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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Selwyn Birchwood from 7-9 p.m. May 10 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 17: Big Al & the Heavyweights
• May 24: Chris Alvarado
• May 31: Moon Lagoons
• June 7: Continuum
• June 14: Heritage
• June 21: Stephen Simmons
• June 28: Donnie Sundal
• July 5: Geoff McBride
• July 12: Forrest McBride
• July 19: Lauren St. Jane
• July 26: Heather Gillis Band
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy the music of Flow Tribe at Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15/adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• May 18: Fountain city Players
• May 25: Alter Eagles
• June 1: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
• June 8: The Maxx
• June 15: Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces
• June 22: Triggerproof
• June 29: The Joe Band — Joe Cocker Tribute
• Sept. 3: Make Me Smile — Chicago Tribute Band
• Sept. 14: Heritage
• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South
• Sept. 28: Déjà vu
• Oct. 5: Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band
Finest on the Emerald Coast
A celebration of the Finest on the Emerald Coast for 2017 will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. May 11 at HarborWalk Village. Celebrate the local business winners with live music with Continuum, food, fun and fireworks.
Concerts at the Landing
Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and the entire family to enjoy free music with Side Project at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Fort Walton Landing on Brooks Street.
• May 19: Black Eyed Blonde
• May 26: Triggerproof
• June 9: Alexa Burroughs Band
• June 16: The Moos Brothers
• June 23: Jukebox Super Heroes
• June 30: Show Me Dragon
• July 4: NAKD
• July 7: Tobacco Road
Melissa and Michelle Make Music
Broadway’s Michelle Dowdy and Not-Broadway’s Melissa Oropesa, two New York City broads who deliver a night of sassy, funny, and soulful standards in cabaret, will perform at 9 p.m. May 12 and 10:30 p.m. May 13 at Grand Boulevard. Festival entrance is $5/person and tickets for each performance are $15. Visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 684-0323.
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Poker Run
Legendary Marine presents the family friendly poker run, open to any and all boats, even jet skis and pontoons, May 12-13. All profits, including Silent Auction, benefit Emerald Coast Autism Center and the William Augustus Bowles Museum & Historical Foundation. Event schedule includes Captain’s Party, 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Legendary Yacht Club and Poker Run, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 with After Party from 2-5 p.m. at LuLu’s Destin. Prizes for Best Pirate Costumes, Best Pirate Boat and Best Patriotic Boat. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/265663923893760/?active_tab=discussion
The Calling Dance Company presents "Coming Home,” a story of hope, at 6 p.m. May 13 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children ages 4 and younger are free. See more information and order tickets at www.TheCallingDanceCompany.org.
The 29th Artsquest Fine Arts Festival benefiting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 at Grand Boulevard. The annual South Walton Mother’s Day tradition provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 200 artists in over a dozen mediums from around the country, while also enjoying live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and student exhibits.
Butler Does Broadway
Students from Butler Elementary School perform an evening on Broadway at 6 p.m. May 15 on the Events Plaza stage at Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free.
Pop & Shop Concert Series
Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Boukou Groove from 5-7 p.m. May 16 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
May 23: Continuum
May 30: Kyle LaMonica
June 6: Casey Kearney
June 13: Kyle LaMonica
June 20: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
June 27: Luke Langford
July 4: The Graytones
July 11: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
July 18: Boukou Groove
July 25: Casey Kearney
Aug. 15: Boukou Groove
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the crime/drama "The Judge," at 3 p.m. May 16 at the Destin Library. The program is free, and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.
Drop-in Wine Tasting
Bella Sera Bistro at HarborWalk Village will host a Drop-in Wine Tasting every other Wednesday starting May 17. Cost is $15/person and includes an assortment of wines, appetizers, bread and other snacks.
An evening of champagne, live music from Scott Rockwood, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. May 18 at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. The event is free and for 21 and up only. The Village will be open to the public during this event.
The Emerald Coast Reef Association will host the free world premiere of a Skyline Films Lionfish documentary, “Reef Assassin,” at 7 p.m. May 19 at Northwest Florida State College Student Services, first floor. Many locals appear in the documentary. Young children requested to not attend.
Cowboy Mouth, veteran NOLA rockers, will perform at 7 p.m. May 19 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Tickets are $15/advance and $20/door. Purchases tickets at www.cowboymouth.com.
Digital Graffiti Festival 2017
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, a projection art festival on Scenic Highway 30A, will be held from May 19-21. Twenty finalists along with three artist-in-residence participants from four countries will gather to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Purchase tickets at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/tickets/
Nathan Fife will be hosting and performing as a solo pianist from 7-10 p.m. Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at Bella Sera. Guest singers and musicians will appear occasionally.
ADSO window display
During May, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Kimberly Heartsong, an Abstract Realism artist working in acrylics, watercolor and digital medium, striving to evoke emotion through the strong use of color blocking and shape. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
The final Guest Artist Piano Recital of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 30th season features Larry Weng of New York at 7:30 p.m. May 20 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $20 and available at 729-6000, online or in-person from the Arts Center Box Office.
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie, “Moana,” at 8 p.m. May 21 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• June 4: Frozen
• June 11: Secret Life of Pets
ࡥ June 18: The BFG
• June 25: The Angry Birds Movie
• July 2: Sing
• July 16: Finding Dory
• July 23: Inside Out
• July 30: Wall-E
• Aug. 6: The Incredibles
“The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue will be at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Rodrigue will also sign copies of her book, The Other Side of the Painting. Books will be available for purchase at the free event. A cash bar will be provided by Edward’s Fine Food And Wine until 6:15 p.m.
Opening, Wine Reception and Unveiling takes place at 4 p.m. May 26 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard. Reception provided by Restaurant Paradis. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition.
The Coasters concert
Enjoy a blast from the past at 7 p.m. May 27 with the Cornell Gunter Coasters in a concert under the stars at the Northwest Florida State College amphitheater at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Call 729-6000 or purchase tickets at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Kick off your summer during a free Memorial Day Celebration May 27-29 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. with kids’ activities, live music, and a patriotic fireworks show on Sunday evening. Monday the Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans.
Sinfonia Goes Pops
The orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast can be heard under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.
The Stoked Show
Hypnotic comedy, hilarious impersonations and toe-tapping sing-along hits with audience participation can be seen at 2 and 8 p.m. through May 28, Wednesdays through Saturdays, at the Bart Rockett Theater at HarborWalk Village. Show is free.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present a national touring exhibition, Tales and Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace, from May 30 to July 22 in both the McIlroy and the Holzhauer Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The exhibition of works Ace takes familiar and not-so-familiar fairy tales and retells them in large-scale mixed-media paintings. The exhibition is free of charge and open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage Theater performances.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday nights from June 1-Aug. 3, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a free fun-for-all-ages adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities from 7-8 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
On the Menu
The Arts and Design Society is hosting its “On the Menu” Show, featuring works in any medium, inspired by what’s on the menu or restaurant happenings in general through June 2 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.
Ballet at Twilight
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free evening of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring international guest artists at 7:30 p.m. June 25 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Bring a chair or blanket.
The summer musical theater workshop for youth at Northwest Florida State College will present the mini-musical comedy "Hairspray, Jr." in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 1 p.m. June 28 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 29. Tickets are $5 each and available starting June 14. The show will be the culmination of concentrated training in voice, acting, and dance offered through a musical theatre workshop for youth ages 8th grade.
‘Sister Act’ at college
The Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College presents the hit musical comedy “Sister Act” at 7:30 p.m. July 19-22 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville Campus. Tickets for the musical comedy are $25 adult and $20 youth age 18 and younger and can be purchased at from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at729-6000 www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Advance purchase is recommended.
Paddle at the Porch
The 6th Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board race, will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 19, in the Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Packet Pick Up Party at The Back Porch Aug. 18. Register at paddleguru.com/races/6thAnnualPaddleatthePorch.
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.