Spring Break Concert Series
HarborWalk Village hosts the Spring Break Concert Series from 2-5 p.m. March 15 with live music on the Village Stage with Continuum. Concerts are free and open to the public.
• March 22: Gypsy Riot
• March 29: Gypsy Riot
Harbor Docks concerts
Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Ladies’ Nite, followed by the main act at 9 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.
• March 15: El Dub
• March 20: Austin Jennings and Sundy Best
• March 21: Slack Tide
• March 22: Who is BC?
• March 27: Drew Tillman and Dread Clampitt
• March 28: TreeHouse
• March 29: Dismal Creek
• April 3: Chri9s Alvarado and Heritage
• April 4: Remedy Krewe
• April 5: Remedy Krewe
• April 10: Billy Gant and Connor Christian & Southern Gothic
• April 11: Billy Gant and Connor Christian & Southern Gothic
• April 12: Cadillac Willy
• April 17: Drew Tillman and Boukou Groove
• April 18: Dread Clampitt
• April 19: Continuum
• April 24: Austin Jennings and Hotel Oscar
• April 25: Strung Like a Horse
• April 26: Dismal Creek
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.
Lois Van Dam, a music professor at NWFSC, will perform a free piano recital featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Tyler Recital Hall at the college’s 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 at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish Street Fest
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance and games all day March 15 at the Sixth Annual Irish Street Fest at HarborWalk Village. The Irish School of Dance and the Emerald Coast Community Band perform. Free Irish whiskey and green beer tasting until 6 p.m.
After dark, visit each venue for live music and games at the Grogg March. Bagpiper Joe Ashcraft will lead the march. Get Pub Passport stamped at all venues and enter for a grande giveaway. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Emerald Coast.
The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of NWFSC present a free Spring Concert at 2 p.m. March 16 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on college’s Niceville campus.
PAWS on the Throttle
The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society hosts a Poker Run March 16. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at 752 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. $15 hand.
Raisin’ of the Green fundraiser
The Second Annual “Raisin’ of the Green” fundraiser for Catholic Charities will take place from 12-3 p.m. March 16 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks St. in Fort Walton Beach, and will feature the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, Irish music and a 50/50 “Irish-American Sweepstakes” donation drawing. The cost is $8/person in advance, and $10 at the door. Sweepstakes tickets may be purchased in advance or at the event, and you need not be present to win. To purchase tickets call 737-0864 or 244-2825.
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, 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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Chris Alvarado Trio performs a free concert from 7-9 p.m. March 19 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
• March 26: Heritage
• April 2: Folsom Prison Gang, a Johnny Cash Tribute
• April 9: The Return, a Beatles Tribute
• April 16: Stayin Alive, music of the 70s
• April 23: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Blues Bothers Tribute
• April 30: The Last Waltz Ensemble, a Band Tribute
Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County
Join the Destin Area, Greater Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville Valparaiso chambers of commerce, and their members, from 4-7 p.m. March 20 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center for the Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County. The event is open to the public. Learn about, enjoy samples from, and network with area businesses. Featured restaurants include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.; Capriccio Café; Chili's Grill and Bar; Fudpucker's on the Island; Helen Back Again of Niceville; KMJ Diner & Memphis BBQ 2 LLC; Miller's Ale House of Destin; Tijuana Flats; and Whataburger.
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.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a free movie night at 4 p.m. March 18. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Rock Destin/Club LA
Blacklite District Plus Stone Glory perform at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Rock Destin at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.
• April 9: Soil Plus Tantric
• April 11: Fuel
• April 18: Monster Truck
• April 27: Rehab
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.
Lightwire: The Show
From the creators of Corbian the Dinosaur and The Ugly Duckling comes Lightwire: The Show at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Visit a fascinating place where good and evil struggle to be a dominant force. It’s a place where birds grow 16 feet tall, aliens exist and cats fight with light sabers. The show follows the story of an outcast young bird as he tries to come to terms with the strange power he has been given, which has resulted in banishment from his tribe. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/children, 12 and under. Purchase tickets at nfballet.org.
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.
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.
A tribute to the two greatest bands in rock and roll history, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Return and Satisfaction join forces to present Gimme Abbey at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission is $18 per adult, $15 for MKAF members and children under 12 are free. Visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226.
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.
Resurrecting van Gogh
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Resurrecting van Gogh,” a new solo performance piece based on the life, work and writings of Andy Martin, at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tickets are $15/adults and $8/students. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine Program. Call 231-0733.
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.