Festive holiday events at Navarre Beach

Sand Dollar Saturday and Local Marketplace

Nov. 2 & Dec. 7, 9 a.m.

1900 Hwy. 87 in Navarre

Join the merchants of Sand Dollar Plaza on the first Saturday of each month; for a community and customer appreciation event. Grab a bite to eat at Alphy’s, check out the gift shops and visit the local vendors at the Local Marketplace. For more information, call 850-368-9500 or www.facebook.com/SandDollarSaturdays.


Painting Events at Pik-Itz hosted by Art Uncorked Navarre

Nov. 2, 2 p.m. and Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.

1922 Highway 87, in Navarre

Art Uncorked – Navarre is a fun painting class designed to uncork creative spirit, uncork fun with friends, and uncork a favorite beverage. The theme for these holiday classes is “Let’s Paint Christmas, Vintage Truck with Christmas Tree.” For more information, call 843-437-4246 or visit www.artuncorked-navarre.com.


Santa Rosa Creek Tribe 19th Annual Pow Wow

Nov. 23, 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

4750 Willard Norris Rd. in Milton

The Pow Wow celebration includes Pow Wow drumming, dancing, Native American Fry bread, storytelling, living Creek village, Drums of the Descendants, Native American flute performers, drum contests, children’s crafts, over 70 Native American vendors and so much more. Entry is $5 per vehicle and all funds support the Nature American Cultural Center. For more information, call 833-772-7335 or visit www.santarosacreektribe.org/pow-wow.


25th Annual Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park

Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8513 Navarre Pkwy. in Navarre

Join the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for a full day of Christmas fun. Events include the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, reindeer games for kids, Merry Market, festival of wreaths, tree lighting, Mrs. Claus’ bakery, pictures with Santa and the Navarre Annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. For more information, call 850-939-3267 or visit www.navarrechamber.com.


Christmas ZOObilee

Dec. 14, 15 & 21, 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze

Enjoy a day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo for an all new daytime Christmas event! Christmas ZOObilee features live music, performances, contests, food, artists, pictures with Santa and a Candy Cane Market trail full of gifts, sights, smells and tastes of the season. Admission includes the entire zoo plus, artificial snow, winter-themed bounce stations and the family photo opportunities. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit http://www.gbzoo.com.


Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights display

Nov. 29 – Dec. 27, 5 – 9 p.m.

7650 Sowell Rd. in Milton

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display is an annual Christmas light show put on by the Sowell family. The event will be open every night including Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Cost is $10 per vehicle to drive through and train rides for $2/person in addition to the vehicle admission. This event is featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole.


Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Nov. 30 & Dec. 28, 8 – 10 a.m.

8739 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre Beach

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or bring your own. For more information, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org for more info.


Nov. & Dec.

Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm

1603 Penton Rd. in Milton

Choose and cut a Christmas tree while enjoing other fun Christmas farm-themed activities. For more information, visit www.floridachristmastree.com.


New Year’s Eve Gala

Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Pkwy in Navarre

Celebrate the New Year in “The Roaring 20s” fashion with the Pink Pirates of Navarre, a local non-profit with a mission to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money to fund mammograms for those who do not have insurance. The New Year’s Eve Gala includes a prime rib dinner, live music, dancing, raffles and a midnight champagne toast. For more information email Frankie Gibbs at fgibbs@mchsi.com or visit www.facebook.com/pinkpiratesnavarre.


11th Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle

Jan. 1, 2020, 12 – 4 p.m.

1451 Navarre Beach Causeway in Navarre Beach

Celebrate the first day of the year and “freezin’ for a reason.” The 11th Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle charity event benefits local suicide prevention groups. For more information, call 850-939-1092 or visit www.juanaspagodas.com/PenguinPlunge.htm.


3rd Annual Pirate Plunge

Jan. 1, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

8579 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre Beach

Arrr you ready to take the plunge? This charity event for Healing Paws for Warriors features a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier followed by an after party at Broussard’s Bayou Grill & Bar. The Rowdies will rock the stage along with food and drink specials. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PiratesOnThePanhandle.


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Spooky science awaits on Navarre Beach

From creeps of the deep to an endangered species cemetery to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you!

That’s the apt description listed for the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s annual Science Spooktacular scheduled for Oct. 26.

Visitors will be able to explore sea-themed stations and experience science in a hands-on, fun environment. Activities will include a costume contest, kid-friendly experiments and haunted beach walk.

Make gooey slime or participate in dissections by Dr. Spookfish. This kid-friendly event is truly one of a kind. Sea-themed costumes are always encouraged.

Admission is $5 per person, and Children 2 and under are free. Pay at the gate!

All funds support the awesome education programs at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. This beach front education center works to inspire with conservation lessons to school age children, dual enrollment opportunities to high schoolers and public awareness events.

If you have not stopped in at a Science Station event, you are really missing out.

The station is located inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, a pristine nature preserve along the Gulf of Mexico. The building is located on the Santa Rosa Sound side at 8638 Blue Heron Court in Navarre, FL 32566. Free public parking is available on-site.

This event has activities catered to every age group, and even has some fun for the adults. I always come away having learned something new. If your family will be in Navarre Beach at the end of October, I highly recommend adding this event to your plans.

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October events on beautiful Navarre Beach

Here are some ideas for vacation fun this month on Navarre Beach from our awesome Tourist Development Office.


Painting Events at Pik-Itz hosted by Art Uncorked Navarre

Art Uncorked – Navarre is designed to help uncork creative spirit, uncork fun with friends and uncork a bottle of a favorite beverage at group painting classes. Each class has different artwork. Pik-Itz, 1922 Highway 87 in Navarre. For more information, call 850-843-437-4246 or visit www.artuncorked-navarre.com.

  • October 4, 6:30 – 9 p.m.  Hocus Pocus
  • October 11, 6 – 9 p.m.       Poison Apple
  • October 14, 2 – 3 p.m.       Ceramic Pumpkin
  • October 19, 2 – 4:30 p.m.  Pick your Pumpkin


Bands on the Blackwater

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights during the fall in downtown Milton at Jernigan’s Landing on Blackwater River. Pull up a boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great music. For more information, call 850-564-1647 or www.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater.

  • October 4 – Joey Collins
  • October 11 – Twang Gang
  • October 18 – Boukou Groove
  • October 25 – Mikey Clams Band


Take a Kid Fishing

October 5, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

This free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and fishing clinic takes place at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The first 300 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole and t-shirt. The event includes free bait and instruction. For details, visit www.takeakidfishingnavarre.com.


30th Annual Jay Peanut Festival

October 5, 6, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Celebration of one of Santa Rosa’s staple crops, the peanut. This popular event showcases farming life – past and present – and features more than 200 vendors from across the southeast plus a 1930s John Deere dealership, food booths and games. Located at Gabbert Farm, 3604 Pine Level Church Rd. in Jay. For more information, call Brenda and Gene Gabbert at 850-675-6823. This event is held in memory of the Gabbert’s daughter, Melissa.


Sand Dollar Saturday and Local Marketplace

Oct. 5, 9 a.m.

Join the merchants of Sand Dollar Plaza on the first Saturday of each month for a community and customer appreciation event. Grab a bite to eat at Alphy’s, check out the gift shops and visit the vendors at the local marketplace. For more information, call 850-368-9500 or visit www.facebook.com/SandDollarSaturdays.


Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo

October 5, 6

Fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the Navarre Beach Pier; you just can’t “Fish” from the seafood market! Fishing tournament competition with prizes awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in to take place at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach. Proceeds going to many Navarre Beach Marine Park non-profits. For more information, visit www.navarrefishingrodeo.com.


Shell Flower Making Class at Artistry 98

October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Artistry 98, 1993 Highway 87 in Navarre, will offer a free shell flower making class – participants must bring shells. Class is limited to 10, to reserve a seat call 850-543-1338 or visit www.artistry98.com.


Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail

October 12, 13, 19, 20 & 26, 27

Six days of scare-free, daytime Halloween fun for families. Admission includes trick-or-treat trail with toys, treats, treasures, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, animal touch stations and the access to the zoo at 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. In Gulf Breeze. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information or visit www.gbzoo.com or call 850-932-2229.


Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Oct. 26, 8 – 10 a.m.

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking lot near the Sand Crab pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or volunteers can bring supplies. For more information, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.


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Spook-free fun at Boo at the Zoo

What’s more fun than 50 acres of wild adventure featuring more than 800 exotic animals near beautiful Navarre Beach?

How about trick or treating and costumed kiddos!?

Boo at the Zoo is a family fun event for all ages and abilities at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. The event runs each weekend now through the end of October. A variety of booths are set up along the walkways of the zoo where friendly volunteers will be handing out goodies alongside the zoo’s wild residents.

Some of the booths will have fun and information for parents as well, and kiddos are encouraged to dress out in their best costumes for the event.

Boo at the Zoo offers six days of scare-free, daytime fun for children and their families. Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner. Includes trick-or-treat trail with candy, treats and toys, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, a critter touch zone and the entire zoo!

After making your way through the Trick or Treat Trail, you and the little ones can explore the rest of the zoo including the budgiery where birds fly free, the safari express train ride through our own slice of the Serengeti, hand feeding giraffes or alligators, petting zoo and so much more.

Tickets and a FAQ are available at GBZoo.com/events/boo-at-the-zoo. Book your October vacay today at NavarreListings.com.