Learn about campfires from 3-4 p.m. March 1 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Crab Island Cantina presents “So You Think You’re Funny,” a comedy competition, at 6 p.m. every Sunday through March 9. Sign up at 5 p.m. 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 321-230-0487.
Pardi in Paradise
More than 100 parade entries will roll, float, pedal and push their way down the Destin Harbor Boardwalk from AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar to the west end of HarborWalk Village at the Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. March 1. Revelers will be entertained by street performers, brass bands, live music and colorful beads at the 2014 celebration. Entry fee for parade of $50 benefits the 33rd Fighter Wing Booster Club.
During March, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Pat Federinko, who works in paint, pottery and glass, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Beachcomber Music Awards
The Sixth Annual Beachcomber Music Award winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at 7 p.m. March 3 at Funky Blues Shack in Destin. Admission is free. During the evening a guitar signed by Beachcomberland musicians will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Shelter House.
Ribbon cutting/street party
Celebrate the opening of Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi and Fat Tuesday with free red beans and rice and a street party through HarborWalk Village from 5-11 p.m. March 4.
The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show March 4-14 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibit showcases outstanding eighth grade and 12th grade art work. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. March 6.
Spring Break Concert Series
HarborWalk Village hosts the Spring Break Concert Series from 2-5 p.m. March 8 with live music on the Village Stage with Gypsy Riot. Concerts are free and open to the public.
• March 14: Continuum
• March 22: Gypsy Riot
• March 29: Gypsy Riot
“The Rat Pack is Back” presents a special performance at 7:30 p.m. March 8 on the mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $35 and available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Tequila and Taco Fest
Purchase a tasting armband for $10 and enjoy tequilas and specialty tacos from all participating restaurants at HarborWalk Village from 1-5 p.m. March 8. After party at Crab Island Cantina will have reserve tequilas, live entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army.
The Arts & Design Society’s 22nd Juried Southeast Regional and Heather Mitchell, the 2013 Best-in-Show winner, will be honored with a solo exhibition in the Holzhauer Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
Cattle Barons’ Ball
Guests donned in casual Western wear will “Lasso A Cure at the ACS Ranch” at 6 p.m. March 15 Linkside at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball. Entertainment includes The Modern Eldorados, live and silent auctions, complimentary drinks and fancy vittles. The Ball will benefit the American Cancer Society. A limited number of Baron and Rancher table sponsorships (for 10) are available and individual tickets at $175. Call 376-1551, or email email@example.com
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance and games all day March 15 at the Sixth Annual Irish Street Fest at HarborWak Village. After dark, visit each venue for live music and games at the Grogg March. Get Pub Passport stamped at all venues and enter for a grande giveaway.
Artwalk on the Harbor
Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at Artwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ's Seafood, and is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16, April 20 and May 18 within the Destin Boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s. The event is free.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
The national tour of “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC.
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s show “Inspired by Seurat” will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 21 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Show runs March 18-April 11.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 269-7129.
Visit with Easter Bunny
Hop down to HarborWalk Village from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 for a day of kids’ activities and family fun with the Easter Bunny.
Sandestin Wine Festival
The 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will take place April 10-13 at Baytowne Wharf. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The 16th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival returns April 23-27 at the Pier Park Amphitheater (Aaron Beasant Park) in Panama City Beach. Some of the performers are Michael J Thomas, Jones and Company, Lebron, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns featuring Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available for purchase at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 800-595-4849. Tickets may also be purchased at Vacuum Center on U.S. 98 across from Regatta Bay for cash only.
Additional events include a Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise and Jazzy Lunch Cruise aboard The Solaris Dinner Yacht departing from the Lighthouse Marina in Panama City Beach, along with All-Star After Party Jam events at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Pompano Joe's at Pier Park. For a complete list of all events, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Enjoy a celebration of Latin music, food, dance and more from 5-11 p.m. May 4 at HarborWalk Village. Children’s activities, crafts and a fireworks show over the Destin harbor.
Sunday Brunch at Harry T's
Harry T’s serves brunch on the harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in January and February. Items served include fresh fruit, a fresh bakery basket, and your choice of fried potato hash browns or cheese grits. Bottomless champagne with entrée purchase.
Brunch on the harbor
Crab Island Cantina serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in January and February with bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, $12 with an entrée purchase.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Every Saturday night in January and February is Latin Night with DJ Vasco from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crab Island Cantina at HarborWalk Village. Dance to Bachata, Merenque, Salsa, Reggae and Top 40.
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.
During January, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Julia Allen, who works in pen and ink and in acrylics, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.