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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with JP Soars and the Red Hots from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Events Plaza in Bay-towne Wharf.
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 last celebration of the season at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 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.
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 compli-ments 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.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy the last free concert of the season with The Springs from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 19 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
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.
The Art of Tailgating
Saltwater Restaurants will feature a tailgating food and beverage competition among various restaurants to benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Al’s Beach Club and Burger Bar on Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $40/MKAF members and $50/general admission. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite sports colors. Live entertainment includes Myke Van Ness. Purchase tickets at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
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.
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.
HH Arts Artist of the Month
HH Arts will highlight the works of Michael Cheney, a photographer and painter, during the month of August.
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 Boulevard 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.
Act4Murder presents “A Medley for Murder” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 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.
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.
A grand opening reception for Not Too Shabby will be held from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the new location, 9755 Hwy. 98 West in Miramar Beach. Guests will enjoy lite bites and cocktails while Chris Alvarado provides live entertainment.
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 Ad-ams 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.
The 26th Annual Greek Festival will beheld from 4-9 p.m. Sept. 1; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 2; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Is-land. Admission is $2 with free parking. Taste various Greek foods, desserts, and enjoy the sounds provided by the Kosta Kastanis Band. Local Greek dancers will perform and there will be multiple vendors selling their crafts and goods. Lamb will be served at the new outside Taverna/Greek Sports Bar.
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.
Art exhibit at Destin Library
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Kymberly Anne Howell Heartsong during September. The “Phases of Life” exhibit features a collection of Abstract Real-ism paintings Admission is free and open to the public. An open house with light refreshments to meet the artist will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Call 837-8572.
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 artwork 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 include a designer wig are $125 if pre-purchased, and $150 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eccac.org, or call 833-9237, ext. 283.
Benefit for ECCAC
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will host a Team Up & Tailgate Party at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 on the top floor of the office building adjacent to the parking garage in Destin Commons. A football theme décor will prevail with many activities, in-cluding a cornhole competition, wine pong, live and silent auctions and plenty of music, food and drinks. Purchase a table for 10 for $1,000 and it will be decorated in your choice of team colors. Individual tickets are also available at $125 per person.
The next day, at 11 a.m. Sept. 10, is the annual Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic at the Kelly Plantation Golf Club. For more information and tickets, visit www.eccac.org or call 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. Ad-mission 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 afternoon 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 demonstra-tions of special techniques and a mini recital of French and contemporary music. For further in-formation 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 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: 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, in-cluding electric bikes and electric motorcycles. Also enjoy vendor booths, vehicle presentations, test drives and informational presentations.
Steak & Stake Dinner
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Fourth Annual Steak & Stake Dinner featuring Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be held Sept. 21 at the South Walton Boys & Girls Club, 427 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. VIP enters at 5 p.m. with general admission at 6:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $150/person and include reception with Jackie Joy-ner-Kersee. General admission are $100/guest. Tickets may be purchased at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2017-steak-and-stake-dinner/ or call 344-7763.
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 Regatta 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’ activi-ties, 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 cele-bration 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 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.
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.