Music

Local Craftsman Chris Alvarado Building 50th Anniversary Woodstock Guitar

Chris Alvarado, Owner & Founder of Driftwood Guitars, has a new project to build a one-of-a-kind guitar in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock music festival. The neck of the guitar will be crafted out of wood from the historic Woodstock stage. Alvarado will be breathing new life into the stage wood from many years ago, adding to the musical heritage and legacy of Woodstock.

Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks at Destin Commons July 3

The 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival takes place Wednesday, July 3 at Destin Commons and this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever! Family fun activities include live music and entertainment, BBQ sampling, face painting, photo booth, and the highly anticipated, Independence Day firework extravaganza. Through the Destin Commons Coins for a Cause initiative, 18 local charities team up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados, for over $85,000 in donations.

Share SoWal! Free Access to Thousands of Beach Photos

Join us in sharing SoWal!

One of the ways we like to promote our area, and help you do the same, is sharing our collection of more than 5,000 photos for you to download and share for FREE! We are pleased and proud to share photos of our beloved South Walton. It's why we started SoWal.com - to share our love for the beach. Please help us spread the joy and Share SoWal!

SoWal Mardi Gras Parades, Parties, Pooches

Mardi Gras festivities kick off this weekend in South Walton and along the Emerald Coast of Florida with parades, live music and parties in some of our beach towns, restaurants and bars. From Stinky's Fish Camp's Mardi Gras Headquarters, Baytowne's Mardi Gras Dog Parade and Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash, to Mardi Gras Masquerade & Fireworks Festival at Destin Commons and outdoor concerts and rooftop parties. Grab your beads and head out to celebrate Mardi Gras at the beach from now til Fat Tuesday. Laissez bon temps rouler!

Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Annual Fundraiser Crescendo! Feb 15 - 17

Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A cultural and culinary extravaganza, slated for February 15-17, 2019.

On Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:00 p.m. Crescendo! will begin with a series of carefully curated vintner dinners hosted in elegant homes and venues throughout the Emerald Coast, which pair the talents of local and regional celebrity chefs with some of the country’s most acclaimed vineyards for a delicious evening of food and wine.

SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2019

Beach breezes blend with tunes every January in SoWal during the annual 30A Songwriters Festival.

The 10th annual 30A Songwriters Festival brings more great music for SoWal beach lovers from January 18-21, 2019 with more than 175 artists, 225 performances, and 25 venues. The 2019 Ten-Year Anniversary festival is quickly shaping up to become the best festival yet. Check out the artist and venue lineups here >

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