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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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Blenders from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Aug. 9: Chris Alvarado
• Aug. 16: JP Soars and the Red Hots
Aug. 23: Continuum
• Aug. 30: Donnie Sundal
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. 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.
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 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.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with The Moon Lagoons from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 5 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• 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 “Monster Trucks” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
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.
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie “The Incredibles” at 8 p.m. Aug. 6 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Bay-towne Wharf.
Capt. Davy and the Crossbones
Catch Captain Davy and the Crossbones (his buccaneer crew) on stage from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Al's Beach Club & Burger Bar on Okaloosa Island. Bring the kids to join the crew for song and dance.
ADSO window display
During August, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Anne Johnston, who will be “Making Waves” with her acrylic art series. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
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 Bay-towne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Stevie Hall performs Aug. 8 and 12 and hear Bryan Bludworth Aug. 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.
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 atten-dance, 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
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its doors to launch the 5th anniversary season of its Theatre Education Program from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 12 with a Breakfast and Bonding Open House celebration. At 10:30 a.m. ECTC will announce its annual ECTC Educational Program Awards. The event will be held in ECTC’s performing arts space, upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.
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 Sixth Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board race sponsored by Destin ER, 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 Bay-towne 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, a 10-piece ensemble performing a tribute to the legendary band Chicago, performs from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Dugas Pavil-ion 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.
Harpist Katie Ott at Destin Library
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host harpist Katie Ott at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 for an af-ternoon of discussion about the history of the harp and its evolution from the Egyptian lyre into the modern instrument. This program is free and open to the public. Her program will include demon-strations of special techniques and a mini recital of French and contemporary music. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Destin Library at 837-8572.
Fall Concerts in the Village
Listen to the music of Heritage from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Dugas Pa-vilion 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 pre-pared 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: The Steve Miller Tribute Band
Children’s Volunteer Health Network presents the 13th Annual Hurricane Party from 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 22 at Bud and Alley’s in Santa Rosa Beach to benefit kids in Walton and Okaloosa Counties who do not have access to a doctor, dentist or specialist. Following a Caribbean theme, the Heritage Band will perform and tropical food will be served. Also a live and silent auction. Tickets are $100/advance and $125/door. Purchase at https://childrensvolunteerhealthnetwork.salsalabs.org/13thannualhurricaneparty/index.html.
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.