Area codes are 850 unless noted.

Easter Brunch

The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village will host an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 in the HarborView Room. Call 424-0613 for reservations.

Rock of Ages

NICEVILLE – Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. April 1 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. Tickets are $45 each. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit

Practice session

DESTIN - A free Night Of Stars practice session will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 2 at Sago Sports Bar and Grill at the Palms Of Destin Resort. The Palms will have happy hour all night long as the 14 singers practice their two songs for the finals.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents free concerts from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

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SANTA ROSA BEACH - Lucky Mudd performs at 6 p.m. April 4 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.

Call to artists/crafters/performers

DESTIN – The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and HarborWalk Village announce a call for artists, crafters and performers for the Sixth Annual Family Fun Arts Fest, which will be held May 18-19 at HarborWalk Village. Email or for a vendor application or more information.

Acting classes

DESTIN - The Emerald Coast Theatre Company offers acting classes for middle/high school students from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 6-May 25, at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. The adult class, 18 and over, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Mondays April 1-May 20. Class size is limited. Register at, Classes/Camps tab, or call 687-1637.

Art exhibits

NICEVILLE – The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville present the annual juried exhibit showcasing the best in NWFSC student and faculty artworks in both the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries through April 5. The event is free. Call 729-6044.

Call to Artists

FORT WALTON BEACH – Submit a poster design for the upcoming annual Latin Salsa Festival to be held May 25 to by April 5. Winning design receives $100. Design should reflect the Latin Culture and be colorful. Design submissions should be on both a PDF and JPEG formats.

Coyote Ugly

DESTIN - The "World's Most Famous Bar" will host a grand opening VIP Most Wanted Party from 7-9 p.m. April 5. The saloon will then open to the public. The celebration continues throughout the weekend and wraps April 7 with the The American Country Awards Viewing Party.


FREEPORT – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will host its first Rodeo Expo April 5-6 at the Freeport Sports Complex at Hammock Bay. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are available online, at partner locations, and gate. Adult tickets $12, and children under 12 are $6.

Poker tournament

DESTIN – A Texas Hold’em Poker Shoot Out to benefit the American Cancer Society and Destin Relay for Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at Elks Lodge #1795 on Okaloosa Island. Suggested donation is $30. Email or call 225-5679.


DESTIN – Join On the Coast magazine for Destin’s largest outdoor festival just for kids at noon April 6 and 7 at HarborWalk Village. Hands-on activities, face painting, arts and crafts and entertainment will fill both days. Kids can enjoy fish painting, kite making, sidewalk murals, jewelry making, demonstrations from local artisans, kids’ karaoke contest and more.

Celebration of Smiles

DESTIN - As part of the nationwide “Celebration of Smiles” campaign, the Destin-based wedding and portrait photographers at Pure7 Studios will host its second annual event at SpringFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6-7 at HarborWalk Village. All proceeds raised from the weekend’s festivities will benefit Operation Smile, an international children’s charity that provides free surgeries to children born with a cleft lip or palate. Event offers a free 10-minute mini-portrait session along with the studio's gift of a 5x7 heirloom portrait for a minimum donation of $24 (original value of $200). Adults, teens and children 6 months and older should book in advance at 850-654-6523.