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Theâ€‚37th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival opens at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. Oct. 20 with arts and crafts, carnival rides, attractions and booths. Entertainment includes country music legend Vince Gill, country chart-toppers Justin Moore and Thompson Square and Ben Portsmouth and the Taking Care of Elvis Band.
Admission is $10 Friday and Sunday and before 5 on Saturday. From 5 p.m. to close Saturday is $15. Advance tickets are $9 each or three for $25. Children 11 and under are free. Visit mulletfestival.com to purchase tickets.
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival
The Sixth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival will be held Oct. 19 throughout the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The festival features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 200 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Visit baytownewharfbeerfestival.com for tickets.
Best of the Emerald Coast
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. 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.
Test drive brand new 2014 SKEETER boats, meet top boating/fishing personalities and pros, get hands-on fishing tips during the Skeeter Experience from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Free seminars will be held on the docks of Fudpucker’s Restaurant at the Fudshuckers Steam Shack & Raw Bar on Okaloosa Island.
To schedule an advance test ride/slot with no wait times and to RSVP for food and drink specials, contact Todd Royall at Legendary Marine, 337-8300.
• Captain Pat Dineen, 11 a.m., “How to Sight Fish the Beaches of the Emerald Coast,” featuring tarpon, cobia, redfish and pompano.
• Brothers Blake and Wes Nelson of Team Nelson, 12:320 p.m., “Fishing the Flats with Artificials,” featuring redfish and trout.
• Todd Royall of the Skeeter Pro Staff, 2 p.m., “Winter Fishing the Choctawhatchee Bay.”
Watch football and enjoy an S.A.L Football theme luncheon from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin. Cost $5. Call 837-3818.
Artwalk on the Harbor
Destin Boardwalk’s Artwalk on the Harbor takes place 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.
America’s premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships as Northwest Florida State College presents its production of the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org. Student Nights are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 exclusively for NWFSC students or area high school students who are admitted free of charge by showing a current student ID.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts a free concert with the Forrest Williams Band from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Oct. 30: Scott Rockwood
The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Pat Roberts, experimentaland prize-winning artist in various media, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during October.
Michael J Thomas
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.
Americana Under The Stars
Charlie Groth performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. 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. 31: Lauren Heitz
Sinfonia Gulf 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.
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. 26 at the Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall, 232 Hollywood Blvd. SE. in Fort Walton Beach. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vettes at the Village
Area Corvette Clubs bring America’s Sports Car to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Chevrolet Corvettes, old and new, will be shined to the max and wanting your vote.
Festival of the Arts
The 2013 Festival of the Arts, with more than 100 artists, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in its new home on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission donation is $3/adults; free/members and children under 12.
Live musical entertainment from the Dugas Pavilion will be a highlight of the 18th annual art festival. Other festival features include a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. The Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing local students and adults.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex at NWFSC in Niceville. Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Dinner and a Movie
A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Young Frankenstein, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 30 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
• Nov. 13: Goldfinger
• Nov. 27: Fiddler on the Roof
• Dec. 11: Edward Scissorhands
• Jan. 8: Maltese Falcon
• Jan. 22: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny
• Feb. 19: Godfather II
The Pyramid Players will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 to present the original musical adventure Beyond the Mist at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and an exhibit of the art, archival prints, gifts and handcrafted jewelry. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call 862-7139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savor the Season
The Fourth Annual Savor the Season benefit for the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. Enjoy a wine tasting, silent and live auctions, and gourmet cuisine made by local chefs from Panama City to Destin. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.SavorTheSeason2013.org.
A Tribute to George Rodrigue
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Tribute to George Rodrigue, “Blue Dog” artist, will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. This evening will feature five acclaimed pianists performing on a an iconic piece of art, The 1913 Rodrigue Steinway “Blue Dog Piano.” Numerous culinary stations will be in the Emerald Ballroom with complimentary wine served. Cash bar available. Portion of the proceeds benefit the cultural and educational missions of MKAF and George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts. Cost: $150/person and $135/MKAF preferred member. Purchase tickets at http://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
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.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Mattie Kellie Arts Center, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Mattie Kelly Arts Box office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000 or 888-838-2737.
This event is sponsored by the Niceville High School Band Program, and the NHS Big Band Jazz ensemble perform a song with the orchestra.