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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. Sept. 13 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• 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

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 Realism paintings Ad-mission is free and open to the public. Call 837-8572.

ADSO window display

During September, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Helen Blair, who offers a varied selection of pen and ink, oils, acrylic, and collage, all with a realistic flavor. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.

Art of Giving

Tickets are on sale for Food For Thought Outreach’s Fifth and final Annual Art of Giving to be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Churchill Oaks in Santa Rosa Beach. Lite bites will be provided. Past artists will return and Melisa Mercer Brown will join the event as newest artist. To reserve your tickets, visit

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, including electric bikes and electric motorcycles. Also enjoy vendor booths, vehicle presentations, test drives and informational presentations.

Oktoberfest at HarborWalk

To kick off the first Oktoberfest celebration, join the Pub Crawl at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 on the Destin harbor. A $10 pass benefits EOD Warrior Foundation. Advance passes at

HarborWalk Village puts a twist on the old German tradition of Oktoberfest from 12-5 p.m. Sept. 16. Enjoy live music on the main stage, a variety of food vendors from the area, arts and crafts for the family, German and seasonal craft beers, Stein Hoisting, games and more.

10th Anniversary

The Family Birth Place at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a birthday celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 across from the entrance of the Family Birth Place. Special guests will include hospital leadership and the first child born at the FBP, who is now 10 years old. Guests will enjoy a hot dog lunch, crafts, face painting and activities for the whole family. Call 278-3600.

Kitty Hawk Kite Festival

Larger-than-life show kites with an octopus, panda and gator will fly high in the sky from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16-17 at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. There will be professional stunt kite flying demonstrations, free kite flying lessons, special activities and more.

Storm Relief Concert

To support their neighbors displaced by Hurricane Harvey, Gulf Place Community is hosting a fundraiser, Bands of 30A Storm Relief Concert, from 1-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Gulf Place Amphitheater. All proceeds will be donated to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international hu-manitarian aid and disaster relief organiza-tion. The event is free to attend, but concert goers are asked to make a $10 donation for full day access to the concerts. Grayton Beach Catering will have plated meals for sale and 100 percent of the proceeds will go back to the relief fund.

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 Joyner-Kersee. General admission are $100/guest. Tickets may be purchased at or call 344-7763.

Hurricane Party

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

Education Appreciation Day

To celebrate the new school year and honor area educators, The Track Family Fun Parks will host Education Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Teachers, administrators and support staff will have special pricing at a 50 percent discount on single point purchases for them and their families. The Track Family Fun Park in Destin's signature attraction is the elevated, multi-level Wild Woody go-kart track. Tickets can be purchased at the park. Educators must show school credentials or a pay stub. The discount does not apply to the arcade.

Fine Arts Show

The 34th Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, is scheduled from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 26-29 and 2-10 p.m. Sept. 30 at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex. The Opening Reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 24. Artworks in every medium will be on display — high school and middle school art will be a special fea-ture.


Act4Murder presents “Killer in the Kitchen” Sept. 29 at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $34.95 at

Oktoberfest Bluewater Bay

The 23rd annual Oktoberfest in Bluewater Bay will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 29 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 30 at Market Place near Winn-Dixie on Hwy. 20. Live music, en-tertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, bratwurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer will be available. Sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, with all proceeds going to local charities. Admission is free.

Eggs on the Beach

The fourth Annual Eggs on the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Seascape Resort. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach will benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food For Thought. Taster tickets are $32/adult, $18/child (ages 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. To purchase a taster ticket, visit Eggs on the Beach or call 850-269-4666.

Hispanic Fest rescheduled to Oct. 1

Music, food, vendors, folkloric groups, and more will be found at Hispanic Fest 2017 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Pro-ceeds 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.

Cornhole Tournament

The Second Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament will be held at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Destin Commons. The popular sporting event will benefit ECCAC in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. To enter a team, visit, email, or call 833-9237, ext. 256 for more information.

Cooking with the Chef

Enjoy an intimate dining room setting for a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus at noon Oct. 3 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande as he prepares whole flounder Meuniere with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat. Class with lunch is $25. Make reservations at 424-0622.

Destin Seafood Festival

The 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 6; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk with live music, arts, crafts and fresh sea-food. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Oct. 7. Kids Zones will have pony rides, petting zoo, Hamster balls, rock climbing and a zip line.

The Annual Mingo Toss contest for kids up to 12 years old will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 on top of the hill at Royal Melvin Heritage Park behind the Destin City stage.

Bloody Mary Festival

The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host its Third Annual Bloody Mary Festival to benefit Habitat for Humanity — Walton County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. The event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s in-novative Bloody Marys served at restaurants and bars in the Panhandle and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door or $100 for VIP tickets and include three hours of unlimited tastes of up to 25 Bloody Marys. Visit for tickets.

Duck Regatta

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’ activities, free carousel rides, and the duck race at 1 p.m. Adopt ducks at or the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast Gift Shop. Proceeds support health-care services.

Vintage and Antique RV Show

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents “Rollin’ Through the Decades,” a Vintage and Antique RV Show, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in Santa Rosa Beach. Visit with performer Tim Jackson, explore a 1953 New Moon Trailer made famous by the popular couple Lucy and Ricky, and view other vintage and antique RVs and campers. Event is free with regular park admission.


The Destin Library’s Oktoberfest celebration, hosted by The Friends Guild of the Destin Library, will begin 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. Pretzels and sau-sage to sample will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. No registration. For more information email

Explore the Outdoors

Walton Outdoors will host its eighth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport. This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase from Black Creek Café. For more information, visit

Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the comedy/drama "The Dressmaker," at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Club LA

The Magpie Salute, the new 10-piece band that brings together Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien of The Black Crowes with other dynamic musicians and co-ed singers from around the world, is currently in the midst of a year-long national headlining tour in support of the band’s self-titled debut album. They will perform Oct. 24 at Club LA. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The Sound of Music

A brand new production of The Sound of Music will play on the Saenger stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Pensacola. Tickets are $78 and $58 plus applicable service charge and can be purchased at, by phone at 800-745-3000 and in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.

Lady Antebellum 

GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will headline the inaugural 30A Sessions concert series Oct. 28 at WaterColor LakeHouse. For tickets and concert info, visit

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 art-work 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.

Harvest Wine & Food Festival

The first Harvest Wine & Food Festival is scheduled Nov. 2-5 in WaterColor. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, the Grand Tasting will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4 in Cerulean Park. Purchase tickets at

Blues, Brews and BBQ

Area restaurants will compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at HarborWalk Village. The fun afternoon will feature “tasting stations” where guests can experience innovative food and cold beverages all while enjoying live entertain-ment from The Blenders and The House Rockers. Armbands may be pur-chased at

Saenger Theatre

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 Prices start at $63.

Travis Tritt

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

Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market

Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local sea-food, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa’s, gua-camole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vege-tables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Me-morial Day through Labor Day.