Here are some events in Northwest Florida on Feb. 29.
When you have an extra day, use it.
At least that’s our mentality. Thanks to the 2020 Leap Year, we all have an extra day, Feb. 29.
We put together a list of events encompassing that Saturday, so you can enjoy it to the fullest.
Leap Year Mega Dance Party: Gather for the 2020 Leap Year Mega Dance Party 6-11 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Dance though the years with the Emerald Gold Band playing 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s music. Plus, enjoy a silent auction, Wii Sport games, vintage pinball and arcade machines. This one-night dance party on the Emerald Coast benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Air Commando Foundation. Advance tickets are $15 or buy four and get one free at Beach Community Bank or the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $20 at the door. For details, visit islanddanceparty.com.
Pensacon: Weird Al Yankovic will head the celebrity guest list for Pensacon 2020, set for Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 in downtown Pensacola. Pensacon also will host cast reunions from "Tron" (Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan, Dan Shor and David Warner), "Titanic" (Billy Zane, Warner, Jonathan Hyde and Bernard Hill) , and the "Star Wars" spinoff "Ewoks: The Battle of Endor." A full list of announced guests and tickets are available at pensacon.com. Pensacon is an all-inclusive pop culture convention for the fan community, spanning the genres of comics, anime, science fiction, horror, gaming, and fantasy. Venues include the Pensacola Grand Hotel, Pensacola Bay Center, Saenger Theatre, Rex Theatre, Pensacola Little Theatre and more.
Pensacola Film Festival: Pensacola Cinema Art, Innisfree Hotels, The Studer Family of Companies and Downtown Pensacola will present the 2020 Pensacola Film Festival on Feb 28, 29 and March 1 at the SCI building in downtown Pensacola. It will feature 25 short and feature films from around the world over three days at one location. From a locally produced documentary about surfing on China Beach during the Vietnam War to the Oscar winner for Best Picture, "Parasite," from Korea, the film festival offers a variety of indie films in a new venue in downtown Pensacola. Weekend passes are on sale. Individual tickets go on sale Feb. 28 at Pensacola Cinema Art at SCI Building, Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden St., Private West exterior entrance. For more details, visit PensacolaCinemaArt.com.
Unity Flashlight Walk: With its 2020 motto, "A community coming together," Crestview will put its words into action when residents bring flashlights and meet at sunset Feb. 29 at City Hall to embark on what Police Chief Stephen McCosker hopes will be the first of many Community Unity Flashlight Walks. In the same spirit as the National Night Out Against Crime, the Leap Day "Community Unity Flashlight Walk will be an opportunity for the community to come together for a time of fellowship, partnership and a demonstration of unity," Chief McCosker said. Walkers can be families, individuals, clubs, student organizations, church congregations, groups of neighbors, friends and any other group of residents. The walk will demonstrate Crestview’s "spirit of inclusion, respect of diversity and a celebration of our commonality as humankind," the chief said. "The flashlight component of the walk is symbolic of our community uniting to place a light on crime and the perception of crime." There is no cost to participate in the 1.2-mile walk, which begins at City Hall with complimentary hot dogs at 5:45 p.m., then heads up Wilson Street before turning over to Main Street and returning to its starting point, where any leftover refreshments will be waiting. For more details, contact Chief McCosker at 850-682-3544.
Vegetable gardening seminar: From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the UF/IFAS Extension Office, Larry Williams will provide a seminar on Vegetable Gardening. This office is at the Gerald R. Edmondson Extension Building, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview. The seminar will cover site selection, preparation, planning, soil preparation, planting and design for vegetable gardening in North Florida. It will also cover common vegetable gardening mistakes.Cost per person is $10 payable at the door by check or cash. Pre-registration is required by calling the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office at 850-689-5850.
FWB Public Safety Open House: The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department and Police Department invite the public to a Public Safety Open House 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 29. The free event will be held at Chester Pruitt Park, next to Fire Station 6 and the Police Department on Hollywood Boulevard SE (5 Hollywood Boulevard SE and 7 Hollywood Boulevard SE, respectively). The event will focus on fire and police education in a family-friendly and fun environment. The public will see a live vehicle extrication and fire sprinkler demonstration by the Fire Department and a K-9 demonstration by the Police Department. Tours of the Fire Station and Police Department will take place and fire truck rides will be available. Displays will include a fire truck, the SWAT truck, police vehicles and a fire safety house. Bounce houses, rock-climbing wall, and more will be on site for the kids. Food and drinks will be provided free to the public: popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and a pulled-pork sandwich lunch.
Shrimp & Grits Festival: Enjoy food, drinks and live music from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 29 on the Destin Harbor as local restaurants compete for the best Shrimp & Grits dish on the Harbor.
Spring Fashion Show at The Vue on 30a: Caring & Sharing of South Walton will hold its 11th Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon, with the theme "Paris in Spring," on Feb. 29 at the Vue on 30a, 4801 W. Scenic Highway 30A. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Caring and Sharing Thrift Store, 112 Lynn Drive, Santa Rosa Beach. During the event, guests will enjoy a fashion show, lunch, silent auction, DJ and photo booth. There will be a pop-up boutique featuring items from the Caring and Sharing Thrift Store. Volunteers and supporters of the organization will walk the runway to model outfits made up entirely of items donated to the Caring & Sharing thrift store. After the event, all clothing and accessories will be available for purchase.
ADSO’s Mardi Gras Carnival Party: The Arts and Design Society will hold a Carnival Mardi Gras Party from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 29. The big event includes games, typical New Orleans food and live music by Bill Garrett. Admission is free, with a $5 charge for dinner and a cash donation for beverages. Dinner will include red beans and rice, jambalaya and king cakes. The party will take place in the ADSO Gallery. Visit artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday noon-4 pm. The Art Center is at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.