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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Bay Bridge Band at 7 p.m. March 21 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
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 gen-tly 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 Watersound Origins com-munity 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.
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 expres-sion. 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.
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.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Paddington” at 7:15 p.m. March 25 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Bay-towne Wharf.
• 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
Stoked Hypnotic Comedy Show
The interactive, audience participation show where you can be a hypnotic subject or participate in ESP and mental-ism experiments is at 8 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays at the Rockett Theatre at HarborWalk Village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admis-sion is $20. Call 833-stoked-1 or 386-262-6810 for tick-ets.
That Old Refrain
Through March 30, the Arts and Design Society will host its That Old Refrain show featuring works, in any medium, inspired by a line from a song or poem, which will be the title of the piece. Free and open to the public, the gallery is open 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.
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. 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 pirate Captain Davy each Thursday at the Events Plaza Stage. The shows take place from 7-9 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Destin Library has scheduled its Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4 and under from 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 28 inside the Library. Pre-registration is required and may be made in person at the library or call 837-8572. Event will include door prizes, a visit by the Easter Bunny and more.
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. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. La Paz serves a full Fajita Bar for $34.95 for the dinner and show. Reser-vations can be made at www.act4mystery.com.
Authorized by The Eagles, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduce the sound of The Eagles while recreating a classic sound which transcends the boundaries of rock, R&B, and country at 7:30 p.m. March 29 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the box office, mattiekel-lyartscenter.org or 729-6000.
Kids Easter Crafts
Children ages 4 to 12 years, along with their parents, can create an Easter Egg Magnet or Easter Bunny Magnet from 1-4 p.m. March 30 at the Destin Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Easter Egg Hunt
The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 12 and under will be held at 9 a.m. March 31 at Morgan Sports Center. There will be a special egg hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers. For more information, call 650-1241.
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.
Celebrate Easter on with an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 in the HarborView Room at the Emerald Grande. For reservations, call 424-0622.
Then enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny from 2:30-4 p.m. on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Vil-lage.
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.
Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Ste-vie Hall from 7-10 p.m. April 3 and Tuesdays June 5-July 31 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
DES Spirit Nights
LuLu’s in Destin will host Spirit Night for Destin Elementary from 5-8 p.m. April 9. Ten percent of food and drink sales will be donated to the Destin Ele-mentary PTO. LuLu's is at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge.
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 Fes-tival 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.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical features all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more at 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 14 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impos-sible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” Tickets are $45/adults and $35/ages 18 and under and can be purchased at the box office, mattiekellyartscenter.org or 729-6000.
Anniversary/Artist Gallery Day
HH Arts, 100 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, will host its Artist Gallery Day and third anniversary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14. Artists will demonstrate their artistic endeavors and refreshments will be served. Also, an art raffle.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Love and Friendship,” a drama, comedy, romance, 2 p.m. April 17 at the Destin Li-brary. The free movie is open to the public and di-rected toward a mature audience.
Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
Jazz on the Lawn
Celebrate National Library Week and Jazz Appreciation Month when the Friends Guild of the Destin Library hosts an afternoon of jazz on the lawn with Destin’s “Music Diva,” Dr. Cheryl Jones, at noon April 17.
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 over 20 years.
Bring a lawn chair and a sack lunch, and then relax in the shade of the live oaks while Jones works her magic.
In case on inclement weather, event will be moved into the library.
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.
Crawfish Boil/Mudbug 5K
The Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil and Mudbug 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. April 21 at Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. The ole' fashioned crawfish boil begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $15/box or $50/4 boxes. Shrimp also available. Dikki Du and the Zydeco
Krewe will provide entertainment and there will be a live radio remote plus the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office will have a K9 on hand.
Spring Concerts in the Village
Enjoy a night under the stars with the Temptation Revue from 7-9 p.m. April 26 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a bottle of wine, a craft beer, snacks and a blanket or chair. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $15/adults and free to MKAF members and children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door.
• May 3: Captain Fantastic 52nd Street & Boogie Fever with music from Rocket Man to the Piano Man and 70's Disco.
• May 10: The Petty Hearts, a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band celebrates the life and musical legacy of his 40-year career in rock and roll.
• May 17: The Return is a Beatles Tribute that captures the very essence of the Beatles themselves.
• May 24: Velcro Pygmies are known for delivering a nonstop high energy hair metal rock show you won’t soon forget.
• May 31: Purple Masquerade, a Tribute to Prince, brings back the pop/funk sounds of Prince and The Revolution.
• June 7: Walter Wolfman Washington, a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene, brings heartfelt rhythm and blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz to the area.
• June 14: Gloria’s Miami Sound with Nikki Torres is a tribute to Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine with their Rhythm is Gonna Get You on Your Feet in 1, 2, 3.
• June 21: M-80’s present the best music from the 80’s with their high energy and great stage presence.
• June 28: The Maxx, back by popular demand, has energetic choreography and eclectic sound with classic oldies and today’s pop music.
Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. 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.
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 enter-tainment and more than 800 wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry insiders. For more information, visit sowalwine.com. For specific events and to pur-chase tickets visit https://www.xorbia.com/e/sowal-wine/2018/?referral=xt-buy-tix.
WPSM radio and Destin's Week of Blessings present a UNIFIED Concert at 6 p.m. May 6 at HarborWalk Village. The concert will honor those who serve in churches, community and country. Music will be provided by Impulse Church Praise Team and soloist Beth White.
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 activi-ties and a patriotic fire-works 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 des-serts 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.