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Celebrate Spring ⋅ May Events Along 30A + the Emerald Coast

Spring blossoms welcome an array of activities and events hosted in the beachside communities along Scenic Highway 30A and the Emerald Coast. Whether you’re a local looking to get out and enjoy the sunshine or a visitor seeking to make the most of your time in the Sunshine State, May promises a variety of unforgettable experiences. From music festivals to outdoor adventures, read on to see the best things to do on the coast this month. 

FEATURED EVENTS

Sun, Sand & Soul Music Festival
Seascape Resort | Miramar Beach 
May 2nd – 4th, 2024 

Tedeschi Trucks Band presents Sun Sand and Soul held at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, May 2nd – May 4th. The Topeka Music Vacations experience features Tedeschi Trucks Band performing 2 special sets with appearances from JJ Grey & Mofro, Blackberry Smoke, The Teskey Brothers, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, and more. 


Autism OdysSea 2024
Navarre Beach Marine Science Station | Navarre Beach
May 4th, 2024

Autism OdysSea is a fun-filled day at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station exclusively for families with adults or children with special needs. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, with sea-themed activities that include touch tanks, sensory stations, crafts, kayaking, fishing, and animal encounters. 


Paddle for Peace
Public Beach Access and Chiringo | Grayton Beach
May 4th, 2024

Join Gulf Therapy for the 4th Annual Paddle for Peace! It’s no secret that in today’s world, our mental health and peace is one of the biggest things that we need to give more attention to. Funds raised from Paddle for Peace allows Gulf Therapy to not only provide more paddle boards to get people out on the water, but also support those that may need additional layers of therapy. 


Arts Quest Fine Arts Festival 
Grand Boulevard | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 
May 4th – 5th, 2024 

Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Grand Boulevard Town Center, the 36th Annual ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from over 100 artists from around the country. ArtsQuest is a juried show that includes artists in an array of mediums. The rain or shine event also features live performances, artist demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, student exhibits, ImagiNation: where kids rule, food, beverages, and more! 


30A Foam Fest 
30Avenue | Inlet Beach 
May 10th – 11th, 2024 

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The highly anticipated 2nd Annual 30A Foam Fest is returning to South Walton for another round of craft beer celebration and revelry! Presented by 30Avenue and Idyll Hound Proper, this two-day extravaganza will showcase the finest offerings from beloved local craft breweries along the Emerald Coast and beyond. Guests can indulge in an extensive array of unique and exciting beers while enjoying live music performances, interactive games, wine, seltzer, photo booths, and a diverse selection of mouthwatering cuisine from 30Avenue restaurants. 


Brandi Carlile’s Mothership Weekend
Seascape Resort | Miramar Beach
May 10th – 12th, 2024

Brandi Carlile invites you to celebrate Mother’s Day in a whole new way – with 3-days of music! Topeka Music Vacations presents Brandi Carlile’s Mothership Weekend held at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, May 10th – May 12th. The experience features Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, Black Pumas, Sara Barellies, Nickel Creek, and more!  


Tequila & Taco Festival
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
May 10th – 12th, 2024

Head to the beautiful Village of Baytowne Wharf in the Sandestin Resort for the 11th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest to be held on May 10th—12th. This premier event has grown significantly since being founded in 2014, by event founder, Carlos Shaffran. Carlos states, “Guests from all over the Southeast come to celebrate this unique event on the Emerald Coast.” A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation, Sandestin Foundation for Kids, and Boys & Girls Club.  


Paddle at the Park 
The Boardwalk | Okaloosa Island 
May 11th, 2024 

The 12th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency will take place in the Gulf of Mexico behind The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Saturday, May 11th. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races, a 6-mile elite race and a kids’ fun out-and-back paddle, to be followed by awards. 


Digital Graffiti Festival
Central Park | Alys Beach
May 17th-18th, 2024

Where immersive technology meets art and architecture! This evening festival features the town, buildings, and landscape, illuminated by the latest in design, animation, and projection technologies; two glowing evenings of innovation and inspiration, with artists from around the world exhibiting works of projection mapping, generative art, experimental short films, and animation, as well as sound, motion, and light-responsive installations. 



Navarre Paddle Classic 
Navarre Beach Marine Park | Navarre Beach 
May 18th, 2024 

A dazzling roster of dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, and mixologists converge in South Walton, Florida to wine, dine, educate, and entertain guests as part of the four-day celebration of wine during the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival held each April throughout Grand Boulevard.


Locals Last Stand 
Watersound Town Center | Watersound Origins 
May 19th, 2024

30A’s 9th annual Locals Last Stand party will be held at The Pavilion at Watersound Town Center. It’s your one last chance to enjoy some community fun before the mad dash of the summer season kicks off! The concert is FREE and open to the public! Lineup includes the Casey Kearney Band, Sons of Saints, and MECO. Local food trucks (Taco 30A & Soo Trucking Delicious) and vendors will also be available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun! 


HarborWalk Memorial Day Celebration
HarborWalk Village | Destin
May 25th – 27th, 2024

Kick-off Summer on the Destin Harbor with live music on the Main Stage all weekend long at HarborWalk Village! It’s time for flip-flops, suntans, and summer! The weekend schedule includes a concert on Saturday, vintage air show, concert and fireworks on Sunday, and a silent disco party on Monday. Onsite parking fee is $20. 


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