Discover the Natural Wonders of SoWal at the 11th Annual Back to Nature Festival

October 4, 2012 by Marla Burns

There are many reasons people come to visit South Walton, and even more reasons locals love to live here. Most everyone in SoWal enjoys the outdoors in all its wonder. It's where we find inspiration and creativity. We love exploring and learning about our unique coastal environment.

The 11th annual Back to Nature festival is one of the most popular ways to accomplish all of the above in a weekend full of opportunities to explore, discover, and expand our knowledge of the natural beauty that is South Walton. This year’s festival takes place October 18 – 21, and is once again produced by the South Walton Community Council (SWCC) and happily sponsored by

Rene Endres, event organizer says, “the festival offers the opportunity for locals and visitors to get connected…to the incredible, highly diversified environment of South Walton County. It is a time for us to remember…to celebrate nature and protect our natural resources. The SWCC gives a voice to the voiceless”.

At this wonderful fall festival, you’ll find everything from art, music and great food, to outdoor adventures with kayaking, hiking, biking, and ecotours including a river safari. Bring your family and friends out for a treat you won’t want to miss, and show your support for the community and the SWCC. 

Schedule of events:
Artists Reception for Scenes of South Walton Art Show: Thursday, Oct 18 @ Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach. 5pm - 7pm. The art show will feature art inspired by our magnificent Florida coastal landscape. A portion of the proceeds will benefit South Walton Community Council. So add to your art collection and support the local organization that gives Nature a Voice! Free. Show ends Nov 4, 2012.

Opening Night Party on Friday, Oct 19 at Grayt Coffee House from 6 pm – 9 pm. Live music by Forrest Williams & Friends, food provided by Grayton Beach Catering, and loads of family fun! Bring your own drinks and chairs & join the party! Cost: $15.

Celebrate Nature on Saturday, Oct 20th from Noon - 4:30 pm at the Seaside Amphitheater. A celebration of nature & community, this event has something for all ages. Live music, live animals, green business displays, nature exhibits & kids arts and crafts. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs & join the celebration! Free.

Silent Auction Saturday, Oct 20th at the Seaside Amphitheater from Noon – 5 pm. Art, jewelry, wine and much more! Proceeds benefit SWCC. Come out and show us you care! Free.

Outdoor Adventures on Saturday & Sunday, Oct 20 – 21 throughout Walton County. Our classic adventures include hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, riding and astronomy. Cost varies by adventure.

Most events are about two hours long and cost $10 unless otherwise noted. Events will be closed after maximum participant limits are reached, so register early! See the complete schedule of adventures and register by going to

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