Labor Day is known by some as the “unofficial end of summer” because technically it marks the end of a busy summer season and many of our favorite fall events, school and sports kick off this time of year! Being at the beach allows that summer feeling to linger a bit longer. So head to the South Walton and enjoy the last big weekend’s family friendly events happening along 30A before PSLs and cooler temps take over!
Free state park admission
When: Labor Day Weekend
Where: Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill State Park
Through Labor Day, enoy free day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in South Walton, compliments of Visit South Walton. Grayton Beach State Park provides parking with access to a full mile of protected beach. The park also offers a boat ramp on Western Lake for both fresh water and saltwater fishing. Hikers and bikers can explore a nature trail through the pine flatwoods. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is home to three coastal dune lakes. Motorized boats aren’t allowed on the dune lakes, but fishing is permitted from the shores. 2019 marks the 5th year of admission coverage for Topsail Hill State Park and the 2nd for Grayton Beach State Park. The free day-use admission is available to visitors during normal operating hours, generally 8 a.m. to sunset.
For more information on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, visit visitsouthwalton.com/listing/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park or for Grayton Beach State Park, visit visitsouthwalton.com/listing/grayton-beach-state-park.
Baytowne Art Walk
When: 5-10 each evening Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin in Miramar Beach
Stroll the village streets and browse a variety of artwork from both regional and local artists. Enjoy live music each night from local entertainers. Don’t miss out on a fireworks show Sunday at 9:15 p.m. Scheduled musicians are Aug. 30, 5-7:15 p.m. Casey Kearney and 7:30-10 p.m. Scott Rockwood; Aug. 31, 5-7:15 p.m. Coconut Radio and 7:30-10 p.m. Matt McCarty; Sept. 1, 5-7:15 p.m. Jessie Ritter and 7:30-10 p.m. Matt McCarty.
Visit http://www.baytownewharf.com for more details.
Labor Day Movie and Concert
When: Aug. 30-31
Where: Seaside Amphitheatre
Central Square Cinema will feature the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Seaside Amphitheater. Enjoy music from The Vegabonds at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.
For more information, visit SeasideFl.com.
Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
When: 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 1
Where: The course winds along Scenic Highway 30A through Alys Beach
Cost: $50 5K, $25 one-mile fun run (children 12 and younger)
Register for the Alys Foundation’s 8th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run located along Scenic Highway 30A. This year’s race will support Children in Crisis Inc. The course winds through the resort town and ends with an oversized bounce house for kids of all ages, music, food and beverages available in the amphitheatre. Stick around for the 9 a.m. awards presentation to listen to tunes by DJ Shane from Rock The House, cool off in the splash pad, play in the giant bounce house or grab a beer from Idyll Hounds. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.
Register at alysbeach.com/5k.
Labor Day Music
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 29-30
Where: George’s at Alys Beach, 30 Castle Harbour Drive, Alys Beach
Enjoy live music in the waiting area from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 by Zack Rosicka and Max McCann on Aug. 30 at George’s at Alys Beach. Grab a glass of wine or beer and enjoy the sunset from the rooftop deck.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/GeorgesAtAlys.