The 2019 Destin Seafood Festival is October 4-6 on the beautiful Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Now in its 41st year, the festival features nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors, activities for youngsters, a great variety of local and regional food vendors, and live entertainment. Admission is FREE.
DESTIN, Fla — The 2019 Destin Seafood Festival is October 4-6 on the beautiful Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Now in its 41st year, the festival features nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors, activities for youngsters, a great variety of local and regional food vendors, and live entertainment.
Admission is FREE.
Festival hours are:
- Friday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Destin Seafood Festival will feature six stages of live music: one at HarborWalk Village, two at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, two at Boathouse Oyster Bar, and one at the Harbor Tavern.
Notable acts for 2019 include lap and pedal steel guitar player, AJ Ghent, playing two sets on Saturday, October 5 at the AJ’s Jumbotron Stage, and an entire day of reggae music on Sunday, October 6 at HarborWalk Village.
The Destin Seafood Festival is one of Destin’s most celebrated traditions, kicking off the Destin Fishing Rodeo that extends the entire month of October. The event was started in 1978 by the Destin Charter Boat Association Women’s Auxiliary.
While the festival has grown into its new home on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, the Destin Seafood Festival remains the primary fundraiser for the Destin Charter Boat Association.
Formed in 1954, the Destin Charter Boat Association is a non-profit organization that provides many valuable contributions to the City of Destin. Its primary function is advocacy for Fisheries Management. The Association also contributes to various community development projects and awards a scholarship to the winner of the Miss Destin Pageant.
Parking for the festival is limited on the Destin Harbor; however, off-site parking and transit service is available. There is a small fee for the service.
From the west, transit service runs from the parking lot at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on Okaloosa Island.
From the east, transit service runs from the Target Parking lot in Destin, and the Bealls Parking lot in Destin.
Riders are dropped off at the Destin Harbor. Transit service is available from one hour before the festival begins until one hour after the festival ends.