As local businesses take precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and residents and stop the spread of COVID-19, a number of events have been canceled or postponed until a later date. We'll regularly update this page with new information as it becomes available.
Food & Wine Events:
Seeing Red Wine Festival: The 2020 Seeing Red Wine Festival has been canceled.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked: As of July 8, the 10th Annual Rosemary Beach Uncorked event was officially canceled. The 2021 event will be held on Nov. 6.
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival: As of Aug. 8, the 2020 event has officially been canceled.
6th Annual Bloody Mary Festival: With much thought, evaluation and continued analysis of the health guidelines in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and after consulting with our vendors and sponsors, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone The Market Shops’ 6th Annual Bloody Mary Festival to 2021. We appreciate, as always, your support and understanding during this unprecedented time and we look forward to the return of the Bloody Mary Festival as well as our other events next year.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation: Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) celebrated the 15th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction, presented by the Jumonville Family through a new virtual format on August 22. DCWAF is pleased to announce that the event raised $1.35 million for children in need in Northwest Florida, despite the many challenges presented by COVID-19.
The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend are April 23 – 25, 2021. For more information on the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation or if you are interested in donating to this year's efforts, please visit www.DCWAF.org.
Harvest Wine and Food Festival: In light of COVID-19, DCWAF is moving away from the festival’s Grand Tasting format that has traditionally welcomed large crowds to WaterColor’s Cerulean Park for three days of wine and culinary celebrations. Instead, DCWAF is unveiling six upscale, limited-capacity events happening in various locations throughout South Walton.
With multi-course dinners featuring world-class wineries, a rum dinner featuring Birmingham’s Campesino Rum, and a cocktail-inspired interactive brunch prepared by Birmingham celebrity chef Kristen Hall of The Essential and Bandit Patisserie, the fourth installment of Harvest Wine & Food Festival is positioned for success during a time when gathering together has never been more challenging, yet meaningful.
Tickets for Harvest Wine & Food Festival go on sale September 1 at HarvestWineandFood.com. DCWAF strongly recommends that guests planning to attend purchase their tickets early due to the limited capacity of each event.
Art & Music Events:
Art in the Park: Postponed until a further date TBA
- ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival has been rescheduled as a series of virtual events and exhibits throughout the month of October. For more information, CLICK HERE.
- Under the Sea Fundraiser for UMA: Postponed until later date
- The Bayou Arts Center is open Tuesday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Aug 31.
- Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard is open with reduced capacity and hours of Noon - 7 p.m., daily.
The annual Digital Graffiti event in Alys Beach has been postponed until May 14-15, 2021.
Sinfonia Goes Pop, which was slated to be held Sept. 6 in Alys Beach, was canceled.
The 30A Half Marathon and 5K scheduled for October 9-11, 2020 has been canceled.
The Alys Beach 5K & One-Mile Fun Run scheduled for Sept. 6 has been canceled.
Florida State Parks:
State parks are open, although currently operating with restrictions in place. For specific information about reservations or what to expect before visiting one of South Walton's state parks, click on the state park name below to learn more.
- Effective July 24, 2020 Deer Lake State Park is open for day use activities. Restroom availability may be limited. All other park facilities are closed. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
- Eden Gardens State Park: Open for day use activities. House tours are unavailable until further notice. Restroom availability may be limited, all other park facilities are closed. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart and limit group size to ten or fewer people.
- Effective Monday May, 4, 2020: Grayton Beach State Park trail access north of 30A is open for day use, 8 a.m. to sunset. Restrooms and trash cans are unavailable, all other park facilities are closed. No park fee will apply for trail access. Visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart and limit group size to 10 people.
- Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is open for day use activities. The beach and trails are available. Tram service to the beach is not available. Restroom availability may be limited. All other park facilities are closed. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart and limit group size to ten or fewer people.
Retail and Activities:
Farmer's Markets have been deemed essential by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners. The Grand Boulevard farmer's market will re-open for business April 25.
- The formal closure of Seaside's commercial went into effect March 21st at noon. A phased reopening began May 29. More information can be found here.
- Beginning June 26, 2020, the Seaside Commercial District will enforce a new curfew, closing the Commercial District at 8 p.m. Three full-service restaurants will remain open past 8 p.m. by reservation only: Bud & Alley’s, Pizza Bar and Great Southern. These restaurants will operate at a limited capacity and will require their employees to wear masks in addition to following stringent cleaning and safety protocols.
- A new process will be in place for how the commercial beach access is operated via a beach service. Details can be found here.
- Alys Beach has closed the following amenities for the time being: Amphitheater and Splash Pad.