Trade Shows 

Trade shows at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center are a cut above the rest. With its stunning waterside location, modern amenities, exclusive on-site catering, and professional staff, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center is the premier destination for trade shows in the Southeast.

Indoor Space for Trade Shows

Trade show planning and setup has never been easier. The convention center has a convenient loading dock with easy exhibit hall access to ensure your tradeshow will be arranged quickly and smoothly. The 21,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom features an open expanse, column-free design and 24-foot ceilings. The size of the space allows for effortless installation and teardown of booths with ample room for attendees to explore the event. Complimentary use of the pre-function area allows for expansion of your exhibit space.

Outdoor Space for Trade Shows

The convention center is also home to the spacious Bayview Plaza, a 30,000-square-foot outdoor venue overlooking stunning Choctawhatchee Bay. The area is equipped with electricity and water and provides additional space for trade shows that want to take advantage of the fresh Gulf air. The center also features an additional 128,000 square feet of flexible outdoor space for a variety of event needs. 

Plan a Trade Show in Destin-Fort Walton Beach 

Attendees are able to enjoy both beachfront accommodations and an eclectic mix of restaurants within walking distance. For attendees staying farther away from the show, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center can coordinate shuttle service.

Contact us at 850-609-3800 to schedule your next tradeshow. Our team is available to answer questions and offer assistance with unlimited trade show coordination.

Trade Show Features

Room Features
  • 24-foot ceilings for all booth rigging requests
  • Additional meeting rooms ranging from 425 square feet to 1,575 square feet that can be used for booth space
  • Variety of staging and riser options, allowing for stages within booths


Technology Features
  • In-house AV (audio, video, sound, and lighting) to enhance booth displays
  • 100-amp three-phase and separate 200-amp three-phase services available to meet all electrical needs   
  • Muzak™ available to create ambiance in the exhibit hall
  • Ability to provide separate audio systems so various booths/locations within the exhibit hall can have simultaneous presentations  


  • Bar services provided through award-winning ARAMARK to enhance exhibitor booth offerings or provide networking reception opportunities within the exhibit hall
  • Free parking: 600 spaces with access to two additional public parking lots nearby   
  • Parking lot and Bayview Plaza available for exhibitor space allowing for over 60,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space
  • Four-space loading dock   
  • 13-by-14-foot loading dock roll-up doors for load in/setup/teardown   
  • Cool room storage available for food shows
  • Exclusive on-site caterer available for vendor food and beverage giveaways, concessions, and tradeshow receptions   
  • Access to electric and water in the parking lot and Bayview Plaza
  • Trash compactor and 30 yard dumpster
  • Recycling dumpster for single-stream recycling


  • Forklift with driver
  • Reduced pricing available for setup and teardown days  
  • Coordination with additional security, dock masters, dock hands, and janitorial staff
  • Porter service can be arranged to clean booth space, before, during and after the event
  • Display vehicles on the exhibit floor with easy access via a drive-up ramp
  • Multiple outdoor exhibit areas
  • Local exhibitor services companies are available to decrease the cost to exhibitors for drayage, shipping, and more    
  • Coordination with security/EMS/fire to ensure the safety of all attendees

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