Fort Walton Beach, Florida is home to some of the Emerald Coast’s top event venues, and the stunning Emerald Coast Convention Center plays hosts to a majority of those exceptional festivals, conventions and concerts! Fall 2016 is sure to bring some of the year’s most exciting events geared towards both the local population, and tourist crowd. Check out 5 Events on Okaloosa Island you don’t want to miss this fall!
1. Emerald Coast Home & Boat Show
Back again for 2016, the Emerald Coast Home & Boat Show is bigger and better than ever! This convention combined the greatest points of Gulf Coast living, with vendors displaying goods for land and sea, with an alternative focus on healthcare. Admission is FREE to this family-friendly event, as well as FREE healthcare evaluations including free chair & back massage, chiropractic evaluations, and video ear scans! Still not interested? Maybe over $10,000 in door prizes and free giveaway items will increase the excitement for this annual event! For more details visit Emerald Coast Home & Boat Show
2. Emerald Coast Con 2016
Out of all the events on Okaloosa Island, this is one of the most highly anticipated! Emerald Coast Con is the #1 tech gathering on the Gulf Coast! Now in it’s second year, gamers, techies, and sci-fi enthusiasts from across the country will descend upon the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Participants can strut their gaming skills, or simply enjoy the world of technology with like-minded individuals. This event is FAMILY-FRIENDLY, with an emphasis on cordial competition and nostalgia. A costume contest and retro-arcade are just some of the reasons why Emerald Coast Con 2016 is a fun event for all-ages! Emerald Coast Con takes place October 8-9th, find more information at Emerald Coast Con 2016.
3. Emerald Coast Fall Classic Volleyball Tournament
Enjoy some hearty competition with the Emerald Coast Fall Classic. This annual volleyball tournament pits the regions best volleyballers against eachother in friendly contest! Single, double, and 4 player competition will take place over a 4 day span on Oklaoosa Island at the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. After the competition is complete, celebrate with the victors at the fampous Fudpucker’s on the Island! The tournament takes place from October 5-9th and sign-ups are open to the public at Emerald Coast Volleyball.
4. FANdom Con 2016
Fans of Anime rejoice! FANdom Con features games, costumes, concerts, and special guests appearances all in the name of Japanese animation. This convention is all-inclusive and all-welcoming, attracting fans of all alternative media from cartoons to major motion pictures. Video game tournaments and cosplay contests are only a fraction of the fun, come see what FANdom Con 2016 has in store for you! FANdom Con takes place November 11-13th at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, find more information at FANdom Con 2016.
5. Nighttime Educational Beach Walks
Through October experience the fun of Nighttime Educational Beach Walks! This 2 hour event focuses on the marine life of Okaloosa Island, specifically sea turtles. Discover sea turtle nests and keep an eye out for hatchlings on the white-sand beaches of the Emerald Coast! Learn from marine specialist while encountering sea critters in a natural and safe environment. Beach walks are sponsored by the Emerald Coast Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and are limited to groups of 20. Find more information online at Nighttime Educational Beach Walks!