Area codes are 850 unless noted.
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.
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 4-5 at the Boardwalk. 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.
Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil
MIRAMAR BEACH - Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will host a Louisiana Crawfish Boil from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at Publix at Grand Boulevard. Kids meals will be available. Dine in or carry out. One box is $12, four boxes are $40.
Cinco de Mayo
SANDESTIN - Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican Food at Grand Boulevard will host its fifth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-11 p.m. May 4. Heritage will perform and Fusion Art Glass will exhibit the art of glass blowing. Call 654-5649.
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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Reed Waddle from 7-9 p.m. May 8 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• May 15: Big Leg Emma
• May 22: Dirty Bourbon River Show
• May 29: Soul Track Mind
Concerts in the Village
DESTIN - The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th Annual Concerts in the Village presents Michael Stacey Band at 7 p.m. May 9 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village Dugas Pavilion. Admission is $8/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.
Scheduled performers include:
• May 16, Ron Adams “Reflections”
• May 23, China Grove, a Tribute Band to the Doobie Brothers
• May 30, Déjà Vu
• June 6: The Mike Veal Band
• June 13: The Craig Woolard Band
• June 20, Heritage
• June 27: Alter Eagles, A Tribute Band to The Eagles
• July 3: David Seering, An American Patriotic Tribute
Spring Fling Concerts
ROSEMARY BEACH - Enjoy live music on the lawn with Humming House from 6-8 p.m. May 9 at North Barrett Square.
• May 16: Luella and the Sun
Americana Under the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Lucky Mud performs at 6 p.m. May 9 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• 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
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.
SANDESTIN - A sunset cruise on the Solaris to benefit Billy Gray Ministries departs at 6 p.m. May 22 at Baytowne Marina. Board at 5:45 p.m. Attire is resort casual. Cost is $100/person and includes dinner and entertainment, featuring David Seering and a surprise guest. Order tickets at 267-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICEVILLE – The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition through May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College.
NICEVILLE - Michael Aurbach’s Secrecy Series and New Work from Denise Choppin will be on exhibit June 11 through July 19 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to most performances. Call 729-6044.
NICEVILLE - Northwest Florida State College presents Les Misérables July 17-20 and 25-27 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center featuring a cast of talented regional actors. Tickets are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger and may be purchased in-person, by phone at 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.