boulevard

September 2, 2021
With three new businesses opening and several more in the queue, Grand Boulevard office...

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Launches 16th Season for 2021-2022

September 2, 2021
Keeping the tempo at the forefront of the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene

One Ocean Film Tour at Watersound Origins Sep 17-18

August 27, 2021
Enjoy a night of inspiring ocean themed films under the stars.

Beach Safety Info From Visit South Walton

August 27, 2021
Important Beach Safety Info from

Volunteer Opportunities in South Walton

August 27, 2021
We are blessed with a caring and giving community, and during these difficult times,...

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

August 27, 2021
Recently we've added 1,400 new photos of every public Beach, Bay

The Story of Seaside, Florida

August 27, 2021
Ever wonder how the town of Seaside, Florida began?

South Walton Sea Turtle Season Underway

August 24, 2021
The South Walton Turtle Watch team is hard at work each and every day protecting and...

26th Annual MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts Oct 30-31

August 10, 2021
Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Des

9th Annual Fore Her Golf Outing Oct 29

August 10, 2021
Get teed up for a day of golf at the 9th Annual

Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Nov 4-7

August 10, 2021
Destin Charity Wine A

The Market Shops Sixth Annual Bloody Mary Festival Oct 23

August 9, 2021
On Saturday, October 23,

Visit South Walton Spring 2021 Visitor Tracking Study

August 6, 2021
The recent Spring 2021 Visitor Tracking Study by

Angelina's Pizzeria and Pasta: That's Amore

August 2, 2021
So many years of quality service, so many pizzas! 

Rise & Shine Breakfast Spots in SoWal

July 30, 2021
Wake up early for a fabulous SoWal sunrise then treat yourself

Central Square Records in Seaside Shares the Passion

July 30, 2021
Central Square Records in

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

Free Admission to SoWal State Parks Summer 2021

July 15, 2021
Hit the beach or hit the trail - it's on us!

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

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

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 ...

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...

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...