Spring Festivals in Northwest Florida

Here are some of the can’t-miss events, festivals and activities taking place along the Emerald Coast in North Florida this spring.

If you’re thinking about hitting the beach for spring break, you might just have the chance to make it a seasonal fete. As you plan which attractions and restaurants to check out during your next stay along Northwest Florida, take a look at some of the best spring festivals and events in Northwest Florida Beaches:

Emerald Coast Cruizin Festival

Thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks make way to Panama City Beach for this week-long festival from March 8-11, 2017.

Florida Festivals

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos, a Minor League baseball team in Pensacola, have its season opener on April 6, 2017.

World War II 75th Anniversary Remembrance Banquet

This military appreciation banquet to observe the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II takes place on April 7, 2017 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

34th Annual Helen Drake Invitational

Recognized as one of the largest United States Tennis Association (USTA) adult tennis events across the country, this tournament returns to TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach from April 12-16, 2017.

Florida Events

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

A week of smooth jazz on the Emerald Coast takes place April 19-23, 2017, next to Pier Park in Panama City Beach.

Billy Bowlegs Charity Golf Tournament

Kicking off “Pirate Season” on the Emerald Coast with activities such as golfing and boating, one of the best pirate festivals in the area takes place April 20-22, 2017.

North Florida Festivals

Emerald Coast Volleyball Week

Volleyball teams throughout the country compete in this tournament taking place at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach from April 26-30, 2017.

South Walton Wine Festival

Dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, brew masters and entertainers come together to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach from April 27-30, 2017.

Emerald Coast Bike Fest

A motorcycle rally featuring free concerts, charity poker runs and bike shows takes place at Emerald Coast Harley Davidson in Fort Walton Beach from May 4-7, 2017.

Florida Activities

Jeep Beach Jam

Thousands of Jeep owners, enthusiasts and club members will gather in Panama City Beach from May 17 – 21, 2017 for the second annual Jeep Beach Jam.

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Fort Walton Beach On List of Most Affordable Beach Towns

“The beaches here and on nearby Okaloosa Island are every bit as breathtaking as the ones in Destin and Panama City, with a fraction of the people,” the Thrillist article said.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Living in paradise isn’t just for the rich and famous.

According to a recent article on Thrillist, there are 13 beach towns that are not only beautiful, but relatively cheap to live in. With a median house price at $159,600, Fort Walton Beach ranked No. 7 on the most affordable beach towns in the U.S.

“The beaches here and on nearby Okaloosa Island are every bit as breathtaking as the ones in Destin and Panama City, with a fraction of the people,” the article reads.

Other nearby beach towns named in the article were Pensacola at No. 2 and Gulf Shores, Alabama, at No. 13.

Realtor Dawn David of Team Dawn David with Coldwell Banker has been selling properties in the Fort Walton Beach area for about 20 years. Working primarily with investment properties, David said the lower price points for homes are attractive to potential buyers.

“The views sure don’t hurt either,” she said. “We see numerous articles ranking Fort Walton Beach in the top among the most beautiful beaches.”

David said the area is also not crowded compared to beach towns in South Florida, which the Thrillest article also points out.

“It makes for a more laid-back vacation experience,” she said. “Not to mention the golf courses, shopping, restaurants — it’s the whole package.”

Ted Corcoran, president of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, said he’s never surprised to see the city receive accolades.

“Others are beginning to evaluate the Happiest City in Florida,” he said referring to a different list that the city ranked in. “This is the beginning of the spring break season when people spend a year’s worth of savings to vacation for one week. How lucky we are to live here. It’s like we’re on vacation everyday.”

To see the complete story and list by thrillist.com, click HERE.