Tradition continues with 34th annual Destin Seafood Festival

Special to The Log
Hours for the festival are 3-10 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 along the Destin harbor.

The 34th Annual Destin Seafood Festival kicks off Oct. 5th and runs through Oct. 7 along the new Destin harbor boardwalk. This much loved annual event stretches along Destin harbor with fresh local seafood, live music on multiple stages, artist and craft vendors, kid's zones, family fun and a fireworks show on Saturday evening at 10 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. This highly anticipated tradition draws more than 51,000 visitors each year and will extend from HarborWalk Village at the foot of the Destin Bridge along the water to Dockside and The Boathouse. The new and expanded venue brings the Destin Seafood Festival back to its roots on the Destin harbor, showcasing the charter fishing and cruise fleet. The Seafood Festival will kick off the 64th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, which takes place the entire month of October with weigh-ins daily.

Festival highlights include original artwork, fresh local seafood, a kids' Mingo Toss, fireworks on Saturday night and lots of free family fun. Sandy the Swordfish mascot will be on hand welcoming festival guests and the "Fishermen's Booth" will have raffles and auction items including fishing trips, water sport packages as well as nautical art.

The 34th Annual Seafood Festival musical entertainment line up includes these award-winning musicians — Heritage, Cheryl Jones & Co., Boukou Groove, Forrest Williams Band, Season Ammons, The U.S. Air Force Band, Wild Blue Country, Cadillac Willy, Coconut Radio featuring Washboard Jackson, The Andy Velo Band, The Sauce Boss, Ron Adams featuring Hell on Heels, Black Eyed Blonde, Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses and many talented local performing groups.

All concerts are free on two stages of entertainment, the Destin City Stage and The HarborWalk Village stage. For a complete line up visit the Facebook page.

Destin Seafood Festival parking will be in the vicinity of the event, Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, The City of Destin's parking lot, and the Destin Community Center.

Free shuttles and Pedi Cabs will be offered. Shuttles pick up locations are the Destin Commons and The Track.

This free event is presented by The Destin Charter Boat Association and supported by the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, The City of Destin and the Emerald Coast business community. For further information on sponsorship of this event, call 850-218-0232 or