How To Have Fun at These 8 Amazing Florida Panhandle Festivals

Bike on the sand with download our free vacation guide textThere’s always something fun going on along the Gulf Coast! The next time you plan a trip to 30A, consider lining it up with one of the best Florida Panhandle festivals! From food and wine celebrations to live music to fishing competitions, you’re sure to find an event that piques your interest. Bring your friends and family along and have an unforgettable experience at our favorite festivals.

If you’re coming to 30A and want to attend some of the greatest Florida Panhandle festivals, you need to download our free Vacation Guide! Our guide can help cut your trip planning time in half and teach you everything you need to know about the area. You’ll find information on top-notch restaurants, museums, outdoor activities, and more! 

Discover 8 Unique Florida Panhandle Festivals 

30A Songwriters Music Festival 

musicWhen: January 

Where: Miramar Beach 

Calling all music buffs! We have an event you won’t want to miss during your next winter vacation. The 30A Songwriters Music Festival is known nationwide for its prestigious lineup, which has previously featured the Zombies, Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle. More than 200 performances are held in several locations each year. Whether you’re a fan of country music or prefer alternative tunes, you’ll have a blast at this music festival. 

Sandestin Gumbo Festival 

When: February 

Where: Sandestin 

Do you want to sample seafood gumbo from the best of the best chefs? You need to check out the Sandestin Gumbo Festival! For over 30 years, this event has been one of the most popular Sandestin events and includes delicious seafood, live music, and fun-filled, family-friendly activities. 

30A Wine Festival 

wineWhen: February 

Where: Alys Beach 

Alys Beach is a charming seaside town just minutes away from Rosemary Beach. This area is also home to the iconic 30A Wine Festival. The festival’s schedule is packed with seminars, tastings, and dinners you won’t want to miss. The festivities kick off with an intimate wine dinner at Caliza Restaurant, featuring globally inspired food served al fresco. 

Destin Seafood Festival 

When: October 

Where: Destin 

The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the best free events in 30A! If you love fresh seafood, live entertainment, and meeting new people, then this event is perfect for you. This festival features high-quality food vendors, arts and crafts, plenty of exciting performances, and is located on the beautiful Destin Harbor Boardwalk. It’s the ideal weekend activity! 

ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival 

jewerlyWhen: October 

Where: Sandestin 

If you’re a lover of the arts, then ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is the place for you. This event provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from outstanding artists from around the country. Whether you’re looking to get your hands on stunning paintings, unique prints, or handmade jewelry, you’ll find it here! 

Destin Fishing Rodeo 

When: October 

Where: Destin  

The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a fishing contest that takes place each October. During this event, registered boats bring their best catches to a panel of judges. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see some gigantic fish and sharks! The Destin Fishing Rodeo is known as one of the best fishing events in the Southeast and is an entertaining way to spend a day in Destin. 

SEASIDE® Seeing Red Wine Festival 

wineWhen: November 

Where: Seaside 

For over three decades, people have traveled from all over to attend the Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival. The festival celebrates premium red wines and is perfect for wine connoisseurs and novices alike! The event spans over four days, and tickets sell out fast, so make sure you get yours on time! 

Sandestin Festival of Trees 

When: November/December 

Where: Sandestin 

Summer isn’t the only time you can visit 30A. Winter has its charm, too! The area is home to many festive holiday events, such as the Sandestin Festival of Trees. The Sandestin Festival of Trees is not just a display of trees—it’s a contest! Local non-profit organizations compete to create the most glorious Christmas trees for a chance to win $5,000 in cash prizes. 

Make Memories at Adagio in 30A 

Adagio Gulfside RoomAfter making wonderful memories at these Florida Panhandle festivals, you’ll need a place to rest and regain your energy. Look no further than Adagio! Our vacation rentals allow you to kick your vacation up a notch. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views, high-end decor, luxurious linens, and modern amenities during your stay. You can even relax with a glass of wine on your private balcony or cool down in the magnificent pool! 

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