HarborWalk SpringFest: Spring into fun this weekend

Jessica Coker
During last year’s SpringFest, this guest had his face painted to look like a pirate.

Fun is in bloom all weekend long as SpringFest takes over HarborWalk Village in Destin.

Join On the Coast Magazine and HarborWalk as they join forces once again to bring SpringFest back to the Destin harbor. Jamie Hall, HarborWalk’s director of marketing and special events, told The Log that the collaboration was very natural.

"This is the second year we're doing SpringFest together," said Hall. "We were doing similar events any way, so we decided to merge them, creating one exciting, artistic weekend."

This weekend-long family friendly festival is sure to excite guests of all ages.

Free to the public, this festival weekend is double the delight as it spans two-days and multiple genres of entertainment including live music, arts and crafts, demonstrations, face painting and more.

Springing into action today, SpringFest will high-kick-off with a performance by the Emerald Coast Irish Dancers on the HarborWalk Village main stage at noon.

Following the Emerald Coast Irish Dancers, Saturday’s main stage entertainment is as follows: 12:45 p.m. Brite Stars; 1 p.m. Dance Elite; 1:30 p.m. Emerald City Gymnastics; 2 p.m. Ballet Conservatory; 3 p.m. Ballet Conservatory — Karate; 4 p.m. High Voltage; and 5 p.m. Playground Music School of Rock.

The pirate stage — next to the Buccaneer pirate ship's ticket booth — will also be providing entertainment. Saturday's lineup on the pirate stage is as follows: 1 p.m. Sofie Hagel; 1:15 p.m. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge; 2 p.m. Drama Kids of Northwest Florida; 3:30 p.m. Nonie's Ark; 4 p.m. Drama Kids of Northwest Florida; and 4:30 p.m. Nonie's Ark.

Sunday's main stage entertainment is: 12 p.m. Reid Soria opens for Playground Music School of Rock; 1 p.m. U.S. Gold Gymnastics; 1:30 p.m. Emerald Coast Irish Dancers; 2 p.m. Ballet Conservatory; 3 p.m. Ballet Conservatory — Karate; 4 p.m. Dance Elite; and 4:30 p.m. ENCORE! Family Line Dance & Karaoke.

Sunday's pirate stage entertainment is as follows: 1:30 p.m. Drama Kids of Northwest Florida; 2:30 p.m. ENCORE! Family Line Dance & Karaoke; 3:30 p.m. ENCORE! Family Line Dance & Karaoke. On the hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Nonie's Ark will showcase her animal attractions.

In addition to all the acts, Pure 7 Studios is also hosting its second annual "Celebration of Smiles" event.

Beginning at noon on both Saturday and Sunday, Pure 7 Studios will be at HarborWalk offering free, miniature portrait sessions. For a minimum donation of $24 to Operation Smile, update your family portrait or smile for a new headshot — complete with a 5x7 heirloom portrait. To book an appointment in advance, please call Pure 7 Studios at 850-654-6523 or email

Not only will SpringFest offer an abundance of free entertainment, there's also going to be an opportunity to win a pocket full of cold, hard cash. Tweet your best SpringFest picture to #inDestin for a chance to win $100.

For more information about SpringFest, please call HarborWalk Village's event hotline at 850-424-0600, visit them online at or call On the Coast Magazine at 850-642-5439.

“Meet a former Miss USA and wear her crown,” said Maggie Woods, Emerald Grande marketing and events manager. “Encounter nature’s creatures both large and small, visit with a pirate, and enter to win fabulous prizes and so much more this weekend at SpringFest!”