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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Chris Alvarado from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Aug. 16: JP Soars and the Red Hots
Aug. 23: Continuum
• Aug. 30: Donnie Sundal
• Sept. 6: Luke Langford & the 331 Band
• Sept. 13: Forrest Williams
• Sept. 20: Mose Wilson and the Delta Twang
• Sept. 27: Courtyard Saints
• Oct. 4: Chris Alvarado
• Oct. 11: The Moon Lagoons
• Oct. 18: Continuum
• Oct. 25: Heritage
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.
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
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with the Jacob Mohr Band from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• Aug. 19: The Springs
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.
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. 12 and Bryan Bludworth Aug. 11.
• Sept. 23: Stevie Hall
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.
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.
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.
HH Arts Artist of the Month
HH Arts will highlight the works of Michael Cheney, a photographer and painter, during the month of August.
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.
Beach Luau Party
Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar on Okaloosa Island presents a free Beach Luau Party at 5 p.m. Aug. 18. The family event will feature an island dance and fire per-formance at 8 pm. Prizes will be awarded for tropical beach games such as adult and child hula hoop and limbo contests. Music will feature The Good Lookings from 9 p.m. to midnight. Food from the islands includes a Polynesian pig roast, little piggie plate for the little ones. Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Wounded Warriors. Other luaus will be held Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.
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.
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.
Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 24 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music and shopping with the sounds of live music in the Events Plaza. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Dog Days of Summer
Dog-Harmony and Grand Boulevard will host a celebration of the sweet summertime from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24 in Grand Boule-vard benefiting Dog Harmony. Bring your furry friend and join in with puppy and people treats and complimentary refreshments. Open to the public at no charge.
Stock the Pantry
The Fourth Annual Stock the Pantry Party will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Food For Thought Santa Rosa Beach Pantry, 132 Market Street. Guests are asked to bring $5 or five food items (suggested items include plastic jars of peanut butter, plastic jars of jelly, granola bars, fruit cups, snack crackers, and/or breakfast bars) to donate to enjoy all the fun. The Mellow Mushroom Bake Bus will cook up pizzas, guests will enjoy treats from Pop Stop, drinks from Grayton Beer Company, a raffle, and fun activities for the family.
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 tribute 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.
The Arts and Design Society's show “First Impressions” 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. Ad-mission to the gallery is free.
Baytowne Art Walk
The Annual Baytowne Art Walk will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 1-3 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Stroll the Village streets and browse a variety of artwork from both regional and local artists. Enjoy live music throughout the festival from local artists.
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 Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cul-tural 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.
Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance's Visual Arts Committee will host an art exhibit Outdoor Magic now through Sept. 4 at Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard. The exhibit features 26 pieces of art-work by 17 artists created by painting outdoors, also called en plein air.
Wiggin’ Out For A Cause
The Third Annual Wiggin’ Out For A Cause will take place from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Grand Boulevard in the Emerald Coast Theatre. The 80’s psychedelic rock ‘n roll theme will be filled with wine, food, fun, live DJ music and happenings, including wig transformations and make up. Ladies can partake in karaoke, dancing, photo booth, and more, with a silent auction. Tickets are $75 each; at the door are $100. VIP tickets that in-clude a designer wig are $125 if pre-purchased, and $150 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Cen-ter. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eccac.org, or call 850-833-9237, Ext. 283.
Music, food, vendors, folkloric groups, and more will be found at Hispanic Fest 2017 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Proceeds from the event will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc’s 13th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children’s Fiesta. Admission is $5/person with children under 12 free.
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 email@example.com 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
National Drive Electric Week
During National Drive Electric Week, learn all about driving electric at this all electric vehicle event from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Destin Commons. There will be 30+ electric vehicles on display, including electric bikes and electric motorcycles. Also enjoy vendor booths, vehicle presentations, test drives and informational presentations.
Elf the Musical, the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Saenger Theatre, 118 Palafox Place in Pensacola. Ticket pre-sale begins Sept. 15 at http://www.ticketmaster.com/. Prices start at $63.
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.
The seventh annual Emerald Coast Duck Re-gatta will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Adopt a duck for your chance to win $5,000. This family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, face painting, kids’ activities, free carousel rides, and the duck race at 1 p.m. Adopt ducks at emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast Gift Shop. Proceeds sup-port healthcare services.
For the Destin Library’s Oktoberfest celebration at 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Kelly Taylor, owner and master brewer of Destin Brewery, will present information about the growing world of craft beers. Also, sample pretzels and sausage. The event is free and open to the public. No registration. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Country music star Travis Tritt will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola. Tickets are $59.95, $49.95 and $39.95 plus applicable service charge and are on sale at the Saenger Theatre box office, at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.