Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County is located in Northwest Florida bordering the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Alabama on the north, and Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. 

Okaloosa County was established in 1915 from portions of Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. Okaloosa is possibly derived from Choctaw meaning "water" and Lusa meaning "black" referring to the Blackwater River in Okaloosa County. 

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October 13-14, 2017

Location: Sandestin, Florida

Come out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin for the 10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest featuring American specialty beers from around the nation, more than 200 domestic and international craft beers, brewery representatives offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles and live music.

October 19 - 21, 2018

Location: Niceville, Florida

Welcome to Boggy Country!  What’s our recipe for success?  Start with a savory assortment of food, including tons of tasty mullet.  Add a unique selection of handmade arts and crafts, then throw in thrilling amusement rides and games.  Top it all off with top-notch musical entertainment, and you’ve got one of the most enduring festivals in the Southeast!  It’s three days full of fun for the whole family, and you won’t want to miss a minute!

October 5 - 7, 2018

Location: Destin Harbor, Destin, Florida

3 Days of Entertainment & Fun at the Destin Harbor includes the best local and coastal musician's on the beach on 3 stages featuring Rock, Reggae, Country and tropical music. Enjoy the music and great food at the restaurants and bars throughout the Harbor. 

Okaloosa County School District is headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It has authority 54 schools altogether serving over 30,000 students.

February 16 - 17

Location: Baytowne Wharf, Destin

This two day food extravaganza kicks off with a seafood boil at Hammerheads Bar and Grill on Friday night. Come back the next day to sample tons of amazing gumbo made by local Gulf Coast chefs and vote for your favorite! While you eat you can listen to live music by local artists.

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The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is a large but intimate theatre on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.

The Niceville Public Library is part of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. Library cards are free to all residents of Okaloosa County.

News & Information for the Emerald Coast.

The Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative is made up of 6 libraries in Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville, and Valparaiso. There is also a library lending machine in Baker.

The Valparaiso Community Library is a library in Valparaiso. It is part of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative.

We are a group of home educators that reside in Okaloosa county on Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast. We see childhood as a natural process and as such seek for the most appropriate and natural approaches to raising and teaching our children. 

GCCHEA, a Christian homeschool group, is one of the largest homeschool groups in the area. A large close-knit community of homeschoolers in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties offers an extensive forum and activities planned by the members.