Destin-Fort Walton Performance Space

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center is proud to host dozens of art and cultural performances every year. With a beautiful bayside location, our facility features 24-foot ceilings, soaring acoustics, as well as modern amenities and features.

Indoor Performance Space

Our 21,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom features column-free design which allows for unobstructed views. The Grand Ballroom seats more than 2,000 guests for a full range of performances from orchestras and choirs to theater and dance companies.

Ample pre-function space allows for merchandise sales, and multiple outdoor terraces allow guests the chance to step outside for fresh air during intermissions. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center also includes eight smaller rooms, ranging from 425 to 1,575 square feet, which may be configured to meet your needs.

Outdoor Performance Space

Want to take your show outside and perform near Choctawhatchee Bay? The Center is also home to Bayview Plaza, a sprawling 30,000-square-foot outdoor venue, perfect for outdoor performances. The area is equipped with access to electricity and water, and all or part is available for tenting. The center also features an additional 128,000 square feet of flexible outdoor space for a variety of event needs.

Plan Your Performing Arts Event Today

Our expert team of professionals will help make your performance a success: from our exclusive in-house AV team to our crew of hospitality specialists, you will feel like a VIP when performing at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center.

Contact our team at 850-609-3800 to schedule your next performance. Our team is available to answer questions and offer assistance with unlimited performance event coordination.

Performance Features

Room Features
  • Bayview Plaza available for outdoor concerts/performances
  • Pre-function foyer space
  • Choral risers
  • 24-foot ceilings for rigging props and backdrops
  • Column-free ballroom
  • Graduated stadium-style seating available
  • Variety of staging options
  • Smaller meeting rooms for green rooms, VIP meet and greet, and hospitality
Technology Features
  • 100-amp three-phase and separate 200-amp three-phase services available to provide separate feeds for audio and lighting
  • Live video feed projects the performance to the crowd
  • Custom lighting packages available
  • Hanging and floor choral mics
  • Clear com connections available for lighting and audio technicians
  • Variety of wireless microphones for easy mobility during performance
  • On-site AV, rigging, and production technicians
  • Custom logo projection available


  • Hearing-impaired devices and wheelchair seating
  • Exclusive in-house caterer to assist with all rider, green room, concession, and dressing room requirements
  • Dressing rooms complete with restrooms, and shower facilities
  • Clothing racks for costume changes
  • Secure loading dock area to stage performers' buses
  • Private, secure entrance for entertainers


  • Black or cream theatrical pipe and drape
  • Local labor pool to assist with staffing
  • Follow spotlights with operators
  • Security coordinator can arrange for additional security needs for dressing rooms, VIPs, and more
  • Coordination with security/EMS/fire to ensure the safety of all attendees and performers

Complimentary Amenities, Equipment + Services

The following are provided free of charge with all meeting room rentals.

On-Site Convention Center Amenities, Equipment and Services
  • On-site event coordinator and support staff
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Parking including covered and open-air with elevator access
  • Directional signage
  • Two (2) dressed tables
  • Tables and chairs for event set (not including vendor/trade show tables)
  • 8-by-16-foot riser
  • PA package to include one microphone, one mixer, and a house sound patch


Event Planning Services
  • Complete pre-event planning and coordination
  • Assistance selecting area accommodations
  • Room setup diagrams
  • Unlimited client coordination meetings


Advertising Services
  • Marquee
  • Internal signs
  • Website calendar and corresponding social media post