Area codes are 850 unless noted.
Funky Blues Shack
DESTIN – Entertainment scheduled in September at Funky Blues Shack, 707 Harbor Blvd., includes Nick and the Overalls Sept. 21; The Roomers, Sept. 24; Karaoke with Dave Posey Sept. 25; open mic Sept. 26; The Owsley Brothers Sept. 27; Heritage Sept. 28; and The Revivalists Sept. 29.
MIRAMAR BEACH - Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove.
Celebrity Server Lunch
MIRAMAR BEACH - Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation brings children’s storybook characters to life at its Celebrity Server Lunch Sept. 25 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Event will raise awareness and funds for the All Kinds of Art educational outreach. Tickets are $20/advance, purchase at MKAF or from a celebrity server, or $25/event. Call 650-2226 for information or tickets.
DESTIN - McGuire's Irish Pub, 33 Harbor Blvd., begins its annual Wine Dinner series at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar of Napa Valley and dished created especially for the dinner. Cost is $65/person. Reservations are required at 654-7002.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Big Al & the Heavyweights from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE, presents the works of Dale Gauvin, who specializes in oils, using chiaroscuro, or contrasts between dark and light, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during September.
Michael J Thomas
DESTIN - Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.
Autumn Concert Series
DESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Autumn Concert Series ends with Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk, at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Dugas Pavilion and expanded Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive. Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
Girls’ Night Out
SANDESTIN - Profitt PR’s seventh Girls’ Night Out: Arabian Nights will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The women-only social event will raiwse money for Shelter House. Cost is $40 and includes live entertainment by Continuum, Jacob Mohr and DJ EXQ, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and the Honey Hutch.
Other activities include face art by Abrakadoodle, a fire breathing juggler, photo booth, palm readings, giveaways, retail vendors and more. Attire for the evening is Boho chic. Tickets can be purchased at https://proffittprgno.ticketbud.com/gno-arabian-nights.
Cole Bros. Circus
MARY ESTHER - Classic circus, American-style, complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns, will appear at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28; and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Santa Rosa Mall. Advance tickets are available at the Customer Service Department at Santa Rosa Mall. Free tickets for children under 13 are available at www.GoToTheCircus.com.
BLUEWATER BAY - The 19th annual Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 at Winn Dixie Plaza on Hwy. 20 with live music, entertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, bratwurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer. All proceeds go to local charities. Free admission.
DESTIN - The Fourth Annual Destin Beer Festival will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 28 outside Chan's Wine World in the Paradise Key shopping center. There will be more than 300 beers to sample, culinary stations, VIP Tent and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Tickets can be purchased at destinbeerfestival.com or at any Wine World location. Call 864-4242.
Harvest America 2013
DESTIN - Enjoy a free public streaming of Harvest America 2013 as well as live stage entertainment with Francesca Battistelli and Shake the City from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 28 at HarborWalk Village. The simulcast features performances by top Christian artists including MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, and Kirk Franklin, and a gospel message by Greg Laurie. The goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation in need of hope.In case of rain, event will move to Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Call 269-0235.
Symphony Orchestra concert
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its season opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The “Austro-Hungarian Journey” concert features Wideman International Competition Gold Medal winner Korepanova performing Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/active duty military and youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org for tickets.
Big Daddy Weave
DESTIN - Big Daddy Weave with Chris August and Unspoken will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets are $15 and $22 on the day of the concert. Purchase tickets in the church office Monday-Thursday, call 837-8107, visit www.villagebaptist.org or the LifeWay Bookstore in Destin, or iTickets.com.
DESTIN – The 35th annual Destin Seafood Festival will take place along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk featuring fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 4; 10a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 6. No admission charge — donations accepted at the door.
On Sunday, the Annual Mingo Toss takes place, followed by a treasure hunt down the harbor for kids up to 11 years of age on top of the hill at the Royal Melvin Heritage Park, behind the Destin City stage.
Sesame Street Live
PANAMA CITY – Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all the Sesame Street friends as they bring the magic of music to life at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave. Kids’ matinee at 10:30 a.m. with $10 tickets. Tickets are $15 and $22 at 763-4696 and www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.
Star Gazing by the Shore
DESTIN - Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up telescopes for public viewing of the night sky from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Henderson Beach State Park. Also, prior to sunset, the telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. The park will close at sunset. All those attending the star gaze should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Program included in park admission fee. Call 837-7550.
SANDESTIN - The third annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf with children’s activities including a scavenger hunt and Abrakadoodle Face Painting. The Duck Regatta begins at 1 p.m. with up to 5,000 rubber ducks racing across the Lagoon. Make a donation of $10 or more to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Proceeds will help fund new and/or improved hospital services. Adopt ducks at http://www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com/ or in the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop.
NICEVILLE - In honor of NWFSC’s 50th Anniversary, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries presents “From the Vault: 50 years of Collecting from OWJC to NWF State College” through Oct. 12 in the Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries. Selections from the college’s extensive Permanent Collection showcase the history of art collecting at the college, from the days of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College to Northwest Florida State College. Call 729-6000.
Call to Artists: Inspired by Miró
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists to participate in the upcoming competition, “Inspired by Miró,” in which all entries, which may be in any medium, are to reflect the influence of Joan Miró. Work should be turned in from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12 or 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE. A copy of the entry form is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/ or call 244-1271.
Independent Film Series
DESTIN - The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie night at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Library. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Best of the Emerald Coast
MIRAMAR BEACH - The 2013 winners for the 13th annual 2013 Best of the Emerald Coast will be on display from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin along the main street of the center. The best restaurants, retailers, service businesses, doctors, lawyers, photographer, art galleries, musicians, and many more will be out in full force showing their goods and services.
The public is invited to an evening of food, fun, fashion and entertainment, including food samplings, beer, wine and drinks from the winning restaurants, a silent auction, and live music. The event will benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, improving our community, and developing the potential of women as civic leaders. Admission is $30 per person for advance tickets and $40 the day of the event. Visit www.jlec.org, call 862-2665 or visit www.facebook.com/BestoftheEmeraldCoast.
Artwalk on the Harbor
DESTIN- DestinBoardwalk.com, AJ’s Seafood Restaurant and Olin Marler Charters has announced the inaugural Destin Boardwalk’s Artwalk on the Harbor from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20. The free art event is a mini arts district the third Sunday of every month and features the work of local and regional artists, along with individuals who create or produce various forms of art, crafts, photography, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, or perform/sell music. The event takes place in the area starting right below the zipline all the way to AJ’s.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
EMERALD COAST – The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.
• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concert which includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
Marla Armstrong exhibit
FORT WALTON BEACH- An exhibit of more than 80 paintings, ceramics and sculpture by local artist Marla Armstrong will be on display until Oct. 18 in the UWF Emerald Coast Library, 1170 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Building 8.