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Military, veteran art exhibit
The Destin Library will showcase the artwork of local military members and veterans during the month of March. The exhibit, Healing Through Art Expression, will feature a variety of the mediums. Witness how military members and veterans find healing through artistic ex-pression. The mission of the Okaloosa Vet Center is to welcome home and honor those who served, those still serving, and their families by reaching out to them, engaging their communities, and providing them with quality readjustment coun-seling and timely referral.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 14: Boukou Groove
• March 21: Luke Langford & The 331 Band
• March 28: Forrest Williams Band
• April 4: Blues Brothers
• April 11: Fleetwood Max
• April 18: Beatles vs. Stones
• April 25: Dream Police
• May 2: The Graytones
• May 9: Forrest Williams Band
• May 16: J.P. Soars & The Red Hots
• May 23: Chris Alvarado
• May 30: Lauren Saint Jane
• June 6: The Blenders
• June 13: Stephen Simmons
• June 20: Boukou Groove
• June 27: Courtyard Saints
• July 11: Forrest Williams
• July 18: The Rib Bones
Memorial Gala & Golf Weekend
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will host the Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf weekend with Gala at 5:30 p.m. March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment by Mr. Big, as well as live and silent auctions. Dress is coastal chic. Gala tickets are $250 per couple. Call 833-9237, ext. 256, to make reservations or visit www.eccac.org. The Kieran May Golf Tour-nament will take place March 11 at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with registration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tournament cost is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala.
Tequila and Taco Festival
Fiesta like there is no mañana at the Fifth Annual Tequila and Taco Festival from 1-5 p.m. March 10 at HarborWalk Village. Entrance opens at 12:30. Valid ID required for entry. Enjoy an afternoon on the harbor full of tequila tastings, live music and tacos of all kinds.; Proceeds benefit Food For Thought and The Emerald Coast Honor Games. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventliveus.com/purchase/event/649867.
Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place in Ruskin Place Artist Colony in Seaside, will host a daily trunk show featuring Tennessee fiber artist Carolyn White's wearables through March 10. The show will focus on her innovative wearables converted from scarves, hand knitted and felted hats with hand-needle-felted surface design, hand knitted asymmetrical wraps and cowls.
Business Expo/Taste of Okaloosa County
For the 11th year, the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce will host the biggest marketing and networking opportunity around — the Multi-Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Okaloosa County from 4-7 p.m. March 13 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Learn about, and enjoy samples from, and network with area busi-nesses. Featured restaurants include Big Red Grill/Big Red Truck, Crab Island Cantina, Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, Island Wing Company, Kupcakes a Go-Go, The Melting Pot, and WaterVue.
ADSO window display
During March, The Arts and Design Society pre-sents the work of award-winning, multi-talented artist Marcy Eady whose display includes her sculp-tures and pottery in clay and her 2-D work, acrylic paintings and drawings. While the window art is available for viewing 24/7, office and gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery, which is free to the public, is open also from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Art Center Gallery is at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. March 15, April 26 and May 17 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.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Annual Dinner March 15 at the Emerald Grande Ballroom at HarborWalk Village recognizes key volunteers, community leaders, staff and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Club here in Northwest Florida. Purchase tickets at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2018-annual-dinner/
St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza
McGuire's Irish Pub, 33 Hwy. 98 E in Destin, presents its St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza beginning at 10 a.m. March 17.
St. Patty's Day Delight
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The night begins with live jazz and blues music from The Blenders in the Events Plaza followed by The Drake School of Irish Dance performing several group and solo dances. The Blenders will then be back until 9 p.m.
30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival
The 11th Annual 30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival begins at 2 p.m. March 17 on Scenic Hwy. 30A and heads four miles west, ending at County Road 393 near Gulf Place. The festival at 3 p.m. is at Arnett's Gulfside Farm and Stables in Santa Rosa Beach. The entertainment starts with the Drake School of Irish Dance, followed by an afternoon of Irish jigs and reels with The O'Mericans Celtic Band. Ticket prices, $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for 4 and under, are available at www.30aparade.com. Food vendors will have traditional corned beef and cabbage and green beer available.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Finding Nemo” at 7:15 p.m. March 18 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Bay-towne Wharf.
• March 25: Paddington
• April 1: Hop
• May 20: Coco
• June 3: Minions
• June 10: Emoji Movie
• June 17: Beauty and the Beast
• June 24: Moana
• July 8: Toy Story 3
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
Baytowne By Night
• Hydroflight Monday: This free fly-board show is a must-see. Check out local athlete Ben Merrell as he flies over the Baytowne lagoon in March at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
• Boomin’ Tuesday: Enjoy free inflatables and lawn games beginning March 20 at the Baytowne Events Plaza from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning March 20 and then take in an amazing fireworks display to end the perfect night.
• Magical Thursday: Kids will love this free magic show put on by pi-rate Captain Davy each Thursday at the Events Plaza Stage. The shows take place from 7-9 p.m. beginning March 22.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Harry and Snowman,” a drama/biography/documentary, 2 p.m. March 20 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative rela-tionship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid 80 dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods, and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.
Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. March 20 and April 3 and Tuesdays June 5-July 31 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
Library Cultural Series
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform at 2 p.m. March 21 at the Destin Library. Program is free and open to the public.
Peter Fletcher is a classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs more than 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed. Fletcher’s repertoire runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century.
• April 17: Jazz Artist Cheryl Jones at noon
Dr. Cheryl Jones is Destin's "Music Diva.” Her many talents include musician, pianist, vocalist, entertainer, composer, songwriter, music director and much more. She has led her award winning music group, Jones and Company, for more than 20 years. This program is an open air “Jazz on the Lawn” concert in conjunction with National Library Week and Jazz Appreciation month. Bring your lunch and enjoy the concert.
Purses With A Purpose: Tote, satchel, clutch or hobo. Find it at Purses with a Purpose, a signature Shelter House event, March 22-24 at Grand Boulevard. Shoppers have the opportunity to select from hundreds of new and gently used purses up for sale or auction.
Bring low back chairs or blankets for a night of inspiring films under the stars from 7-10 p.m. March 23 and 24 as The Water-sound Origins community hosts the Second Annual International Ocean Film Tour at Village Commons. This outdoor event will feature six or seven films with inspiring protagonists, powerful stories, and stunning visuals all into one film program. The same films will be shown each night. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from the Watersound Café. Coolers will not be permitted. Tickets are limited and non-refundable. Event is rain or shine. Cost is $15/adults and $5/kids in advance or $25/adults and $10/kids day of event.
ADSO Fundraising Cookout
The Arts and Design Society will host a cookout in its courtyard at 11 a.m. March 24 at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. Price of hamburger or hotdog, beverage, chips and cookies is $12. Live music by Michael Fagan will be featured. Tickets are available in advance at the ADSO Art Center or on the day of the cookout. Proceeds will go toward the further development of the courtyard into a space for functions and classes. In case of rain, seating will be in the Gallery. A stepping stone fundraiser to make stepping stone for courtyard is $5 and all materials will be supplied. For $25, one may be taken home.
Act4Mystery, formerly Act4Murder, will perform Pirates, Lies, and Mail-Order Brides at 7 p.m. March 29 at La Paz Destin, 950 Gulf Shore Drive. Seat-ing begins at 6:30 p.m. La Paz serves a full Fajita Bar for $34.95 for the dinner and show. Reservations can be made at www.act4mystery.com.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents “Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen” at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Gala table seating, single seating, corporate sponsor tables and full tables of 10 are available and tickets range from $45-$150. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education program. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. March 31. Enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over our inflatable obstacle course. And get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Egg Dash
Hop on over to see the Easter Bunny and go on a free Easter Egg Dash at 2 p.m. April 1 at LuLu’s at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin. Egg-citing “golden eggs” with special prizes will be scattered about. Children divided into age groups for the hunt. The Easter Bunny will visit with pho-tos taken from 12-3 p.m.
Sandestin Wine Festival
The 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, April 12-15 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, has four days of unique events from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in pre-view events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wine. For information and times, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.
Champagne/Seafood Lunch Cruise
Celebrate the Kick-Off of the Sandestin Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 on the Solaris Yacht, leaving from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $93/person and includes four-course mea., champagne pairings and two-hour cruise. Visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519 for tick-ets.
Vettes at the Village
Vroom, vroom! Corvette clubs bring “America’s Sports Car” to the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival: Dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, and entertainers converge in South Walton April 26-29 to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the celebration of wine benefiting Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard, attendees enjoy such attractions as Spirits Row, Savor South Walton Culinary Village, Nosh Pavilions, Tasting Seminars, Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, live entertain-ment and more than 800 wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry insiders. For more information, visit sowalwine.com. For spe-cific events and to pur-chase tickets visit https://www.xorbia.com/e/sowal-wine/2018/?referral=xt-buy-tix.
Memorial Day Celebration
Kick off your summer during our Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music from 7-9 p.m. May 26 and 27. Kids activities and a patriotic fireworks show also light up on May 27. The Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans May 28.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
Red, White, and Baytowne
The free Red, White, and Baytowne celebration begins at 6 p.m. July 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
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; 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.