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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with the Blues Brothers at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
Cirque Italia will bring its non-animal water cir-cus to Santa Rosa Mall in Fort Walton Beach at 7:30 p.m. April 5-8; 1:30 p.m. April 7-8; and 4:30 p.m. April 7-8. Purchase tickets at http://cirqueitalia.com/the-tours/gold. ADA seating is available by phone at 941-704-8572. Cirque Italia brings talented artists from across the world under the big top — unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and much more.
Photography/Digital Arts Exhibition
Opening reception for the Arts and Design So-ciety's 19th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show is from 6-8 p.m. April 6 at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. The show begins April 3 and runs through April 27. For more information, call 244-1271.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s final Pro-fessional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production will be “Aesop’s Fables.” Showtimes are 10 a.m. April 7 and 14 upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. April 6 and 13 performances are reserved for field trips. Tickets are $10/person. Children age 3 and under are free. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs.
TCM Big Screen Classics: Grease
Grease is the one that you want at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 8 and 11 at AMC Destin Commons 14. Go back to high school with Pink Lady Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), leader of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny (John Travolta), and a rockin' and rollin' all-star cast. This 40th Anniversary event includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. Purchase tickets at www.atomtickets.com.
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 preview 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 Ma-rina. 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.
Family Estuary Festival
Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute’s 11th Annual Family Estuary Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Highway 20 in Niceville. Local organizations will provide fun activities, hands-on displays and environmental awareness. Event is free with paid admission to park, $5/vehicle with 2-8 people; $2/single occupant; and $2/pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers.
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 re-discover songs, including “In My Own Little Cor-ner,” “Impossible/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, mattiekel-lyartscenter.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 directed 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.
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. Admission is $20. Call 833-stoked-1 or 386-262-6810 for tickets.
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 Com-pany, 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.
Shrek The Musical
Fort Walton Beach High School Theatre will present “Shrek The Musical” at 7 p.m. April 19-21 and 2 p.m. April 22 at Fort Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance from the school office, P.S. Gifts on Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach, and from cast members, and $15 at the door. For more information, call 833-3300, ext. 1819.
Musical Echoes Flute Festival
The Native American Flute, Art and Cultural Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 20-22 at Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 Brooks St. Admission is free. Experi-ence the sounds of the Native American flute, solo performers and full bands with live music from the stage during the entire festival. Dancers offer colorful, rhythmic tra-ditional dances and they share the meaning of each dance offering us a rare experience. A non-alcoholic family event.
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.
Cowboy Mouth will perform at 8 p.m. April 21 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Tickets are $20-$32 for ages 16+. Purchase tickets at https://goo.gl/YNVYF2.
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.
• Sept. 13: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to.
• Sept. 20: Luke Langford & 331 South is a high energy band delivering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic and modern country.
• Sept. 27: Pickled Pickers play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass ... feel good to the soul kind of tunes.
• Oct. 4: Forrest Williams Band is a singer/songwriter cov-ering a variety of music from soul to blues, a little bit of country and reggae.
• Oct. 11: The Wide Open, a diverse and soulful Americana duo, fuse soulful southern blues and folk with modern roots and Delta Rag Time.
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 en-tertainment and more than 800 wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry insiders. For more information, visit sowalwine.com. For specific events and to purchase tickets visit https://www.xorbia.com/e/sowal-wine/2018/?referral=xt-buy-tix.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Enjoy an afternoon of free family fun from 1-4 p.m. May 5 at HarborWalk Village. There will be kids’ crafts, face painting and a stilt walker plus “Destin Harbor’s Largest Piñata” break at 2:30 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
The annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl begins at 6 p.m. May 5 at HarborWalk Village. With your pub crawl pass enjoy drink specials all night long at all the festive stops. Suggested donation $10 to charity.
Cantina Laredo Cinco de Mayo
Enjoy live music, dancing, lawn games and authentic Mexican food and drinks from 2-10 p.m. May 5 at Grand Park, adja-cent to Cantina Laredo, in Grand Boulevard. Open to the public at no charge. Kids can take part in free face painting and arts and crafts. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music from Hunter Dawson of Heritage from 2-5 p.m. and The Graytones from 7-10 p.m.
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.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Maudie,” a biography, drama, romance, 2 p.m. May 15 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Based on a true story, Maudie is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet deter-mined woman named Maudie to be his housekeeper. The movie tells of Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “COCO” at 7:15 p.m. May 20 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
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
The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club from 7-11:45 p.m. June 15 at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Miramar Beach. Ticket includes big time laughs from national stand up comedians; 1950's all girl musical review and variety show; Swillin' Classic Cocktails and Nostalgic Nosh; Wine and bourbon tastings; Chef's prepared nibbles and bites; and Chocolate Fondue and Bubbly. For tickets or info visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org
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 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 vege-tables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednes-days from Me-morial Day through Labor Day.