30A events: Where to stay for Florida's best festivals
Come March, spring break may get all the attention along Florida’s 30A highway, but there’s a lot more to do and see along this stunning coast when school is back in session. Whether it’s celebrated jazz fests, revered wine tastings, or cutting-edge art exhibits, the communities along 30A have some truly amazing annual events that are worth exploring.
Here you can see event details, the best places to stay for each event, ticketing information, and more. For a complete look at what to do in 30A all year, check out our guide here.
30A Wine Festival
Beginning Wednesday, February 22, and running until Sunday, February 25, the 30A Wine Festival is an annual event that brings together renowned vintners and chefs for a long weekend of tastings, music, and food. The weekend winds down with the traditional Rosé and Croquet event, where you can sample different Rosés and don your croquet whites for the annual game. Best of all, this year’s event will benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, which helps families who can’t access high-quality health care.
Where: Alys Beach, Florida
When: Feb. 22-25
Tickets: Weekend Passes are sold out, but tickets to individual events are still available here.
Where to stay for 30A Wine Fest
Cape Sol is beautiful beach home is less than five minutes from all the action of the 30A Wine Festival in Alys Beach. On bike, the journey is less than 10 minutes, and you'll have incredible Gulf scenery the entire way. Three bedrooms can sleep up to eight people in this perfect Seacrest Beach rental.
Comfort and Joy is in the middle of everything in Alys Beach, and you'll be walking distance to every event throughout the weekend. If you need a break from the festivities, the beach is just a short walk away, or you can explore nearby communities like Seacrest and Rosemary Beach. Four bedrooms can sleep 10 people in this exquisite 30A rental.
Lucky Stars is another one of our immaculate homes located in the middle of everything Alys Beach has to offer. Listen to the events going on from the huge outdoor deck, then head over when you feel like taking part. This home is an ideal place to unwind by the Gulf and enjoy the 30A Wine Fest, and with 4 bedrooms, it can sleep up to 10 people.
Sandestin Wine Festival
Named the region’s “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, the Sandestin Wine Festival offers everything from dinners with celebrity chefs to elegant wine tastings and food samples from local eateries. Wine aficionados and newcomers alike are welcome at the event, which has been delighting residents and guests of 30A for more than 30 years.
Where: Baytowne Wharf, 15 minutes northwest of Gulf Place
When: April 12-15
Tickets: Tickets are still available for grand tastings on Friday and Saturday for $125, or you can buy tickets to individual events going on all weekend. Get your tickets here.
Where to stay for the Sandestin Wine Fest
Just 15 minutes from Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin is Gulf Place Caribbean. Spend the day sampling wines then get a ride back (or a moderate 30-minute bike ride) to the home to take advantage of everything the Gulf Place community has to offer, including shared pools, hot tubs, and easy beach access. This home has two bedrooms, and sleeping capacity for up to nine people.
Bewitching Dunes is only 15 minutes from the Sandestin Wine Festival, so you can spend the day enjoying the bustle and excitement of the event, then head back to a perfect Gulf Place rental that offers peace and quiet. Spend the evening relaxing by your private pool, then wake up and do it all over again in this enchanting 30A beach home.
Blu Caribbean is the perfect place for a couple's getaway or small group of friends looking for accommodation close to the Sandestin Wine Festival. Only 15 minutes from the party at Baytowne Wharf, you can take part in all the events of the weekend, and still have a quiet place to come home to just steps from the beach. Two bedrooms sleep four people in this fine Gulf Place vacation home.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
For nearly 20 years, mainstays in the jazz scene have been flocking to 30A for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, but the party is much more than just a concert. Dinner cruises, after parties, artist signings, and more await jazz enthusiasts who are looking to listen to good tunes in an unbeatable location along the gorgeous Gulf Coast.
Where: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, Panama City Beach
When: April 18-22
Tickets: Dinner and lunch cruises are already sold out, but plenty of other events are still available. Plan your trip here.
Where to stay for Seabreeze Jazz Fest
Seaside Spotlight is less than 15 minutes to the Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, where the bulk of the festival takes place. When you're done jamming, make your way back to this incredible coastal retreat in Inlet Beach and take in the views and Gulf breeze. Three bedrooms can sleep up to seven people in this fantastic beach home.
From the third floor balcony of C'est la View, take in sweeping views of the turquoise Gulf before heading out for the day to the festival, which is less than 15 minutes away by car. Once you're back to the home, enjoy easy access to Rosemary Beach, and with four bedrooms, up to 10 guests can sleep soundly.
After you've spent the day listening to some of the finest jazz in the southeast, retreat back to Searenity, where you'll have unbeatable views of the sparkling shores of the Gulf. Easy access to the beach adds to the appeal of this gorgeous Rosemary Beach vacation rental, and up to six guests can sleep here.
Only 20 minutes from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, but an entire world away. That's what you'll find when you book a stay at Casa del Mar, a gorgeous Spanish-style Rosemary Beach rental that offers peace and quiet, and plenty of room for lounging. With four separate bedrooms, up to 10 guests can stay and enjoy this spectacular 30A beach home.
Digital Graffiti Arts Festival
Staggering visuals. Avant-Garde. The future of art. The Digital Graffiti Arts Festival of Alys Beach has plenty of descriptors, but none quite do justice to the event. For three days, from May 18-20, the iconic white-walled buildings of Alys Beach transform into a canvas for digital artists from all over the world. Using lights, lasers, and innovative techniques, these designers create truly inspiring works of art that illuminate this seaside town.
Where: All around the quaint Alys Beach community
When: May 18-20
Tickets: Early bird pricing is available until April 30th. Some events are 21+. See all ticket packages here.
Where to stay for the Digital Graffiti Arts Fest
The New Providence Main House is a Rosemary Beach vacation home that has the best of both worlds: Walking distance to the famous boutique shops and restaurants of Rosemary Beach, and a five-minute bike ride to the visually stunning artwork of the Digital Graffiti Arts Festival in Alys Beach. There's plenty of space for your whole group, too, with four bedrooms that sleep 10.
Point of View is located steps from Alys Beach, so if you're hoping to get the most out of the festival, this could be your best bet. When you want to take a break from the action, walk to the calm, clear waters of the Gulf, or relax on your breezy private deck. This 30A rental is excellent for large groups, with five bedrooms that can sleep 11 people.
Located between Alys Beach and downtown Rosemary Beach, The Blue Lagoon is a great place to experience the arts festival, and still get away from the crowds when needed. Easily walk or bike to either beautiful beachside community, and when you're ready to return, spend the evening on the large balcony that overlooks the lagoon pool. Three bedrooms sleep eight in this magnificent home.
Bike and Chair Rentals on 30A
To enhance your 30A experience, we've partnered with Live Well 30A to provide easy rentals for beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes, and more. Learn all about these services here.
30A Songwiters Festival
Another famous event in West Florida is the 30A Songwriters Festival, which typically takes place in January. Learn all about it and see pictures from previous years here.
Things to do in 30A Florida
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