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  • Writer's pictureKira Moraca

Fall 2021 (Sept.-Dec.)

It was a hot Summer ☀️ here on the Emerald Coast!

It may officially be Autumn now, but we won't see fallen leaves and pumpkins until October or November.

Video of the Gulf of Mexico taken from Topsail State Park

We should mention we are still battling COVID-19 here, but most restaurants are open and some events are still on. Read on for more info and ideas!

What to do in Destin

Although the Seafood Festival is canceled again due to COVID-19, there are a variety of other events over the next couple months. Most of these events are outdoors, but social distancing is still recommended. Masks are recommended by the CDC whether vaccinated or not when indoors.

Reel Local Rodeo Kick-Off Party

A.J.'s on the Destin Harbor is hosting the annual Rodeo Kick-Off party at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 29th.

73rd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

The Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place October 1-31st, 10:00 am-7:00 pm everyday. Rewind is registered and we will be running trips throughout the month of October. Follow the link to the Rodeo website for more information.

Harbor Fest

Harbor Fest takes place October 1st (4:00-10:00 pm), 2nd (11:00 am-10:00 pm), and 3rd (11:00 am-6:00 pm). Celebrate the local heritage of Destin all weekend with fresh seafood, artisans, and live music on the Destin Harbor! Enjoy Fireworks on Saturday at 9:00pm.

2021 Destin Rodeo 5K Run

The annual 5K takes place Sunday, Oct 3rd. It is $25 to join; go to the Rodeo website for more information and registration.

Rocktober Concert Series

Rock out to a free concert at 7:00pm on the Main Stage Saturdays in October. End the night with Fireworks over the Destin Harbor at 9:00pm!

Sinfonia This is Halloween Concert

Sinfonia Youth Orchestra presents, “This is Halloween” at 6:00 pm on October 28th on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village.

Spooktacular Nights Boos & Booze Bingo: Pub Crawl & Concert
-October 29th-

Make a donation to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and receive a Bingo Card featuring Shocking Drink Specials! Complete your Bingo Card for a chance to win Spooktacular Door Prizes.

Boos & Booze Bingo | 6:30pm

Tyler Livingston & The Absolutes | 7:00-9:00pm

Spooktacular Door Prize Drawings | 9:30pm

Adult Costume Contest at Coyote Ugly | 10:00pm

Family Friendly Trick-or-Treating
-October 30th-

Trick-or-Treating on the Destin Harbor at 6:00 pm; costume registration at 5:00 pm


Thanksgiving falls on November 25th this year. The Rewind crew hopes you have a wonderful holiday celebrating with friends and family. If you're in-town and looking to eat out, check out this article.

Polar Express Movie Night at Baytowne Wharf

We watch this movie every year in the Rewind household! Drive to Baytowne on Friday, November 26th to see the movie at 6:00 pm.

City of Destin Christmas Parade

The annual parade takes place Saturday, December 11th this year. The route is Highway 98 from Main St to Stahlman Ave.

Destin Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade and Fireworks

The Boat parade takes place on Sunday, December 12th at 6:00 pm. Rewind has not registered yet, but we plan to enjoy the lights as usual.

As you can see there are plenty of things to do in the area over the next three months!

Fall Fishing

Fishing out of Destin during the fall is all about the Destin Fishing Rodeo. For the history, check out this throwback, Rewind's first Rodeo. Rewind will be fishing for anything that can be entered in the tournament. Captain Reid's favorite trips are deep drop.

Give him a call at 850-797-7678 to book your Rodeo trip!

Fall Recipe

Baked Fish served with Pumpkin Risotto

If you're in the mood for Fall flavors, we recommend pairing your favorite baked fish recipe with this delicious pumpkin risotto.

Ingredients for the risotto:

4 cups vegetable stock

2 cups raw spinach

1 1/2 cups brown rice

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 minced clove garlic

1 shallot minced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground ginger

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees to bake your fish of choice. In a medium-size saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring continuously, just until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the uncooked rice and continue to stir, to coat the rice with the oil. Add the white wine and continue cooking, stirring often, until it has been absorbed by the rice. Pour in enough stock to cover the rice completely, about 3 cups, and continue to cook, stirring often, until all the liquid is absorbed. Pour in 1 cup of the remaining stock and stir and cook until it has been absorbed. Stirring, until the rice is tender but still chewy, and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Meanwhile, bake your fish on a greased pan at 350 degrees until flaky. Stir in the pumpkin puree, and spinach into the risotto and reduce the heat to very low so that the rice doesn’t simmer anymore. Stir in the Parmesan, ginger, and butter to give the risotto a nice, creamy finish. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy your Fall meal!

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