Area codes are 850 unless noted.



Taco and Tequila Festival



Crab Island Cantina, 2 Harbor Blvd., hosts its inaugural Taco and Tequila Festival from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Cost is $40/person and includes tacos, sauces and tequilas, a silent auction and live entertainment featuring Flamenco guitarist with DJ Vasco in between sets. Purchase tickets at Crab Island Cantina or any Pepito’s restaurant. The event will benefit the Salvation Army.



Kingdom of Sweets



The Northwest Florida Ballet Kingdom of Sweets Reception, sponsored by Vintij Wine Boutique and Bistro, will be held from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries in Niceville. Cost is $20 and includes an evening of wine and desserts to celebrate the opening night of The Nutcracker. Call 664-7787 or stop by the studio to RSVP. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must be 21 to attend.



The Nutcracker



The Northwest Florida Ballet’s 44th annual presentation of The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/children 12 and under and can be purchased at nfballet.org or 850-664-7787.



Comedy competition



Crab Island Cantina presents “So You Think You’re Funny,” a comedy competition, at 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Competition continues for 16 weeks. Comedians from all over the south will compete. First prize is a round trip for two to Los Angeles to perform at the Comedy Store on Sunset Strip. Call 424-7417.



Hello Dolly!



A national touring Broadway Series musical, “Hello Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. “Hello, Dolly!” is one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. Tickets are $45 each and are available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



Window display



The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Pat Roberts, experimental and prize-winning artist in various media, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during November.



Chronic Jester



Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.



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.



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 Fiddler on the Roof, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 27 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email info@edwards30a.com for tickets.



Thanksgiving Brunch



Sandestin’s culinary team presents a collection of holiday favorites, with traditional turkey and trimming favorites, plus seafood desserts and more, during brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin. Make reservations at 267-6398 or email thanksgivingbrunch@sandestin.com.



Solaris Thanksgiving buffet



Experience a Thanksgiving Day buffet cruise on Choctawhatchee Bay on board the Solaris from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 28. Boarding begins at 11:15 a.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. An assortment of traditional Thanksgiving favorites and select fresh seafood dishes will be prepared onboard. A full service bar is open during the cruise. Adults $58; children 3 – 10, $35; and infants under 3, $20. Seating is limited; call 650-2519 or visit www.SunQuestCruises.com.



Funky Blues Shack



New Orleans Suspects, featuring members of The Radiators, The Neville Bros. and James Brown Band, will be at The Funky Blues Shack in Destin on Nov. 30.