Upcoming Events

 Tutu Trot 5k Run/Walk in Hammock Bay April 24

The Tutu Trot 5k Run/Walk will be held at Hammock Bay in Freeport April 24, 2021. The event will benefit ARC of Walton County and Caring and Sharing of South Walton. There are pre-registration dates on the website, day of the race, registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with race beginning at 9:00 a.m. Groove to the DJ after the race and shop local vendor booths and food trucks.

Visit www.tututrot.com for more information and registration.  

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Pigs on the beach at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Freeport April 25

Pigs On The Beach is a family friendly event on the Choctawhatchee Bay featuring live music, food, and activities. Nick’s Seafood Restaurant has teamed up with Legendary Marine to put on the event on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 1 – 6 p.m.

Come by boat or by foot, Crawfish, hamburgers, and hotdogs prepared by The Mudbug Mafia will be served up outside along with the restaurant being open.

Laura Lane will be performing at 1 p.m., then The Velcro Pygmies will take the stage at 3 p.m. Mullet toss during intermission. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/beachpigs21

The event is free. Nick’s is located at 7585 Hwy. 20 W, Freeport.

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South Walton Street Art Festival at Grand Boulevard May 7-9

Photo courtesy CAA.

The South Walton Street Art Festival is a new CAA Signature Event making its debut in 2021. The festival is planned for Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 – 9, in Grand Boulevard Town Center and will feature dozens of visual artists and students creating works of art using only pastel chalk and their imagination.

The socially distanced event joins the Art Month South Walton line-up and will also feature live music from regional singer-songwriters and lawn games in Grand Park throughout the weekend. Event goers will be able to purchase refreshments while strolling the avenues as they watch the works come to life. The festival is free and open to the public.

Artists who would like to participate can apply in one of three categories: Artist, School Team, or Friends & Family Team. Guidelines and applications are linked below.

Interested in sponsoring an artist’s 10 x 10 square? Discover details below. Additional event sponsorships are available. Email Jennifer Steele at jennifer@culturalartsalliance.com for more information.

Grand Boulevard shopping center is located adjacent to Sandestin at 495 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach 32550.

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Ranger led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park May 6

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, May 6, from 10 – 11 a.m.

You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within the park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center.

The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent and your adventurous spirit.

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

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History tour at Camp Helen State Park May 8

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Join park staff and volunteers on a walk through the rich history of our park. Learn about the early indigenous people who occupied this land all the way through to the 1920s when the park was developed as a private residence for the Hicks family and later turned into a summer retreat for Avondale Textile mill employees and their families. Depending upon availability, there will be the opportunity to go inside historic structures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For further questions, feel free to contact the office at Camp Helen at (850) 233-5059.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.

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LakeFest in DeFuniak Springs May 14-16 

The City of DeFuniak Springs will host its annual LakeFest festival weekend event beginning Friday, May 14, through Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Chipley Park on Circle Drive in historic DeFuniak Springs, FL.  The event is free.

LakeFest 2021 is a 3-day festival hosted and orchestrated by the City of DeFuniak Springs celebrating safe, family-friendly outdoor recreational activities in the water and on the banks of beautiful Lake DeFuniak.  In addition to educational booths and exhibits relating to the City’s, State’s and region’s natural resources, the City collaborates with numerous government agencies and nonprofit organizations to host kids’ activities, live entertainment, free paddling activities, a car show, parade, cardboard boat races, paddling competitions, food/merchandise vendors, butterfly garden tours at the library, a historic district bike tour, disc golf activities with a nighttime disc golf course, and free primitive tent camping on the festival grounds for those who sign up for various events with their kayak or bicycle or other sporting gear/equipment.  This year’s event also includes a triathlon.

The kickoff day of the festival is Friday, May 14, which will include a fish fry, live evening entertainment at the amphitheatre and overnight primitive camping.  Saturday, May 15, includes the festival, triathlon, historic district bike tour, nighttime disc golf and overnight camping.  Sunday, May 16, will include a rap-up activity for campers who will check out by noon.

The developing schedule and event details on LakeFest 2021 are presented on the City’s website at www.defuniaksprings.net in the visitors section.

Triathlon cost is $80.00 plus $5.64 service fee. To register go to:  https://www.trisignup.com/Race/FL/DefuniakSprings/dfstriathlon