Music to your mouth: Seafood festival will be colorful, culinary experience at HarborWalk (PHOTOS)

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UPDATE: Due to the formation of Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico, Destin has been placed under a hurricane watch. The 35th Annual Destin Seafood Festival has been canceled. Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall in Northwest Florida this weekend. For Seafood Festival updates please see

The 35th Annual Destin Seafood Festival is hosted along the Destin harbor boardwalk and features fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more.

The great live music kicks off Friday night at HarborWalk Village with Flash Flood and keeps rockin' with the Orphan Annie band from New Orleans, then tops off with fireworks and a high energy dance party.

The weekend's entertainment will satisfy every taste from American honky tonk and the rockabilly style of The Modern Elderados to the artful, soul stirring jazz of The Blenders. Whether it's New Orleans style big brass bands or Southern country rock from Andy Velo, the harbor will come alive with music from across the globe.

Saturday night on the west end of the harbor brings Latin flavor to the dance floor with La Grand Banda, an international touring salsa and Merengue band from Honduras, at Crab Island Cantina.

All music and art aficionados will enjoy unique local and international experiences throughout the entire Destin harbor boardwalk. Festival attendees can also enjoy artists and delicious fresh food from dozens of vendors.

Three days, multiple stages, hundreds of artists, and dozens of delicious culinary offerings — this year's seafood festival is a culinary and colorful celebration of living life on the beautiful Destin harbor.

The Sunday finale on the HarborWalk Village stage features Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses, from Las Vegas. They will surely get the entire audience to jump, jive, and wail to swing, rock and surprise special guest artists and a roarin' horn section.

Music lineup: HarborWalk Village Stage

* All acts and times are subject to change

Friday, Oct. 4

3 p.m.: Village Brass Band — Second line to a big New Orleans style jazz band and kick off the festival with spirit!

5 p.m.: Flash Flood — Favorite tunes delivered with spirit from hard rock to today's pop 

7 p.m.: Orphan Annie — A sultry salute to rock and roll through the decades 

9 p.m.: Fireworks — followed by Big High Energy Dance Party  

Al Alvarado Destin's favorite sax man plays smooth jazz and funk alongside colorful street performers on the Village Promenade.

Saturday, Oct. 5

12 p.m.: HarborWalk Songwriters Showcase; songwriters share stories with lyrics and melodies 

2 p.m.: Last Flite Out — Progressive pop. A funky blend of rock, fusion, jazz and blues.

4 p.m.: The Modern Elderados — Wildly authentic rockabilly meets American honky tonk.

6 p.m.: The Blenders — A soulful groove biscuit with spicy jazz gravy 

8 p.m.: Black Eyed Blonde — Emerald Coast's favorite high energy party band 

10 p.m.: The Andy Velo Band — Classic country with a side of hard southern rock

Sunday, Oct. 6

12 p.m.: The Village Brass Band with Fly

Al Alvarado plays sax on the Village Promenade

2 p.m.: The Blenders

3 p.m.: The Village Brass Band 

5 p.m.: Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses — Big band sound with dose of rockin' swing

There will also be daily shows on the West Village Stageof the Emerald Coast Theater Company's Pirate Pete and the Missing Fisherman, an interactive performance.

Coming Soon

Oct. 13 - 15

Margaritaville's Talent Search in Destin for 2014

The new Margaritaville at HarborWalk Village will open in late 2013. The talent and entertainment team will be holding auditions for bands, duos, and solo acoustic performers on Oct. 13-15.  Send submissions to with your contact information, sample music and play list to be considered. All talent/acts must be able to perform live on HarborWalk Village main stage and interact with audience during auditions to be considered.