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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Continuum from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 25: Heritage
Lip Sync Battle
Emerald Coast Theatre Company will host the third annual Emerald Coast Lip Sync Battle at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at its performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boule-vard at Sandestin. Tickets are $25/person and may be purchased at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 684-0323. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education outreach and scholarship programs.
Bring the kids and have a Peanuts Halloween as the Peanuts Gang comes to Bass Pro Shops in Des-tin with free kids’ activities from 12-5 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29; 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 30; and 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating starts at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 with a costume parade at 6.
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 Gal-lery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
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. 21 and 28 and a fireworks celebration at 9 p.m.
Act4Murder presents “Murder At the Monster Bash” Oct. 27 at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $34.95 with Fajita Bar. Make reservations at www.act4murder.com.
The Dressing Room Boutique in Destin Com-mons will host “Howl-O-Ween” benefiting Dog Harmony Oct. 20. Pet adoptions and “Yappy Hour” begin at 5 p.m. with event from 6-8 p.m. In addition to discounts, door prizes, and raffle, there will fare and cocktails served.
Life's a Beach Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society hosts exhibition of the Life's a Beach Publications' annual cover competition, featuring colorful paintings reflecting local beach environment. The show runs Oct. 23 to Nov. 3. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public. Call 244-1271.
The Okaloosa All-County Honor Choir Concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The singers are students at Okaloosa middle and high schools. The concert is free of charge.
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 head-lining 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.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast launches its 12th season on a high note with “An Evening with Chris Mann” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. The four-course wine dinner is fol-lowed by an intimate cabaret-style performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard. Tickets are $195/person. Proceeds will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs. Purchase tickets at Sinfo-niaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
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.
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 con-test 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.
Monster Mash Pub Crawl
Don your favorite Halloween costume and join in the Monster Mash Pub Crawl along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 28. At 7 p.m. take part in live music on the HarborWalk Village main stage, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. and an adult costume contest. Purchase an armband to support local charity and visit HarborWalk bars including Harry T’s Lighthouse, Crab Island Cantina, Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Fishheads, Margaritaville and Jest-ers.
Baytowne on Ice
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice from Oct. 28 through Feb. 3 in the Events Plaza. For details, visit www.baytownewharf.com or call 267-8184.
McGuire’s Annual Halloween Run
McGuire’s 21st Annual Halloween 5k Run/Walk 10kRun begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 at McGuire’s, 33 U.S. 98 in Destin. Enjoy a free pre race breakfast and a post race party with live entertainment, Irish Fare, Irish Wakes and Irish Ale. Visit www.mcguiresirishpub.com for registration informa-tion.
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.
Singer/songwriter Drew Tillman, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Jeff Glickman and the Panhandle All Stars, 12-2 p.m.
Caravan Jazz Band, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Then & Now, 10-11 a.m.
Roman Street, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Melissa Joiner, 2-3:30 p.m.
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 Res-taurant, 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 www.opifwb.org 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 Nut-cracker 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.
Pumpkinpalooza/Pet Costume Contest
A Halloween festival for all ages, the fun begins from 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at HarborWalk Village. Kids can take part in a costume contest at 2 p.m. followed by trick-or-treating at all of the Village restaurants and shops. Next up is the pet costume contest at 4 p.m. on the main stage.
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, funni-est, and most original. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the Community Center that night.
Arts and Design Society's show “Steampunk” will be at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach through Oct. 30. The exhibition features work depicting the artists’ interpretation of the Victorian Era with steam-powered and clockwork-inspired technology. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.
Trick or Treat Street
Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a free spooktacular extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick or Treat through the Village streets, listen to the DJ’s frighteningly good tunes on the main stage, and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and a fly-board show by Ben Merrell. End the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8 p.m.
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 www.HarvestWineandFood.com.
Blues, Brews, and BBQ
Area restaurants will again compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition during the 10th Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at HarborWalk Vil-lage. They will offer samples of creative BBQ styles and signature coastal food. Prizes will be awarded. Tasting wristband, $30/advance, $35/at door, includes 7 drink tickets for craft beer and bourbon tastings. Under 21, $15/advance, $20 at door, is for barbecue sample only. Purchase advance tickets 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.
Classical Connections Concerts
The first in the Classical Connections series presented by Sin-fonia Gulf Coast features cellist Sang-Eun Lee at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
• Jan. 26: SYBARITE5 string quintet
• March 3: Violinist Corinne Stillwell
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. Business or individuals can purchase tickets at www.nicevillechamber.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.
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edi-tion
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in De-cember in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
A Rockin’ Holiday
Mary Wilson of the Supremes brings her lar-ger-than-life vocals and amazing energy to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her and her band. Purchase tickets at Sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Meth-odist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Show is a magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box of-fice prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under. Available in November.
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; 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 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. Ven-dors 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.