Area codes are 850 unless noted.
Kid’s Wagon Parade
DESTIN - AJ’s Annual Wagon Parade will roll down the Destin harbor boardwalk with creative wheels in all sizes at 2 p.m. Sept. 28. Free activities and fun for kids and prizes. Register in advance or day of event. Awards will be given. Call 837-1913.
DESTIN - Redlight King plus Charming Liars take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway.
Funky Blues Shack
DESTIN – Entertainment scheduled at Funky Blues Shack, 707 Harbor Blvd., includes 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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents free concerts from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
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.
DESTIN - American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, will host the following events. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.
• Sept. 28, Oct. 5: Watch football and cheer your team.
• Sept. 29: Practice karaoke, 2-6 p.m.
• Oct. 4: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
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 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 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.
AmericanaUnder The Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Leigh and Steve Humes perform in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Oct. 10: Lucky Mud
• Oct. 17: Scott and Michele Daliez
• Oct. 24: Charlie Groth
• Oct. 31: -Lauren Heitz
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; 10 a.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. Al Alvarado and street performers perform along the Village Promenade. On the West Village Stage, Pirate Pete and the Missing Fisherman have daily shows and the Emerald Coast Theater Company has an interactive children’s performance.
Schedule for HarborWalk Village Stage includes:
• Village Brass Band, 3 p.m.
• Flash Flood, 5 p.m.
• Orphan Annie, 7:30 p.m.
• Fireworks and dance party, 9 p.m.
• HarborWalk Village Songwriters Showcase, noon
• Fred Domulot & Fusion, 2 p.m.
• The Modern Eldorados, 4 p.m.
• The Blenders, 6 p.m.
• Black Eyed Blonde, 8 p.m.
• The Andy Velo Band, 10 p.m.
• Village Brass Band with Fly, noon
• Blenders, 2 p.m.
• Village Brass Band, 3 p.m.
• Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses, 5 p.m.
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.
DESTIN - The new Margaritaville at HarborWalk Village will open in late 2013. The talent and entertainment team will hold auditions for bands, duos, and solo acoustic performers Oct. 13-15. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, sample music and play list to be considered. All talent/acts must be able to perform live on HarborWalk Village main stage and interact with audience during auditions to be considered.
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.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Pastel Society of North Florida will host a free painting demonstration, “One Image-Two Results,” by Elaine Augustine, Pastel Society of America master pastelist, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26at the Church of Christ's Fellowship Hall, 232 Hollywood Blvd. SE. For information, email email@example.com.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
DESTIN - Local restaurants will fire up the grills Nov. 9 for a good time and a good cause at HarborWalk Village when the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida chapter hosts a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ competition. All proceeds benefit FRLA Educational Foundation, supporting the next generation of hospitality professionals. Entertainment includes Season Ammons Band and Blenders.