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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 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.
DESTIN - Come to HarborWalk Village at 6 p.m. May 18 to see "Pirate Pete and the Case of the Missing Fisherman," an interactive children's show that searches the area for Fisherman Fred. Be prepared to sing, dance, and be silly. You might even get picked to be part of the crew of Pirate Pete's ship.
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.
Symphony Youth Orchestra
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra presents a Spring Concert at 3 p.m. May 19 in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The concert is free and open to the public; however donations to support the youth program are welcomed.
FORT WALTON BEACH - A unique dinner theater experience, "The Redneck Riviera" will be presented at 6 p.m. May 19 and 26 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks St. SE. Make reservations at 302-0266.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Dirty Bourbon River Show from 7-9 p.m. May 22 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• May 29: Soul Track Mind
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.
Concerts in the Village
DESTIN - The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th Annual Concerts in the Village presents China Grove, a Tribute Band to the Doobie Brothers, at 7 p.m. May 23 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 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
AmericanaUnder the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Rebekah Pulley performs at 6 p.m. May 23 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• 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
DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
• May 24, 31: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
• May 27: Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Destin Memorial Cemetery; Hot dogs and hamburgers served at 12:30 p.m. at 311 Main Street.
Latin Salsa Festival
FORT WALTON BEACH - The sixth-annual Latin Salsa Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 25 at the Fort Walton Landing Park, 139 Brooks St. The event includes ethnic foods, a variety of local and out-of-town vendors, fun activities for kids, and the sounds of live salsa music.
The event is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the music in the park. Call 240-4417 or visit www.boricuasausentes.org.
DESTIN – Beginning May 28, every Tuesday during the summer from 6-10 p.m. HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy" with floats, beads, the Village Brass Band, stilt walkers, jugglers and lots of excitement during the parade through the Village. Live entertainment follows.
Red, White and Blue Celebration
DESTIN – Beginning May 30, the Red, White, and Blue Celebration, honoring a local hero who goes above and beyond to better their community, will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at HarborWalk Village. This week’s celebration is a special reunion of heroes honored over the past years. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid’s crafts and face painting, a WWII replica flyover and fireworks over the harbor. Call 424-0600.
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.
Rock the Docks
DESTIN - Rock the Docks with a free public concert at 7 p.m. Saturdays beginning June 1 on the HarborWalk Village.
DESTIN – Henderson Beach State Park on U.S. 98 will host a star gazing program from 6-10 p.m. June 7. The park will close at sunset. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Program included in the park admission fee. Call 837-7550.
World Oceans Day
DESTIN - Henderson Beach State Park will celebrate World Oceans Day with family-centered activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8. An informative sea turtle program will be presented by park rangers. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge staff will bring their animal ambassadors to share their rescue stories. Children’s ocean-themed art activities will also be included. Program included in the park admission fee. Call 837-7550
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.
National Flip Flop Day
DESTIN - The sixth annual event hosted by Tropical Smoothie Café will be held June 14. HarborWalk Village Tropical Smoothie will hand out free Jetty Punch smoothies to guests wearing flip-flops plus families will enjoy games and activities for all ages to raise money for Camp Sunshine, an organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to make magical memories within the unique confines of Camp Sunshine.
Fish fry benefit
DESTIN – A fish fry to benefit the Destin History and Fishing Museum will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at Harry T’s, 10 Harbor Blvd.
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.