Thursday, May 31, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend? June 1-3

What’s happening on the Emerald Coast this weekend?

Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a pirate’s life this weekend! You guessed it, friends and followers; the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is upon us. The weekend will be filled with pillaging and plundering all in the name of 18th century adventurer and pirate extraordinaire, William Augustus Bowles. This weekend also marks the beginning of Red Snapper season here on the Emerald Coast, so grab your pole and head into the beautiful jade waters for a little adventure at sea. Need the perfect thing to go with your fresh catch? Check out the Giant Indoor Yard & Craft Sale/Farmer’s Market and find the perfect fresh produce to compliment your catch. If all else fails, head to the beach or an area waterpark, soak up some sun, maybe try your hand at something new like YOLO boarding, surfing, or snorkeling. As always, have a safe and happy weekend my friends, and don’t forget to send us the pictures! Click here to upload your photos!

Multi-Day Events

The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is a three-day, family-friendly festival featuring Capt. Billy Bowlegs and his Krewe as they attempt to overrun the City of Fort Walton Beach. The water-front Landing Park becomes a Pirate's village full of entertainment, exotic items and grub and grog fit for any pirate. From the opening Torchlight Parade on Thursday, May 31, until the closing fireworks on June 2, the city will be full of the joys of the pirate life.

Friday, June 1

First Day of Red Snapper Season!

Saturday, June 2

6th Annual Pink Rubber Boots Ladies Fishing Rodeo sponsored by the Triple Crown of Fishin Chix will take place at Flounder’s Chowder House in Pensacola Beach.

It’s time for the annual “Giant Indoor Yard & Craft Sale/Farmer’s Market,” previously known as “Country Store.” This event will be held at the Okaloosa Extension Office in Crestview from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Come out and check out the fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts and more. For more information, email

Compete for large cash prizes at the North Light Marina Red Snapper Challenge.  Tournament is open to center consoles and fishing boats of all sizes. Anglers will compete for heaviest Red Snapper with opt-ins available in reds, king mackerel, aggregates, ladies and juniors. Spectators are encouraged to join the fun with live music, beer, great food, kid’s activities, a retail village, and of course, exciting weigh-ins!

Bring the family out to the Village of Baytowne Wharf and run for the arts at Sinfonia Gulf Coast's second annual bravo! beat 5K run/walk. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia’s mission to provide music education initiatives and guest artists in the schools of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Sunday, June 3
Head to Niceville’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center for “Sing for a Cure,” a moving performance of orchestral and choral music connected by touching narratives. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Sacred Heard Foundation for the new Sacred Heart Cancer Center – Emerald Coast expansion. This fundraising event begins at 6:30 p.m. A performance to lift your heart and move your soul; this is truly an event you won’t want to miss.

Have a fun-filled, sun-filled, wonderfully beachy weekend!
            -The Life’s A Beach crew

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