With the official start of summer, Memorial Day, behind us, we’re now in the thick of the summer season—think flip-flops, swimsuits, and sandy feet as far as the eye can see.
And few places are better equipped to ring in an unforgettable summer season quite like South Walton in Northwest Florida.
From our world-famous beaches to our award-winning restaurants, our whole community is practically built around celebrating the summertime with style.
Here, we’ve put together a list of the can’t-miss events and festivals taking place this summer along Scenic Highway 30A. So pick your favorite and plan your family’s next trip to the coast around one of our amazing warm-weather events!
Rosemary Beach Summer Concert Series
This incredibly popular Rosemary Beach Summer Concert Series returns on Monday nights, starting on May 22 and running through August 7, 2023. The amazing concerts begin at 6:30 PM and are held on St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach.
Bring your own blankets and beach chairs and enjoy an evening filled with great music. Each week is a different show (like The Barry Fish Band, Arcade Sounds, and The Coppertones to name a few) so we encourage you to catch as many as you can!
See a Show at The REP
The Repertory Theater in Seaside has stacked its summertime roster with some truly amazing shows, including The Adventures of Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella, and The Legend of Robin Hood.
To buy tickets, visit their website at https://lovetherep.com/.
Sunday Brunch and Live Music at Stinky’s
One of our favorite spots for a bite to eat, Stinky’s Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach, also hosts a memorable brunch and live music combo on Sundays in the summertime. Brunch is offered from 10:00 AM til 3:30 PM every Sunday in addition to their regular super-yummy lunch menu.
The music begins at 11 AM. We recommend that you try a house-made bloody mary with fresh pickled okra, green beans… and even a shrimp!
Yoga in the Backyard of Love at Hibiscus Coffee & Tea House
Hibiscus Coffee is hosting Yoga in the Backyard of Love on Fridays at 8 AM all summer long. Local yoga instructors lead this donation-based flow that is open to the public.
“Enjoy breakfast, tea, coffee, smoothies, and more for purchase from the cafe after class. All levels are welcome!”
4th of July Fun & Fireworks in Alys Beach
Celebrate July 4th, 2023 in Alys Beach! This Independence Day, the Bay Kings Band will be performing from 6-9 PM in the Amphitheatre with fireworks to follow, weather permitting. This event is completely free and open to the public, you just need to grab a spot on the green with your blanket or low-back chairs. Delicious food and beverages are available for purchase.
From their website: The Alys Beach Amphitheatre is located on Scenic 30A just across from the Gulf of Mexico in South Walton’s Alys Beach, Florida. The amphitheater is a beautiful green park where families will often gather for live music, outdoor movies, annual celebrations, children’s activities, and other fun events.
Wild Sea Turtle Wednesdays at The Big Chill 30A
From May 31st to August 16th, 2023, you can join the amazing South Walton Turtle Watch on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to 11 AM for “Wild Sea Turtle Wednesday” at The Big Chill 30A. Learn about sea turtles, paint, adopt a hatchling and take the Jr. Ocean Ranger pledge to help keep our beaches clean, dark and flat for nesting sea turtles and baby hatchlings. This event is free and open to the public.
The Gulf Place Wine Walk
On the third Thursday of every month, the Gulf Place Merchants host the popular Wine Walk. For $25, Wine Walk attendees can enjoy samplings of hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music, and giveaways while browsing through all of the eclectic Gulf Place boutiques. “Featuring jewelry, artwork, clothing, and many other unique gifts, event-goers can enjoy the evening sipping and shopping in Gulf Place.”
Let Dune Allen Realty help you find your home base
There’s no doubt, summertime on 30A is nothing short of magical. And at Dune Allen Realty, we’ve been helping families just like yours find the perfect home-away-from-home while enjoying some summertime shenanigans for decades!
Our 30A beach rentals include vacation condos, rental houses, and townhouses located on or near the Gulf of Mexico. You can search our vacation rentals by area, vacation dates, bedrooms, and by amenities such as hot tubs, pet friendly, pools, and view.