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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with the Forrest Williams Band at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 16: J.P. Soars & The Red Hots
• May 23: Chris Alvarado
• May 30: Lauren Saint Jane
• June 6: The Blenders
• June 13: Stephen Simmons
• June 20: Boukou Groove
• June 27: Courtyard Saints
• July 11: Forrest Williams
• July 18: The Rib Bones
Benefit Sunset Cruise
The Taylor Haugen Foundation will host a sunset cruise aboard the Solaris Yacht May 9, boarding at 5:30 p.m. at Baytowne Marina. Cruise around the Choctawhatchee Bay while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and an opportunity to enter to win raffle items. Tickets are $75/person and available at Taylor-Haugen.org.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy a night under the stars with The Petty Hearts, a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band that celebrates the life and musical legacy of his 40-year career in rock and roll, from 7-9 p.m. May 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a bottle of wine, a craft beer, snacks and a blanket or chair. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $15/adults and free to MKAF members and children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door.
• May 17: The Return is a Beatles Tribute that cap-tures the very essence of the Beatles themselves.
• May 24: Velcro Pygmies are known for delivering a nonstop high energy hair metal rock show you won’t soon forget.
• May 31: Purple Masquerade, a Tribute to Prince, brings back the pop/funk sounds of Prince and The Revolution.
• June 7: Walter Wolfman Washington, a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene, brings heartfelt rhythm and blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz to the area.
• June 14: Gloria’s Miami Sound with Nikki Torres is a tribute to Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine with their Rhythm is Gonna Get You on Your Feet in 1, 2, 3.
• June 21: M-80’s present the best music from the 80’s with their high energy and great stage presence.
• June 28: The Maxx, back by popular demand, has energetic choreography and eclectic sound with classic oldies and today’s pop music.
• Sept. 13: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to.
• Sept. 20: Luke Langford & 331 South is a high energy band de-livering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic and modern country.
• Sept. 27: Pickled Pickers play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass ... feel good to the soul kind of tunes.
• Oct. 4: Forrest Williams Band is a singer/songwriter covering a variety of music from soul to blues, a little bit of country and reggae.
• Oct. 11: The Wide Open, a diverse and soulful Americana duo, fuse soulful southern blues and folk with modern roots and Delta Rag Time.
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Poker Run
The family friendly Poker Run, open to any and all boats, even jet skis and pontoons, can make this run to the best stops in the bay. The Captain’s Party at Legendary Yacht Club begins at 6:30 p.m. May 11. Poker Run is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. The After Party will be from 2-5 p.m. at LuLu’s Destin, with prizes for Best Pirate Costumes, Best Decorated Pirate Boat and Krewe. All pro-ceeds including Silent Auction to benefit Emerald Coast Autism Center and the William Augustus Bowles Museum & Historical Foundation. For entry fee and information, visit www.eventbrite.com.
ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival
In its 30th year, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 12 in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 150 artists from around the country while also experiencing live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule), student exhibits and great food and beverage options.
Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise
Indulge in a three-course, chef prepared meal and celebrate Mom on the water from 12:30-3 p.m. May 13 aboard the Solaris Yacht. Boarding begins at 11:45 a.m. from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Tickets are $58/adult, $38/child and $18/children under 3. Reservations required at www.sunquestcruises.com or call 650-2519.
Stoked Hypnotic Comedy Show
The interactive, audience participation show where you can be a hypnotic subject or participate in ESP and mentalism experiments is at 8 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays at the Rockett Theatre at HarborWalk Village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 833-stoked-1 or 386-262-6810 for tickets.
ADSO window display
The Arts and Design Society presents the acrylic art of award-winning Terry Johnston during May. 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 open also from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Art Center Gallery is at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Maudie,” a biography, drama, romance, 2 p.m. May 15 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Based on a true story, Maudie is an unlikely romance in which the re-clusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie to be his house-keeper. The movie tells of Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. May 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music and shopping with the sounds of live music in the Events Plaza. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Pianist Chloe Chuyue Zhang will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in Tyler Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the box of-fice, call 729-6000 or visit http://bit.ly/MKACtickets.
Little Black Dress Party
The White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) will host the Ninth Annual Little Black Dress Party at 6 p.m. May 19 in the Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This year’s theme is A Hollywood Black Tie Affair and will feature dinner, dancing, entertainment and auctions. All proceeds benefit WWCF’s community health initiatives. Tickets are $100 at www.LBDParty.com.
Artists in Action Day
Watch artists whose work is included in the Commemorations outdoor art exhibit as they install their pieces from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20 at Heritage Museum in Valparaiso. Families can make out-door art together in Hidden Hollow, and visitors of all ages can also dress up as artists. A vari-ety of materials for adults and kids will be set up in two locations around the grounds allowing visitors to create their own outdoor artworks.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “COCO” at 7:15 p.m. May 20 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• June 3: Minions
• June 10: Emoji Movie
• June 17: Beauty and the Beast
• June 24: Moana
• July 8: Toy Story 3
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
Wag The Flag
Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with Dog-Harmony and enjoy puppy and people treats, live entertainment and a raffle from 5-7 p.m. May 24 in Grand Park in Sandestin. Proceeds benefit Dog-Harmony.
Memorial Day Celebration
Kick off your summer during our Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music from 7-9 p.m. May 26 and 27. Kids activities and a patriotic fireworks show also light up on May 27. The Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans May 28.
Memorial Day Concert Celebration
It’s time for flip flops, sun tans and summer. Live music begins at 7 p.m. May 26 with Flash Flood at HarborWalk Village. On May 27, Departure Journey Tribute Band begins at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks and fire spinning,
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
Mothers, Memories and Imagination, an art exhibit by Kymberly Anne Howell Heartsong, will be on display through May 30 at the Destin Library. An open house with light refreshments will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 to meet the artist. Art is also for sale. Admission is free and open to the pub-lic. Call 837-8572.
Who wants some beads? Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy on Tuesdays May 29-Aug. 14. Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers and float riders tossing handsful of beads and swag. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. and the parade rolls at 8:30 p.m.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a fun-for-all-ages adaptation of a William Shakespeare play from 8-9 p.m. every Thursday, May 31–Aug. 2, in Grand Park in Sandestin. Abrakadoodle offers a pre-show children’s activities at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Let Freedom Ring/An All-American Tribute
Celebrate Americana and the heritage of the Destin harbor all summer long beginning at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday night, May 31 through Aug. 16. The all-American celebration includes a one-of-a-kind WWII Vintage Airshow, live on-stage entertainment with the Modern Eldorados, and fireworks over the Destin harbor, followed by Just Add Fire, a unique fire spinning performance. There will be Americana music videos on the Main Stage until midnight.
Summer Movie Nights
Village Baptist Church in Destin will host a family movie night showing “The Incredibles” June 2. Food trucks will be serving food for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. with movie on the lawn beginning at dusk. Be sure to bring a lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. If inclement weather we will move inside to Bldg. 9 and enjoy the movie there. For more information contact the church office at 837-8107 or visit villagebaptist.org.
• July 7: The Star
• Aug. 4: Inside Out
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert from 7-9 p.m. every Saturday, June 2 through Aug. 18 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
Heritage Annual Auto Show
This family-friendly event highlights antique and classic automobiles, hot rods, and custom cars in excellent original or restored condition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9 at Heritage Museum in Val-paraiso. Rain date is June 10. Enjoy lunch from Magnolia Café’s grill at the field, vote for your favorite car, visit the family activity table to build a LEGO car or participate in a family auto show challenge, and watch the parade of show cars at 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.
Food Truck Friday
Experience the mobile food movement, and enjoy Heritage after hours from 5-8 p.m. June 15 and 29 at Heritage Museum in Valparaiso. Visitors get exclusive access to this season’s special exhibit, Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500, and enjoy dinner and des-sert from some of the area’s best known food trucks. Food and beverage not included in admission. Fee is $10/non-members and free for members.
The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club from 7-11:45 p.m. June 15 at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, 560 Grand Boulevard, up-stairs, in Miramar Beach. Ticket includes big time laughs from national stand up comedians; 1950's all girl musical review and variety show; Swillin' Classic Cocktails and Nostalgic Nosh; Wine and bourbon tastings; Chef's prepared nibbles and bites; and Chocolate Fon-due and Bubbly. For tickets or info visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org
Ballet at Twilight
Northwest Florida Ballet presents its annual free community performance, Ballet at Twilight, at 7:30 p.m. June 23 under the stars at Grand Park in Sandestin. featuring a mixed rep-ertoire of classic and modern works. Bring a chair or blanket.
Red, White, and Baytowne
The free Red, White, and Baytowne celebration begins at 6 p.m. July 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with lawn games, inflatables, kids’ crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Family Fun Friday
Enjoy a day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 at Heritage Museum in Valparaiso that features fun for the whole family, including a performance by Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band, outdoor games, and family challenges. Free with museum admission.
• Aug. 3: Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys and Wendell Minor, noted author, illustrator, and subject of the 2018’s special exhibition, Wendell Minor’s America, will “in residence” in his replica studio inside the exhibit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Aug. 10: Karen K. and the Jitterbugs
• Aug. 17: Josh and the Jamtones
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; home-made pita, hummus, salsa’s, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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 Me-morial Day through Labor Day.