Holidays, Special Events & More at Our Florida Beach Resort
Celebrate the Season – Each and Every One AT OUR Destin, Florida Beach Resort!
No matter what the season on the Emerald Coast, there's always something to celebrate at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa! Special Destin Florida vacation packages are always available for each of these festivities listed below. We hope you'll join us!
For Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort reservations, please call (850) 267-9500 or toll-free 1-800-559-1805 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST. Also, you can check out the Destin Things to Do and Sandestin/Destin area events sections for more activities and events to enjoy while visiting Florida's Emerald Coast!
30A Songwriters Festival
January 18-20, 2013
Experience over 120 World-Class songwriter performances along scenic Highway 30A. Both local and regional songwriters bring a weekend of original music to the beaches of South Walton. From quaint and intimate settings to large amphitheaters, festival-goers can enjoy 250 unique performances.
President's Day Weekend
February 18, 2013
Make sure you plan to share President's Weekend with us. Spend your long weekend enjoying the Emerald Coast!
Sandestin Gumbo Cook-off
February 16, 2013
The area's largest Gumbo Cook-off features delicious samplings of unique gumbo and live music at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Taste over 15 local restaurant and gumbo guru's best recipes. Vote for your favorite gumbo to name the coveted "People's Choice" award winner.
Easter is always a special time for families at the Hilton Sandestin Beach. For the holiday week, the whole family will enjoy special activities as well as Chef's extraordinary Easter Buffet Brunch held in the ballroom on Easter Sunday from 11 AM- 3 PM. See the brunch menu here. Reservations are recommended; please call 850-267-9500 ext. 44.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
April 25 - 28, 2013
In its first year with a new name and location, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will feature over 800 wines, delicious food pairings, lifestyle stations, a live auction, live entertainment featuring Nashville's most talented BMI songwriters, nationally renowned vintners, and more. Whether you love wine, or just love to enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment- this festival pleases all! As a proud sponsor of this event, the Hilton Sandestin Beach offers two accommodations packages for guests attending the festival.
23rd Annual ArtQuest Fine Arts Festival
May 5-8, 2012 *2013 date is yet to be announced.
Enjoy 130 international artists exhibiting their unique creations in over a dozen mediums in nearby Seaside. Live music, delicious cuisine, kid's activities, and artist workshops make this festival exciting for the whole family.
Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12th, 2013 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
This decadent Mother's Day brunch with the whole family around the table will be the highlight of Mom's day. Enjoy a delicious buffet brunch featuring dishes like Baked Grouper with Lobster Sauce, Shrimp and Grits, Pork Loin, Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon, Waffle and Omelette Stations, fresh baked scones, and delicious desserts made by the Hilton Sandestin Beach’s Pastry Chef, Yascha Becker. Little ones can enjoy their own kids' buffet. View last year's brunch menu here. Reservations are recommended; please call 850-267-9500 ext. 44.
Sandestin Beach Bicycle Tour
May 18-20, 2012 *2013 date is yet to be announced.
Hundreds of cyclists of all skill levels come together to cruise from the bay side of Sandestin to the scenic route along the Northwest Florida pristine beaches. This event benefits Alaqua Animal Refuge, a local independent non-profit organization that provides shelter, adoption services, and advocates the general welfare of all animals.
Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
May 25th-27, 2013
Celebrate the official kick-off to summer at the Hilton Sandestin Beach. Soak up the sun on the beach with the Roarin’ River Waterslide, or hang out at the poolside for facepainting and balloon creations for the kids on Saturday and Sunday. Book your Memorial Day room here, or call 1-800-559-1805 for rates and reservations.
See our Memorial Day weekend schedule of activities here.
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
June 19-23, 2013
Anglers from all over the world come vying for the top winnings at the Annual Blue Marlin Classic. Each night, guests gather for the weigh ins, and enjoy watching the boats come in with captains boasting Marlins up to 1,000 pounds. The suspense builds through to the weekend to see which captain will bring in the cash prize of over 1 million dollars.
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Join the Hilton Sandestin Beach's patriotic crew for a Fourth of July party like no other. View the spectacular beach fireworks show from your private balcony, or join the fireworks and festivities on our expansive pool deck – featuring a traditional buffet dinner with all-American and coastal favorites – or from the moonlit shore.At the Hilton Sandestin Beach, we celebrate the 4th with an entire week of activities and celebration! See our Independence Day Getaway Package here.
Labor Day Weekend
August 29- September 1, 2013
Send summer out with a bang for a Labor Day weekend full of sun, sand, and exciting children's activities. Mom & Dad can hang out poolside while kids enjoy facepainting, pool games, and more! See our special packages here.
34th Annual Destin Seafood Festival
October 4-6, 2013
Enjoy fresh local seafood vendors, live local entertainment, and unique artists on display along the historic Destin harbor. This festival, stretching a mile long, is the official kick off to the Destin Fishing Rodeo.
Destin Beer Festival- Destin Commons
Saturday, October 13, 2012; 2-5 PM *2013 date is yet to be announced.
Enjoy cold craft brews, various culinary stations, and live entertainment. This event benefits a local non-profit organization, Children in Crisis.
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival- Niceville
October 19, 20, 21, 2012 *2013 date is yet to be announced.
One of the south's most noted Country music festivals also features delicious seafood vendors, art, as well as traditional carnival style rides and games for the whole family.
Baytowne Beer Fest
October 19th and 20, 2012 *2013 date is yet to be announced.
Featuring over 100 local, national, and international craft beers, the Baytowne Beer Fest brings beer lovers and fun loving guests two days of activities. Live music, private pairing events, and Saturday's tasting keep Baytowne active and exciting for guests. Baytowne also boasts plenty of exciting children's activities so Mom and Dad can bring the little ones along!
Taste of THE Beach Charity Auction
Sunday, November 4th, 2012 *2013 date is yet to be announced.
The grand finale celebration of food and wine for the Taste of THE Beach is proudly hosted right here at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. This walkabout, on the pool deck overlooking the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, includes a high-end auction, featuring rare and large-format wines, jewelry, art and more to raise funds for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
11 AM - 6 PM
Give thanks with family and friends at the Hilton Sandestin Beach. Enjoy a festive Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Best of all, we do the dishes! Take the stress out of Thanksgiving this year and enjoy our endless bounty - eliminating the work and just enjoying world-class dining and the company of friends and family. See the 2012 menu here
Adults $32.95 Children ages 6-12 $12.95
Children 5 and under are complimentary
Call 850-267-9500 ext. 44 to make your reservation for the Thanksgiving Buffet.
26th Annual Destin Boat Parade
Sunday, December 9, 2012 *2013 date is yet to be announced.
Enjoy a night of festive lights, holiday music, and cheer as boats of all sizes covered in lights and holiday decor float through the Destin Harbor. Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor and the Lighted Boat Parade starts between 5 and 5:30 PM. The parade can be viewed from docks and restaurants from HarborWalk Village. A vibrant fiireworks show will light up the sky at the end of the boat parade. This event is free and open to the public.
Christmas Day Buffet
December 25, 2013
11:30 AM- 5 PM
Enjoy a lavish Christmas buffet with friends and family at the Hilton Sandestin Beach. Featuring traditional holiday dishes as well as coastal favorites, this buffet is the perfect way to relax and enjoy Christmas day. See the 2012 menu here.
Adults $38.95 Children (Ages 6-12) $14.95
Children 5 and under are complimentary
The Hilton Sandestin Beach offers numerous options to celebrate the New Year!
Descriptions, times, and prices below are from the 2012-2013 Holiday Season. Please check back for updated details as they become available closer to date.
Seagar's Exclusive New Year's Eve Event
December 31, 2013
5 PM- Until
Start your celebration at Seagar's with a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast and a caviar amuse-bouche before dinner, complimentary party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy live piano entertainment during dinner, followed by a lively jazz trio that will have you dancing into the new year. Dinner reservations are available from 5-10:30 PM. Festivities continue into the New Year!
Menu and Pricing are a la carte.
December 31, 2013
Located on the Bay side of the resort only minutes away from the Hilton Sandestin Beach, the Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts an exciting New Year's Eve celebration annual featuring a free live concert with the Bonjourneys: A Journey Cover Band, children's activities, and a vibrant fireworks show at midnight. This event is free and open to the public.
New Year's Day Brunch
January 1, 2014
11:30 AM- 2 PM
Start the new year with an indulgent brunch featuring chef carved bone-in ham, baked Gulf Red Grouper, Smoked Salmon, and more. See the 2013 menu here.
Adults $26.95 Children (Ages 6-12) $12.95
Children ages 5 and under are complimentary with paid adult buffet.