Treat Mom to the Mother of All Weekends in South Walton

Apr 17, 2012, 12:55 ET from Visit South Walton

SOUTH WALTON, Fla., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Instead of traditional cards and flowers for Mother's Day, whisk mom away to South Walton for a weekend of music, golf with celebrities, fabulous art, shopping, dining and world-class beaches. Weekend highlights include the inaugural ANNIKA & Friends at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the 24th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival in Seaside.

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On May 12-13, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort hosts Hall of fame golfer Annika Sorenstam, her celebrity friends and other famous athletes for a one-of-a-kind weekend including a cocktail reception and dinner party with Annika and friends; Annika-led golf clinic; celebrity golf tournament; VIP reception; and, concert headlined by country music sensation Darius Rucker. All proceeds benefit the ANNIKA Foundation, which funds the implementation of SPARK, a physical education program in elementary schools of Northwest Florida and the state.            

If mom is looking for a unique change of pace, visit the 24th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts and Music Festival May 11-13.  Various art fills Seaside's picturesque town center at this free celebration including activities for the entire family.  While mom browses the displays of 130 artists, kids can create a Mother's Day masterpiece at the festival's KidZone.

More than a dozen musicians and bands will perform a variety of genres in the Seaside Amphitheater. Headliner acts include Forrest Williams Band, Blue Ribbon Healers and The Shadowboxers with special guest, Geoff McBride – a recent finalist on NBC's "The Voice." 

On May 11, singers David Ryan Harris and Michelle Malone will headline the festival's inaugural ticketed event, "Songs on the Lawn."

No Mother's Day weekend would be complete without shopping and South Walton offers an abundance of options.  Mom can shop the popular open-air Rosemary Beach West Indies Market, May 12-13, where booths feature paintings, pottery, jewelry and other handcrafted items. If mom's desire includes famous designers, head over to Silver Sands, the nation's largest designer outlet center.

Also treat mom to a wonderful Mother's Day lunch of fresh gulf seafood at one of South Walton's delicious restaurants.  After lunch, relax in your choice of 15 distinct beach neighborhoods. Located along a 26-mile stretch in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses an unparalleled strand of turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches. Learn more at

For more Mother's Day details, view the expanded news release.

SOURCE Visit South Walton