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Celebrate summer with the 2017 Okaloosa Island Fireworks at 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Grab a beach chair in front of the Okaloosa Island Pier or a seat at The Boardwalk for a stellar view of the show.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Heritage from 7-9 p.m. June 14 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
• Aug. 2: The Blenders
• Aug. 9: Chris Alvarado
• Aug. 16: JP Soars and the Red Hots
Aug. 23: Continuum
• Aug. 30: Donnie Sundal
Act4Murder presents “Killer in the Kitchen” at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 and available at www.act4murder.com.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy the music of Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces at Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. June 15 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.
• June 22: Triggerproof
• June 29: Walter “Wolfman” Washington
• 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
Red, White and Blue Celebration
The celebration at 7 p.m. every Thursday at HarborWalk Village high-lights the efforts of those who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment with The Village Belles, free kid’s crafts, face painting, a vintage WWII flyover, a fireworks show over the harbor and fire dancing with Just Add Fire at 9 p.m.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday nights through Aug. 3, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a free fun-for-all-ages adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities from 7-8 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Concerts at the Landing
Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and the entire family to enjoy free music with The Moos Brothers at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Fort Walton Landing on Brooks Street.
• June 23: Jukebox Super Heroes
• June 30: Show Me Dragon
• July 4: NAKD
• July 7: Tobacco Road
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell carry you off to enchanted Neverland where children never grow up when the Theatre for Young Audiences Camp at Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Peter Pan 10 a.m. June 17 upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $10 with children under 4 free.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with Heritage from 7-9 p.m. June 17 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• June 24: The Springs
• July 1: The Moon Lagoons
• July 8: Jacob Mohr Band
• July 15: Continuum
• July 22: Sway Jah Vu
July 29: The Springs
• Aug. 5: The Moon Lagoons
• Aug. 12: Jacob Mohr Band
• Aug. 19: The Springs
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie “The BFG” at 8 p.m. June 18 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
Pop & Shop Concert Series
Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide from 5-7 p.m. June 20 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
• 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 drama/romance "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," at 3 p.m. June 20 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.
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 24 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Bring a chair or blanket.
ADSO window display
During June, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of versatile artist Helen Harris who will showcase her encaustic, enamel, and acrylic works. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Fat Tuesday Parade
Who wants some beads? Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. It’s one Pardi in Para-dise where you can enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during a free parade through HarborWalk Village. Parade begins at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
Arts and Design Society's show Carnival features members' work, reflecting a Carnival theme, with a variety of interpretations. The winning 13 works will be featured in ADSO's 2018 Calendar. The show runs through June 23. Call 244-1271.
Call to artists: Art Show
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their up-coming “What’s in the Constitution” Show. Art-work, inspired by a phrase from the US Constitution, must have that phrase appear in the artwork. Cash awards. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, or 9 a.m. to noon Monday, June 26. Entry fee is $25/members, 2 pieces, and $35/non-members, 2 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
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.
Movies in the Park
Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach will hold the free Movies in the Park Summer Series showing the movie “Beauty & The Beast” (2017) at 7:30 p.m. July 1. Attendees are en-couraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 29: Sing
• Aug. 5: Monster Trucks
Fourth of July Celebration
Visit the Destin harbor and celebrate Independence Day with live music and fireworks at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Dana Point Band per-forms July 2, Kane & The Saint on July 3 and January Noise July 4.
Cooking with the Chef
Enjoy an intimate dining room setting for a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus at noon July 11 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande as he prepares Coffee Crusted Pork Ribeye Steaks with Fig Bourbon Syrup. The interactive cooking class and lunch with a complimentary glass of wine is $25/person. Make reservations at 424-0622.
• Aug. 1: Crawfish Ètouffèe Over Steamed White Rice
Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour
Nashville singer/songwriters bring their soulful, gritty, country melodies to the Destin harbor for a free live concert at 7:30 p.m. July 12 and Aug. 2 on HarborWalk Village’s main stage.
Call to Artists: Art of the Landscape Show
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their “Art of the Landscape” Show, in which artwork, in any medium, will depict land-scapes or cityscapes. Cash awards. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. July 15 or 9 a.m. to noon July 17 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Entry fee is members, $25, 2 pieces and non-members, $35, 2 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
‘Sister Act’ at college
The Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College pre-sents 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.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present a national touring exhibition, Tales and Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace, through 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.
Benefit at Twisted Grape
Poetry, Music & Wine, from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at The Twisted Grape, 1193 B Eglin Parkway in Shalimar, will benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alliance. Enjoy great food, wine and an open mic for poets and musicians to read, improvise and perform together. Tickets are $25 each or $45 for two and can be reserved at www.okaloosaarts.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 499-8335. Tickets cover food and five wine tastings. All proceeds will benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.
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 pad-dleguru.com/races/6thAnnualPaddleatthePorch.
Throwback Thursday Cinema
Enjoy the free family friendly movie "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" at 7 p.m. p.m. Aug. 31 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival will showcase the original art-work of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle drawing and more. Convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are available. Admission is $5 for adults; MKAF members and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach programs. Call 650-2226.
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.
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.
Drop-in Wine Tasting
Bella Sera Bistro at HarborWalk Village will host a Drop-in Wine Tasting every other Wednesday. Cost is $15/person and includes an assortment of wines, appetizers, bread and other snacks.