There are always great things happening in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Things really ramp up during the summer and August is prime time for great fun on Florida’s Emerald Coast. In addition to weekly events such as Act 4 Murder mystery dinner theatre, educational beach walks, summer camps, parades, and movies at the landing, there are special events like the guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou. If you’re going to be in the area, or if you’re looking for a reason to be in the area this month, read on.
Guided Kayak Tour of Rocky Bayou – August 8th:
This space-limited trip will be led by a Park Ranger, providing a unique opportunity for the 12 people who register in time. Rocky Bayou is a fresh-brackish water system which supports myriad fish including the endangered Okaloosa darter and several shellfish. It is also likely that you will see osprey and bald eagles on the trip. Registration is open until the 7th. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.
Billy Bowlegs Amateur Golf Tournament – August 8-9th:
The two-man best-ball tournament will take place at the Shalimar Point Golf Club. There will be special prizes awarded for hole-in-one as well as raffle prizes, free BBQ lunch, free beverages and a $1,000 gift certificate for the winning team. Proceeds benefit the Kay Stokes Memorial Scholarship, the James S. Sutton Scholarship Fund, and the John T. Morgan, III Memorial Scholarship Fund. For additional information, call (850) 585-4097 or visit shalimarpointe.com.
Paddle at the Porch – August 16th:
This year marks the 3rd Annual Paddle at the Porch – the Destin SUP Cup! Paddle at the Porch is a showcase of the area’s emerald-green water and white sand. Starting at The Back Porch, the event features several flights including a one-mile recreational race, a three-mile recreational race, and a six-mile elite race. Each race is divided into classes and the day’s stand up paddleboard activities will be followed by an awards ceremony which includes the $5,000 cash purse. For registration information and more details, go to paddleattheporch.com.
Emerald Coast Poker Run – August 16th:
If paddling isn’t your thing, on the same day you can participate in the Emerald Coast Poker Run. This event, put on by the Emerald Coast Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, raises money for youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center. Operational funds for these and other organizations depend heavily on money raised during the poker run. For more information, visit emeraldcoastpokerrun.com.
Fort Walton Beach Beer Festival – August 23rd:
From 4-7pm, Chan’s Wine World brings back this beer festival to Uptown Station. Included in the tasting will be more than 50 beers. All of the proceeds will go to benefit SFA Ch. 7, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides support to families of the 7th Special Forces Group. Their primary function is providing support to families of fallen warriors. Additional information and ticket sales can be found at this link.