Top 8 Fall Festivals in Destin FL
Fall is one of the very best times to visit Destin, Florida! In addition to boasting gorgeous weather and fewer crowds, autumn also brings a number of special seasonal events to the Emerald Coast. To help you make the most of your next getaway, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to the top eight fall festivals in Destin FL.
1. Destin Seafood Festival
The Destin Seafood Festival is your chance to sample a variety of mouthwatering seafood dishes from the area’s most buzzed-about restaurants. Admission is free but special VIP passes are available. As you dig into the tasty food, you can tap your toes to the festival’s spectacular musical entertainment.
2. Bloody Mary Festival
Held at The Market Shops, the Bloody Mary Festival celebrates everyone’s favorite brunch cocktail. Attendees will enjoy unlimited samples of the Emerald Coast’s most inventive Bloody Marys along with live music, corn hole, other lawn games, and a large screen streaming SEC football.
3. Baytowne Beer Festival
The Baytowne Beer Festival is the perfect event for anyone who loves craft beer! This annual celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will feature over 200 domestic and international brews for guests to sample. Brewery representatives will also be on hand, so you can pick their brains about your favorite ales and lagers.
4. Harvest Wine & Food Festival
The Harvest Wine & Food Festival is another one of the most popular fall festivals in Destin FL. This three-day event features wine dinners with celebrity winemakers, an Al Fresco Reserve Tasting with rare wines and specially selected hors-d’oeuvres, and the Grand Tasting, which showcases food from celebrity chefs and over 250 wines from around the globe.
5. Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is an annual block party at the HarborWalk Village featuring great music, excellent beer, and delicious smoked meats. Over 15 local restaurants will compete at the festival to see who has the best ribs, pulled pork, and other BBQ classics. Be sure to vote for your favorite dishes!
6. Destin Crafted: Craft Beer, Bourbon & Food Festival
Formerly known as the Destin Beer Festival, Destin Crafted is a fundraiser for the local charity Children in Crisis. Guests at the festival can try over 50 of the rarest beers and bourbons in America alongside irresistible food from the Emerald Coast’s best restaurants. Destin Crafted will also feature live music, games, and a raffle with superb prizes.
7. Seeing Red Wine Festival
Named one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, Seeing Red is a hugely popular four-day event that draws attendees from around the globe. Comprised of wine tastings, wine dinners, and a special brunch, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is a must for anyone who enjoys a nice glass of red, white, or rosé.
8. Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights Festival
As fall transitions to the holiday season, The Village of Baytowne Wharf celebrates the occasion with the Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights Festival. Guests will sample a great selection of sparkling wine and champagne while taking in The Village’s stunning holiday decorations. The evening will end with the first Tree Lighting of the season and a beautifully choreographed light show.
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will have the perfect home base for enjoying all of these amazing fall festivals in Destin FL. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our inn is the only hotel on the Emerald Coast that is exclusively for adults. Featuring a private white sand beach and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, it is no wonder that the Henderson Park Inn has been voted the most romantic hotel in America by the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com. To find the perfect suite for your vacation, visit our Rooms & Rates page!