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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Heritage from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
Fish the Days, Rock the Nights
After fishing at the Rodeo, enjoy free live music with Emerald Gold at HarborWalk Village at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. A fireworks celebration over the harbor at 9 p.m. plus a fire spinning show by Just Add Water ends the night.
Pastel Society Exhibition
The Pastel Society of North Florida will have their National Juried Exhibition through Nov. 18 at the Mattie Kelly Fine Art Galleries at NWFSC.
Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer and Jackacudas Seafood + Sushi in Destin invite the community, loyal patrons and guests to the Pink Party from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Jackacudas in HarborWalk Village. 100% of proceeds will go to Carrie Bair, a tenured employee and pivotal part of the of Jackacudas family recently diagnosed with stage 1 Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). For those who cannot attend, donations may also be dropped off at Jackacudas, 56 Harbor Blvd., Brotula’s, 210 Harbor Blvd., or made at GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/2mf3pyqc. Checks can be made payable to Carrie Bair.
Mayhem at the Monster Bash
The Halloween costume party murder mystery by Act4 Murder will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin with seating at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $45. Make reservations at www.act4murder.com. V.I.P. packages with special merchandise and recognition are also available online. Call 850-862-2885 for additional information.
Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 21st Annual Festival of the Arts Oct. 29-30 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include a food bistro, wine and beer garden, live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art drawing and more. Free shuttle service and parking is also available. Admission is free to MKAF members and children 12 and under, and $5 for adult/non-members.
ADSO window display
During October, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of award-winning artist Mike Lewis in the studio windows at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.
Life's a Beach Show exhibition
The Arts and Design Society's exhibition of the Life's a Beach Publications' annual cover competition featuring colorful paintings reflecting the beach environment will run through Nov. 4 at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 4. Admission to the reception and gallery is free. For more information, call 244-1271 or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.
9 to 5 the Musical
Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents its final show of the season Nov. 4-6 and 11-13 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium on Miracle Strip Parkway. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For information on productions and ticket sales, call 243-1101 or visit www.stagecraftersfwb.com/.
Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
The Ninth Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival takes off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at HarborWalk Village. Restaurants and chefs will compete in the cook-off competition of traditional and original spins of favorite BBQ recipes. Taste more than 20 cold craft beers brews as you taste creative BBQ from local restaurants. Restaurants compete in this contest for People's Choice Award and try to win over the taste buds of local celebrity judges. Winnings will benefit local charities. Live music by the Crowned Jewels. Advance tasting wristbands are $25 at www.eventbrite.com and $30 day of event.
Walkabout fundraiser to support MKAF
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its fourth annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s cultural arts and arts education initiatives from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the East Bar and Courtyard. Michael J Thomas and Jones and Company will perform. Patrons can enter a charity raffle to win vacation packages around the country. Tickets are $50/person or $40/MKAF members and available at www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org. All proceeds will fund MKAF’s dual mission of presenting cultural events and arts education outreach initiatives serving populations of children and families, including those with special needs and local wounded warriors.
Jerry Seinfield on stage
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will perform his signature stand-up routine at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or at 729-6000. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.
Arts and Crafts Christmas Market
The Arts & Design Society's members host their annual Arts and Crafts Christmas Market from Nov. 14 through Dec. 17 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. An assortment of gifts, including jewelry, paintings, clay works, decorations, photographs, and note cards, are all created by the members. Visit http://artsdesignsociety.org. or call 244-1271.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie drama, "One True Thing," at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Directed toward a mature audience.
Smooth Jazz and Jingle Bells
Tickets are on sale for "A Peter White Christmas," the annual smooth jazz holiday show set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. All seats are reserved, with front section seating at $80 and general admission $40. Order online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org, Seabreeze.fm or call 729-6000.
Locals Night Out
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Destin presents Locals Night Out with the music of Jones & Company from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Courtyard Bar.
Nighttime Educational Beach Walks
Learn about sea turtles, their nesting habits and other wildlife along the beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays through November. Limited to 20 people, ages 6 and older, per walk. The walks are free and include a 30-minute orientation. Reservations are required and may be made at 865-0868 or ECTurtleWatch@gmail.com.