To list your event, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks prior to event.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Modern Eldorados at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Sept. 26: The Courtyard Saints
• Oct. 3: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
• Oct. 10: Brandon Santini
• Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
• Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy a night under the stars with Luke Langford & 331 South, a high energy band delivering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic and modern country, from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20 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.
• 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: Award winning songwriter/vocalist Season Ammons Band crossing over from blues and country to jazz and Americana.
Enjoy live and local music with Rust & Gold from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22 on the Events Plaza lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Village merchants will have game day spe-cials and more than 90 TV's will cheer on teams.
• Sept. 29: Coconut Radio
Oktoberfest at Big Kahunas
Grilled bratwurst and German potato salad, local beers, and the chicken dance must mean its time for Oktoberfest. Celebrate the first ever Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park event the weekends of Sept. 22-23 and 29-30 in Destin. Buffet after purchase of a day pass is $9.99 in advance at http://bigkahunas.com/events and $11.99 at the park.
ECTC Season 6
Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” through Oct. 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boule-vard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), stu-dents, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoasthea-tre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
• Dec. 6-23: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,”
• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
Celebrate the arts, dining, history and community spirit that makes Destin special as you visit dozens of exhibits and vendors from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the first HarborFest celebration. Taste local and regional craft brews, see artists’ hand-crafted items and enjoy the Destin History and Fishing Museum along with charter cap-tains from HarborWalk Charters as they share fish tales and fishing heritage alongside freshly prepared seafood dishes from local chefs. Craft stations provided by Abrakadoodle for the kids will be avail-able. Local favorite, Flash Flood, will be featured on the main stage, and fire-works end the evening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15/person and include beer sampling, a mini beer stein, live music and kids crafts. Small plates are available to purchase from participating restaurants. Parking is free. Tickets are available at https://www.eventliveus.com/event/harborfest-3.
Fall Kite Festival
The kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Fall Kite Festival will be held from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23 at the Boardwalk on Oka-loosa Island. Enjoy show kites, professional stunt kite flying demonstrations, free lessons and special activities. Call 796-0102 for more info.
Harvest Champagne Lunch Cruise
Sip, savor and sail during SunQuest Cruise’s Autumn Harvest Cham-pagne Lunch Cruise from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 23 aboard the Solaris. Patrons will embark on a culinary voyage of four courses all paired with premium champagnes from around the world as well as live music. Boarding begins at 12:40 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $75/person and includes meal, champagne, entertainment and cruise for those 21 and older. For reservations and in-formation, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Thomas (Thom) Gossom, Jr., best described as a renaissance man, will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. Cost is $12. Reservations must be made no later than Sept. 24. After that date, $15. Send reservation requests to email@example.com or call 244-1271.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf will present the classic family friendly film “The Lion King” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Events Plaza Lawn. The free movie is open to the public.
• Oct. 25: Hocus Pocus
ADSO window display
During September, The Arts and Design Society presents the abstract art of award-winning Reg Moore, who says that abstract painting allows him great latitude re-garding hues, lines, and interactions of shapes and spaces, providing him with motivational challenges. 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.
Fine Arts Show
The 35th Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept 25-28 and 2-10 p.m. Sept. 29 at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fair-grounds and Recreation Complex. An opening reception is from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 23. Artworks in every medium will be on display and high school and middle school art will be a special feature. No charge for events. Call 582-1329.
Season 6 Auditions for dancing lessons and Theater for Young Audiences, The Snowy Day and Other Stories, will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Emerald Coast Theatre Company at Grand Boulevard. Call backs will be from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 30, if needed. Bring a recent headshot and updated resume and be prepared to do a 45-60 second comedic monologue. Actors can audition for one or both shows. All positions are paid. Housing possible. For questions or audition conflicts, email Bridgett@emeraldcoasttheatre.org,
Eggs on the Beach
Bay Breeze Patio will host the fifth annual Eggs on the Beach Big Green Egg Grilling Competition from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. All proceeds benefit The Fisher House of the Em-erald Coast and Food For Thought. Taster tickets are on sale now at www.eventbrite.com with advance pricing of $32.50/adult, $14/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under free.
Day for Kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Day for Kids will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Activities for adults and children include free food, entertainment and more. Call 344-7587.
Sinfonia Swings on the Boulevard
Members of Sinfonia Gulf Coast team up for an outdoor musical concert and dancing exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Seating will be pro-vided, but you may bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the free performance. A VIP pre-concert reception, reserved seating on the patio or garden room at Tommy Bahama Cafe during the performance, and a 3-course prix fixe meal. Contact the Sinfonia office at 460-8800 with seating-related questions.
Cooking with the Chef
Spend a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus as he prepares Spicy Cajun Seafood Stew from 12-1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande in Destin. Cost is $32 all-inclusive. Reservations required at 424-0622.
• Nov. 6: Stuffed Back Wrapped Turkey Tender-loins
• Dec. 4: Brown Sugar and Vanilla Lacquered Duck
Thoughtful Dinner Series
Don an apron, toss some flour, and make your own pasta with amici 30A Italian Kitchen Chef Lock at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Food for Thought Full Circle Kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach. The dinner series is back with food, wine and cocktails, and live music. Tickets are $300 per couple and seating is limited to 20 guests. To reserve your spot call 290-4056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destin Seafood Festival
The 40th annual Destin Seafood Festival with food, art and entertainment will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 5; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at HarborWalk Village. Admission and parking are free. For more in-formation, visit www.destinseafoodfestival.com. Music will be heard on several stages. Musical performances on the festival main stage in-clude:
Friday, Oct. 5
4 p.m. – Sound Garden
6 p.m. – Group Therapy
8 p.m. – Allman Goldflies Band
Saturday Oct. 6
Noon ; Stone Ball Jackers
2 p.m. Three Bean Soup
4 p.m. Fuzzy Jones
6 p.m. Emerald Gold
8 p.m. Night Tripper
Sunday Oct. 7
Noon – Faus Do Do
2 p.m. Moos Bros
ECTC Season 6
Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” through Oct. 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boule-vard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoasthea-tre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
• Dec. 6-23: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
College Football Saturdays
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 24, come down to HarborWalk Village and unleash your inner fan. Have great food and drink specials at any of the restaurants in the Village. Complete event details at http://bit.ly/2BlqvvL
Call to Artists
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in the up-coming 35th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show Sept. 25-29, open to all artists, in any medium. Cash awards. Artists must turn in works for the show from 12-5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 22. Entry fee for adults is $30/up to 5 pieces; high school and middle school students, $2/piece, up to 5 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org. For more informa-tion, call 582-1329.
Destin Seafood Festival
Enjoy the fresh Gulf seafood Destin is known for from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 during the 40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival at HarborWalk Village. Several vendors and live music stages are along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.destinseafoodfestival.com.
The eighth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is on Oct. 6 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and benefits Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. Activities, including face painters, a scavenger hunt, Hula-Hoop contest, and access to the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under, are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The race begins at 1 p.m. Purchase one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or at Baytowne Wharf day of the event.
Ballet in Seaside
The Northwest Florida Ballet will stage a free, outdoor performance sponsored by the Mer-chants of Seaside at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Seaside Amphitheater. The program includes a lecture demonstration on ballet and excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker.
Bloody Mary Festival
The fourth annual event benefiting Habitat for Humanity — Walton County will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Market Shops. Enjoy up to 25 Blood Mary’s and vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be food and drinks, a lounge area, cornhole games and a large screen streaming SEC football. Tickets are currently on sale through 850Tix for the pre-sale price of $40 or can be pur-chased the day of the event at the door for $50.
Baytowne Beer Festival
Roll out the barrel and discover unique suds and ales at the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Beer From Around Here showcases local beer tastings and samplings of appetizers from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 with music by the Forrest Williams Band.
The VIP event will feature exclusive beer tastings and food from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Marlin Grill. Ticket is all inclusive for Saturday events.
The main event, the Craft Beer Tasting is from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf. All ticket holders will receive a Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest tasting glass for samplings. Live music provided by The Modern Eldorados from 2-4 p.m. and Gold & Motion from 4-6 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://baytowne.xorbia.com/
Where the Wild Things Run
Run wild through the woods on Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre piece of privately owned conservation land, as the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Cen-ter in Freeport hosts Where the Wild Things Trail Run: 5k and 1-mile Fun Run from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and is $20. 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. and is $40. To register, visit eowilsoncenter.org or call 835-1824 for information.
Rockin' on the Lawn
The Charity Music Festival Rockin’ on the Lawn will be held from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive W in Destin. The event, benefitting South Walton Academy, a non-profit inclusion school, will feature the Luke Langford Band, Atlas Lost, Catalyst, and more. Enjoy music, bounce houses, face paint-ing, food and beverages. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and pack a cooler. No pets or drones allowed. Tickets are $12.24 - $22.49 at www.eventbrite.com.
Fish the Days, Rock the Nights
Watch the winning catches of the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo hit the docks for daily weigh-ins Oct. 13, 20 and 27 then Rock the Docks all night long with free live music on the main stage at 7 p.m. and fireworks over the Destin harbor at 9. Free admission and parking. Oct. 13: Luke Langford, Oct. 20: Ben Loftin & Family and Oct. 27: Tyler Livingston.
Northwest Florida Ballet
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) programming for its 49th season opens with A Midsummer Night's Dream, a free outdoor performance in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin's Grand Park, at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
The Nutcracker will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and features live musical accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by music director and conductor David Ott. Box office prices for adults are $38 and $18/hildren 12 and under.
Lightwire Theater returns with A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Destin United Methodist Church's Life Center. Box office priced tickets for are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
Last event of the season is New Moves at 7:30 p.m. March 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 9; and 2:30 p.m. March 10 performed in a specially designed black box theater at NFB's downtown studios, 310 Perry Ave. in Fort Walton Beach. Box office priced tickets for New Moves are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
Savor the Season
The Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Ninth Annual Savor the Season will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin. Food tastings, wine pairings, live entertainment with saxophonist Michael J Thomas, silent and live auctions plus a fine wine pull highlight the event. Tickets are $100/person and can be purchased at THFSavorTheSeason.org. The funds go to the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Youth Equipment for Sports Safety (YESS) program and also provides scholarships for outstanding local student athletes.
Enjoy spirited nightlife on the Destin harbor 6 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Mon-ster Mash Pub Crawl. At 7 p.m. Tyler Livingston takes over HarborWalk Village's main stage with live music, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m. The adult costume contest concludes the night on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Pub Crawl passes are $10/adult, 21 and over.
Spook-tacular family fun begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 with a kids costume contest and a 4-legged pet costume contest on Har-borWalk Village's main stage at 3:15 p.m. Trick-or-treat on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at all restaurants and shops at HarborWalk Village. Admission is free. Complete event details at: http://bit.ly/2PeKi2M
2018 Harvest Market
The lawns of Rosemary Beach will be filled with artists from across the southeast in the media of fine art, folk art, handmade jewelry and furniture, natural skin care products, pottery, and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Throughout the day, there will be activities including the Boo Kid Block Party from 2-5 p.m., pumpkin carving contest, best cos-tume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a com-munity-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.
The City of Destin’s 18th Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Destin Community Center from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with fun games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, a jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5, with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is 5-6 p.m. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 3 p.m. for judging at 5. Call 654-5184.
The City of Destin’s 18th Annual Fall Festival Jack-O-Lantern Contest will be held Oct. 29 at the Destin Community Center. ALL carved pumpkins are to be dropped off before 3 p.m. First through third place prizes will be awarded in these categories: scariest, funniest, and most original. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the Community Center on Monday night at the City of Destin’s Fall Festival. All pumpkins not picked up by 8 p.m. Oct. 30 will be dis-carded. Call 654-5184.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Village’s 11th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 3. More than 15 restaurants will compete in a fun BBQ competition, offering sam-ples of creative BBQ styles and signature coastal cuisines. Bring the family for day of food, fun and music with John Hart and Tyler Mac. Advance tickets are $25; $30 day of event. Visit http://bit.ly/2MrWPBy
Wine World presents Destin's premiere craft beer, bourbon, and food festival, formerly Destin Beer Festival, benefitting local charity Children on Crisis from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale at destin-crafted.com. General Admission tickets are $50/person (21 and over) and include the grand tast-ing on Saturday and live music performances. For more information, visit destincrafted.com or @DestinCrafted on Face-book.
Stake & Burger Dinner
The Fifth Annual Stake & Burger Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Hilton San-destin with keynote speaker Hulk Hogan. General admission tickets are $125 and in-clude admission to this retro-themed event, a build your own burger bar, a drink ticket, the op-portunity to win and bid on incredible raffle, and silent auction items. VIP tickets are $175 and also include VIP reception from 5-6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, visit www.emeraldcoastbgc.org.
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.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Sea-scape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.