Area codes are 850 unless noted.

Great Mission Kitchen Makeover

DESTIN - Enjoy food, entertainment and the opportunity to bid and win in silent and live auctions to benefit the Waterfront Rescue Mission of Fort Walton Beach/Destin from 5-8 p.m. April 27 at The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center. Items include guitars autographed by The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffett, memorabilia autographed by Frank Sinatra and others, a NASCAR “Racing Experience” for two, and a trip for two to Paris. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 796-0700 or visit


DESTIN - The Buccaneer Pirate Ship and Emerald Coast Theatre Company are looking for a few good pirates — interactive actors, ages 18 and up, for a children's pirate show. Auditions start at 10 a.m. April 27 in Room 242 at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. Call 269-0896.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

MIRAMAR BEACH -The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. During the Grand Tastings, songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs throughout the day in Town Center. Seminars will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Events include:

• VIP Tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Grand Park

• Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting from 1-3 p.m. April 27 at Auction Central

• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Culinary Village

• Destin Charity Wine Auction beginning at 3 p.m. April 27 in Auction Central

• After-Party and Concert from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Grand Park

• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 28 in Town Center and Culinary Village

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.

Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble concert

NICEVILLE – The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit

Wednesday Night Concert Series

SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Bucktown Kickback from 7-9 p.m. May 1 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

Concerts in the Village

DESTIN - The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th Annual Concerts in the Village presents the Fountain City Players from 7-9 p.m. May 2 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, the Dugas Pavilion, and Village Green. Admission is $8/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.

Spring Fling Concerts

ROSEMARY BEACH - Enjoy live music on the lawn with The Giving Tree Band from 6-8 p.m. May 2 at North Barrett Square.

Americana Under the Stars

SANTA ROSA BEACH - Jerry Mincey performs at 6 p.m. May 2 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.


SANTA ROSE BEACH - Chris Alvarado, a Destin area musician, will release his new album, Home, at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at The Williams Backyard Boogie. Local favorites Kelsey Anna, Scott Rockwood and others will also perform. Ticket prices are $20 and include a copy of the album on CD. Food plates will be available for $10 from Grayt Catering. Tickets can be purchased at any Forrest Williams show, at Central Square Records, or by phone at 850-502-6448.

Lecture series

FORT WALTON BEACH - Dr. Robert Kane speaks on “The Doolittle Raid” at 6 p.m. May 3 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, as part of the Then and Now Lecture Series. Doors open 20 minutes before lecture. During his 27 years in the Air Force, Kane held a variety of information management, personnel management, and education positions.  Call 833-9595.

Burning Up The Beaches

OKALOOSA ISLAND - Burning Up The Beaches, the car cruising and car show event that debuted on the Emerald Coast in 2011, returns May 3-5 at the Boardwalk. Hundreds of car enthusiasts will be bringing their rides to participate in this unique event.  The 2013 version features two days of cruising stops up and down the Emerald Coast. Each stop will have its own unique festivities and events for participants. The car show takes place May 4 with judging, bounce houses, unique valve cover races, and the High Roller BMX Stunt Show. To register a vehicle in car show and/or cruising event, call 376-1037 or visit All proceeds will benefit Horizons of Okaloosa County. 

Dolphin cruise

DESTIN - Join the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge from 2-4 p.m. May 4 for an exclusive, private dolphin cruise aboard the Southern Star Glass Bottom Boat. Boarding begins at 1:45 p.m. Enjoy the views of Destin's harbor while looking for dolphins and other local wildlife. Partake in food, drink, wine and beer while Derek Givans performs. All proceeds aid the mission of education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida's natural fauna. Tickets are $30/adults and $15/children under 10 years of age and can be purchased at the refuge or online at Call 650-1880. 

Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil

MIRAMAR BEACH - Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will host a Louisiana Crawfish Boil from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at Publix at Grand Boulevard. Kids meals will be available. Dine in or carry out. One box is $12, four boxes are $40.

Cinco de Mayo

SANDESTIN - Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican Food at Grand Boulevard will host its fifth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-11 p.m. May 4. Heritage will perform and Fusion Art Glass will exhibit the art of glass blowing. Call 654-5649.

WaterfordCrystal signing

SANDESTIN - Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy, will sign Waterford Crystal pieces from 12-3:30 p.m. May 4 at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Presales are being taken by phone at 276-7346 or in person.

Gumbo Cook-Off

OKALOOSA ISLAND - The inaugural Island Life Social Club Gumbo Cook-Off will be held from 2-6 p.m. May 4 at Fudpucker's. Admission is $10, and includes gumbo tasting, food and drink specials, contest vote, live music and silent auction. The gumbo team entry fee is $25. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Visit