All area codes are 850 unless noted.

FWB BBQ Festival

The Second Annual FWB BBQ Festival, featuring BBQ, bands, many choices of craft beer, and other food items, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 Brooks Street. The BBQ competition begins at 11 a.m. with samples for $1 each and the Bonnie Breeze Band performs at noon. All participants in the People’s Choice Competition will receive a minimum reimbursement of $200 for the samples provided to festival attendees. 

Pool Party

Music, fun and sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Elephant Walk pool deck by the beach, 4009 South Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Beverages available for sale at the Tiki hut. Call 267-7778.

Let’s Talk Marine Debris

Henderson Beach State Park in Destin and its support organization, The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, hosts a marine debris educational program from 8-10 a.m. Sept. 21 as part of National Public Lands Day. Learn what marine debris is, where it comes from, how long it takes to biodegrade, and the effects it has on marine life.  Also, participate in the Florida Coastal Clean-up, scheduled at the park. Event weather permitting. Park entrance fees are waived to participants. Call 837-7550.

Main Street Market

Destin’s Main Street Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of the Destin Water Users Building, 218 Main Street, with fresh local produce, baked goods, local roasted coffee, tacos, Crust artisan bakers, fresh gyros and more. Call 855-6384.

Shooting Sports

The Okaloosa/Walton Counties Cub Scouts will hold their annual Shooting Sports day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Mullet Festival site in Niceville. Age appropriate activities such as BB guns, archery, and slingshot paintball will be conducted by trained staff in a safe environment. Open to all Cub Scouts and their siblings for a cost of $10.  Not a Scout but want to join? Come and see what Scouting is all about.

Women’s Expo

Cumulus Broadcasting will host a “Women’s Expo” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort’s Grand Sandestin in the Magnolia Ballroom. Parking and admission are free. The Expo will include shopping, entertainment, health and beauty items, a fashion show, prizes and more. The first 300 attendees receive goody bags, and all attendees are welcome at an after-party at 3 p.m. at Elephant Walk. Call 243-2323. 

Cuvee Bistro

Local group Space Junkie performs Sept. 21, 25, and 26 at Cuvee Bistro, 36120 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramare Beach.

Crazy Lobster

Something Fishy has a show Sept. 21 at Crazy Lobster, 56 Harbor Blvd.

Funky Blues Shack

Entertainment at Funky Blues Shack, 707 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, includes Nick and the Overalls Sept. 21; The Roomers, Sept. 24; Karaoke with Dave Posey Sept. 25; open mic Sept. 26; The Owsley Brothers Sept. 27; Heritage Sept. 28; and The Revivalists Sept. 29.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed immediately for The Dark Haunted House, presented by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge at 314 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, formerly Electric Cowboy.  Volunteers, 16 or older, will assist with construction, prop design/building, painting, cleaning, costumes, makeup, security, etc.  Weekend workdays for the build will be Sept. 21-22 and 28-29 plus some weekdays. Email to volunteer or for more information.

Library workshops

The Destin Library has scheduled workshops, Twitter Me, My iPad, Digital Photography, Microsoft Publisher, Facebook, Finding Books Online and Craigslist from September through November at the Library. View workshop descriptions at Registration forms are available by email at For more information call 837-8572.

Club LA

Metal band Nonpoint performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. The Soul Rebels perform at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 and Redlight King Plus Charming Liars take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

Tai Chi

Classes in Tai Chi, an ancient form of exercise, will be offered from 9-10 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 23 at the Destin Library. Cost is $5/session. Register by phone at 837-8572 or in person at the Library.

Chronic Jester

Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove in Miramar Beach.

Celebrity Server Lunch

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation brings children’s storybook characters to life at its Celebrity Server Lunch Sept. 25 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Event will raise awareness and funds for the All Kinds of Art educational outreach. Tickets are $20/advance, purchase at MKAF or from a celebrity server, or $25/event. Call 650-2226 for information or tickets.

Wine Dinner

McGuire’s Irish Pub, 33 Harbor Blvd., begins its annual Wine Dinner series at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar of Napa Valley and dished created especially for the dinner. Cost is $65/person. Reservations are required at 654-7002.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin presents Big Al & the Heavyweights from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

Volunteer training

Opportunity Place will hold volunteer training at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. Volunteers are needed for administrative duties, shelter help, special events and more at the shelter for homeless women and families seeking temporary housing. To RSVP for training call 409-3070 or email

Alzheimer’s support group

Alzheimer’s Family Services will hold a support group at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Miramar Beach.  The support group is free and limited respite care is available.  To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, call in advance at 866-478-7790.

Autumn Concert Series

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Autumn Concert Series ends with Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk,  at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Dugas Pavilion and expanded Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.

Girls’ Night Out

Profitt PR’s seventh Girls’ Night Out: Arabian Nights will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The women-only social event will raiwse money for Shelter House. Cost is $40 and includes live entertainment by Continuum, Jacob Mohr and DJ EXQ, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and the Honey Hutch. Other activities include face art, a juggler, photo booth, palm readings, retail vendors and more. Attire for the evening is Boho chic. Tickets can be purchased at

Cole Bros. Circus

Classic circus, American-style, complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns, will appear at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28; and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Santa Rosa Mall in Fort Walton Beach.  Advance tickets are available at the Customer Service Department at the mall. Free tickets for children under 13 are available at


The 19th annual Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Festival will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 at Winn Dixie Plaza on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay with live music, entertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, bratwurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer. All proceeds go to local charities. Free admission.