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Wednesday Night Concert Series

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Big Al & The Heavy Weights at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• Aug. 8: Boukou Groove

• Aug. 15: Gold & Motion

• Aug. 22: The Graytones

• Aug. 29: Chris Alvarado


Act4Mystery will perform “A Condo to Kill For” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at La Paz Destin, 950 Gulf Shore Drive. Seating begins at 7 p.m. La Paz serves a full Fajita Bar for $34.95 for the dinner and show. Reservations can be made at

• Aug. 9: Murder Without a Clue

• Aug. 16: Knock 'em Dead

• Aug. 23: Revenge at the Reunion

• Aug. 30: Foul Play on the Speedway

The Little Mermaid

Join Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian when the Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents The Little Mermaid Aug. 3-12 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Purchase tickets at

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable features irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

SoWal Craft Beer and Spirits Festival

The inaugural event will be held from 12-4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach and includes more than 60 craft beers, ciders, Florida distilled craft spirits, and rosé wine and mimosas. Beer and spirit experts will be on-site and food samplings will be provided. Tickets are available at or directly at

Summer Movie Nights

Village Baptist Church in Destin will host a family movie night showing “Inside Out” Aug. 4. 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

Movies in the Park

Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach will show “Coco” in an old-time drive in movie setting at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Central Park. All attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.

Rock the Docks

Enjoy a free concert with the music o Ben Loftin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 on the HarborWalk Village stage.

• Aug. 11: Good Lookings

• Aug. 18: Flash Flood

Sunday Cinema

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Cars 3” at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.

Groovin’ On The Green

The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Latitude 29 from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 6 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

• Aug. 13: Nitefire

• Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt

• Aug. 27: True Soul

• Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio

AJ’s Street Party

84: A Tribute to Van Halen will be live on the Ocean Reef Jumbotron Stage for AJ's Street Party Summer Concert Series at 10 p.m. Aug. 7.

ADSO window display

During August, The Arts and Design Society presents the work of Anne Johnston, who is showing her “Just a Little Blue and White” series of oil paintings. Her paintings are displayed in several local venues.. 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.

Sip and Paint Class

The Arts and Design Society offers a Sip and Paint Class with Sharon James from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. Cost is $35/members and $40/non-members with all supplies included. The theme is “Giraffe of the Painter’s Choice.” Students may bring their beverage of choice to enjoy while learning to paint with acrylics and enhance their skills. Call 850-244-1271.

Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Wonder,” a drama, family movie, at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Hispanic Fest

United for a Good Cause Inc. will host Hispanic Fest 2018 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. It is a family-oriented, cultural and educational event showcasing the best of Hispanic folklore, live and DJ music, food, and culture. Proceeds benefit the 14th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children’s Fiesta.

Concerts in the Village

Enjoy a night under the stars with Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 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.

• Sept. 20: Luke Langford & 331 South is a high energy band delivering 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.

Call to Artists: 35th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show

The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in the upcoming 35th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show Sept. 25-29, open to all artists, in any medium. Cash awards. Artists must turn in works for the show from 12-5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 22. Entry fee for adults is $30/up to 5 pieces; high school and middle school students, $2/piece, up to 5 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is available at For more information, call 582-1329.

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.