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.
Mardi Gras Crawfish Fest
Let the good times roll at 3 p.m. March 1 at Stinky’s Crawfish Boil with live music and good food under the tent at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 Scenic 30A West in Santa Rosa Beach. Franko’s Mardi Gras Band plays at 6 p.m. March 3.
Night of a Thousand Stars
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will host its signature gala event, Night of a Thousand Stars, at 6 p.m. March 1 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Enjoy dinner, dancing and entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions, and a wine wall. Tickets are $100/person. Call 833-9237, ext. 222, or visit www.GolfandGala2014.charityhappenings.org.
Rock Destin/Club LA
Saliva plus Full Devil Jacket perform at 7:30 p.m. March 2; Grind – Tribute to Alice In Chains plus the Helvetica Effect, March 7; and Glowrage, March 8 at Destin Rocks at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.
Crab Island Cantina presents “So You Think You’re Funny,” a comedy competition, at 6 p.m. March 2. 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.
Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The 11th annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans throwing a myriad of throws, beads, and parade favors at 2 p.m. March 2 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Themed convertibles, small floats (pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles, and decorated wagons will be everywhere and Mardi Gras music will fill the air. Free to attend by donation of $5-$10 to participate, with all proceeds will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Mardi Gras Sunday Brunch
New Orleans native Glen David Andrews and his band perform the big brass sound at 11 a.m. March 2 at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash
“Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the 12th annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade rolling through Sandestin at 5 p.m. March 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Yell “throw me something mister” as unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets and marchers dressed up in all their Mardi Gras best shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main Street, and parties at various Baytowne establishments.
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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Gileah Taylor performs at a free concert from 6-8 p.m. March 5 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
Harbor Docks concerts
Music with Kyle LaMonica begins on Ladies’ Nite, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. followed by the main act, Electric Wildlife, at 9 p.m. Cadillac Willy performs at 8:30 p.m. March 7 and Stereo Reform plays at 8:30 p.m. March 8 at the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.
Texas Hold’ em
The third annual Texas Hold’ em Poker Shoot Out begins at 5 p.m. March 8 at Elks Lodge #1795 on Okaloosa Island. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast. Top 10 finishers will be awarded prizes. Food provided and beverages available for purchase. Suggested donation is $30. Contact your favorite relay team for tickets.
“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.