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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.
Northwest Florida Fair
The Northwest Florida Fair rolls into town from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 26-29 and 2-10 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Cost for adults and children 10 years old and up is $12 per person Tuesday-Thursday and $8 Friday and Saturday. Full-access ride armbands are $20 Friday and Saturday. Children 9 years and under are free. For more information and details on discounts and themed nights, visit www.nwffair.com.
Battle at the Bar
The Gulf on Okaloosa Island’s Battle at the Bar will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 27. Area bartenders will compete to win over a panel of judges with their concoctions and mixology techniques. Attendees can sample the cocktails and vote for the People’s Choice award. A portion of the proceeds will go to Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge to help fund their future location in Navarre. Tickets are $20/person and include cocktail samples and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Courtyard Saints from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Events Plaza in Bay-towne Wharf.
• Oct. 4: Chris Alvarado
• Oct. 11: The Moon Lagoons
• Oct. 18: Continuum
• Oct. 25: Heritage
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 1 upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.
Fall Concerts in the Village
Listen to the music of Déjà vu from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28 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.
• Oct. 5: The Steve Miller Tribute Band
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 www.act4murder.com.
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.
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 Admission 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 col-lage, 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.
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.
10th Annual Wagon Parade
Take your child's nautical-themed decorated wagon to the docks and help celebrate the kick-off of the first day of the 2017 Destin Fishing Rodeo from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 1 at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. Help celebrate Destin's fishing heritage as we parade down the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Event is free.
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 www.eccac.org, email email@example.com, 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.
The City of Destin’s 33rd Annual Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “All I want for Christmas.” The floats will start at Downtown Destin Shop-ping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Please stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the floats. For those who wish to put a float in the parade, applications are available at the Destin Community Center. In lieu of an entry fee, each entry must make a donation of a new toy for a local charity, to be dropped off at the Destin Community Center with the application. Appli-cations must be turned in no later than Friday, Dec. 1. Call 654-5184 for more information.
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show “Steampunk” will be from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.. The exhibition features work depicting the artists’ interpretation of the Victorian Era with steam-powered and clockwork-inspired technology. The show begins Oct. 3 through Oct. 30. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public.
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. Admission is free.
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 be-hind the Destin City stage.
Workshop: Portrait Technique Level II
As a fundraiser for ADSO, George Brandon, master portrait artist, will offer a workshop using Conté crayons and charcoal from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. In Level II, special focus will be given to detailing eyes, nose, and mouth with highlights. Cost of the workshop is $45/members; $55/non-members. All supplies included. Suitable for beginner/advanced. For further details and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website atwww.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 244-1271.
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) will stage a free, outdoor performance of excerpts from Giselle and The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Seaside Amphitheater. The program begins with a lecture demonstration on the history of ballet and the method of training at NFB featuring both company dancers and school students. Visit the NFB website and Facebook page to purchase tickets or for additional information.
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 Hu-manity — Walton County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. The event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s innovative 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 http://bit.ly/TMSBloodyMaryFest2017 for tickets.
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 emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast Gift Shop. Proceeds support healthcare ser-vices.
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 Other End Beergarden celebrates its third year anniversary with the Bill and Dianne Campbell Charitable Trust Charity event at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Other End Restaurant & Beergarden at the Destin harbor. Seth Galloway and Bill Garrett will provide live music and there will be raffles and a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will be matched by the Bill and Diane Campbell Community Charitable Trust and donated to Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Feline Friends of Destin, Shelter House, Emerald Coast Reef Association, Alaqua Animal Refuge and others.
Kids’ Fall Festival
The free Kids’ Fall Festival with arts, crafts, face painting, live music, fun and games, and the Home Depot Kids Workshop, will be held from 12-2 p.m. Oct. 9 at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar at HarborWalk Village. Watch the weigh-ins for Destin Fishing Rodeo fol-lowing event.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the com-edy/drama "The Dressmaker," at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baytowne Beer Festival
The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts its 10th Annual Baytowne Beer Fest Oct. 13 and 14. More than 200 beers will be featured and live music will be heard throughout the festival. Visit http://www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com/ for more information and tickets.
30A Blue Crab Festival
Celebrate the 30A lifestyle Oct. 13-15 at the second annual 30A Blue Crab Festival hosted at Trebeache in Blue Mountain. Proceeds will benefit The South Walton Artificial Reef Association. Visit https://www.30acrabfest.com/ for information and tickets.
Fall Fest 2017 will be held from 1-8 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church. Kids can enjoy inflatables, Cubby Caboose, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Fund raising games will benefit missions. Also, food trucks, popcorn and cotton candy.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked
The seventh annual Rosemary Beach Uncorked featuring wine, food and more will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Proceeds will go to the Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. Advance tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.rosemarybeachuncorked.com.
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 http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/explorefest
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 headlin-ing 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 http://themagpiesalute.com/events.
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 ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.
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 30Asessions.com.
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 members and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach pro-grams. Call 650-2226.
The City of Destin’s 17th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Destin Community Center. Bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with games and activities, cakewalk, costume contest, space-walk/slide, jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5, with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is 5-6 p.m.
The City of Destin’s 17th Annual Fall Festival Jack-O-Lantern Contest will be held Oct. 30 at the Destin Community Center. All carved pumpkins are to be dropped off before 3 p.m. that day. Judging will be at 5 p.m. First through third prizes will be awarded in these categories: scariest, funniest, and most origi-nal. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the Community Center that night.
Harvest Wine & Food Festival
The first Harvest Wine & Food Festival is scheduled Nov. 2-5 in WaterColor. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auc-tion Foundation, the Grand Tasting will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4 in Cerulean Park. Purchase tickets at www.HarvestWineandFood.com.
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 www.eventbrite.com.
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. Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/. Prices start at $63.
Sequins & Suits
The Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce’s Sequins & Suits Auction and Wine Tasting will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Emerald Grande in Destin to benefit The Arc of the Emerald Coast. The night will feature silent and live auctions, wine tasting, small plates, a wine pull, and a cash bar. There are sponsorships available at three different levels and individual tickets are available for purchase. For information on sponsorships or tickets, email email@example.com.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the mys-tery/drama "Get Low" at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.
A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party ... while he was still alive.
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.
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa’s, guacamole, 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 vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memo-rial Day through Labor Day.