Put your best foot forward for a great cause with Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s third annual Wine, Women and Shoes event February 13 and 15, 2015.

As our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, Sinfonia is synonymous with presenting high-caliber events and providing much-needed musical educational initiatives throughout the community. This year’s Wine, Women and Shoes will be an extravaganza of wine, food, fashion, shopping (for shoes, of course!), music and much more.

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Leon Russell rocked out at Gulf Place on Saturday. Photo by Shelly Swanger.

The 6th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival was a huge success!

There were so many incredible moments, and we were able to catch quite a few of them! Check out our coverage below and on our 30A Videos page. Also, be sure to listen to 30A Radio for a full recap this week. Here are just a few highlights:

Zac Brown sat in with John Driskel Hopkins at Old Florida Fish House:

Daphne Willis gave us an impromptu parking lot performance in Seaside:

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Chef Emeril Lagasse

Chef Emeril Lagasse is hosting the first-ever ‘Taste of the Race’ event in conjunction with the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run.

Kick off the race weekend on Friday, February 27, by attending the soiree, which will be held next to the Seaside Neighborhood School from 6 to 8 pm.

Guests will feast on delicious food from some of the Gulf Coast’s top restaurants: Emeril’s, Emeril’s Tchoup’s Chop, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, The Bay, Great Southern Cafe, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Bud and Alley’s and more.

Enjoy live music by the Trick Pony, sip beverages while mingling among friends, and pick up registration packets, priced at $99 per ticket.

Ticket sales are now open and can be purchased by visiting Event Brite. Proceeds benefit The Seaside School Foundation, a non-profit organization.

beach planning trip

Anytime is a great time to visit the beautiful, pristine beaches and unique seaside communities of 30A, but certain months have their own set of benefits and reasons to plan your stay. Check out this handy month-by-month guide to the PROS and CONS of each time of year on 30A:

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30A-Hot-Spot-Award-Sticker-600It’s time to nominate your favorite 30A “Hot Spots” of 2015!

In February, we’ll feature the 10 most popular nominations that we’ve received in each category in a series of polls at 30A.com.

Your votes will determine the TOP 5 Hot Spots in each category, including 30A’s coveted #1 Hot Spots of the Year!

The top 5 hot spots in each category will be featured all year long on 30A.com, 30A Radio, 30A iPhone, 30A Android, 30A iPad, SouthWalton.com and on 30A Facebook, with over 310,000 fans! Please feel free to nominate any business or activity in or near South Walton, Florida, but note that you must submit a nomination in at least 5 different categories in order for your nominations to be considered. Take your time, think it over, and HAVE FUN…

Let’s get started:

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There are few places more picturesque than Florida’s Emerald Coast, especially the section edged by Highway 30A. [more]

TIME Magazine, The Best Places to Travel in 2015


Grab your tickets now for the 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival set for April 16-19, 2015, before it’s too late.

The festival, affectionately known as the “Kentucky Derby” of wine festivals, is the most established and longest running wine festival on the Emerald Coast. Attendees are encouraged to secure tickets early because the popular festival has a history of selling out in advance.

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

Award-winning artists from around the U.S. will converge in Alys Beach this week for the Digital Graffiti Visiting Artist Residency program!

The public will have an opportunity to meet and greet the artists and get a glimpse into their creative process January 16-17, 2015, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the pedestrian paths of Alys Beach.

In addition, during the 30A Songwriters Festival performances at Caliza Pool & Restaurant in Alys Beach, a retrospective of some of the most memorable artwork from past Digital Graffiti Festivals will be featured on the walls and buildings.

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