Area codes are 850 unless noted.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
DESTIN – The Fifth Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ will be held from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 10 at HarborWalk Village. Participating restaurants will compete in a spirited and fun competition in several categories and offer samples of creative BBQ styles (not necessarily the traditional pork, beef or ribs) and signature coastal food. Breweries will offer 25+ refreshing craft beers and cocktails. The afternoon will feature "tasting stations" where guests can experience food, live entertainment, and cold beverages. Guests purchase $25 tasting armband day of event.
The Violin Sings Concert
NICEVILLE – The Northwest Florida symphony Orchestra presents The Violin Sings Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. NFSO concertmaster and violin virtuoso Leonid Yanovskiy steps out of the orchestra to perform as a soloist for two jewels of the Russian violin literature. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Stage Crafters Community Theatre
FORT WALTON BEACH – Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents its musical production of “The Fantasticks” Nov. 10-11 at the Civic Auditorium on Miracle Strip Parkway. Shows are 7:30 Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 and available at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach, Bayou Books in Niceville, at www.StageCrafters.com, or at the door of the performances. Discounted student tickets are available for $10 at the door of performances only.
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.
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. During November, the works of mixed-media artist Violet Nicklen, who brings a fresh approach to her work, are on display for easy viewing. Call 244-1271.
Baytowne on Ice
SANDESTIN – The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under. Season passes are available for $140. During November bring two non-perishable cans of food for Harvest House of Destin and receive a free skate rental. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
Pastel Society Juried Exhibition
NICEVILLE – The Pastel Society of North Florida will host its 12th Biennial National Juried All-Pastel Exhibition through Nov. 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, 100 College Blvd. at Northwest Florida State College. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information, email artgalleries@NWFSC.edu or 729-6044.