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NICEVILLE – The Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play “Proof” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger and are on sale from the Box Office by phone or web. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival
SANDESTIN – Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the Fifth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 20 features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 100 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day of. Visit www.baytownebeerfestival.com for a complete schedule.
DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Everyone welcome. Call 837-3818.
• Oct. 20, 27: Football, $2 drafts and dogs
• Oct. 21, 28: Breakfast, 8:15-11:15 a.m., $5. Football, $2 drafts and dogs.
• Oct. 22, 29: Bingo, 6-8 p.m. Monday Night Football, $2 drafts and dogs.
• Oct. 26: Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10-$14. Karaoke with Big Al , 7:30 p.m.
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
NICEVILLE – The 36th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival opens at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the intersection of Hwy. 85 N and College Boulevard. In addition to mouth-watering foods, snacks and refreshments, the Mullet Festival promises fun and good times for all with high quality arts and crafts, a huge selection of clothing, jewelry and other goods, collectibles and merchandise, carnival rides and booths, cartoon characters, and local and top name entertainment, including The Molly Ringwalds, Colt Ford, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler. Admission is $10; $15 from 5 p.m. to close on Saturday.
FORT WALTON BEACH – Dog Daze 2012, the community’s annual celebration of dogs and the families who love them, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Liza Jackson Park, 318 Miracle Strip Parkway. New attractions include the Soccer Collies from Ocala. Local kids’ soccer teams (12 and under) are invited to go head to head (or toe to paw) with these talented soccer dogs. Kids play the goalkeeper position.
Other attraction include the Pensacola Furricanes, fun games, contests, dog-centered vendors, adoptable pets, and dachshund races, along with a pet parade with a Halloween theme.
All well-behaved dogs more than six months old are welcome with proof of vaccinations. There's no charge for people to attend, but a donation of $3 per dog is requested, with part of the proceeds going to a suitable worthy cause. Rain date Nov. 3 at The Landing.
Window Gallery Display
FORT WALTON BEACH – To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents exhibits in their studio windows facing First Street. In October, the work of Penny MacPherson, sculptor and painter in oils, will be on display. Call 244-1271.
City of Destin Open House
DESTIN – The City of Destin will host its annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Destin Community Center. The public is invited to join the city council, staff and city partners for the luncheon as the city’s volunteers are honored. A document shredding company will be there for the public to use for free during the event, so bring your old documents to be shredded.
City staff will cook pork loin, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers for everyone. Lunch will be served buffet-style beginning at 11:30 a.m. Call 837-4242.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Delta Reign from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Oct. 31: Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne
Destin Festival of the Arts
DESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present the 17th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Henderson Beach State Park. This signature event features more than 100 artists from around the United States who will exh ibit in more than 18 different mediums competing for more than $9,000 in cash prizes. Other amenities are live musical entertainment, a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. A Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing students and adults. Admission is $3/adult and kids under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.
NICEVILLE – Northwest Florida State College piano professor Lois Van Dam will present a recital of selected works by the renowned composer Frederic Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college campus. Admission is free, but donations toward the college’s piano fund will be accepted. Call 729-5382.
Grand and Exotic Car Show
SANDESTIN – Destin’s Grand and Exotic Car Show & Rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in Town Center at Grand Boulevard. Presented by Motorfest Magazine and featuring the Destin Car Club and Smith Motorworks, more than 100 of the finest and most exotic cars around including Porsches, Lamborghinis, Lotus, Ferraris and Maseratis will line the boulevard. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Children in Crisis. Register your car at www.MotorfestMagazine.com.
Pastel Society Juried Exhibition
NICEVILLE – The Pastel Society of North Florida will host its 12th Biennial National Juried All-Pastel Exhibition Oct. 28 to Nov. 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, 100 College Blvd. at Northwest Florida State College. The opening reception is at 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information, email artgalleries@NWFSC.edu or 729-6044.
First Arts Concert
FORT WALTON BEACH – Dean Shostak and the Crystal Concert perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at First United Methodist Church, 103 First Street. Tickets are $15/adult and $8/student and can be purchased at www.firstartsconcerts.org/tickets.
ROSEMARY BEACH – One of South Walton's premier events celebrating the migration of the Monarch Butterfly, Flutterby Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green. The event provides live music, interactive storytelling, animal encounters and an array of artists, vendors and exhibitors. A master gardener will be on hand teaching children the art of building a butterfly garden. The fun-filled day also includes a butterfly costume parade at 3 p.m., street games, face painting, and street and mural painting. The event is free. Call 622-5970.
DMS Concert and Silent Auction
DESTIN – The Destin Middle School Fall Concert and Silent Auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. The auction bidding begins at 6 p.m. The concert is free.
Independent film series
DESTIN – The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents an independent and foreign film at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 60 on a first come, first served basis.