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Digital Graffiti Announces 2018 Dates!

Mark your calendars! Digital Graffiti returns to Alys Beach for its 11th annual festival of lights, sound, and movement Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. Stay tuned to the blog here at for news, artists’ updates, and the announcement of ticket sales.

Still relishing this year’s fest? We are, too—especially with this gorgeous wrap-up video of the 10th annual celebration.


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2017 Aurora Awards – Alys Beach Construction

On Friday, July 28th, Alys Beach Construction was honored with six awards from the Aurora Awards, including the Golden Aurora for best overall Community Design.

Hosted by the Southeast Building Conference and currently in its 36th year, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers, and other housing-related professionals. Residential and Commercial construction professionals actively involved in projects are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the Eastern Caribbean.

Featuring 55 categories, the Aurora Awards encompass all facets of the residential, commercial, and remodeling industries. From overall design to sustainability, the awards program offers categories for each participant in the construction industry.

In addition to the Golden Aurora, Alys Beach is proud to have received both Silver and Grand honors in the following categories:


Grand Aurora, Best Custom Home – 6,000 to 8,000 square feet


Silver Aurora, Best Multi-Family Housing Community


Silver Aurora, Best Single-Family Detached Home – 2,500 to 2,999 square feet


Grand Aurora, Best Single-Family Detached Home – 3,000 to 3,499 square feet


Grand Aurora, Best Single-Family Detached Home – 3,500 to 3,999 square feet


Alys Beach looks forward to submitting these entries for consideration into The Nationals – a sales, marketing, and design competition to be held on January 9th, 2018.

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6th Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run


The family-friendly races benefiting Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center take place Sunday, Sept. 3

Runners and families gather in Alys Beach for the Sixth Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on the Sunday before Labor Day, September 3, 2017. The certified 5K starts at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre and winds through the Gulf-side community and nature trail. Following the 5K, the 1 Mile Fun Run for children ages 12 and younger kicks off. After the races, runners can gather in the Amphitheatre for the awards presentation at 9 a.m., followed by music from DJ Shane of Rock The House, a giant bounce house, and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), a non-profit organization that providesservices to treat and support children in abusive situations. For more information and to register, please visit

WHEN: Sunday, September 3, 2017
Certified 5K starts at 7 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run starts at 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Alys Amphitheatre at Alys Beach
E. County Hwy 30A and Somerset Street
Alys Beach, Florida 32413

COST: Before Sunday, Aug. 27: 5K $35, 1 Mile Fun Run $15
Monday, Aug. 28-Friday, Sept. 1: 5K $50, 1 Mile Fun Run $25
Any remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Fonville Press during packet pick-up. Runners can receive a complimentary t-shirt at registration; limited quantity.


The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), a non-profit organization, provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations. ECCAC helps prevent child abuse through education, protects child victims from future abuse, and provides resources at no cost to restore the lives of the impacted child and the child’s family. The non-profit organization is located in Niceville, FL, with a second center, the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center, in DeFuniak Springs, FL. ECCAC serves Okaloosa and Walton counties in Northwest Florida and houses representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Protection Team, State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, and licensed mental health counselors. For more information or to support the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, please visit If you suspect abuse, call the Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE.

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4th of July Concert 2017

Get ready to celebrate Independence Day at Alys Beach with a bang! On Tuesday, July 4th from 6-9 p.m., join us for the commemorative 4th of July Concert at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Music will be performed by The Bucktown All-Stars, and the fireworks show will follow. Admission is free, and don’t forget your blankets or chairs!

Food from Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for purchase, such as freshly baked pizza pies, watermelon salad with mint and Georgia olive oil, and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches topped with creamy slaw and B&B pickles. In addition, you can purchase wine, beer, and cocktails, including the Watermelon Agua Fresca with choice of spirit, at the bar. Make sure to check out more of the 4th of July specialties below.

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Digital Graffiti 2017 Winners Announced

The 10th annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach came to the finale on Sunday, May 21, 2017, and announced “Liquid Love” by Kameron Neal of Brooklyn, NY, as “Best of Show” (click over to our Instagram for the video). The projection art festival sponsored by Christie welcomed artists from around the world to Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County to showcase original digital artwork on the stark white walls of Alys Beach’s homes.

“Digital Graffiti is a surreal opportunity for artists to use their voices and experiences to challenge the pure white architecture of Alys Beach,” Neal says. “I’m honored to have participated in its 10th year and hope that Digital Graffiti can continue to foster artists’ growth for many more.”

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Sinfonia Goes Pops at Alys Beach 2017

Come bring your blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy an evening of orchestral sounds by Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the Alys Beach palm trees Sunday, May 28th. Taking place at the Alys Amphitheatre, music begins at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

Tasty food and beverages will be available to purchase at the event. Don’t forget your seating! For more information, call 850-269-7129 or visit Facebook.


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Purchase your tickets to the Digital Graffiti Festival today!

Presented by the Alys Foundation and sponsored by Christie, Digital Graffiti at
Alys Beach is an innovative and dynamic event that celebrates the intersection of projection art and architecture. During the three-day event, artists from around the world display their original digital art upon the iconic stark-white walls of Alys Beach, transforming the seaside town into a vibrant canvas of light. The 10th annual festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms connect with architecture to create unexpected and wondrous experiences.
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Digital Graffiti 2017 Schedule

Friday, May 19

Illuminate: Celebrating the 10th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival

8 – 11pm

The sun goes down, and the lights come up as Digital Graffiti kicks off its 10th annual festival at Alys Beach on Friday evening. Featuring our 2017 projection art installations and food trucks and vendors along the festival footprint, this opening night street party winds through Alys Beach all the way to Caliza restaurant – where attendees will be greeted with music, Ă  la carte food and drink options, and fun for the whole family. Tune into the official Digital Graffiti app for a self-guided Curator’s Tour from Brett Phares to learn more about this year’s entries. This event is open to all ages.

Saturday, May 20

VIE presents Digital Graffiti’s Ten-Year Artist Retrospective Gallery

6 – 8pm

Join us as we pay homage to all of the past Best of Show winners and to hear the announcement of this year’s winners of Best of Show, Curator’s Choice, and Honorable Mentions. Stroll through the newly renovated Fonville Press, which will be transformed into a digital art gallery. Giveaways, music, artists, special guests, and food and drink available from Fonville Press creates a gallery vibe — a great warm-up act for the main event!


8 – 11pm

Saturday evening of Digital Graffiti is an all-inclusive food and drink experience, with stops along the festival’s path featuring samples by local and regional chefs, winemakers, distillers, and breweries. The evening culminates with desserts, spirits, and casual discussions of art around the pool at Caliza restaurant, which will showcase additional artwork. This event is 21+.

As Digital Graffiti continues to evolve, we are focusing this event on celebrating all of the incredible participating artists from around the globe. In place of a poolside dance party this year, please join us for digital art, culinary favorites, craft beer, and cocktails, and end up at Caliza Pool with sweets, bubbles, and a down-tempo vibe, perfect for discussing art, architecture, and technology.

Sunday, May 21

DG Brunch

11am – 1pm

Cheers to another Digital Graffiti Festival in the books. The closing event of the 10th annual event invites attendees to enjoy a spread of brunch fare and mimosas at Arboleda Park.


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Tickets now available for 30A Wine Festival 2017

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Swirl, Sip, Nosh, Repeat

Join us for the sixth annual 30A Wine Festival, hosted by the Alys Foundation, on Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12, 2017. Cleanse your palate and prepare for four days of sensational wines, delectable dishes, and beautiful surroundings. Tickets are on sale now!

Extend Your Stay at Alys

Ticket holders staying on property for three nights during the festival have the exclusive opportunity to receive a fourth night free and a $25 gift card to Fonville Press. For more information, please contact

In Pott We Trust Wine Dinner

We’re kicking off the 2017 festival with a special wine dinner featuring Aaron Pott of Pott Wines. Held in the gorgeous Red Loggia at Caliza Pool, join us for a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak and select wine pairings from Pott Wines. Seats are $250 per person and must be purchased with a festival weekend pass. Space is limited.

Purchase festival tickets here!


2017 30A Wine Festival Schedule:

Thursday, March 9

In Pott We Trust Wine Dinner — SOLD OUT!

6 to 9 p.m.

Red Loggia at Caliza Pool

Friday, March 10

Sip ‘n Slide

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Central Park

Bourbon, Beer, & Butts

6 to 9 p.m.

Kelly Green

Saturday, March 11

Wine Seminars

1 to 3:30 p.m.

Central Park

Grand Tasting

3:30 to 7 p.m.

Kelly Green

Sunday, March 12

Rose & Croquet

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kelly Green

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Third Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach

The 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival, a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites, returns to Alys Beach, March 7-9, 2014.   This newly expanded three-day event features a Friday night gathering, “Bourbon, Beer, & Butts,” Saturday wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, a band party at nightfall, and Sunday’s exclusive event, “Pork and Pinot,” complete with croquet tournament. (Appropriate croquet attire encouraged.)

Limited tickets are available for this event. Weekend tickets are $300 per person, and the proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

With something for everyone, the celebration begins on Friday night with “Bourbon, Beer, & Butts,” featuring music by GRAMMY award-winning musician, Sam Bush, and local favorites, Boukou Groove, and Dread Clampitt.  Guests will enjoy barbeque by Barefoot BBQ and Charlie’s Donut Truck, beer from Grayton Beer Company, Oyster City Brewing Company and Sweetwater Brewing Company, and swanky bourbon selections from Four Roses, Junior’s Midnight Moon, Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon, and other spirit distillers.   Guests may purchase a stand alone ticket for this evening event for $50 per person.

On Saturday, the festival opens with afternoon wine seminars in the Red Loggia at Caliza Pool.  Join vintners from Broadbent Selections, Domaine Serene, and Mario Perelli-Minetti for tasting sessions with flair.   Esteemed seminar guides will share a unique experience with guests, as they lead in-depth specialty and boutique wine tastings with behind-the-scenes insights and knowledge.  Seminars will be followed by a walkabout and grand tasting through the beautiful pedestrian paths of Alys Beach, featuring more than 150 wines with food pairings from Acre, Bud and Alley’s, Caliza Restaurant, and Seagar’s.

At nightfall, the day’s festivities finish with more wine and dancing at Central Park.  With music by Cadillac Willy, this party will be the perfect ending to a day of refined indulging.  Guests may purchase a stand alone ticket for Saturday’s events for $200 per person.

A weekend festival would not be complete without Sunday brunch.  Available only to weekend ticket holders, Sunday’s “Pork and Pinot” event is yet another opportunity to sample delicious plates from Café Thirty-A paired with selected Pinots, as well as a Bloody Mary bar.   Brunch is followed by a croquet tournament on Kelly Green overlooking the Gulf where guests will revel in stunning coastal views, a leisurely sporting event, and more libations, all while raising money for Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

“The support of community leaders like Alys Beach helps us to continue to provide access to medical, dental, vision and mental health  services for children, while raising awareness about the need for adequate healthcare for uninsured and underinsured kids from low-income families,” says Zach Billingsley, CVHN Executive Director.  “We are so pleased to partner once again with Alys Beach for what is sure to be the best 30A Wine Festival yet.”

For more information about the 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival and tickets, please visit

About Alys Beach
One of the most beautiful coastal towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle, along what The New York Times said “may be the best beach in the continental U.S.” The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be include 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified…for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, please call 866-481-8387 or visit

About Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN)
Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc., HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2005 in response to Walton and Okaloosa County’s large population of low income families who are unable to access high quality health services due to the unavailability (or inadequacy) of insurance. CVHN seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured school-aged children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental, vision and mental health services by utilizing a network of over 95 local physicians, dentists and healthcare providers. CVHN also operates the ‘Just for Grins’ Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and the CVHN Dental Clinic located in Santa Rosa Beach. Since inception, CVHN has facilitated more than 42,000 procedures for over 7,000 local children. The value of these services is over $3 million dollars which were provided free to families in need. For more information, call 850.622.3200 or visit


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