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16 May 2023
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30A Vacation Planning

30A is more than just a vacation destination, it’s a community. Throughout the summer, 30A’s beach communities hold daily and weekly events for locals and vacationers to enjoy, as well as main summer eventsHere are our 30A summer event recommendations for your getaway to the Emerald Coast: 

30A Main Summer Events 


July 4th on 30A 

One of the busiest weeks on 30A is of course July 4th weekend, meaning an abundance of events and activities for the family to participate in. You’ll find celebrations of all kinds in each of the beach communities so there is no shortage of fun! Grayton Beach hosts the main 4th of July Parade with locals and travelers going all out with decorations. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the perfect spot for families with young children as you’ll find kid-friendly activities throughout the weekend, along with live music for all to enjoy. To cap off the weekend, the Village presents Independence Fireworks Spectacular over the Lagoon. 

The 20th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin will be held from June 21 – 25, 2023. This world-class sportfishing tournament brings together anglers and fishing enthusiasts from all over. Anglers competing in the event have a shot at winning big-money prizes. And for those onshore, there will be a variety of activities offered at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort as well as The Village of Baytowne Wharf. 

Get your groove on at the annual Gulf Coast Jam, a three-day music festival bringing some of country music’s top artists! This year, Florida Georgia Line will headline the event with Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Hardy, Kane Brown, and many more on the lineup. The event will take place from June 1-4, 2022 in Panama City Beach. 

Perfect Hues: Baytowne Art & Food Fest 

The end of summer is marked by the Baytowne Art & Food Festival.  From September 1st - 3rd, walk through The Village and admire a variety of artwork from local and regional artists. The area’s best restaurants and food trucks will offer tasty bites and there will also be live music for all to enjoy. A stunning firework show over the lagoon will take place on Sunday at 9:30pm. Come out and support local artists! Admission is free and open to the public. 

While these are just some of 30A’s top summer events, there is plenty more to do. Other events include various festivals, weekly farmers’ markets, weekly summer concerts, art shows, and more!  

Plan Your Summer Getaway

Start planning a 30A getaway today by booking a luxury vacation home with Sanders Beach Rentals. Search homes that feature golf carts, private pools, and various other amenities. You are sure to find a home that will make your 30A vacation complete!