As reported by The Beachcomber

Jan. 17-20

30A Songwriters Festival

Various Locations Throughout South Walton

Brian Wilson, the genius behind the Beach Boys, is set to perform at the 2020 30A Songwriters Festival.

This year’s lineup includes returning favorites Becky Warren, Carlene Carter, Chas Sandford, Chely Wright, Daphne Willis, Grayson Capps, Gretchen Peters, Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Kim Richey, Marshall Chapman, Mary Gauthier, Randall Bramblett, Sugarcane Jane, Tommy Womack, and Will Kimbrough; local favorites Boukou Groove, Casey Kearney, Chris Alvarado, Kyle LaMonica and Max McCann; must-see festival first-timers Elizabeth Cook, Lucy Dacus, and Will Hoge; and big name headliners Brian Wilson, Don McLean, John Prine and Peter Yarrow. Plus literally hundreds more.

Feb. 14 and 15

The 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin

Sample a variety of gumbo and vote for the People’s Choice winner, and see who wins over the celebrity judges. Gulf Coast restaurants take the spotlight, and there will be children’s activities and live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. The festival also brings back the Bloody Mary component, and you get to be the judge for Best Bloody Mary on the Beach!

March 5-19

Beach Bash Music Fest

Al’s Beach Club, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk

No details at press time, but anyone who attended the last two Beachcomber Music Awards knows this is one of the best live music venues around. And that view…

April 16-19

Sandestin Wine Festival

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin

Get uncorked with one of spring’s most celebrated events, benefiting Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids. Tickets are available online now, so why wait?

May 9 and 10

ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Miramar Beach

Submission deadline for artists interested in participating is Friday, March 6. Categories include mixed media, ceramics, works on paper, fiberglass, jewelry, metal, oils and acrylics, photography, digital art, sculpture, and wood.


Aug. 5-8

Boat Week on the Emerald Coast

The annual event culminates in powerboats, fishing boats, pleasure boats and all in between filling the waterways for one of the largest and most popular charity poker runs in the U.S.A. on Aug. 8. All proceeds benefit children’s charities of the Emerald Coast Foundation, and to date the foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local kids in need.


Oct. 2-4

Destin Seafood Festival

Destin Harbor / HarborWalk Village

With this food, music and fun-filled weekend and the Destin Fishing Rodeo taking place all month long, the beautiful Destin Harbor will be unavoidable in October.

Please note that this is just a small sampling of the great things happening on the Emerald Coast in 2020. Submit your upcoming events to and pick up a fresh copy of Beachcomber for the most up-to-date information.