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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams from 7-9 p.m. July 12 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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 “Pirates, Lies & Mail-Order Brides” at 7:30 p.m. July 13 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.
• July 20: Medley for Murder at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Dr., Destin
Red, White and Blue Celebration
The celebration at 7 p.m. every Thursday at HarborWalk Village highlights 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.
Grit & Grace
Grit & Grace, Inc.’s new production, “Live From the Lake Yard” by Ronnie McBrayer and Brandon Elkins, will be held at 7 p.m. July 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. July 16 in the auditorium at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are avail-able at the door for $15 and $12 for children 12 and under.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with Continuum from 7-9 p.m. July 15 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• July 22: Sway Jah Vu
July 29: The Springs
• Aug. 5: The Moon Lagoons
• Aug. 12: Jacob Mohr Band
• Aug. 19: The Springs
Movies in the Park
Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach will hold the free Movies in the Park Summer Series showing the movie “Finding Dory” at 7:30 p.m. July 15. At-tendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
• July 29: Sing
• Aug. 5: Monster Trucks
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 avail-able at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
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 Harbor-Walk Village. Parade begins at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
ADSO window display
During July, The Arts and Design Society pre-sents the works of George Brandon who works in charcoal, pastel, and oil, to create portraits and sea-scapes. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie “Finding Dory” at 8 p.m. July 16 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• July 23: Inside Out
• July 30: Wall-E
• Aug. 6: The Incredibles
Pop & Shop Concert Series
Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Boukou Groove from 5-7 p.m. July 18 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
• July 25: Casey Kearney
• Aug. 15: Boukou Groove
The Gulf Chef Series
The Gulf Okaloosa Island will host The Gulf Chef Series featuring three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef in the South, Chef Derek Emerson, from 6:30-9 p.m. July 19 at 1284 Marler Ave. All proceeds will benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Backpack Program, which helps meet the needs of chronically hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food weekends and vacations. Tickets, $49 for the dinner or $79 for dinner and wine pairings, are available at www.eventbrite.com or on Facebook.
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.
Art of the Landscape
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Soci-ety's show, "Art of the Landscape,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. July 21 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibition features art that depicts landscapes or cityscapes and runs July 18-28. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public.
‘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 the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 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. In 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 min-utes prior to most Mainstage Theater performances.
Michael Holman will be the speaker at the Arts and Design Society’s luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 26 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. His topic will be Face Art, a form of art in which a col-lage of faces makes up one main image on any object to which it has been applied, an art form preceding the 1940’s. Cost of the luncheon is $12. Reservations must be made before July 24; cost of luncheon after that date is $15. Please send reservations request to firstname.lastname@example.org or cal376-3901.
Actor Corey Feldman brings his song, dance, and angels to Club L.A., 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin at 8 p.m. July 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ad-vance tickets $16.50 at www. Ticketweb.com and $20/door. An 18+ event.
ADSO Paint and Sip Fundraiser
Award-winning artist Pat Z Roberts will offer a Paint and Sip Fundraiser for the Arts and Design Society from 6:30-9 p.m. July 28 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. For a dona-tion of $35, participants will complete an acrylic painting of a bird of paradise. All art supplies will be provided by ADSO. Participants may bring beverage of their choice. Registration deadline is July 26 at 244-1271 or visit http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.
Call to Artists: First Impressions
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “First Impres-sions” Show in which artwork, in any medium, will be inspired by any of the Impressionists. Cash awards. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. July 29 or 9 a.m. to noon July 31 Monday, July 31. Entry fee is Members, $25, 2 pieces; Non-members, $35, 2 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
Benefit at Twisted Grape
Poetry, Music & Wine to benefit Okaloosa Arts Alliance will be held from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at The Twisted Grape, 1193 B Eglin Parkway in Shali-mar. Enjoy food, wine, drawings and an open mic for poets and musicians to read, improvise and per-form together. Tickets are $25 each or $45 for two and can be reserved at www.okaloosaarts.org or email@example.com or 499-8335. Tickets cover food and 5 wine tastings.
Cooking with the Chef
Enjoy an intimate dining room setting for a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus at noon Aug. 1 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande as he prepares Crawfish Ètouffèe Over Steamed White Rice. The interactive cooking class and lunch with a complimentary glass of wine is $25/person. Make reservations at 424-0622.
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. Aug. 2 on HarborWalk Vil-lage’s main stage.
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.
Labor Day Concert in the Village
Make Me Smile — Chicago Triute Band per-forms from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 3 at at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic and wine or purchase soft drinks and dinner prepared by a featured restaurant or food trucks on site. Tickets are $25/general admission and $20/MKAF members. Ages 12 and under free. Buy tickets at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or at the door.
Fall Concerts in the Village
Listen to the music of Heritage from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic and wine or purchase soft drinks and dinner prepared by a featured restaurant or food trucks on site. Tickets are $10 at the door with age 12 and under free.
• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South
• Sept. 28: Déjà vu
• Oct. 5: Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band
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 show-case the original artwork 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 mem-bers and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach pro-grams. 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.