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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. Oct. 4 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• Oct. 11: The Moon Lagoons

• Oct. 18: Continuum

• Oct. 25: Heritage


Fall Concerts in the Village

The last fall concert features The Steve Miller Tribute Band from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5 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.


Steampunk Exhibit

Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show “Steam-punk” 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 seafood. 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, or call 244-1271.


ADSO window display

During October, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of award-winning Tera Fujan, working in En-caustic wax, a combination of beeswax and resin, painted while melted, and manipulated with torch or carving tools to add layers and texture. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.


NFB ballet

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 Humanity — 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 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’ activi-ties, 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 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.


Fish the Days and Rock the Nights

Watch the winning catches of the 69th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo hit the docks for daily weigh-ins from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Then Rock the Docks all night long with free live music on the main stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and a fireworks cele-bration at 9 p.m.


Anniversary Celebration

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 following event.


Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the comedy/drama "The Dressmaker," at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Destin Li-brary. 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 sausage to sample will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. No registration. For more information email


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 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 for information and tickets.


Fall Fest

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


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


Club LA

Gemini Syndrome will perform with special guests Deadset Society & Spoken Oct. 17 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Doors open at 7 p.m. Under 18 must have parent/guardian. General admission is $12.50/advanced and $17/door. Reserved seating is $25. Purchase tickets at


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 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


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.

Halloween Haunt

A frightfully fun time can be had at the annual Halloween Haunt from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Center Plaza at Destin Commons. Enjoy spooky crafts, fantasy face painting, trick-or-treating at the stores, and a costume contest for children in age categories from 0-12 and dogs. Come dressed to impress and you might win a hauntingly awesome assortment of prizes.


BooLu’s/Trunk or Treat

Enjoy Halloween festivities and a costume contest at the free LuLu’s Third Annual BooLu's from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. The spooky fun will have pumpkin decorating, kid’s crafts, inflatable play area, and live music. Trunk or Treat will feature trick-or-treating in the LuLu’s parking lot during BooLu’s. Kids can partake in a faboolous costume contest. Registration and judging will be from 2-4:30 p.m.


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 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 members and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach pro-grams. Call 650-2226.


Raise a Glass

Raise A Glass: A Wine and Cheese event in honor of Opportunity Place will be held from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Magnolia Grill Restaurant, 157 Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach. A variety of wines and a large selection of food will be served plus a silent auction. Tickets are $25 at or 659-3190. Volunteers are also needed.


Vin’tij Wine Dinner

The Northwest Florida Ballet “Fall Into Dance” four-course wine dinner begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Vin’tij Wine Boutique, 10859 U.S. 98 in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple (excluding gratuity). Seating is limited. Proceeds support live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2017-2018 season productions of The Nutcracker and Peter Pan.



Have a BOO-tastic time from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House in Destin benefitting Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Enjoy live music by Continuum, a BQ buffet for $10, silent auction, costume contests for kids 10 and under and pets, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. Donation at door $5 suggested. All proceeds benefit the future Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Fall Festival

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.


Jack-O-Lantern Contest

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


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 entertainment from The Blenders and The House Rockers. Armbands may be purchased 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. Purchase tickets at 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


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.


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 seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; home-made 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 Sea-scape 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 Me-morial Day through Labor Day.