Spring Forward on 30A in South Walton

Spring is on the way, and we simply can’t wait to move our clocks forward one hour on March 10th and enjoy a little more daylight each day. As we put the cool, short days of winter in our rear view mirror and look forward to the glorious, longer sunny days of spring, we thought we should share some of the fun, family-friendly events happening on 30A. So, if you’re planning a visit to any of our beautiful South Walton beach communities this spring, take a minute to read on.

March 1st – 3rd marks the 17th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run. Begin this year’s marathon fun with Chef Emeril Lagasse, a permanent celebrity in these parts, who will host the “Taste of the Race VIP Reception” at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1st.  Chef Lagasse will be joined by local celebrity chefs Jim Richard of Stinky’s Fish Camp and Jim Shirley of Great Southern and The Bay with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, craft spirits and beer from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Live music will also be featured. Tickets for the VIP reception are $300 and general admission ticket prices to the Taste of the Race are $99.

Then it’s off to the races . . . the Annual Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run takes place on Sunday, March 3rd from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Seaside School. This year, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, $1 from each registration will be allocated to support two neighboring charter schools in Bay County, University Academy and Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School in their recovery efforts. Runners will enjoy a mostly flat course where they’ll pass through the beautiful and quaint beach towns along South Walton’s Scenic Highway 30A. All finishers will receive a Vera Bradley tote, a moisture wicking technical shirt, a runner goody bag, and lunch and beer with a post-race party featuring live music. As one of the top ranked road races in the southeastern United States, this event brings in approximately 4000 runners and 10,000 visitors each year. For more information visit: http://runseasidefl.com.

For some outdoorsy fun, every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., Topsail Hill Preserve State Park features the Sunday Funday Weekly Ranger Program. It’s free with regular admission. Please call the Ranger Station at 850.267.8330 to learn the weekly topic and starting location. The park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A.

If you haven’t yet ventured to South’s Walton’s Seacrest Beach, make sure to do so and check out The Hub! Enjoy family movie night at the Jumbotron every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., and kid’s movie night every Sunday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Hub is a great gathering spot for families and friends where you’ll find restaurants, live entertainment and shopping. It’s located at 7000 East County Highway 30A.

The “Farm to Table” movement is big on 30A. We now proudly boast 3 weekly, local farmer’s markets:
• Seaside Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• Grand Boulevard Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Rosemary Beach Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for a place to hang out with the family, South Walton has a new art venue, Elmore’s Landing, located on Highway 331. Elmore’s Landing is the landmark studio and grounds of Joe Elmore, an acclaimed chainsaw sculptor. Joe spent 20 years creating chainsaw art before he sadly passed away in March 2017. His work is permanently displayed in the main gallery while the remaining gallery space is devoted to local art and music. There’s a courtyard stage that features local songwriters on special Friday evenings while serving cold beer, refreshing wine and unique foods. Starting Sunday, March 3rd, Elmore’s will host a Vintage Market from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with unique antiques and collectibles as well as very cool local art. There’s also a variety of art classes and activities for the kids. For more information call 850.267.2323.

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