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 17-19, 2014
Experience over 120 World-Class songwriter performances along Scenic Highway 30A during the 30A Songwriters Festival. 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 17, 2014
Make sure you plan to share President's Weekend with us. Spend your long weekend enjoying the Emerald Coast!
Sandestin Gumbo Cook-off
February 15, 2014
The 25th Annual Gumbo Festival takes place President’s Day weekend February 15, 2014 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Stroll the Village streets and sample gumbo from the area’s best restaurants and chefs. This weekend of food, fun, and live entertainment is not to be missed! 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.
The Big Dig - Guinness World Record Attempt
TBD April 2014
The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa wants you to be a part of something BIG! Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the Hilton Sandestin Beach's attempt to break a Guinness World Record! Make history with us at "The Big Dig" as we attempt to break the record for the most people buried in the sand simultaneously. We want 750 people to participate and beat the standing world record of 684 set in March 2013 in Ecuador. Register online to secure your spot today!
April 24-27, 2014
The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is the event of the season and will feature over 800 wines, delicious food pairings in the Savor South Walton Culinary Pavilion, 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 founding sponsor of this event, the Hilton Sandestin Beach proudly offers two accommodations packages for guests attending the festival.
April 13-20, 2014
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 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
23rd Annual ArtQuest Fine Arts Festival
May 10-12, 2013 *2014 date is yet to be announced.
Enjoy 130 international artists exhibiting their unique creations in over a dozen mediums in nearby WaterColor. Live music, delicious cuisine, kid's activities and artist workshops make this festival exciting for the whole family.
Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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 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 17-19, 2013 ***2014 Date TBA
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 24-26, 2014
Celebrate the official kick-off to summer at the Hilton Sandestin Beach. Soak up the sun on the beach or hang out at the poolside for fun activities through the weekend.
See our 2013 Memorial Day weekend schedule of activities here.
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
June 18-22, 2014
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
Friday, July 4, 2014
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!
View the 2013 week of events here!
Labor Day Weekend
August 29-September 1, 2014
Send summer out with a bang for a Labor Day weekend full of sun, sand, and exciting children's activities. Mom and dad can hang out poolside while kids enjoy facepainting, pool games and more! Join the festivities on our expansive pool deck – featuring a traditional buffet dinner with all-American and coastal favorites. At the Hilton Sandestin Beach, we will celebrate Labor Day weekend in style! Don't miss the SEC football kick off or any other of the weekend's events and celebrations! See our special packages here. See the 2013 buffet menu here and the 2013 weekend's events here.
Destin Beer Festival - Destin Commons
Saturday, September 28, 2013; 2-5 PM ***2014 date TBD
Enjoy cold craft brews, various culinary stations, and live entertainment. This event benefits a local non-profit organization, Children in Crisis.
34th Annual Destin Seafood Festival
October 3-5, 2014
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.
South Walton Fashion Week
October 11-13, 2013 ***2014 date TBD
South Walton Fashion Week is a large-scale, multi-day event that celebrates high fashion by featuring regional rising designers and models, chic local boutiques and designers, runway shows, retail shopping experiences and VIP parties. The event is presented by Visit South Walton and produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in partnership with Monark Events and Grand Boulevard. Net proceeds benefit the Arts in Education Program of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Visit the event website for complete details!
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival- Niceville
October 18, 19, 20, 2013
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 18-19, 2013 ***2014 date TBD
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 3rd, 2013
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
11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
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 menu here
Adults $34.95 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 15, 2013
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
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
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 menu here.
Adults $38.95 Children (Ages 6-12) $16.95
Children 5 and under are complimentary
Call 850-267-9500 ext. 44 to make your reservation for the Christmas Buffet.
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
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 5:00-10:30 p.m. 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 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
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.