Family-Friendly Events in South Walton May 2024

Baytowne Fly-Guy

30A, South Walton and the Emerald Coast are full of family-friendly things to do in May. Check out this month’s list of highlighted events below.

Destin Rotary Club Cajun Crawfish Bash May 17

Annual Destin Rotary Cajun Crawfish EventThe Rotary Club of Destin will host its annual Cajun Crawfish Bash on Friday, May 17th from 5:30-9 p.m. at Mezcal Mexican Grill inside The Towne Centre at Seascape. The Rotary Club of Destin is known for serving up the best Cajun crawfish, libations and live music. This event is suitable for families of all ages and open to the public.

Back by popular demand is Fais Do-Do Band performing their unique genre of zydeco music. Integrating a blend of R&B, soul, brass band, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock and Afro-Caribbean, you are guaranteed to be dancing!


Fresh crawfish from Louisiana will be dished up with the traditional potatoes, sausage and corn on the cob. For those who don’t crave crawfish, there will also be grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and rotisserie chicken prepared fresh on-site.

Event proceeds benefit young families in need and The Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Fund.

DeFuniak Springs LakeFest May 17-18

Celebrate LakeFest in downtown DeFuniak Springs Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 2024. This annual event is loaded with activities the whole family will love on the water and banks of beautiful Lake DeFuniak, one of the world’s rare, naturally round spring-fed lakes.

The 2024 event is comprised of a fish fry, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, toy duck hunts, hilarious Cardboard Boat Races, and the thrill of watching hydro-flight athletes performing for the crowds.  There will be live entertainment, waterslides, a dunking booth, and many other activities in the Kids Zone, a variety of food and merchandise vendors, educational vendors, and exhibits, and the 2024 LakeFest Car Show “Under the Oaks” sponsored by Krewe de Yak.

View the schedule, register for the triathlon, and see who will perform live at the 2024 LakeFest:

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Guided Plant Stroll May 20

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on the third Monday each month from 9-11:00 a.m. for a Guided Plant Stroll.  The stroll begins at Tram Stop #2 . This program is free with regular park admission. Park programs are made possible by Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. For more information about the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, visit

Biophilia Center: Nothin’ Funner Than Summer May 25

E. O. Wilson Biophilia CenterCelebrate Summer with The Biophilia Center at their Nothin’ Funner Than Summer event on Saturday, May 25th from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Spend the day with the whole family enjoying thrilling animal encounters, bouncy houses, mouth-watering food trucks, exciting games, awesome raffles, and so much more! Be sure to bring a towel as some activities include water! Learn more and become a member:

Scallyway Sundays at Baytowne Wharf

Join Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf for magic, music, and mayhem! Watch as featured pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with two magic shows on stage at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sundays, May 19th – August 4th. Admission is FREE and open to the public. 

Movie Mondays at The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn for a featured film. Free and open to the public. Movies start at 7:15 p.m. May 20: SCOOB!; May 27: Playing With Fire.

Huck & Lilly @ Seaside Amphitheater Tuesdays and Thursdays

Huck & Lilly will perform LIVE in the Seaside Amphitheater Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket, snacks and drinks, and enjoy the show. Free and open to all ages. Singer/songwriters Ken Johnson and Andi Zack-Johnson as Huck and Lilly specialize in music for kids AND the grown ups who love them!

The REP Pinocchio in Rosemary Beach Wednesdays

The Seaside REP Theatre presents Pinocchio, kids theatre every Wednesday at St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach at 6:30 p.m., May 22 – August 7. Presented by The Merchants of Rosemary Beach, this complimentary event will entertain the entire family. Join Pinocchio as he embarks on a journey like no other, encountering a cast of unforgettable characters and getting into trouble at every turn. With hilarious hijinks and heartwarming moments, Pinocchio discovers the true meaning of courage, kindness, following your dreams, and the magic that lives within.

Baytowne Wharf Boomin’ Tuesdays & DJ Dance Party

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is hosting a Boomin’ Tuesday extravaganza every week. Enjoy singing and dancing with DJ Mike Whitty in the Events Plaza from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Then watch as they light up the night sky with a breathtaking fireworks show over the lagoon at 9:15 p.m.! 

Fly Guy Thursdays at Baytowne Wharf

Enjoy shows from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon on Thursdays, May 23rd – August 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Watch as he soars to the sky and makes waves on Thursday nights in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Grand Boulevard Lawn Games

Grand Boulevard invites you to bring the entire family out to enjoy some fun in the sun! Summer Lawn Games will take over Grand Park from 5 – 8:30 p.m. daily, May 25 thru August 10th. Grab some food and drinks from one of the many restaurants in Grand Boulevard before you settle in to a fun round of corn hole, giant lawn chess, checkers and more.