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2014 Destin Seafood Festival this weekend

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The 2014 Annual Destin Seafood Festival is October 3-5.  The Seafood Festival is hosted along the beautiful Destin Harbor and the Harbor Boardwalk right on the water, with the action of the Destin Fishing Rodeo right in the heart of the Festival. Admission is free.

Hours are: Friday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy a great weekend of seafood, live music, arts & crafts and family fun. More than 60,000 locals and visitors are expected to attend and we are ecstatic to host this event. This three day festival will be full of arts, crafts, music, food, entertainment, fireworks, and excitement for all! It will showcase the Best that Destin has to offer on the Harbor. Stroll along the Harbor Board Walk from one end to the other with over a mile of Festival on the water showcasing Destin’s Fishing Fleet, Harbor Restaurants & Bars and breath taking sunsets!

The Festival was founded by the Destin Charter Boat Association’s Women’s Auxiliary in 1978 as a fund raiser and labor of love for the local fishing fleet. Their objective was to attract people to the area, introducing them to the spoils that Destin has to offer in the fall. Today the tradition lives on with the Destin Charter Boat Association who has teamed up with the local business community, Destin restaurants and seafood markets in an effort to sustain this much loved part of Destin’s heritage.

Destin City Stage

Friday, October 3rd

  • 4 pm – Hope Cassity
  • 6 pm – Season Ammons Band
  • 8 pm – Heritage

Saturday, October 4th

  • 12 pm – Red 423
  • 2 pm – Coconut String Band
  • 4 pm – Continuum
  • 6 pm – Chronic Jester
  • 8 pm – Forrest Williams Band

Sunday, October 5th

  • 12 pm – Jones and Company
  • 2 pm – Cadillac Willie

Heron Harbor Stage

Friday, October 3rd

  • 4 pm – Ike Bartley
  • 6 pm – Bo Adams
  • 8 pm – Chris Alvarado

Saturday, October 4th

  • 12 pm – Al Alvarado
  • 2 pm – J.B. Dyess
  • 4 pm – Ben Friedman
  • 6 pm – Hope Cassity
  • 8 pm – Bill Garrett

Sunday, October 5th

  • 12 pm – Two of the Younger
  • 2 pm – Season Ammons

HarborWalk Village – Main Stage

Friday, October 3rd

  • 3 pm – Village Bass Band
  • 5 pm – Sauce Boss
  • 8 pm – Longreef
  • 10 pm – Fireworks

Saturday, October 4th

  • 12 pm – Village Belles and the Village Brass Band
  • 2 pm – Flash Flood
  • 4 pm – Jacob Mohr Band
  • 6 pm – Modern Eldorados
  • 8 pm – Leah Seawright

Sunday, October 5th

  • 12 pm – Village Belles and the Village Brass Band
  • 3 pm – The Blenders
  • 5 pm – Fuzion Band

Just For Kids
The Destin Seafood Festival is a family friendly event on the Destin Harbor. We have 3 separate Kids Zones in the festival with something for kids of all ages.

Kids Fun Zone at Heron Harbor

  • The Heron Harbor Kids Zone has activities for older kids and preteens. There will be a skim board and skate board painting workshop along with Capt. Davies Pirate village with a live mermaid for photos with a the kids and free face painting and pirate tattoos applied by Capt Davies Pirate Girls.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, Capt Davie the Pirate will be performing magic shows at our Harbor side Pirate Village at Heron Harbor. The Heron Harbor Kids Zone has seating tents, food and refreshments close by for when everyone needs to take a break. Restrooms are also located at this Kids Zone.


Kids Fun Zone at East Pass Marina

  • The East Pass Marina Kids Zone has pony rides, petting zoo, and kids games geared towards younger kids and toddlers. There is a seating tent nearby so that parents can take a break and cool down while the kids play.


Kids Fun Zone at HarborWalk Village

  • The HarborWalk Kids Fun Zone is located in HarborWalk Village. There is a seating tent nearby so that parents and kids can take a break while enjoying the Festival.

Sunday – 11:30 am till pm
Free Event

  • Kids Mingo Toss and Treasure Hunt
  • Sunday on top of the hill at the Royal Melvin Heritage Park, behind the Destin City stage.
  • On Sunday we host our Annual Mingo Toss contest for kids up to 11 years old. The Mingo Toss is an old fashioned “fish throwing contest” with Mingo snappers. Certificates and awards will be given in all age categories. This is allot of fun and a great photo op for the parents!!
  • Immediately following the Mingo Toss we will have a treasure hunt down the Harbor for the kids. Capt Davie our resident pirate/magician will lead the kids east towards Heron Harbor and the Pirate village.. The treasure hunt will last approximately 35 minutes and will make 4 stops total along the way. The treasure hunt will be a easy for younger children. They will make a stop at the Capt Nemo booth on the dock, then another stop in the kids zone and the petty zoo and the last two stops will be at a refreshment booth for a cold drink and then on to Capt Davies Pirate Village.
  • Both the Mingo toss and the Treasure Hunt are free events for families and kids.Thank you for visiting our Web site! Please take a look at our Home Page for more local coverage of life in the Nicest Little City in the South.
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