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.

Be a part of the 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

It’s not too late to be a part of the 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo!

Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation and sponsored by Okaloosa Gas, the event is entering its seventh year, slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. This fun event offers something for seasoned professionals and amateur anglers alike.

It’s all for a good cause, too. The rodeo benefits Navarre’s Take a Kid Fishing event which teaches children fishing and provides free rod and reel for the kiddos. Hundreds of children participate each year.

The event also offers donations to the Navarre Beach Marine Park, our local conservation park, complete with near shore snorkel reef. Proceeds benefit the Navarre Beach Marine Park entities to include the Marine Sanctuary, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, and the Navarre Beach Science Station.

There will also be free admission on the pier both days of the rodeo during Fish Navarre Weekend. Annual passes to the pier will be sold during the weekend at a 10% discount courtesy of Santa Rosa County.

“The fishing rodeo is the event we look forward to all year long. It is great fun and we are so pleased and excited to have Okaloosa Gas joining us again as the title sponsor. We are proud of all the work they are doing in Navarre,” Foundation president Mike Sandler said.

The rodeo registration fee is $48 and registration. As an added bonus, registrants receive a “Captain’s Bag” filled with gifts from sponsors. Mojo Sportswear Company is partnering with the rodeo for the fourth year by providing a performance fishing shirt valued at $55 that is guaranteed for the first 200 paid participants that register for the rodeo.

Six divisions will highlight the rodeo, including the Navarre Seafood Open Division and the Walmart Kayak Division. Windjammers Junior Division, and the Scooter’s Fish House Offshore Slam, Scooter’s Fish House Inshore Slam, the Sunrise Marine Super Slam and the Invasive Lionfish Division, which requires no registration fee and a list of fish categories.

Bragging rights, trophies and cash prizes are on the line and the competition is open for nine days, starting Sept. 28 with the Lionfish Division.

Fishing can be done from almost anywhere except your local seafood market; fish from the pier, the beach, in the sound, in the bay, or from a boat or kayak. Weigh-ins will take place at Juana’s Pagodas from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. each day. The boundaries are from the Pensacola Pass to the Destin Pass and all points north as long as you are still in Florida.

An opportunity to win a Jackson Kayak Coosa FD will also be among the highlights of the rodeo. Chance drawing tickets for the raffle are $20 per chance or three tickets for $50 if purchased at the same time. There is a “no-purchase” necessary option. Navarre Beach Leaseholders Association is the sponsor of the Kayak Giveaway. Please see www.navarrefishingrodeo.com for details. The kayak is valued at $2,999. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony Oct. 6.

All the rules and details are available at the registration link. Go the event site at NavarreFishingRodeo.com/tickets to learn more. Come stay with us while you reel in some fun, book at NavarreListings.com.

Navarre Properties certified with Vacation Rental Management Association

Improving the quality of your visit is a continued mission of Navarre Properties.

That’s why we are proud to announce that our very own Guest Service Manager Derrick LaMar is now certified by Vacation Rental Management Association, the nationally recognized leader in the industry.

As a certified member, Derrick underwent training designed by leaders in the vacation rental management industry to promote best practices developed throughout the country and world.

He has brought to our team knowledge, expertise and a culture of ensuring your vacation to “Florida’s most relaxing place” is welcoming and memorable.

We pride ourselves on providing beautiful, spacious accommodations with the service and smile to match. This is just the latest addition to that mission.

Here at Navarre Properties, we know your vacation is about more than just a visit to the beach. It’s a break from the chaos of the day-to-day, a chance to reconnect with loved ones and an opportunity to make family memories.

It’s our goal to make your stay the best it can be. Come see for yourself why Navarre Properties and beautiful Navarre Beach continue to be a top-rated by companies like TripAdvisor, USA Today and Visit Florida.

Book your stay at NavarreListings.com.

Beaches to Woodlands is back!

As the season changes, Navarre Beach prepares for Beaches to Woodlands 2019, an annual celebration of the natural beauty and fun activities that make this place paradise.

This is the 16th year of the event, and it has just been growing with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, ghost tours, 5Ks and fun festivals (with yummy food). There is something for everyone to do during this fall festival.

Here’s a list of highlights from the festivities!

 

 

 

  • 19th Annual Navarre Car, Truck and Bike Show and Craft Fair Oct. 12, From cool classics to sleek new models, this car show is perfect for the family motorhead. All for a good cause.

 

  • Boo at The Zoo Trick or Treat Trail 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Children will be able to trick or treat through the Gulf Breeze Zoo and learn about the animals that call it home including giraffe, orangutans, rhinos, tiger, otters and so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

For more info on individual events check out getrelaxing.com/stories/beaches-woodlands-tour-2019-fall/, and book your stay today at NavarreListings.com.

September fun on Navarre Beach

Summer is fading, but the fun’s far from out of season on Navarre Beach. Here are a few fun events going on this month. The highlight will definitely be Juana’s Good Time Regatta. It’s a can’t miss!

 

29th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta

Sept. 6, 7 and 8

Designed for both experienced and novice racers. Open to all sizes of multi-hull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers. Race all weekend with great food and live music at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway. For event information, registration and schedule visit www.juanaspagodas.com/RegattaNews.htm or call 850-939-1092.

 

Sand Dollar Saturday and Local Marketplace

Sept. 7, 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.

 

Bands on the Blackwater

Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 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/.

  • Sept. 13 – Sheandtheits
  • Sept. 20 – Casey Kearney
  • Sept. 27 – Ricky Crook

 

Shell Flower Making Class at Artistry 98

Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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.

 

Shark School at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Sept. 12 and 26, 9 – 10 a.m.

Shark School students will learn about our local gulf coast sharks, shark biology and shark conservation. Students will also enjoy arts and crafts, a shark tooth treasure hunt and early entry into the center. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is located at 8740 Gulf Boulevard in Navarre. For availability and pricing, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

 

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.

  • Sept. 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m. – Turtle
  • Sept. 13, 6:30 – 9 p.m. – Plumeria
  • Sept. 29, 2 – 3:30 p.m. – Family Painting – Pouring

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze

Sept. 21 – Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday

Enjoy a hayride around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a perfect pumpkin. New this year is the Holland Farms Mining Company and tennis ball cannons. Activities include: corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, pedal tractors on racetrack, hill slides, rat racers, sand box, and an eight-acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of homegrown boiled peanuts. Relax on the market porch at the farm. Holland Farms is located at 2055 Homer Holland Road in Milton. For more information, call 850-675-6876 or visit www.HollandFarmsOnline.com.

 

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Sept. 28, 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.

 

And there is more fun in store! Check it out at NavarreListings.com!

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

I’ll admit while our white powdery sands on Navarre Beach are a joy to play in, getting toys down to the beach can be a pain.

Especially if you are trying to fly. First you have to go to the trouble of actually finding them in stores, then get them packed along with all the other items you will need for relaxing.

And when you finally get ready to go down to the shore, the kids have inexplicably managed to lose them. Seriously, how?

Rather than purchase the shovels, buckets, frisbees and more, why not borrow them?

The Navarre Beach Lifeguards has launched the beach toy recycling box program this month, and it is already a huge success.

Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull got the idea for the beachside boxes after seeing a similar program on a beach in Texas.

“There are not a lot of trash cans around. There are also a lot of leftover beach toys that are just getting thrown in the trash. They are still good and made of plastic,” Turnbull said. “I thought it would be good for the environment and just a good nature thing that needed to be done on our beach.”

Whether you are a visitor or just one of the neighbors, you can pull items from the bins to play in the sun on the beach. Use whatever items you would like. Then, you just put your beach toys back in the box at the end of the day, no worries over lugging them back to your condo.

“You pretty much have a toy chest of beach toys here at the beach available to them,” Turnbull said.

The boxes are constructed out of recycled PVC board, which stands up to the wear and tear of the beach climate. The local lifeguards and firefighters constructed and initially stocked the boxes. They bear the logos of the Navarre Beach Lifeguard program, Navarre Beach Fire Rescue and Santa Rosa County, which helped fund the project.

The boxes have been pre-stocked with noodles, shovels, buckets, frisbees and sandcastle-making items. The boxes are self-sustaining with discarded and donated toys collected off the beach.

The first box was placed at the foot of the walkover closest to the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier alongside the wheelchair mobi mat. A total of six bins are being placed along the length of the beach near the edge of the dune line close to designated walkovers.

The boxes complement a similar program created at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center where visitors can borrow beach toys from the center’s Borrow Bin of plastic toys collected during beach cleanups.

These new boxes will be located directly on the beach, providing easier access.

I love this concept not only because it eliminates a lot of the hassle but because it serves an important conservation goal, keeping our beaches beautiful for future generations to enjoy.

The boxes help keep items from impacting wildlife overnight, and it conforms with the beach’s Leave No Trace Ordinance, which prohibits any items being left on the beach after sundown.

Plastic toys can pose a hazard to sea turtle hatchlings attempting to make their way to the water by creating obstacles the tiny turtles must navigate around.

Plastics washed out into the Gulf of Mexico are also hazardous to wildlife. Because plastics last indefinitely in the water, they typically get broken down into smaller pieces referred to as microplastics.

These microplastics can become the size of sesame seeds or even smaller. Fish and other sea life then consume these plastics, unaware they are not food. This can cause marine life to accidentally starve themselves.

By reusing these toys, we can reduce the impacts of plastic on our beach while still getting to have our fun day in the sun! Come check the boxes out at NavarreListings.com.

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

You, dear reader, have a very important decision to make this Saturday.

The nonprofit Starfish Project of Navarre has called foodies of all ages to vote to determine which is the best chicken wing in Navarre as part of the second annual Wing Off in Navarre Park.

For $15, patrons will gain entry to the festivities where 17 teams of chefs will be serving up their best chicken wing recipe in the hopes of gaining favor and one of the three coveted voting tokens given to each visitor.

But it’s not just tasty wings being served up! In addition to the tasty offerings, the event will feature a variety of vendors and live music.

There will also be a Kids’ Zone put together by volunteer students from Navarre High School and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. The area will include bounce houses, activities, Tommy Snowball’s snow cones and more right along the water of Santa Rosa Sound near the playgrounds.

Children under the age of five will have free entry to the event.

As for the wings, visitors who purchase an arm band will be able to sample free of charge. Then they use their tokens to select their favorite.

While there will be official blind judging by a panel for prizes, everyone knows the real trophy is for people’s choice award decided by the tokens. These trophies literally look like chicken wings.

Vote tokens must be submitted by 5:15 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

Starfish Project president Brandi Hook said the friendly competition is all for a good cause and the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds will go to support the nonprofit’s mission of assisting children with special needs.

“It really is just a family fun event for all,” Hook said.

The proceeds will help with purchase of new all-inclusive play equipment for Navarre Park to ensure children of all abilities can play. This equipment will be installed as part of a major remodel coming to Navarre Park and the visitor information center.

The funds will also support Starfish Project’s work to offer needed services to those with disabilities. This includes funding medical equipment as well as speech, physical, occupational and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Want to go?

What: 2nd Annual Wing Off

When: Saturday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Navarre Park,

Who: Benefiting Starfish Project, nonprofit for special-needs children

How much: $15 at event

If you’re in town this weekend and want some tasty fun in the sun, come on out! Book today at NavarreListings.com

Get some Wild Shots at our 50-acre zoo!

It’s Wild Shots time and that means photo fun for all ages and skill levels at one of the best zoos on the Gulf Coast!

Located just west of Navarre Beach, the Gulf Breeze Zoo hosts an annual Wild Shots photo competition, and photographers of all skill levels are invited to take photos of the zoos furry, scaly and feathered residents.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is the award-winning home of more than 800 exotic animals meaning no shortage of Instagram-worthy finds. Here are five of the best places to get a winning shot!

  1. Feeding the giraffes

Up close encounters with giraffes are one of the things Gulf Breeze Zoo is best known for. Our family of giraffe love coming up to meet visitors. During feedings, visitors can offer up treats for these towering creatures, and get the chance to pet them. Still one of my favorite things to do here.

  1. Safari train ride

This train ride offers an excellent photo opportunity with the amazing animals that call Africa home including zebras, gorilla, rhinos, hippos and more. The more natural setting here means the animals are ready for their close-up.

  1. Elusive leopards

While the zoo’s collection of big cats includes lions and tigers, the most prized predator photos is the one that is hardest to get. Clouded leopards, while beautiful, are also hard to see due to their more nocturnal nature. For the best chance to snap a pic, try visiting these guys when they are most active in the late afternoon.

  1. Cheeky otters

Quite possibly the most amusing residents of the zoo, the otters are always ready to strike a pose. They’re goofy and curious of zoo visitors, making for fun photo subjects.

  1. The Budgiery

Prepare to be immersed in the fun when you enter the Budgiery, home to a colorful assortment of budgies. These feathery friends are most fun to photograph with one of the treat sticks on hand. The birds will land on you, on your camera and just about anywhere, making for a variety of cute shots.

There are few basic rules for the contest. Visitors have to obey zoo policies while taking their photos, images must be taken at the zoo and only five photos can be submitted.Categories include youth for ages 2-12 years old, adult and cellphone photos.

Grand Prize winners of the 2018 Wild Shots Photo Contest will be announced on the zoo’s website and through social media.

Each Photo Category (Adult, Youth & Cellphone) will win the following prizes:

1st Place: Zoo Unlimited! Includes 4 Annual Memberships for unlimited visits to the Gulf Breeze Zoo for a full year ($185 value)

2nd Place: Grand Day Out: Includes 4 Day Passes, 4 cups of food (for the critters), 4 budgie sticks, and 4 giraffe feeding experiences ($125 value)

3rd Place: Choose Your Adventure: Includes $75 gift certificate for your choice zoo tickets, animal feed, merchandise…it’s your choice! ($75 value)

Staff Pick: Zookeeper Gift Pack: Includes an official Gulf Breeze Zoo T-shirt, zoo animal plush and souvenir cup ($40 value)

Even if you don’t win, a day at the zoo just exploring with the family is always a win.

The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Visit www.GBZoo.com for event updates, seasonal hours, and more. The Wild Shots contest runs from now to August 31, so book your vacation ASAP at navarrelistings.com.

Peak at the reefs with kayak tours

Want to experience all the wonderful wildlife Navarre Beach’s reefs have to offer but not a big fan of snorkeling or scuba?

Then the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours are right up your alley!

These two person vessels are exactly what they sound like. The bottoms are made of a watertight and transparent material, allowing paddlers to peak right through the surf and into the world below.

The 45-minute tour aims to familiarize locals and tourist alike with the creatures that call the reef home. The paddle is not too strenuous, and the reefs are within sightline of the shore and on duty lifeguards.

Sanctuary foundation leader Mike Sandler acts as one of the reef guides on these tours.

“It’s very similar to having a face mask on and looking through the water,” he said. “As opposed to looking over the side, the clear bottom lets you actually see things on the bottom that you might not normally be able to see.”

Tours are able to spot sea turtles, sting rays, a variety of fish and much more. Dolphins and even sharks frequently come in to see what’s happening on the reef.

August is the last month for these tours with tours scheduled for Aug. 10 and 24.

The tour has groups of 12 loading into kayaks at the new kayak walkover at Sea Oat Pavilion. It cost $25 a person. The tour also includes free admission to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

The tour groups depart at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The kayaks and paddles are provided.

The minimum requirements are:

  •  Ability to swim and expectation to get wet
  •  Life jackets which are provided
  • Ability to paddle the kayak for 45 minutes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and sign waiver
  • Remain in kayak, snorkeling and diving after the tour

According to the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s website, refunds will be given for inclement weather, and it is recommended that groups arrive 20 minutes prior to their tour time.

Time is running out to join in on the fund! Even without the tours, get out and enjoy the reef any time the weather and water conditions are safe by kayak, snorkel or even scuba diving.

Book your vacation today at NavarreListings.com and book your tour spot on EventBrite.com.