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
April 1: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers
April 8: TBA
April 15: Tusk
April 22: TBA
April 29: Satisfaction
May 6: The Good Lookings
May 13: Casey Kearney
May 20: The Blenders
May 27: Chris Alvarado
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.
Annual Chili Cook-Off
Hope on the Beach Lutheran Church is bringing the heat with its annual Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction beginning at 6 p.m. March 6 at 3834 U.S. Highway 98 West. Food, live music and prizes, as well as auction items are part of the free event.There is a $10 fee to enter the chili contest. Funds raised from the auction will be used to make some needed improvements to the church's main campus. Call 850-267-0322.
Tequila & Taco Fest
The Seventh Annual Tequila & Taco Fest will be from 6-9 p.m. March 6, 1-5 p.m. March 7 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at Seascape Towne Centre in Miramar Beach. Sample over 40 different types of Tequilas and taste some of the best Margaritas of your life. A variety of local restaurants will compete for the Best Taco on The Emerald Coast with a first place prize of $2,500. Fun for the whole family, test your arm in the “Pepito’s Tortilla,” tossing contest, face painting for the little amigos, and music from “Meringue 4.” This is a rain or shine event, and no refunds will be given. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventliveus.com/purchase/event/1311999.
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 Fort Walton Beach Library will present classical guitarist Edwin Culver, “The Methodical Musician,” on Monday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. He will perform "East and West: Ancient Music from the Orient Meets Nuevo Tango." The concert is free. Call 833-9590 for more information.
“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 previously seen. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public.
Classical Guitar Music
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents a free concert by guitarist Edwin Culver at 2 p.m. March 10. There is no registration and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Hear the racing dance rhythms of Argentinian tangos, the interweaving lines of a great Baroque sonata nearly lost in the bombing of Dresden, a Russian tone-painting inspired by the nuclear mysticism of Salvador Dali, brand new music composed by performer Edwin Culver himself.
Northwest Florida State College will present an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 7:30 p.m. March 11-14 in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s Sprint Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 850-729-6000 or online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
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. March 12. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be 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.
St. Patty’s Day Bash
Corpus Christi Catholic Church is again planning an evening to celebrate St. Patty's Day with good food, great entertainment, fun music, and a sing-along from 5:30-9 p.m. March 14 at the church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin.
Part of the proceeds will assist the church’s support of the homeless in Destin, as well as other community projects. A traditional Irish dinner of corn beef, cabbage, potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert will be the fare for the evening. Beverages, including wine and beer, are covered in the price of the dinner, which is $15/person. The Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance will provide entertainment. Tickets are required. Call 654-5422 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays to purchase tickets.
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
May 17: Monsters University
May 31: Frozen 2
Broadway Shows at MKAC
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents The Choir of Man March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37 at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/. 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).
Vettes at the Village
Vroom, vroom Vettes at the Village returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 to the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza. Event is free.
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.