Whether you love movies, music, bike rides or theatre, there’s always something happening on 30A during June, July and August. We’ve gathered fun + free events from top South Walton communities to make it easy to plan your summer agenda. GULF PLACE Free events Sundays and Saturdays The Gulf Place Amphitheater and YOLO Board + […] Read More
When you’re ready for a break from the beach (it can happen), Alys Beach has a fun-filled summer events schedule with free and unique activities to entertain your little ones. Mondays | 10AM Join The Repertory Theatre for Adventures in Alys Storytelling, a completely original storytelling experience for children of all ages. Watch as they create […]
One of 30A’s most unique and original events, Digital Graffiti returns to Alys Beach for the 11th annual installment of the popular projection art festival. An innovative and dynamic three-day event, Digital Graffiti celebrate the many possibilities found at the intersection of art and architecture. Dozens of digital artist finalists from around the globe will […]
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach — a projection art festival located in South Walton — has announced the finalists for their tenth annual festival to be held May 19-21. Tickets are now on sale. Digital Graffiti gives artists a large-scale blank canvas to explore the intersection of art and architecture, while creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls, the […]
By Cory Davis We are so fortunate here in South Walton to have such a diverse music scene, driven locally by bands like Dread Clampitt, The Owsley Brothers, Heritage and The Forrest Williams Band. Add in big-city bands that frequent here from New Orleans, Mobile, Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville, and you get a mix of music you really can’t find anywhere (except of course every day on 30A Radio). Here are five reasons the 30A music scene rocks: 1. Our venues are awesome. You can see bands up close and intimate or with a big crowd. Live music spots include small funky places like the Red Bar and La Playa, open-air waterfront stages like at The Bay and big, outdoor amphitheaters like the one in Seaside. And if you haven’t checked out one of the newest venues, The Hub 30A, it boasts a 25-foot LED Jumbotron and can host up to 700 people. 2. Free Music. Almost every venue offers free music with no cover charges and it’s all year round. Seaside, Alys Beach, Gulf Place and Sandestin all have weekly free concert series throughout the year and feature local or out-of-town bands. The concerts are always family friendly and located in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the area. 3. 30A Songwriter Festival. How lucky are we to have this festival each year in South Walton? Really lucky. Every January, you can catch hundreds of songwriters in venues from Rosemary to Grand Boulevard. Drew Holcomb, Bob Schneider, Grace Potter, wow. Some of the most fun venues are right in Seaside like Central Square Records, The Rep and Bud and Alley’s. Note: Tickets always sell out fast. Grab yours today! 4. Celebrity Sightings. Have you ever bumped into Luke Bryan, Sam Bush, Sara Evans or Zac Brown? Well you may if you hang out on 30A. Many songwriters love this area for vacation — and inspiration. Sometimes they even sit in with a local band or two. 5. Collaborations. How cool is it to see two local bands merge for fun? It’s a special treat to see Dread Clampitt and Forrest Williams come together as Dreaded Forrest or Cadillac Willy merge with other local rock stars for The Cadillac Specials with an evening of music by the Grateful Dead. 30A Radio gets the opportunity to record a lot of the music listed above. Check out our live music playlist on soundcloud at soundcloud.com/30aradio. We also insert songs from these shows into our daily streaming playlists on 30A Radio. You can listen to 30A Radio inside the free 30A.com App for iPhone, iPad and Android, on Apple TV, or simply on any browser at 30Aradio.com. Cory Davis is the general manager of 30A Radio, a free online radio station that streams live from the beach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This article originally appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The Seaside Times.
The Taylor Haugen Foundation will hold their seventh annual Savor The Season fundraiser on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This culinary experience has grown to become one of the most popular events on 30A and benefits the foundation’s efforts to make sports safer for middle- and high-school-aged athletes. Situated around the Caliza Pool at Alys Beach, Savor The Season features twelve of the area’s finest chefs who showcase their culinary talents with signature dishes. Each signature dish is paired with a fine wine or craft beer. The evening culminates with an exciting live auction and entertainment provided by national recording artist Michael J. Thomas. Our new 30A Wines will also be featured at the event. The participating restaurants include Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Caliza Restaurant, Restaurant Paradis, Nola Boiling Company, Bake My Day Destin, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, CHL Signature Catering of 30A, Culinary Catering 365, Stinky’s Fish Camp, and George’s at Alys Beach. The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student who passed away after an injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008. Proceeds from Savor The Season help support the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s YESS (Youth Equipment for Sports Safety) Program. The primary goal of the YESS Program is to reduce the number of sports-related abdominal injuries in middle and high school athletes. Working directly with school administrators, the THF Board of Directors actively participate in a variety of meetings and activities to present the benefits of wearing sports safety equipment. Through collaboration with vendors, the YESS program provides interested middle and high school athletic teams with matching grants to purchase state -of-the-art safety equipment. Tickets for the event are $75 per person in advance and be purchased online at www.thfsavortheseason.org.
This year’s South Walton Fashion Week, taking place October 5 through 9 in venues throughout South Walton, will feature celebrity designer Christian Siriano. The 30A Company will have its own runway show, too, featuring our new dumpster diver line, our latest innovation in design and beach-inspired fashion. Soriano has been dubbed “the new king of old-school glamour” by Elle magazine and “the next billion-dollar designer” by Yahoo! Style. His designs have been worn by some of the world’s biggest stars, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Rhianna, Oprah, Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson. In its fourth year, South Walton Fashion Week is a large-scale, multi-day event that celebrates high fashion by featuring national, regional and local designers, retail boutiques, emerging designers, and a model competition. Runway shows, trunk shows, parties, and presentations will take place in beach neighborhoods throughout South Walton Wednesday through Saturday. Get the scoop on South Walton Fashion Week in this 30A Radio interview! The 30A Company will be featured on Friday night at 30A Avenue, hitting the runway with our new eco-friendly Dumpster Diver line. The line is made from recycled water bottles and other plastics blended with recycled cotton, producing soft and light garments perfect for the beach lifestyle and culture. Each piece saves 6 to 10 water bottles from the landfill. Learn more here. Get the full schedule by downloading the SWFW app for Apple or Android devices. A VIP Christian Siriano trunk show will take place at Alys Beach’s Caliza Pool and Alys Shoppe on Friday, October 7, and Mr. Siriano’s designs will also be featured on the Fashion Week runway on Saturday, October 8. Sirian will be joined on the special guest panel by international artist Ashley Longshore (Anthropologie), television star Becca Tilley (The Bachelor), fashion photographer Carlo Pieroni, supermodel Carol Wilson, model agent Jenni Lubo (Click Models), and more to be announced soon. Prime-time runway shows will take place at 30A Venue (30Avenue) on Thursday and Friday and at 560 Grand Boulevard (Grand Boulevard) on Saturday. VIE Magazine will host the official Launch Party, ‘The Get Down’ at their headquarters in Grayton Beach on Wednesday, October 5, followed by an After-Party at Salon 76. Day-time venues include Silver Sands Premium Outlets, The Shops at The Hub, Tommy Bahama, and more. A full list of runway shows and schedule of events will be released in September. Emerging designers who are selected as semi-finalists will showcase their designs on the SWFW runway at “30A Venue” on Thursday and Friday, and the judges will determine three finalists who will show on Saturday night. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of Saturday’s runway show, and the winner will receive a prize package that includes $2,000 cash, a feature in VIE’s 2017 Fashion Issue, and a prime-time runway show at 2017 SWFW. Chosen model applicants will be invited to a September casting call, and those who are cast will walk the SWFW runway to compete for the Sheila Goode Model of the Year award package, including $1,000 cash, a feature in VIE’s 2017 Fashion Issue and a meeting with Click Atlanta. General admission tickets start at $20 for day-time events and $50 for prime-time events, and VIP tickets start at $100. Tickets and special lodging partner packages offered by Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company and Courtyard Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard can be found at swfw.org. South Walton Fashion Week is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with Monark Events and presented by Visit South Walton, Grand Boulevard and VIE Magazine. Other partners include 30Avenue, ZT Motors, VIVO Spa Salon, Oko, Pure & Couture, Willow + Mercer, Linda Miller – The Smile of 30A, Bud & Alley’s, Emerald Coast Magazine, The 30A Company, Tommy Bahama, Alys Beach, and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Net proceeds benefit the CAA, which is the designated Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the Alliance is to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and visit. For more info, visit South Walton Fashion Week.
Runners and families will gather in Alys Beach for the Fifth Annual 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Proceeds will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, a no-kill shelter on the Emerald Coast that has helped find homes for 11,000 animals since its inception in 2007. The certified 5K will start in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre and wind through the Gulf-side community and nature trail. Following the 5K, a family-friendly 1-mile Fun Run will kick off for children ages 12 and younger. After the races, runners can gather in the Amphitheatre for awards, live music, a bounce house and more. Registration is now available online. Advance registration for the 5K is $35 and the 1-miler is $15 (children ages 12-and-younger) through Sunday, August 28. From Monday, August 29 until Friday, September 2, the price to participate in the 5K will go up to $50 and the 1-miler will be priced at $25. Any remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fonville Press during packet pick-up. For more information, or to register, visit alysbeach.com/5K.
Bay Club of Sandestin AVAILABLE LISTINGS AT BAY CLUB SANDESTIN The Bay Club is located on the beautiful grounds of the Resort at Sandestin, just eight miles east of Destin on Hwy 98. The area is noted for having spectacular shopping, exhilarating sunsets, historical sites, an almost […]