What’s happening on the Emerald Coast this weekend?
There’s tons of great stuff happening this Father’s Day weekend. Grab your rod and reel and compete for some fantastic prizes, take in some art, enjoy a tasty treat, try your hand at a game of chance, don your favorite high heels for a good cause, adopt a new furry friend, or take the kids out of for a fun-filled day of activities just for them. No matter what you choose to do this weekend, it’s sure to be amazing when you spend your time here on Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast.
The 2nd Annual Big Mac Shoot Out Fishing Tournament will begin at the Elks Lodge in Fort Walton Beach, and take place June 15-17. 100% of the proceeds from this tournament benefit Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida. Tons of cash and prizes awarded. Be sure to ask about the Women’s Division Awards.BigMacFishing.EmeraldCoastMcDonalds.com
Friday, June 15
Celebrate the 6th Annual National Flip Flop Day with Tropical Smoothie Café. HarborWalk Village Tropical Smoothie will hand out free Jetty Punch smoothies to guests wearing flip-flops plus families will enjoy games and activities for all ages to raise money for Camp Sunshine; an organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to make magical memories within the unique confines of Camp Sunshine. Enjoy a performance by the Flip Flop Boys on the HarborWalk Village main stage.
Grab the kids and head out to the Fort Walton Beach Landing from 10am-1pm for Kid’s Day, a special day of kid-geared activities taking place along the water of the Santa Rosa Sound. The event will feature several interactive programs including a magic show, face painting, karaoke, a rock wall climb, water slides, and of course, Dunk-A-Cop presented by the City of Fort Walton Beach Police Department. Animal exhibits will be presented by the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society, PAWS, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, and Seacrest Wolf Preserve. The Emerald Coast Science Center, Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Gulfarium and the Okaloosa County Health Department will also have activities centers and touch tables set up on site. Kids, parents and day care providers are all welcome to this free program at the Landing. Concessions will be available for purchase and can be enjoyed along the boardwalk or under the trees.
Stroll the streets of downtown Fort Walton Beach between 5:30-8:30pm and enjoy the live music, local art and demonstrations, shopping and dining at this month’s Downtown Fort Walton Beach Art Walk. Artists will be set up in front of every store displaying and selling their wares, including a wide variety of mediums from hand-made fishing lures, to wood burning, to oil paintings and everything in between. Many stores will be offering special discounts as well as refreshments. Don’t miss out on the surf movie hosted by Fluid Surf Shop on the lawn behind Fired Up.
Put on your favorite pair of high heels and head to Rosemary Beach for the “Walk Her Way” Charity Event. Men, women and children of all ages are invited to don high heels for Walk Her Way at Rosemary Beach’s Town Center starting at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Rosemary Beach Foundation, this one-mile strut around the square aims to raise awareness of domestic violence with a portion of proceeds benefiting Shelter House.
Join Horizons of Fort Walton Beach from 6-9pm at their annual Casino Lights Gaming Night at the HarborView Room at HarborWalk Village. Everybody wins when you bet on a great cause! Enjoy live entertainment, prizes, food, poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, a silent auction, and more!
Looking for a new furry friend? You may want to head over the SOCKS (Save Our Cats and Kittens) 2nd Annual Kitten Extravaganza Event from 12-5pm. Plenty of food, fun and feline festivities will be available, so bring the kids to participate in free games where everyone’s a winner! Come see all the cats and kittens waiting for their forever homes. The event will also feature reduced pricing on kitten adoptions and the usual free adoptions for cats over 5 years old. The SOCKS Thrift Store will be having a yard sale as well, so don’t miss out on those bargains!
Swing by Books-A-Million in the Destin Commons from 2-5pm and meet author Ramona Bridges as she signs copies of her books, “Sweet By and By” and “Standing on the Promises”.
Sunday, June 17
Thank you to all the dads out there that hold their children’s hands, who make sure their children do what their mother says, who comfort their children when they are sick, who brush their children’s hair when it’s tangled, who let their kids eat ice cream for breakfast when their mother is away. Thank you to all the fathers out there who walk their daughters down the aisle, who give such great advice, and who forgive their children their mistakes. Thank you to all the dads out there who tell their children everything’s going to be ok, and who find a way to make it so.
P.S. Thank you to all the mom’s out there that step gracefully into the dual role of being both mom and dad.
Happy Father’s Day!
If you have a deserving dad, treat him to something special today!
As always, have a super-fantastic beachy weekend!
-The Life’s A Beach crew