American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin, will host a Murder Mystery Dinner, “Death by Candy Gram,” and a steak or chicken dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Cost is $28. Tickets being sold in the bar. Seating at 6:30 p.m.the following events. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.
Beaux Arts Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society presents the 55th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition from Feb. 8-9 in the Westwood Retirement Resort atrium, 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. A reception and silent auction will be held from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9 with awards to be given at 3:30 p.m. Artists in a widespread area compete for prizes in this annual event. The reception and exhibition are free. Call 582-1329.
Breakfast with a Ranger from 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast. Call 267-8330.
• Feb. 15: Learn about non-native plant visitors from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
• Feb. 22: Learn the basics about the Florida Black Bear from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
• March 1: Learn about campfires from 3-4 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Snowbird Sock Hop
The Fourth Annual Snowbird Appreciation Sock Hop takes place from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Tickets are on sale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center as well as the Nautilus & Waterscape. The Tip Tops are back with live music.
Northwest Florida State College’s fine and performing arts scholarship students, the Soundsations Show Choir, will perform a variety show of song and dance at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available only through local Snowbird clubs for $8 and the event is a fundraiser for the Showchoir. Tickets will also be sold at the door the day of the event for $8 plus a $2 per ticket box office processing fee. Call 729-6000.
Winter Guests Concert Series
All winter guests and locals are invited to HarborWalk Village to enjoy a free concert from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9 on the Destin harbor. Concerts are free and open to the public.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Mattie Kellie Arts Center, 100 College Blvd. in Niceville. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Mattie Kelly Arts Box office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000 or 888-838-2737.
This event is sponsored by the Niceville High School Band Program, and the NHS Big Band Jazz ensemble performs a song with the orchestra.
Snowbird Movie Matinee
The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee, “All is Lost” with Robert Redford, for winter visitors beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 837-8572.
AmericanaUnder The Stars: Lucky Mud performs from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Feb. 20: Lis and Lon Williamson
• Feb. 27: Achilles Wheel
Coffee on the Coast
Winter visitors and locals are invited to warm up with Coffee on the Coast from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island. With paid admission, enjoy free coffee and muffins. A special program at 9:30 a.m. includes:
• Feb. 13: Positive Reinforcement — Gulfarium's trainers and sea lions will demonstrate the basics of animal training.
• Feb. 20: The Stingray Shuffle — Discover common misconceptions about these graceful creatures of the sea.
• Feb. 27: Animal Husbandry — See how the training staff provides daily care for the dolphins and other animals.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the dates below. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 269-7129.
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
BEach My Valentine
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present “BEach My Valentine,” an evening of food and music under the stars, from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15, hosted by Bud & Alley’s Restaurant in Seaside. Tickets are $50 per person or $40 for MKAF members and are available at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or call 650-2226.
Musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Village Baptist Church in Destin. The Van Deusen Trio, with Bobby Van Deusen on the piano, and guest artist Amanda Holmes will also perform. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Children in Crisis, Lifeway Bookstore in Destin, and at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach. Call 864-4242.
Classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in a free recital in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Seating is limited. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Call to Artists: Figure It
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming art competition, “Figure It,” open to all artists and all media. The show encompasses the human figure. Turn in entries from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17. Call 244-1271, or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.
ARTwalk on the Harbor
Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at ARTwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ's Seafood, and is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 within the Destin Boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s. The event is free.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a documentary/biography/music, “Searching for Sugar Man,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 18. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The film series replaces Foreign Film Night, although occasionally foreign films will be shown, and its goal is to provide area residents with the opportunity to view films that are in limited release and/or unlikely to be shown in local theaters.
Dinner and a Movie
A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Godfather II, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club hosts its 11th annual Chili Cook-Off from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at HarborWalk Village at Destin harbor. Live music by Continuum furnishes the music. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. To enter the chili contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Prizes will be awarded. Tasting armbands are $15/gate.
A Symphony of Taste: The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s food and wine tasting festival, “A Symphony of Taste,” will be held from1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 on the Niceville campus of NWFSC in the Student Services Center. The annual event raises funds for the regional orchestra and youth musical endeavors in Okaloosa and Walton County. A silent auction will be held with entertainment by jazz pianist Sean Dietrich. Tickets are $35/advance and $40/door and are on sale in Niceville at Bayou Books, in Fort Walton Beach at Playground Music, Vandergriff Jewelers, and the Magnolia Grill, and in Destin/South Walton at the Groovy Grouper Grill in Destin Commons and at Chan’s Wine World in Grand Boulevard and Destin. Call 729-6000.
Award-winning cellist Boyan Bonev, a music instructor at the University of West Florida and a member of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
New national and touring events on the 2014 schedule for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College begin at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater.
• Feb. 28: “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music,” a regionally produced production, will be held during Black History Month.
• March 21: The national tour of the phenomenal “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF.
National touring Broadway shows include the Tony Award winning “Memphis: The Musical” on Feb. 22, as well as the Las Vegas concert event “The Rat Pack Is Back” on March 8 to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and join the Destin Nights for an exciting Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on Feb. 28. Purchase an armband for $10 to support a local charity and receive drink and food specials at each stop.
Mardi Gras Parade
Floats with riders tossing beads, colorful costumes, street performers and more highlight the Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. March 1 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music on the Main Stage in the evening. Entry fee for parade $50 benefits the 33rd Fighter Wing Booster Club.
Tequila and Taco Fest
Tequila tastings, contests, live music and tacos of all kinds on March 8 at the Crab Island Cantina on March 8.
The Arts & Design Society’s 22nd Juried Southeast Regional and Heather Mitchell, the 2013 Best-in-Show winner, will be honored with a solo exhibition in the Holzhauer Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
Irish Street Fest
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance and games all day March 15 at the Sixth Annual Irish Street Fest at HarborWak Village. After dark, visit each venue for live music and games at the Grogg March. Get Pub Passport stamped at all venues and enter for a grande giveaway.
Sunday Brunch at Harry T's
Harry T’s serves brunch on the harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in January and February. Items served include fresh fruit, a fresh bakery basket, and your choice of fried potato hash browns or cheese grits. Bottomless champagne with entrée purchase.
Brunch on the harbor
Crab Island Cantina serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in January and February with bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, $12 with an entrée purchase.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Every Saturday night in January and February is Latin Night with DJ Vasco from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crab Island Cantina at HarborWalk Village. Dance to Bachata, Merenque, Salsa, Reggae and Top 40.
Michael J Thomas
Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.
During January, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Julia Allen, who works in pen and ink and in acrylics, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.