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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Lauren Saint Jane at 7 p.m. May 30 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy a night under the stars with Purple Masquerade, a Tribute to Prince, that brings back the pop/funk sounds of Prince and The Revolution from 7-9 p.m. May 31 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 chil-dren 12 and under and can be purchased at the door.
• June 7: Walter Wolfman Washington, a mainstay on the New Or-leans 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 de-livering 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 covering 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.
Concerts at the Landing
Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a free concert with The Anteeks from 6-8 p.m. June 1 at Fort Walton Landing Park on Brooks Street. Food vendors will be available for food and beverage purchases.
•June 8: Flash Flood
• June 15: Local Broadcast
• June 22: Who Rescued Who
• June 29: The Graytones
• July 6: The Good Lookings
The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will dock at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Resort May 31 until their departure early June 5. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50/adults, $7.50/seniors, and $6.50/students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
ADSO window display
The Arts and Design Society presents the acrylic and photographic art of award-winning Michael Cheney, who says his style has been described as soft-realism, during June. 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.
In addition to free concerts and movies, Bay-towne Wharf at Sandestin offers free events on other nights in the Events Plaza. Hydro Flight Monday features fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Boomin’ Tuesday has lawn games and inflatables from 7-9:15 p.m. followed by fireworks over the Lagoon. Magical Thursday with pirate Captain Davy begins at 7 and 8 p.m.
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
The Festival grounds at the Landing in Fort Walton Beach will open at 3 p.m. June 1 For the Pirate Festival. A “Defense of the City” dem-onstration by Reed’s Raiders will begin at 6 p.m. Capt. Billy and his Krewe will dock at the Landing around 7 p.m. for his reconnaissance mission and a skirmish with Mayor Dick Rynearson and Reed’s Raiders. Fireworks follow at 9 p.m. On June 2, the Landing opens at 11 a.m. for pirate revelry and music followed by the Pirates’ Landing between 3 and 4 p.m.
Throughout the Festival, there will be entertainment on the main stage featuring local favorite Captain Davy and others. There will be a large kids’ Pirate Play Zone. Kids’ bracelets, allowing unlimited access to all the children’s attrac-tions, will be $15/day.
Celebrate summer with the 2018 Okaloosa Island Fireworks at 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Labor Day. Grab a beach chair in front of the Okaloosa Island Pier or a seat at The Boardwalk for a stellar view of the show.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Jeff on Sax from 7-9 p.m. June 4 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
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
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a fun-for-all-ages adaptation of a William Shakespeare play from 8-9 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 2, in Grand Park in San-destin. Abrakadoodle offers a pre-show children’s activities at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Let Freedom Ring/All-American Tribute
Celebrate Americana and the heritage of the Destin harbor all summer long beginning at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday night through Aug. 16. The all-American celebration in-cludes a one-of-a-kind WWII Vintage Airshow, live on-stage entertainment at 7 p.m. with the Modern Eldorados, and fireworks over the Destin harbor at 9 p.m., followed by Just Add Fire, a unique fire spinning performance. There will be Americana music videos on the Main Stage until midnight.
Summer Movie Nights
Village Baptist Church in Destin will host a family movie night showing “The Incredibles” June 2. Food trucks will be serving food for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. with movie on the lawn beginning at dusk. Be sure to bring a lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. If inclement weather we will move inside to Bldg. 9 and enjoy the movie there. For more information contact the church office at 837-8107 or visit villagebaptist.org.
• July 7: The Star
• Aug. 4: Inside Out
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert at 7:30 p.m. June 2 with New Earth Army on the Har-borWalk Village stage.
• June 9: TBD
• June 16: Georgia Clay Band
• June 23: Déjà vu
• June 30: Luke Langford
• July 7: I'magene
July 14: The Graytones
• July 21: Grape Drink
• July 28: Kane & the Saints
Aug. 4: Ben Loftin
• Aug. 11: Good Lookings
• Aug. 18: Flash Flood
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Minions” at 7:15 p.m. June 3 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade will be held at 7 p.m. June 4 beginning at First Street and travel up Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. To celebrate their victory over the City of Fort Walton Beach, Captain Billy and the Krewe of Bowlegs share their wealth, glittering beads, treasures and dou-bloons, with a lively, enthusiastic crowd all along the route. For a parade application visit http://billybowlegspiratefestival.com/files/18BBTPParadeApp.pdf.
Who wants some beads? Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy on Tuesdays through Aug. 14. Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers and float riders tossing handfuls of beads and swag. Live music begins at 7 p.m. and the parade rolls at 8:30 p.m. For an evening of fun, book a ride on one of six floats with beads, a host, an Elite Jeep and driver to pull the float, face painting and more. To purchase $25/ticket, visit event-brite.com.
From the Heart Show
From June 5 through June 29, the Arts and Design Society hosts From the Heart, featuring works in any medium, depicting or expressing something that moves the artist. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. June 8 at the Art Center, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. Both reception and gallery are free.
Night of Music
The REP presents a night of music at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre with Grant Peeples and Jaimee Harris. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at www.lovetherep.com.
Kids’ Summer Wellness
The Destin Library will host a Summer Wellness event for kids at 3 p.m. June 7 featuring author, presenter, entrepreneur and public health advocate Christine Audler. This event is focused at children, young adults, and their parents and is free and open to the public. The presentation will include interactive activities, readings, book signings and Christine’s mascot “Lou.” Seating for this event will be on a first-come, first-served basis
Stoked Hypnotic Comedy Show
The interactive, audience participation show where you can be a hypnotic subject or participate in ESP and mentalism experiments is at 8 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays at the Rockett Theatre at Har-borWalk Village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 833-stoked-1 or 386-262-6810 for tickets.
The Destin Library’s summer reading program will get in rhythm at 3 p.m. June 8 with a performance of Tampa Taiko Drums. Tampa Taiko is a traditional Japanese drumming presentation that has performed for a vast array of audiences, playing at festivals, concert halls, libraries and schools. Drummer Ron Collins has performed all over Florida as Tampa Taiko, educating others on the performance art of traditional Japanese drumming, using martial arts-like movements and shouts to boost energy. Seating for this event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Heritage Annual Auto Show
This family-friendly event highlights antique and classic automobiles, hot rods, and custom cars in excellent original or restored condition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9 at Heritage Museum in Val-paraiso. Rain date is June 10. Enjoy lunch from Mag-nolia Café’s grill at the field, vote for your favorite car, visit the family activity table to build a LEGO car or participate in a family auto show challenge, and watch the parade of show cars at 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.
Food Truck Friday
Experience the mobile food movement, and enjoy Heritage after hours from 5-8 p.m. June 15 and 29 at Heritage Museum in Valparaiso. Visitors get exclusive access to this season’s special exhibit, Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500, and enjoy dinner and dessert from some of the area’s best known food trucks. Food and beverage not included in admission. Fee is $10/non-members and free for members.
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
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” an adventure, drama, com-edy, at 2 p.m. June 19 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Ballet at Twilight
Northwest Florida Ballet presents its annual free community perform-ance, Ballet at Twilight, at 7:30 p.m. June 23 under the stars at Grand Park in Sandestin. featuring a mixed repertoire of classic and modern works. Bring a chair or blanket.
Pete the Cat Extravaganza
The Destin Library will host a Pete the Cat Extravaganza at 3:30 p.m. June 28 in celebration of James Dean, creator and illustrator, and Eric Litwin’s, story by, popular literary creation. Read, sing, dance and have a rip roaring time doing “all things Pete the Cat.” Crafts and activities will also be included. Seating limited. Parents of children in grades 1-3 need to register at http://www.cityofdestin.com/171/Youth-Services.
Call to artists: Save the Earth/Organic Show
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in the upcoming “Save the Earth/Organic” Show, open to all interested artists. The theme of the art, in any medium, will be saving the environment and/or the destruction of the environment. Cash awards. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. June 30 and 9 a.m. to noon July 2. A copy of the entry form with details is at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
Save the Earth/Organic Show
The Arts and Design Society’s show, Save the Earth/Organic, runs from July 3 through July 27. A reception will be held July 6 at the gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
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.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Northwest Florida State College’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts will present The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. July 11-14 and 2 p.m. July 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is made up of local community members. Tickets are $25/adults and $10/youth 18 and under. NWF State College students can enter for free with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000.
From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, accep-tance and what it means to be a hero. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
Poetry, Music & Wine
Friends and art supporters will gather from 2-4 p.m. July 15 at The Twisted Grape, 1193 B Eglin Parkway in Shalimar, for food, wine and an open mic for poets and musicians to read, improvise and perform together. Tickets are $25/each or $45/two at www.okaloosaarts.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 499-8335. Tickets cover food and five wine tastings. All proceeds will benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alli-ance.
Family Fun Friday
Enjoy a day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 at Heritage Museum in Valparaiso that features fun for the whole family, including a performance by Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band, outdoor games, and family challenges. Free with museum admission.
• Aug. 3: Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys and Wendell Minor, noted author, illustrator, and subject of the 2018’s special exhibition, Wendell Minor’s America, will “in residence” in his replica studio inside the exhibit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Aug. 10: Karen K. and the Jitterbugs
• Aug. 17: Josh and the Jamtones
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 vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Me-morial Day through Labor Day.