SoWal Stories


Merry Main Street In Downtown DeFuniak Springs Begins Nov 27

November 21, 2021
Main Street DeFuniak Springs hosts the town's annual holiday festivities, Merry Main

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for September 2021

November 18, 2021
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Summer Haze Music Festival - Winter Edition at Gulf Place Nov 20

November 11, 2021
Southern Sound Music Alliance presents the Summer Haze Music Festival - Winter Edition on...

Volunteer Opportunities in South Walton

November 10, 2021
We are blessed with a caring and giving community.

2022 Underwater Museum of Art Call To Artists

November 8, 2021
The Cultural Arts Al

Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Nov 4-7

November 5, 2021
Destin Charity Wine A

Resort Resale Continues Excellent Furniture & Home Decor Consignment With New Owners

November 2, 2021
For nearly 14 years, Resort Resale on Hwy 98 in SoWal has been an excel

9th Annual Fore Her Golf Outing Oct 29

October 28, 2021
Get teed up for a day of golf at the 9th Annual

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

October 28, 2021
Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Des

Run Watersound 5K & Film Festival Oct 30 & 31

October 28, 2021
The first ever Run Watersound 5K & Film Festival is a two-day event

Sunny Fall Saturday Mornings At Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmers Market

October 27, 2021
Saturday mornings in the Fall are perfect on the sunny Main Street in DeF

SoWal Style: Classic Grayton Cottage Overlooking State Park Dunes & Gulf

October 21, 2021
If you want to experience the authentic Grayton Beach vibe you can't do any better then...

New in SoWal: Weekend Jazz Brunches at Ovide in Hotel Effie at Sandestin

October 18, 2021
Ovide, the signature restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Ac

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Rate The Pearl Hotel Top 15

October 18, 2021
Condé Nast Traveler has published its annual Readers’ Choice Awards wit

The Market Shops Sixth Annual Bloody Mary Festival Oct 23

October 17, 2021
On Saturday, October 23,

Eggs On the Beach Cooking Competition at Seascape Oct 16

October 16, 2021
The Emerald Coast’s official Big Green Egg EggFest cooking competition, Eggs on the Beach...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for August 2021

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

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

October 9, 2021
In its 33rd year, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is scheduled to return

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach May 13-14, 2022 Call for Artists

October 3, 2021
The Alys Foundation has begun the ca

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest Oct 8-9

October 3, 2021
Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales!

Beach Safety Info & Beach Rules From Visit South Walton

October 1, 2021
Important Beach Safety Info from

Watersound Farmers Market Happens Every Saturday

October 1, 2021
The Watersound Town Center is growing ra

DeFuniak Springs Oktoberfest & RUN/SUP Competition Oct 2

October 1, 2021
Main Street DeFuniak Springs is set to host its inaugural

School Calendars for 2021-2022

September 27, 2021
Here is the 2021-2022 School Calendar from Visit Sout

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Special Events for 2021-2022 Season

September 23, 2021
Don’t be like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.

Alaqua Animal Refuge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Opens

September 23, 2021
Alaqua Animal Refuge announced toda

Harvest Moon Celebration at Eden Gardens State Park Sep 23

September 23, 2021
Harvest Moon at Eden Gardens State Park

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

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.

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...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for July 2021

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

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! 

Beach Safety Info From Visit South Walton

August 1, 2021
Important Beach Safety Info from

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

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...