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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Brandon Santini at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
• Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
Concerts in the Village
Season Ammons Band cancelled due to weather.
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. There will be more than 200 craft beers and visitors can taste, learn and discover new brews along the way. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 with local beer tastings and music by the Forrest Williams Band. VIP event from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Marlin Grill features exclusive beer tastings and food. The main event, the Craft Beer Tasting, is from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf with live music by The Modern Eldorados from 2-4 p.m. and Gold & Motion from 4-6 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://baytowne.xorbia.com or visit http://www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com/
The Allman Goldflies Band Goes Pops (postponed until Oct. 27)
Explore The Outdoors Festival
Get outdoors with the family at Explore The Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Live Oak Landing in Freeport. Children can fish or kayak, enjoy archery, hydrobikes, a marine life touch-tank, educational exhibits and more. Call 267-2064.
Where the Wild Things Run (postponed to Oct. 27)
Run wild through the woods on Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre piece of privately owned conservation land, as the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center 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 (cancelled until later date)
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 painting, 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 then Rock the Docks all night long with Luke Langford on the main stage at HarborWalk Village at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Fireworks begin over the Destin harbor at 9. Free admission.
• Oct. 20: Ben Loftin & Family
• 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.
Kids Fall Fest
The free family-friendly event takes place from 12-2 p.m. Oct. 15 at AJ’s with face painting, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, and more.
with face painting, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, and more.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Oranges and Sunshine,” a history drama, at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Oranges and Sunshine tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times — the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
The Arts and Design Society hosts its Collaborative Efforts Show, featuring art in any medium, inspired by Alexander Calder and created by two artists working together, Oct. 16-25 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. A free reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19.
Act4Mystery comedy troupe performs its new show, “A Killer Redneck Holiday," Oct. 18 at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost for show and Fajita Bar is $34.95. Reservations can be made at www.act4mystery.com. Call 862-2885 for additional information.
An evening of free champagne and shopping along the village streets takes place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents “Curious George: The Golden Meatball,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in ECTC’s performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Running time is 60 minutes, and the production is intended for ages three and up. Tickets are $10/person and proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs. Children 2 and under are free.
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
The Festival will be held Oct. 19-21 in Niceville with well known national musicians, regional food trucks, unique arts and crafts vendors and more. Visit http://boggybayoumulletfestival.info/ for tickets and times.
ADSO window display
During October, The Arts and Design Society presents the acrylic and watercolor art of Carolyn Williams. Window art is available for viewing 24/7 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. 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.
World of Beer will host its first BARKtoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Destin Commons. Enjoy an afternoon with on-site adoptions from PAWS, German beers, Oktoberfest games, like a pretzel eating contest, dog-friendly pupcake eating contest, stein hoisting and more. WOB will spotlight five German beers and will donate a portion of sales from all five of those taplines to PAWS. WOB will also accept tangible donations like dog/cat food, cat litter and toys.
TLC’s Lori Allen
Stand Up to Breast Cancer was created to honor local breast cancer survivors and help raise awareness. Star of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and breast cancer survivor Lori Allen will be featured special guest. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. General admission tickets are $50 and include cocktail hour, dinner, and presentation by Lori Allen. Purchase tickets at http://www.standuptobreastcancer.com.
Dog-Harmony and Grand Boulevard will host Barktoberfest from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Grand Park to celebrate all things fall. Enjoy people and puppy treats, live entertainment and a raffle drawing. Open to the public at no charge.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf will present the classic family friendly film “Hocus Pocus” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Events Plaza Lawn. The free movie is open to the public.
College Football Saturday
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.
Harvest Wine & Food Festival
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation presents the second annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival Oct. 25-27 at WaterColor. Sip more than 400 wines and pair them with local Gulf Coast cuisine. The festival proceeds and silent auctions benefit more than 15 local charities whose aim is to meet the needs of at-risk youth in the Northwest Florida area. For more information about events, times and tickets, visit www.dwaf.org.
Classical Connections Series
Sinfonia Gulf Coast kicks off the 2018 Classical Connections series with a concert featuring accordionist Hanzhi Wang from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person or compose your own ticket package online and save 10 percent when you purchase three or more concerts. Both options are available at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
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.
Destin Commons is ready with its free Halloween Haunt, a spook-tacular tradition, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Get creative and bring the children, ages 2 to 12, and dogs, dressed in their bewitching best for the costume contest and maybe win a prize. Children can trick-or-treat in a safe and friendly environment.
The Track in Destin will host its Eighth Annual Fight the Fight, Find a Cure fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. Guests can enjoy Track activities while supporting the Women’s Health Services Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Cost is $15/person for an unlimited park pass and $10/person for unlimited Kids Country and golf-only pass. Passes are cash-only. Hot dogs, drinks and homemade baked goods available for purchase. Call 654-4668.
Baytowne On Ice
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. Ice rink is open Oct. 27 through Feb. 2. Hours vary daily.
Pumpkinpalooza Pub Crawl
Dress up for a night of fantasy and fun at HarborWalk’s scariest pub-crawl beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Monster Mash pub crawl throughout the village. At 7 p.m., Tyler Livingston takes over the main stage to rock the night away, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m. The adult costume contest is on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.
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 costume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a community-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.
Splash or Treat
Visit “GulfScarium” on Okaloosa Island from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 for trick-or-treating, bouncehouse, skeleton scavenger hunt and more. Admission free for children in costume, ages 3-12. From 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 enjoy trick-or-treating, a special dolphin show, and a sea lion show. Admission is free for adults and $5/child in costume, age 3-12.
Nightmare on First Street
The Arts and Design Society invites the public to a “scary” evening of Halloween fundraising fun, “Nightmare on First Street,” from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. The night will include a costume contest, Halloween food contest, already-decorated pumpkin contest, and a dance contest. There will also be games throughout the evening and a photo booth. This FUNdraiser will help with facility repairs and improvements, so bring cash to play. Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased at the ADSO Gallery from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call 244-1271.
Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts will be held Oct. 27-28 at the Cultural Arts Village. Art exhibits, live music, local food, kids arts and crafts, meet-the-artist and, of course, art for sale will be featured.
Pumpkinpalooza Candy Crawl and Mutt Strut
Fun for the whole family, including four-legged members, happens when HarborWalk Village celebrates Halloween from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 with the annual Pumpkinpalooza costume contest for children (2 p.m.) and pets (3:15 p.m.). Trick-or-treat on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at all restaurants and shops. Admission is free.
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 discarded. Call 654-5184.
Halloween On the Boolevard
Families and kids are invited to trick or treat throughout the Town Center at Grand Boulevard from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31.
Trick or Treat Street
Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a spooktacular extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Steve Hall will play frightenly good tunes on the main stage, enjoy crafts and balloon animals and end the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Halloween on the Harbor
Wear your costume Oct. 31 and join Rodeo captains, anglers, judges, Miss Destin and staff to be part of the largest Halloween Party in Destin. The night ends with a bang as A.J.’s sponsors the Rodeo/Halloween Fireworks Finale.
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 samples 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
A community-wide amateur BBQ cook-off, HolySmokes! will be held from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, on the back lawn at Immanuel Anglican Church. BBQ tastings, live music, kids’ games and good food will be available for all. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. To enter your team or sponsor the event, forms are available at iacdestin.org/holysmokes or at Immanuel’s church office, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Sunday mornings.
Fall Into Dance
The Northwest Florida Ballet’s Fall Into Dance four-course wine dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Vin’tij Food & Wine at 500 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100/person (excluding gratuity) and seating for the event is limited. The event supports live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2018-2019 season production of The Nutcracker. NFB Music Director David Ott and soprano Kara Bishop provide entertainment. Purchase tickets at https://nfballet.org.
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 destincrafted.com. General Admission tickets are $50/person (21 and over) and include the grand tasting on Saturday and live music performances. For more information, visit destincrafted.com or @DestinCrafted on Facebook.
Cooking with the Chef
Spend a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus as he prepares Stuffed Back Wrapped Turkey Tenderloins from 12-1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande in Destin. Cost is $32 all-inclusive. Reservations required at 424-0622.
• Dec. 4: Brown Sugar and Vanilla Lacquered Duck
Dining for a Cause
Ruth's Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its sixth Annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's community outreach programs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the East Bar and Courtyard. Chef Ruston Johnson will create a special menu featuring multiple culinary stations of heavy hors' oeuvres paired with select fine wines. Tickets are $51/non-MKAF member and $41/MKAF member. Purchase tickets at https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
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 Sandestin with keynote speaker Hulk Hogan. General admission tickets are $125 and include admission to this retro-themed event, a build your own burger bar, a drink ticket, the opportunity 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.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Remember,” drama, mystery, thriller, at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp.
It’s A Wonderful Life
NWFSC presents Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Sprint Theater. This live dramatic and musical performance will take audiences back in time to the 1940’s, when radio shows brought families together for story time and good, old-fashioned fun. Tickets are $25 and include an intermission reception in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Call 729-6000 or visit mattiekellyartscenter.org to purchase tickets.
ECTC Season 6
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” Dec. 6-23. 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 Boulevard 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 emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
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 and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.