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The Destin Log
The Destin Log
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Destin City Hall
All City Council meetings, workshops, executive sessions and CRA Board meetings are held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. All other board and committee meetings are held at City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation. To virtually view the meeting, visit
• Observance of Independence Day, closed July 3
• City Council, 6 p.m. July 6
FFT Curbside Pick Up
Food For Thought will offer a special curbside service for families with children who attend schools in Okaloosa and Walton Countie on July 1. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 908 Airport Road in Destin and 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach. At least 50 food items will be included, along with fresh produce and bread.
Cirque du Harbor
From 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 11, Cirque du HarborWalk fills the harbor with revelry and wonder. Enjoy music by Doc Roc, fire spinning, trapeze and aerial artists, stilt walkers and more. Discover the magic and a whole new world of fun at HarborWalk Village. On-site parking is $10.
Republican Women Meeting
The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated (RWOF) will hold their monthly luncheon meeting at noon July 1 at the Bavarian Wirsthaus, 24 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. The July meeting will feature a forum for District 1, 3 and 5 County Commission candidates. Republican candidates for all other races are also invited to speak for two minutes. Due to limited capacity, make your reservations by June 26 at
Family Independence Day Celebration
The City of Destin will host a Family Independence Day Celebration & Bike parade for children 14 and under at 5:30 p.m. July 1 at Destin Elementary School’s track. Registration begins at 4:45 p.m. The event is free to the public. Come show off your decorated bike, scooter, or wagon. Awards will be given for different categories in each age division. Spectators are welcome and refreshments will be available to all participants.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Concerts are back, so sit back and enjoy a free evening of music from 7-9 p.m.July 1 with Boukou Groove on the Events Plaza Stage at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
• July 8: Modern Eldorados
• July 15: Big AL and the Heavyweights
• July 22: Jessie Ritter
• July 29: Luke Langford Band
All-American Thursday Night
Celebrate the USA at HarborWalk Village at 6:30 p.m. Thursday nights. July 2 begins with a hero salute and vintage flyover followed by Modern Eldorados on the Main Stage. The night ends with fireworks over the harbor and a fire spinning spectacular at 9 p.m. On-site parking is $10.
• July 9: Band of Revival
• July 16: Band of Revival
• July 23: Band of Revival
• July 30: Modern Eldorados
• Aug. 6: Band of Revival
• Aug. 13: Band of Revival
Blood Drive
The Market Shops will host a OneBlood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 3. All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 Antibody Test in addition to the regularly administered wellness checkup consisting of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening. Donors will also receive a complimentary OneBlood T-shirt, a $10 eGift Card, along with exclusive discounts from The Market Shops merchants,
July 4 at HarborWalk Village
Celebrate Independence Day with three days of festivities on the Destin harbor. All-American Thursday begins July 2 with flyover at 6:30 p.m., The Modern Eldorados from 7-9 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. and firespinning at 9:15. On July 3, enjoy music by Flash Flood at 7 p.m. and July 4 begins with Eli Hannon & The Manly Hero from 7-9 p.m., followed by fireworks and firespinning. On-site parking is $10.
Red, White, and Baytowne
Join The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 7-10 p.m. July 4 for the Red, White, and Baytowne celebration. Enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. from Donovan Keith Music, followed by a fireworks display that will light up the night sky at 9:15 p.m.
Adults Only Cruise
The 21+ adults only Buccaneer Pirate Cruise at HarborWalk Village will be held from 8:15-9:30 p.m. every Saturday during the summer. Book online at
Church at Crab Island
Shoreline Church will hold Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. at Crab Island. Just boat up to worship.
Sunday Cinema
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn for the free film "Abominable” at 8 p.m. July 5 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• July 12: Finding Nemo
• July 19: Incredibles 2
• July 26: Lion King
Camp Longleaf
Nothing beats actual camp, but Camp Longleaf hopes the “Camp at Home” series will keep you active. WEEK 4: More Mammals Please July 5-10. This series will run until July 17. Visit for more information.
WEEK 5: Campity Camp Camp July 12-17
Concerts in the Village
Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious snacks and a blanket or chair and enjoy the music of Jeffrey Steele (rescheduled) at 7 p.m. July 9 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive W in Destin. Gates open at 6 p.m., and concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door with general admission $15/adult and free to MKAF members and kids under 12. Visit to see changes due to CUVID-19.
July 16: Accent (rescheduled)
July 22,: The Ultimate Eagle's Tribute, On The Border (rescheduled)
July 30: Forrest Williams Band (rescheduled)
Aug. 20: M-80's (rescheduled)
Sept. 10: Casey Kearney
Sept. 17: The Shakedown
Sept. 24: The Bonehoeffers
Oct. 1 : Pickled Pickers
Oct. 3: Shania Twin
Oct. 8: Emerald Gold
Rock the Docks
Rock out on the Destin harbor, and make this summer a hit with a free Sway Jah Vu concert at 7 p.m. July 11 at HarborWalk Village. On-site parking is $10.
July 18: Blake Ruck
July 25: The HooDoos
Aug. 1: The Shakedown
Aug. 8: Dion Jones
Aug. 15: Scenic Heights
7th Annual Great American Cookout
Destin Chamber's Seventh Annual Great American Cookout Sponsored by Community Bank and Emerald Coast Title Services will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14 at the Destin Chamber, 4484 Legendary Dr. Ste. A. Non-profit spotlight is Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Cost for lunch is $10/members and $20/non-members. Registrations due by 1 p.m. July 10 at Prepayment is required, and walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
Dueling Piano Show
AJ's Endless Summer presents Dueling Piano Show this summer at AJ's On the Bayou, 200 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. featuring Chris Roberts from the Howl at the Moon. Seats are on a first come first serve basis. Come for a late dinner and stay for the show.
Storyteller Donna Washington
As part of the Destin Library’s Summer Reading Program – Imagine Your Story! – National Storytelling Festival performer Donna Washington will be there “virtually” for one week only from July 8 at 11 a.m. to July 15 at 11 a.m. These performances can be accessed through the Destin Library’s new Beanstack reading tracker app, which you can download on your mobile device, or you can make an account through the website at
Youth Fall Soccer
Youth Fall Soccer registration is through July 24 for ages 3-15 as of Sept. 1. The fee is $25/residents and $40/non-residents. All games are held on Friday nights at Morgan Sports Center. Registration can be completed online at or in person at the Destin Community Center Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Space is limited, and early registration is recommended. Coaches are needed.
Annual Big Truck Day
Children of all ages can see the unique trucks working in the community from 9-11 a.m. July 31 at the Destin Community Center parking lot. There is no charge. For more information, call 654-5184 or email
Free events at Baytowne Wharf
Hydroflight Monday, a free fly-board show with local athlete Ben Merrell as he flies over the Baytowne lagoon at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Enjoy free inflatables and lawn games during Boomin’ Tuesday at the Baytowne Events Plaza from 7-9:15 p.m. followed by a fireworks display. Magical Thursday features pirate Captain Davy and his free magic show at the Events Plaza Stage. Shows are at 7 and 8 p.m.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
Tickets are on sale at for the 2021 Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 21-25. 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach. Or charge by phone at 855-233-6714.
Destin 2020 Hurricane Information Guide
Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The 2020 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website at and City of Destin Government Facebook page.This guide is designed to provide valuable information to use before, during and after a storm.
Henderson Beach State Park, Joe's Bayou annual pass requests
Residents can submit their Henderson Beach State Park annual pass requests online at Rebate requests and Joe’s Bayou Boat launch passes for residents and non-residents are also available through online submission. Requests will be processed and made available for mail delivery or curbside pickup at Destin City Hall. Call City Hall at 837-4242 to schedule a pick-up time. Upon completion of the request and verification, payments will be accepted.
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
The eighth annual Country On The Coast festival in Panama City Beach will be Sept. 4-6, 2020. Tickets for the three-day event are available at
TRUMP Boat Rally/Parade
Bring your boat or rent a boat/watercraft with Trump banners/flags to show support for President Trump from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5. Meet at east side of Mid-Bay Bridge by LuLu's from 10:30-10:50 a.m.then start at 11 a.m. and head to Pensacola Beach and back. Event is free.
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking.
Rosemary Beach Farmers Market
Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A.
Senior Programs
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
— Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.
— Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.
— Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.
— Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck.
— Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.