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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with the Heather Gillis Band from 7-9 p.m. July 26 in the Events Plaza in Bay-towne Wharf.
• Aug. 2: The Blenders
• Aug. 9: Chris Alvarado
• Aug. 16: JP Soars and the Red Hots
Aug. 23: Continuum
• Aug. 30: Donnie Sundal
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 collage 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 email@example.com or cal376-3901.
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.
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. Advance tickets $16.50 at www. Ticketweb.com and $20/door. An 18+ event.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with The Springs from 7-9 p.m. July 29 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• 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 “Sing” at 7:30 p.m. July 29. Attendees are encouraged to bring blan-kets and chairs for seating.
• Aug. 5: Monster Trucks
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 Paradise 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.
ADSO window display
During July, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of George Brandon who works in charcoal, pastel, and oil, to create portraits and seascapes. 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 “Wall-E” at 8 p.m. July 30 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• Aug. 6: The Incredibles
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 Shalimar. Enjoy food, wine, drawings 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 499-8335. Tickets cover food and 5 wine tastings.
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.
Listen to the musical stylings of local artists from 7-10 p.m. on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Stevie Hall performs Aug. 1, 8 and 12 and hear Bryan Bludworth Aug. 4 and 11.
HH Arts Artist of the Month
HH Arts will highlight the works of Michael Cheney, a photographer and painter, during the month of August. A reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. July 29 at 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach.
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.
Rust & Gold
Listen to Rust and Gold Band Neil Young Tribute while supporting Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Community Art Reach Program at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Club L.A in Destin. Purchase tickets at https://allevents.in/destin.
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show “First Im-pressions” is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 4 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibition features work depicting the artists’ interpretation of any of the Impressionist painters. The show begins Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 1. Gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public.
AJ's at the Destin harbor will host a Back to School Final Fling Party from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 8 for the community. Enjoy free hotdogs, popcorn, and soda and watch The Lego Batman movie on the Jumbotron television. A drawing will be held for an iPad Mini at end of event at 6 p.m. and face painting, spin art, and rock painting will be offered. Register at eventbrite.com so staff can properly plan on attendance, The first 150 kids to register will receive a AJ's Fidget Spinner.
Act4Murder presents “Killer in the Kitchen” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 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.
• Aug. 24: “A Medley for Murder” at La Paz
Pop & Shop Concert Series
Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Boukou Groove from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 15 at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Celebrity Server Fundraiser
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will hold its Seventh Annual Celebrity Server Fundraiser Aug. 17 at Bonefish Grill in Destin. Seatings are at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are a minimum $20 donation per person. Also, raffle and additional "tipping" opportunities available. Call 650-2226 or contact a Celebrity Server for tickets.
The event is in support of Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Community Outreach programming that benefits K-12 students in Okaloosa and Walton County, children and adults with special needs and wounded warriors.
Local celebrity couples, dressed as their favorite Arts and Entertainment Couple, will be competing for "Best Dressed" and "Most Money Raised" as they serve lunch compliments of Bonefish Grill.
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.
Stroll through the Village streets and view art from local and regional artists at The Annual Baytowne Art Walk from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 1-3. Enjoy live music throughout the festival from local artists.
Labor Day Music Festival
Boggy Bayou Productions LLC with co-sponsor The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will host the American Legends Labor Day Music Festival from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Mattie Kelly Amphitheater on the Northwest Florida State College campus. Special performances will pay trib-ute to the “American greats” and include Joshua Paul Sirten — A Sinatra Tribute, Ron Adams Entertainment — A Shadow of the King, and The Temptations Revue featuring original Temptations member, Reggie Reed.
Reserved seats are $25 and general admission lawn seats are $15. Blankets and folding chairs are allowed, but no coolers. There will be food and a full bar available onsite.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org/ or call 729-6000.
Labor Day Concert in the Village
Make Me Smile — Chicago Triute Band performs 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 pur-chase 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 members and children (12 and under) are free. Pro-ceeds 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 oc-casionally.
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, appe-tizers, bread and other snacks.