Events & Festivals

Event offers “New Leash on Love” for homeless pets

Event offers “New Leash on Love” for homeless pets

Local animal rescues are teaming up to offer family’s a chance to come out and meet their new furry family member Nov. 16 at A New Leash on Love at Bagdad Mill Site Park. The fall adoption event extravaganza is hosted by Santa Rosa County animal rescue group A HOPE, in partnership with 400 Paws, […]

Halloween gets wild at Boo at the Zoo

Halloween gets wild at Boo at the Zoo

Children of all ages had a wild Halloween this month at the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration at Gulf Breeze Zoo. A variety of vendors set up booths along a trick or treat trail through the Zoo’s many animal exhibits each weekend in October.   Read the full article in the Oct. 31 issue […]

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Halloween festivities may be able to cause consumers to jump with fright, but the spooky holiday has failed to elicit as much reaction in the retail sector this year. Spending on costumes, candy and creepy décor have largely remained flat for 2019, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey. Read the full article […]

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Ghosts and ghouls were waiting in the beach wake Saturday during Science Spooktacular, an annual marine-inspired Halloween celebration at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. The station’s dual enrollment students led visitors in a variety of experiments and activities with a creepy theme including creating oozing pumpkins, piloting underwater remotely operated vehicles, exploring touch tanks, pressure […]

Fireman’s Challenge pushes the limit for Pink Pirates

Fireman’s Challenge pushes the limit for Pink Pirates

Local men and women took on the physical tests for being a firefighter Sunday on the beach as part of the annual Navarre Beach Fireman’s Challenge. The challenge is an annual fundraiser to support the Pink Pirates of Navarre, an organization dedicated to the local fight against breast cancer. Sign ups for the contest set […]

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze  Through Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday 2055 Homer Holland Rd. Milton www.HollandFarmsOnline.com Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf Through Nov. 3, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 6270 Oglesby Rd. in Milton […]

Pink Pirates 5K

Pink Pirates 5K

The Pink Pirates Save A Rack 5K event took place last Saturday on Navarre Beach.   Walkers Overall female- Judee Studer, 59, 39:04 Overall male- Joseph Hill, 57, 38:23 Runners Female runners age 1-20 First- Brianna Sanchez, 20, 26:57 Second- Morgan Hill, 16, 27:38 Third- Paige Nutting, 11, 28:39 Male runners age 1-20 First- Roman Sanchez, 16, 23:09 Second- […]

Peanut Festival celebrates 30 years

Peanut Festival celebrates 30 years

In a celebration of agriculture and community, hundreds of people gather each October at Gabbert Farm in the town of Jay for the annual Peanut Festival. Oct. 5-6 was the 30th rendition of the event. Peanuts are a significant part of Santa Rosa County culture, especially in the rural town of Jay. Agriculture, largely based in the […]

2019 Taste of Gulf Breeze results

2019 Taste of Gulf Breeze results

Local businesses showed of their culinary prowess in competition Oct. 4 during the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Taste of Gulf Breeze.   Restaurant Division: Best Appetizer: Dickey’s BBQ Pit Best Beverage: 200 S. Palafox Best Dessert: Broussard’s Bayou Grill   Specialty Division: Best Appetizer: The Arbors of Gulf Breeze Best Beverage: […]

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

A long line of runners and walkers barreled down Gulf Boulevard Saturday during the Run for the Reef 5K and 10K races. Overcast skies and a slight breeze took the edge off a warm morning for a race. Two of the four first-place honors went to out-of-towners. Specifically, 13-year-old Zoe Garcia took the women’s 5K overall award back […]

Caring and Sharing 2019 Chili Cook-off

Caring and Sharing 2019 Chili Cook-off

Caring and Sharing Chili Cook-off Awards 2019   Salsa: First place, Buckle and Croi (Khree); Second place, Kelly’s Demented Fermented; Third place, Ray Yantch Bean There Farted That: First place, Tracey; Second place, Calhoun Cookers; Third place, Aaron Willis Carnivore Amore: First place, Team Chi Leigh; Second place, Johnny; Third place, The Wanna Beans Double […]

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Saturday as folks took a break from fishing to sample the brew during Oktoberfest. While the brews were pouring, anglers were also weighing in their catch for the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo.           A variety of regional breweries offered samples of their drinks at […]

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Children had an opportunity to learn about fishing with free rods and reels on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 10th annual Take a Kid Fishing event.   Jojo Steward, 6, catches her first fish ever. “It felt squishy,” she said. “It was fun to reel it in, but it […]

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Navarre’s first craft brewery served up beer, pretzels and bratwurst Saturday at the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Ye Olde Brothers held the event on their lawn.   Ryann Fleck invited her friend Brandi Elsinghorst from Niceville to take part if the Bavarian-themed fun.             Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge raffled off opportunities […]

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

The first official day of autumn has passed, meaning Beaches to Woodlands has returned in Santa Rosa County. This is the 16th year for the event, and County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said the festival is back strong as ever with a diverse sampling of fun options from across the county.   Read the […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]

Good Time Regatta

Good Time Regatta

Juana Good Time Regatta 2019 Trophy Winners Cruisers: 1st           Steve and Conner Rudzki and Crew “Cat’s Away” Gemini 105MC 2nd          Ken Schneider and Crew “Missing Oar” Gemini 3200 3rd           Gary and Derek Nelms “Piano Tuna” Gemini 3200 Hobie 16: 1st           Mark Bachman and Mike Pederson 2nd          Mark Caraher – Single Handed 3rd           Jane and Jerome […]

Wing Off raises $25,000 for special needs families

Wing Off raises $25,000 for special needs families

Attendance doubled to more than 1,000 patrons Saturday for Navarre’s second annual Wing Off, Starfish Project’s annual competitive chicken wing fest in Navarre Park. The Wing Off is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser for the year to support families of children with special needs.   Read the full article in the Aug. 29 issue of Navarre […]

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

The Starfish Project of Navarre has tasked the public with an important decision. Saturday. The nonprofit organization will be calling on 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.   Read the full article in the […]

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes is coming to Navarre Beach next year. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) supported a grant of nearly $5,000 Aug. 1 for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host the event.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Celebrating the nation’s independence

Fireworks lit up the night, children paraded their patriotism and live music got folks dancing during the Hometown July 4th celebration on Navarre Beach, hosted by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The professional fireworks display was coordinated with the Tourist Development Council.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of […]

Fourth of July events

Fourth of July events

Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration Everyone is invited to join the Navarre Chamber and Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office for the Navarre Beach Hometown fourth of July Parade & Celebration. Children’s parade will be held at 6 p.m. Live music will take place at the Sand Crab Pavilion at 7 p.m. The […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

As the country celebrates the 243rd anniversary of our founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence, Navarre Beach will be featuring some special celebrations. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting the second annual Hometown 4th of July Parade and Celebration on Navarre Beach co-hosted by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office July […]

Weather doesn’t defeat purpose of fishing rodeo

Weather doesn’t defeat purpose of fishing rodeo

Rain has rolled in and out of the area several times and the water in Santa Rosa Sound is a little rough, creating conditions that aren’t the most ideal for fishing. The sun, however, is just beginning to fight through and provides hope on this Saturday afternoon in June that the rest of the weekend […]

Family, giving back at heart of SERTOMA fishing rodeo

Family, giving back at heart of SERTOMA fishing rodeo

Fishing is certainly a focal point of the SERTOMA Family Fishing Rodeo, but it’s not the only one. It’s also about giving back to the community and about family as well. Both are at the heart of the event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at South Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze.   Read the […]

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

Tunes by the Dunes kicks off Thursday

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 12th annual free summer concert series Thursday, May 30 at the Navarre Beach Park’s Sand Crab Pavilion, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Co-hosted by the Okaloosa Gas District, Navarre Press, Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, 87 Garage and the Navarre […]

Sunset Stampede 5K avoids storm

Sunset Stampede 5K avoids storm

Although the race director was considering cancelling Saturday’s 11th annual Sunset Stampede 5-kilometer run, the storm clouds made a quick departure and left cool temperatures in its wake. More than 220 runners and walkers headed west down Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach on a 3.1-mile trek. Read the full article in the May 9 issue […]

Temple celebrates Asian culture

Temple celebrates Asian culture

Drumming and song filled the air outside the Wat Florida Buddharam in Navarre Sunday as Yong O’Day leads the Moo Gul Hwa Korean jongu drummers. The performance was part of the Thai Food Festival at the only Buddhist temple in the region. As seen in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

Demolition trucks, fire engines, school buses, Hurlburt Special Tactics vehicles and more were on hand at the Navarre High School Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday. Click here to view photos from this event.                                             As […]

It’s Earth Day Every Day

It’s Earth Day Every Day

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center celebrated Earth Day Every Day last week, a free festival showcasing critters and conservation. Rick O’Conner of UF/IFAS Sea Grant program brought two terrapins, Ozzie and Shelly, to teach local children about native species.           A yellow foot tortoise greets visitors at the Animal […]

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