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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Courtyard Saints at 7 p.m. June 27 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• July 11: Forrest Williams
• July 18: The Rib Bones
• July 25: Geoff McBride
• Aug. 1: Big Al & The Heavy Weights
• Aug. 8: Boukou Groove
• Aug. 15: Gold & Motion
• Aug. 22: The Graytones
• Aug. 29: Chris Alvarado
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy a night under the stars with The Maxx, back by popular demand with energetic choreography and eclectic sound with classic oldies and today’s pop music, performs from 7-9 p.m. June 28 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.
• 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 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.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a fun-for-all-ages adaptation of a William Shakespeare play from 8-9 p.m. every Thurs-day through Aug. 2, in Grand Park in Sandestin. Abrakadoodle offers 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 includes a one-of-a-kind WWII Vintage Airshow, live on-stage en-tertainment 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.
Concerts at the Landing
Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a free concert with The Graytones from 6-8 p.m. June 29 at Fort Walton Landing Park on Brooks Street. Food vendors will be available for food and beverage pur-chases.
• July 6: The Good Lookings
From the Heart
The Arts and Design Society hosts From the Heart featuring works in any medium, depicting or expressing something that moves the artist, through June 29.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with the music of Luke Langford at 7:30 p.m. June 30 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• 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 “Despicable Me 3” at 8 p.m. July 1 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Bay-towne Wharf.
• July 8: Paddington
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
• Aug. 5: Cars 3
Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy on Tuesdays through Aug. 14. Enjoy floats, colorful costumes, street performers and float riders plus live music beginning at 7 p.m. The parade rolls at 8:30 p.m. Book a ride on one of six floats for $25 at visit event-brite.com.
Act4Mystery will perform A Medley for Murder at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at La Paz Destin, 950 Gulf Shore Drive. Seating begins at 7 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.
• July 12: Murder Without a Clue
• July 19: Horsin' Around with Murder
• July 26: Knock 'em Dead
• Aug. 2: A Condo to Kill For
• Aug. 9: Murder Without a Clue
• Aug. 16: Knock 'em Dead
• Aug. 23: Revenge at the Reunion
• Aug. 30: Foul Play on the Speedway
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.
ADSO window display
During July, The Arts and Design Society presents the work of award-winning artist Chique Brooks, who specializes in portraits and florals, aiming to express elegance, warmth wonder, whimsy, and serenity in her work. 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, Baytowne Wharf at San-destin 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 Cap-tain Davy begins at 7 and 8 p.m.
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 Is-land Pier or a seat at The Boardwalk for a stellar view of the show.
Food Truck Friday
Experience the mobile food movement, and enjoy Heritage after hours from 5-8 p.m. June 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 des-sert 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.
Save the Earth/Organic Show
From July 3 through July 27, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its Save the Earth/Organic Show, featuring works in any medium, inspired by saving the environment and/or the destruction of the environment. A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. July 6 at 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public. Call 244-1271.
Smoke on the Coast
Seventeen area charities will take part in this year’s Destin Commons’ Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival from 5-10 p.m. July 3. The charities will team up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados hoping to win the People’s Choice title or be a Judge’s Pick winner. Music includes I’magene and The Wide Open, along with festive street performers, kids’ activities and firework extravaganza.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Sonic Boom from 7-9 p.m. July 4 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
• 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
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 HarborWalk Village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 833-stoked-1 or 386-262-6810 for tickets.
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.
Movies in the Park
Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach will show “The Last Jedi” in an old-time drive in movie setting at 7:30 p.m. July 7 in Central Park. All attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.
• July 21: Cars 3
• Aug. 4: Coco
Field Day at The Boathouse
Missed the Slacker 0.5K? The Boathouse will host a Field Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7 at The Boathouse Oyster Bar, 288 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. All proceeds benefit PAWS. Teams of six participate in a tournament style of five games that must be com-pleted with beer in hand. Each team will have a variety of chances to win and lose points over the course and additional prizes will be given out for the Best Dressed Team and Best Dressed Individual. Water may be involved, so dress ac-cordingly. Cost is $35/person or $210/team and includes T-shirt, three free drinks and more. Must be 21 to participate. Spectators are $25 and includes a T-shirt and three drink tickets. Register at event-brite.com.
Summer Movie Nights
Village Baptist Church in Destin will host a family movie night showing “The Star” July 7. 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.
• Aug. 4: Inside Out
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Northwest Florida State College’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts will pre-sent 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 stu-dents 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, email@example.com 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
SoWal Craft Beer and Spirits Festival
The inaugural event will be held from 12-4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach and includes more than 60 craft beers, ciders, Florida distilled craft spirits, and rosé wine and mimosas. Beer and spirit experts will be on-site and food samplings will be pro-vided. Tickets are available at Shades30a.com or directly at www.xorbia.com/e/shades30a/shades-fest, with re-duced prices in June.
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 Memorial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers, makers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays year round at 12805 US Hwy. 98 E in Inlet Beach. Find fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, sauces, beef, chicken, ready-to-eat-foods and more at the new location. The new market is at Sea-scape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 5.