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Enjoy an evening full of free champagne and shopping as you Sip and Shop through the Village of Baytowne streets from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 20 and March 12. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public.
Call to Artists: 61st Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists, 18 years of age or older, to submit works for the 61st Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition to be held at the Arts and Design Society Gallery. Registration is Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gallery. Entry fee is $25/members; $35/non-members, for two entries; an additional entry may be made for $5, with a limit of three entries total. Cash awards. The exhibition runs Feb. 21-23 with a reception and silent auction on Sunday, 2-4 p.m. For further information and entry form, visit www.artsdesignsociety.org or call 850-582-1329.
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Maytag Virgin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and 27-29 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1 at 560 Upstairs in Grand Boulevard. For ages 13 and older.
Set in the small fictional town of Lenoraville, Ala., Maytag Virgin tells the story of recently widowed Elizabeth Nash and her new next door neighbor, Jack Key. Lizzy grieves outwardly over the recent death of her husband, but her inner world is filled with deep regret and secret longing. Maytag Virgin is the perfect feel-good romantic dramatic comedy with heart.
Broadway Shows at MKAC
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents Jersey Boys Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story, a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.
• The Choir of Man: March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.
• The SpongeBob Musical: May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $49. Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.” (Daily Beast).
Mardi Gras Big Easy Bar Crawl
Dress in your Mardi Gras best for a bingo style bar crawl at HarborWalk Village from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 21. Pick up bingo cards at 6:30 and turn back in by 9:30 for raffle drawing. Compete for the title of Mardi Gras King & Queen at Coyote Ugly starting at 10 p.m.
Known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and again in 2016. She will perform at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Dan Rodriguez: Dan Rodriguez has shared the stage with artists and bands and will take the stage at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Snaps for Sinners: A sassy swing ensemble, with influences ranging from traditional jazz to folk-punk to country, Snaps for Sinners performs at 7:30 p.m. March 5. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Andrew Duhon: A songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, Andrew Duhon performs at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at The REP. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
My One And Only:: Kassie and Benjamin meld old-school country, singer-songwriter, and alternative folk-rock into a sound that can only be described as “Southern-Soul and Curious-Grit” at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.
Sofia Talvik: A rare artist with a voice comparable to giants like Joni Mitchell performs at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.
Mardi Gras Parade & Pawdi Gras
Fais Do-Do takes the stage at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 followed by beads, dazzling floats and street performers as the parade rolls at 4 p.m. in HarborWalk Village. Enter your pup in a spirited Pawdi Gras Pet Costume contest following the parade. Registration starts at 5.
Mardi Gras Food & Wine Festival
The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild invites the public to an afternoon of tapas, wine and a silent auction to the theme of Mardi Gras. Enjoy the Mardi Gras Food & Wine Festival from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville campus on the first floor of Building 400 (Student Services Center). Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Purchase online at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Through Feb. 28, The Art Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, presents Deborah Masters: Ghosts. A highly gifted figurative sculptor, she constructs greater-than-life-size works of important people who have influenced her life but have now passed on. In this way, she creates a space to make the not-present present. For more on this free exhibit, visit https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nwfsc-mkac-galleries-present-deborah-masters-ghosts/2020-02-03/
Art Display at the Destin Library
The artwork of the Beaty family will be on display all through February at the Destin Library. The colorful and diverse paintings line the walls of the library and are available for viewing during normal business hours.
ADSO Window Gallery Display
In February the Window Gallery of the Arts & Design Society at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach is highlighting the work of ADSO President Nick Smith, MFA. He specializes in acrylic painting, collage and video, and will show a colorful combination of landscape, abstract and figurative paintings with a local flavor. While the window art is available for viewing 24/7, office and gallery hours are 12-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery, which is free to the public, is also open from 1-4 p.m., Saturday.
Brunch, Rhythm & Brews
Enjoy brunch and brews beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at Harry T's Lighthouse, Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi and Margaritaville. A live concert starts at 2 p.m. with Joe Fingas on the main stage at HarborWalk Village.
Mardi Gras Parade
The streets at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.
3rd Annual Hops for Hounds
Dog-Harmony's Third Annual Hops for Hounds will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Destin Commons. Take a dog-walk to each of the murals at Destin Commons and snap a photo with you and your FURever friend. Then enjoy an after party at World of Beer with beer and live music. Be sure to check out World of Beers dog menu. Registered walkers receive a complimentary dog bandana, and admission to an incredible family-friendly morning with the hounds that have our hearts. Registration is $20 per person. Email email@example.com.
Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi
Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) with the free Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 for a Village Street party complete with music, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments.
Vin'tij Wine Dinner Series
Join Vin'tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 for the first in a series of wine dinners benefiting the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF). Vin'tij, known for its creative menus and impressive wine boutique, presents Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars in celebration of MKAF's 25th Season. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite, Facebook, and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation website event page. Tickets are $150 (gratuity not included) per person and seating is limited. For more information, visit www.MKAF.org or call 650-2226.Other dates are May 1 and Sept. 11; the Aioili Dinner Ocr. 15; and the 8th Annual Ruth's Chris Wine Walkabout Nov. 12.
Bob Dylan & Neil Young Tribute
Fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young are in for a special treat as Ronnie McBrayer of Desolation Road and Nick Turner of Rust & Gold perform some of the Dylan/Young hits in a rare acoustic show from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Sound Cafe & Enlightened Studios, 142 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $10 and available at eventbrite.com.
Mardi Gras Dinner
The Gathering Spot, located within WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, is keeping the festivities going well after Fat Tuesday with a festive dinner, including Mardi Gras-themed cocktails and a prix-fixe menu of authentic New Orleans fare Feb. 29. The evening will begin with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. At 5 p.m., guests will be able to mingle and enjoy cocktails before settling into their seats for a four-course Creole-inspired dinner, accompanied with live entertainment by saxophonist Ike Bartley from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Limited seats available. Reservations required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFB returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to present the beloved fairytale Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2:30 p.m. March 1. Performances will feature live orchestral accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro David Ott. This timeless classic brings to life a cavalcade of enchanting characters, brilliant dancing, vibrant costumes and a magical set sure to hold you under its spell. Box-office priced tickets are $40/adults and $20/children 12 and under.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Dion Jones & The Neon Tears at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
March 11: Boukou Groove
March 18: The Shakedown
March 25: Forrest Williams Band
Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the NFSO in an evening of rhythmic music celebrating the elements of dance in Dance the music of Beethoven and Bernstein at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $25/adult, $16/youth. Purchase at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.
Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera: April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, $16/youth. The NFSO season finale will open with performances from the winners of the 33rd Annual Concerto Competition. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will then join the orchestra performing opera choruses from popular operas. Maestro David Hoose will be the guest conductor for this show.
“The Year Is …” Show
From March 10 through March 27, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “The Year Is …” Show, featuring art, in any medium, that will depict a world or personal event from a certain year or date. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. March 13. A special feature of the reception will be a Battle of the Brushes, a fun competition in which those who enter must turn out a painting of the same subject in 45 minutes, based on a photo they have not preciously seen. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public.
President’s Speaker Series
Dale Berra, the son of Yogi Berra, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1977 to 1987. However, cocaine slowly took Dale’s promising career away, and it could have taken his life if it wasn’t for his father’s love. He will share his story of overcoming adversity to reach his personal goals at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. March 13. The speaker’s series are free, but seating is limited.
The Sacred Heart Foundation’s Second Annual Emerald Ball is March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie gala, presented by Howard Group, will benefit the expansion of the cardiac and spine programs at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast. Guests are encouraged to wear shades of emerald for the elegant event. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, a wine and bourbon pull and a photo booth. Individual tickets are available for $150 and include reserved seating, dinner and two drink tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sacredheartemeraldball.com.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Season
The Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series presents “Jurassic Park in Concert” at the Emerald Coast Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
St. Patty's Day Delight- Paint the Village Green
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. March 17 featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music from The Blenders. Guests can also enjoy merchant specials around the Village of Baytowne Wharf for St. Patty's Day all night long.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for “Moana” at 7:15 p.m. March 22.
March 29: Toy Story 4
April 5 Ralph Breaks the Internet
Shard & Chardonnay
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Chardonnay while you create a ShardWorx masterpiece at 4:30 p.m. every Friday at The Shard Shop, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway #114 in Destin and at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Fridays in Grayton Beach at 26 Logan Lane. You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.
Family Fun Fest
Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
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.