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Sandestin Wine Festival
SANDESTIN - The 27th annual Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 18-21 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Events include:
• April 20: Southern Lunch with Paula Deen, sold out.
• April 20: VIP Connoisseur Experience Solaris Cruise at Baytowne Marina from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with top industry names.
• April 21: Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina. Tickets $38.
FORT WALTON BEACH – Rocky Bayou Christian School Fine Arts Department will present the Rogers & Hammerstein’s Enchanted Edition of Cinderella at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at the school the first week in April and will also be available at the door one hour before the show. Call 678-7358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fashion Night Under the Lights
DESTIN - Destin Commons will hold its first “Fashion Night Under the Lights” from 5-8 p.m. April 20 in Center Plaza. Guests will enjoy music by a DJ, prizes, raffles, giveaways, trunk shows and other activities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by several retailers.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. PEYAC is designed to enhance pottery and clay art appreciation and is an opportunity for artists enrolled in a secondary educational institution in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties to compete and show their work. Admission is free.
NICEVILLE – The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Enjoy ceramic arts and vote on a People's Choice Award at the Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum's Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Admission is free. Call 833-9595.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
PANAMA CITY BEACH - The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available at http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/ or call 800-595-4849. Local ticket outlets include The Vacuum Center in Destin and Playground Music Center in Fort Walton Beach.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Musical Echoes 2013, a celebration of Native American culture, art, and music, highlighting the extraordinary Native American flute, continues through 3:30 p.m. April 21 at Fort Walton Landing, 139 Brooks St. The event is free and alcohol-free.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents The Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, a Tribute to the Blues Brothers, from 6-8 p.m. April 24 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• May 1: Bucktown Kickback, 7-9 p.m.
• May 8: Reed Waddle
• May 15: Big Leg Emma
• May 22: Dirty Bourbon River Show
• May 29: Soul Track Mind
Madrigals and Belle Voci
NICEVILLE – The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert April 21 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.
NICEVILLE – The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition April 21-May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Awards reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 21.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
MIRAMAR BEACH -The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. During the Grand Tastings, songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs throughout the day in Town Center. Seminars will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SoWalWine.com.
• Winemakers and Shakers from 4-6 p.m. April 26 at Wine World in Destin
• Vibrant Rioja Exclusive Gran Reserva and Reserva Wine & Food Pairing, 6-9 p.m. April 26 at Grand Park
• VIP Tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Grand Park
• Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting from 1-3 p.m. April 27 at Auction Central
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Culinary Village
• Destin Charity Wine Auction beginning at 3 p.m. April 27 in Auction Central
• After-Party and Concert from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Grand Park
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 28 in Town Center and Culinary Village
AmericanaUnder the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Bryan Kennedy performs at 6 p.m. April 25 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• May 2: Jerry Mincey
• May 9: Lucky Mud
• May 16: Grant Peeples
• May 23: Rebekah Pulley
• May 30: Bob Patterson
• June 6: James Hawkins
• June 13: Lucky Mud
• June 20: Kelly Hundley
• June 27: Jackson Creek/ Dunn Deal
• July 4: Lucky Mud
• July 11: Brian Smalley
Call to artists/crafters/performers
DESTIN – The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and HarborWalk Village announce a call for artists, crafters and performers for the Sixth Annual Family Fun Arts Fest, which will be held May 18-19 at HarborWalk Village. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for a vendor application or more information.
Spring Fling Concerts
ROSEMARY BEACH - Enjoy live music on the lawn with Dangermuffin from 6-8 p.m. April 25 at North Barrett Square.
• May 2: The Giving Tree Band
• May 9: Humming House
• May 16: Luella and the Sun
NICEVILLE – The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. April 26 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Baseball historian Scott Brown presents "Baseball in Pensacola" at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, as part of the Then and Now Lecture Series. Baseball has become passionately entrenched within citizens and athletes and is the game of Pensacola. Lecture is free; all seats on a first come first serve basis. Doors open 20 minutes before lecture.
Great Mission Kitchen Makeover
DESTIN - Enjoy food, entertainment and the opportunity to bid and win in silent and live auctions to benefit the Waterfront Rescue Mission of Fort Walton Beach/Destin from 5-8 p.m. April 27 at The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center. Items include guitars autographed by The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffett, memorabilia autographed by Frank Sinatra and others, a NASCAR “Racing Experience” for two, and a trip for two to Paris. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 796-0700 or visit www.palmsofdestin.com.
Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble Concert
NICEVILLE – The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater, as seen on America's Got Talent, in Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/child; children 12 and under are free. Call 664-7787.
Burning Up The Beaches
OKALOOSA ISLAND - Burning Up The Beaches, the car cruising and car show event that debuted on the Emerald Coast in 2011, returns May 3-5 at the Boardwalk. Hundreds of car enthusiasts will be bringing their rides to participate in this unique event. The 2013 version features two days of cruising stops up and down the Emerald Coast. Each stop will have its own unique festivities and events for participants. The car show takes place May 4 with judging, bounce houses, unique valve cover races, and the High Roller BMX Stunt Show. To register a vehicle in car show and/or cruising event, call 376-1037 or visit www.BurningUpTheBeaches.com. All proceeds will benefit Horizons of Okaloosa County.
DESTIN - Join the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge from 2-4 p.m. May 4 for an exclusive, private dolphin cruise aboard the Southern Star Glass Bottom Boat. Boarding begins at 1:45 p.m. Enjoy the views of Destin's harbor while looking for dolphins and other local wildlife. Partake in food, drink, wine and beer while Derek Givans performs. All proceeds aid the mission of education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida's natural fauna. Tickets are $30/adults and $15/children under 10 years of age and can be purchased at the refuge or online at https://www.facebook.com/emeraldcoastwildliferefuge/app_208195102528120. Call 650-1880.
SANDESTIN - Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy, will sign Waterford Crystal pieces from 12-3:30 p.m. May 4 at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Presales are being taken by phone at 276-7346 or in person.
OKALOOSA ISLAND - The inaugural Island Life Social Club Gumbo Cook-Off will be held from 2-6 p.m. May 4 at Fudpucker's. Admission is $10, and includes gumbo tasting, food and drink specials, contest vote, live music and silent auction. The gumbo team entry fee is $25. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Visit www.IslandLifeSocialClub.com.
Cinco de Mayo Fest
DESTIN – A vibrant celebration of Latin music, food, dance, and more begins at noon May 5 at HarborWalk Village. Kids will enjoy activities and crafts.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus will present This is My Country, a musical journey across the United States, at 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. May 19 at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Auditorium. Tickets, $12/adults, $10/seniors over 60, and $8/children under 12, are available at Alphy’s Catfish House in Navarre; Connect with Flowers in Shalimar; FNBT.COM branches in Destin and Niceville; P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach; Eglin ITT Office; and the Hurlburt Field Office. Call 543-5298.
Little Black Dress Party
OKALOOSA ISLAND – The Fourth Annual Little Black Dress Party will be held May 18 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center to raise money for local charities to help raise awareness and education of the importance of preventive health and early detection. For tickets, visit www.FWBLittleBlackDressParty.com.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club presents the Deputy Skip York Memorial Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center Poker Run on May 18. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Cycles Harley Davidson, 788 North Beal Parkway. Cost is $20/rider and $25 with passenger and includes lunch and music after the ride. Call 612-0261 or email email@example.com.
Family Fun Arts Fest
DESTIN – The Sixth Annual Okaloosa Arts Alliance Family Fun Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 and 19 at HarborWalk Village. The annual event features dozens of local artisans and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music and art performances, free family activities, hands on art projects, educational animal presentations and exhibits, face painting and street performances. A silent auction will help raise funds for OAA and Okaloosa County School Poster contest entries will be on display.