The Village of Baytowne Wharf: Fun, food and fireworks!
By Michelle Farnham
Aug. 18, 2022
MIRAMAR BEACH – The Village of Baytowne Wharf, nestled north of 98 within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is a one-stop locale for dining, shopping, recreation and live events. Where else can you attend a food festival, ride a zip line, update your wardrobe and eat Gulf-fresh seafood without having to move your car?
The 2022 events calendar is jammed full of activities, according to Baytowne Events Manager Leighann Elliott, welcoming locals, visitors and resort guests alike.
Special dates: mark your calendar
New to the schedule is Perfect Hues, the reimagined Baytowne Art & Food Fest, slated for evenings Sept. 2 to 4, and promises artwork to peruse, food trucks, fireworks and live music.
“We have revamped our Baytowne fan favorite Labor Day art event and added food trucks and local vendors and made it bigger and better!” Elliott explained. “Each evening from 5 to 10 p.m., stroll The Village streets as you browse a variety of artwork from local and regional artists, and savor bites from some of the area’s best restaurants and food trucks. We love kicking off the fall season with such a unique, moonlit weekend!”
Billed as “The Best Beer Fest on the Coast,” the 14th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival returns Oct. 7 and 8. More than 200 domestic and international craft beers will be sampled, all set to the sound of live music. Ticket info can be found at www.baytownebeerfestival.com.
“We are so excited for the Baytowne Beer Fest! We are just starting to work on our brewery line up, but we are excited to introduce some great food on Saturday for the first time,” Elliott added.
Those looking for a little spooky season fun are welcomed to Trick or Treat Street Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music, a costume contest, and trick-or-treating all culminate in a fireworks show at this free event.
“This is personally one of my favorite events at The Village!” Elliott admitted. “All the merchants hand out candy, there is a costume contest at Coconut Kidz, and the night ends with a spooky fireworks show!”
Anyone ready to rock should mark their calendars for Tribute Weekend, held Nov. 4 to 6. A line-up of tribute bands will grace the plaza stage. Just bring your own seating – no cover charge required!
The holiday season kicks off with the 10th annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Saturday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. Village restaurants offer up appetizers to pair with more than 30 champagnes as carolers set the scene for a sneak peek of the tree lighting. For ticket information, visit www.baytownesparklingwinefest.com.
Continuing the Thanksgiving weekend merriment, the free Here Comes Santa Claus event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, welcomes that jolly old elf to light the village tree, along with face-painting, kids crafts and fireworks.
The Wednesday Night Concert Series brings live music to the main stage every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. through October. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab some takeout, set up a chair and enjoy the cooler evening temps under the setting sun.
The champagne starts flowing one evening a month for Bubbly Baytowne, featuring free champagne and shopping throughout the village. Guests 21 and older check in by the fountain to receive a complimentary glass and map starting at 5 p.m. Upcoming dates include Thursdays, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is located at 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd., Miramar Beach. For more information, visit www.baytownewharf.com.