30A South Walton running girl 300x257 MARCH: Seaside 5K & Half Marathon

Seaside 5K & Half Marathon

March 2, 2014

What began as a small fundraiser for the Seaside Neighborhood School is now a cherished annual tradition, with tickets for the races selling out months in advance.

Each year, the weather can be wonderfully warm or cheerfully chilly, but one thing is consistent: The scenic early morning dash across South Walton’s majestic coastal dune lakes brings fitness fans back from around the globe, year after year.

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30A South Walton 30A Songwriters Festival Shawn Mullins 300x257 JANUARY: 30A Songwriters Festival

Shawn Mullins at 30A Songwriters Festival

January 17-19 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend

It started out as a pretty cool little idea about bringing world-class songwriting talents to South Walton during January (a slower month that visitors typically don’t associate with a weekend trip the beach).

What few people expected was just how many of those world-class music industry talents (from Nashville and around the globe) would jump aboard so quickly and enthusiastically, and just a few years later, 30A Songwriters Festival is unquestionably one of South Walton’s most successful annual events.

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30A South Walton welcome beach 300x257 JANUARY: Escape to Create

Welcome to 30A!

January

Escape to Create is a non-profit organization that brings world-class artists and scholars to our South Walton community. Since 1993, Escape to Create’s residency program has offered artists of all varieties the gift of time and space to further explore their craft.

During the four-week residencies, artists live and work in the creative and colorful community of Seaside, in private cottages that are generously donated by their owners. Artists receive bicycles for local transportation, a weekly stipend and a weekly group dinner in a home environment. In exchange, the attendees are asked to contribute community services such as public readings, lectures, live performances, workshops, exhibits and/or local school visitations.

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30A South Walton Gumbo 2013 FEBRUARY: Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s 24th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Village of Baytowne Wharf (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.). People from all over the southeast are expected to join in the festivities during the extended Presidents Day weekend.

“The Gumbo Festival is one of our longest running and most enjoyable food events,” said Lanier Motes, Special Event Manager for the Village of Baytowne Wharf. “Many Gulf Coast restaurants serve up their best gumbo, hoping to take home the ‘Area’s Best’ and ‘People’s Choice’ awards. Guests can look forward to tasting great gumbo and voting for their favorite, while listening to live Zydeco music.”

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The 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach is coming up on March 7th-9th. Proceeds from this special event benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network and ticket prices include seminars, the grand tasting, an after-party, and Sunday’s exclusive event, Rosé & Croquet. Guests will also enjoy a selection of excellent rosé wines while participating in a croquet tournament… along with a special brunch provided by Café Thirty-A!

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30A South Walton Girls beach bikinis MARCH: Spring Break

Photo: Ocean Jewel’s Images

March & April

After a long, bleak winter, there are few things better than loading up the family and heading to the beach for some refreshing sun, surf and seafood.

While the neighboring towns of Destin and Panama City Beach tend to attract crazier college crowds, South Walton’s a decidedly family affair.

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30A South Walton Rosemary Beach Uncorked Wine APRIL: Sandestin Wine Festival

Sandestin Wine Festival

April 10-13, 2014

Whether you’re a true wine connoisseur or an amateur thirsty for something unique, you’re certain to find something to suit your taste during the annual Sandestin Wine Festival.

For over 25 years, this event has brought together vintners and labels from all over the globe.

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30A South Walton Cultural Arts Alliance ArtsQuest Seaside 3 MAY: ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival

Photo: Shelly Swanger Photography

May 11-14, 2014

May’s a special time to visit South Walton for many reasons… The weather is wonderfully warm, and the Spring Break masses have gone back to study for finals. But it’s also special because of a tradition here known as ArtsQuest, an annual festival hosted by our Cultural Arts Alliance.

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