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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Blenders at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
‒ Sept. 12: Forrest Williams
‒ Sept. 19: Modern Eldorados
‒ Sept. 26: The Courtyard Saints
‒ Oct. 3: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
‒ Oct. 10: Brandon Santini
‒ Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
‒ Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
College Football Saturdays
Every Saturday through Nov. 24 come down to HarborWalk Vil-lage and unleash your inner fan and have great food and drink specials at any of the restaurants in the Village. Complete event details at http://bit.ly/2Blqv
The fourth annual Wiggin’ Out For A Cause, with a Disco Diva theme, will happen from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 6 at Grand Boulevard Sandestin in the Emerald Coast Theatre space. An entertaining lady’s night out filled with wine, food, fun, music, as well as a contest for the Best Disco Diva Queen and Best Disco Diva Group and a silent auction. Pre-purchase tickets now at $75. Tickets at the door are $100. VIP tickets that include a designer wig and attendance to a private VIP Pre-Party from 5–6 p.m. are $100 if pre-purchased and $125 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.eccac.org or call 850-833-9237, ext. 256.
The Fifth Annual FunPoker Run to benefit Children in Crisis will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 8. Stops include Lulu’s, Giovanni’s One89, The Gulf, LJ Schooners, Island Time, Two Georges Marina, and AJs on the Bayou. Prize for the best poker hand is a trip for two to Hawaii. All proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Pre- registration parties are at LuLu’s (Destin) and Giovanni’s One89 from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7. or register at Lulu’s at 8 a.m. Sept.
Four local finalists will compete at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The local winner has a shot to go to Nashville and be the NASH Next 2018 Superstar. Event is free.
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.
Kids Day at Fudpuckers
Meet Fun 4 Emerald Coast Kids on the deck at Fudpuckers Destin, 20001 Emerald Coast Parkway, for some free family fun from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8. Check out a live alligator show at Gator Beach (and hold one if you dare!), see a magic show with Maximum Magic featuring Noah & Heather Wells, have your face painted with Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties-NWF, or hop on stage with the Fudnominals Interac-tive Dance team. There will be lots of giveaways and must be present to win.
Enjoy live and local music with Nash Next from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Events Plaza lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Village merchants will have game day specials and more than 90 TV’s will cheer on teams.
‒ Sept. 15: Donnie Sundal
‒ Sept. 22: Rust & Golf
‒ Sept. 29: Coconut Radio
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: Award winning songwriter/vocalist Season Ammons Band crossing over from blues and country to jazz and Americana.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “The Last Movie Star,” a drama, at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
An aging former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, the film is a tale about faded fame. At its core, it’s a universal story about growing old.
Celebrate the arts, dining, history and community spirit that makes Destin special as you visit dozens of exhibits and vendors from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the first HarborFest celebration. Taste local and regional craft brews, see artists’ hand-crafted items and enjoy the Destin History and Fishing Museum along with charter captains from HarborWalk Charters as they share fish tales and fishing heritage alongside freshly prepared seafood dishes from local chefs. Craft stations pro-vided by Abrakadoodle for the kids will be available. Local favorite, Flash Flood, will be featured on the main stage, and fireworks end the evening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15/person and include beer sampling, a mini beer stein, live music and kids crafts. Small plates are available to purchase from participating restaurants. Parking is free. Tickets are available at https://www.eventliveus.com/event/harborfest-3.
ADSO window display
During September, The Arts and Design Society presents the abstract art of award-winning Reg Moore, who says that abstract painting allows him great latitude regarding hues, lines, and interactions of shapes and spaces, providing him with motivational challenges. 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.
Harvest Champagne Dinner Cruise
Sip, savor and sail during SunQuest Cruise’s Autumn Harvest Champagne Dinner Cruise from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 21 aboard the Solaris. Patrons will embark on a culinary voyage of four courses all paired with premium champagnes from around the world as well as live music. Boarding begins at 6:40 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $80/person and includes meal, champagne, entertainment and cruise for those 21 and older. For reservations and in-formation, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf will present the classic family friendly film "The Lion King" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Events Plaza Lawn. The free movie is open to the public.
‒ Oct. 25: Hocus Pocus
Sinfonia Swings on the Boulevard
Members of Sinfonia Gulf Coast team up for an outdoor musical concert and dancing exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Seating will be pro-vided, but you may bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the free performance. A VIP pre-concert reception, reserved seating on the patio or garden room at Tommy Bahama Cafe during the performance, and a 3-course prix fixe meal. Contact the Sinfonia office at 460-8800 with seating-related questions.
Cooking with the Chef
Spend a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus as he prepares Spicy Cajun Seafood Stew from 12-1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande in Destin. Cost is $32 all-inclusive. Reservations required at 424-0622.
‒ Nov. 6: Stuffed Back Wrapped Turkey Tender-loins
‒ Dec. 4: Brown Sugar and Vanilla Lacquered Duck
Destin Seafood Festival
The 40th annual Destin Seafood Festival with food, art and entertainment will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 5; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at HarborWalk Village. Admission and parking are free. For more in-formation, visit www.destinseafoodfestival.com.
Friday, Oct. 5:
4-6 p.m. - The Graytones
6:30-8:30 p.m. - Crushed Velvet featuring Eli Hannon
9-11 p.m. - Grape Drink
Saturday Oct. 6:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - DeJaVu
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Georgia Clay Band
4-6 p.m. - 8 Second Ride
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Matt Stell
8- 9 p.m. - Andy Velo
9-9:10 p.m. - Fireworks
9:10-10:15 p.m. - Andy Velo
10:30 p.m. - Just Add Fire
Sunday Oct. 7:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - The Good Lookings
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Flash Flood
4-6 p.m. - I’magene
ECTC Season 6
Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” from Sept. 20 through Oct. 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (up-stairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), stu-dents, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoasthea-tre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
‒ Dec. 6-23: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
‒ Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
‒ March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
‒ March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
Call to Artists
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in the up-coming 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 http://artsdesignsociety.org. For more informa-tion, call 582-1329.
Destin Seafood Festival
Enjoy the fresh Gulf seafood Destin is known for from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 during the 40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival at HarborWalk Village. Several vendors and live music stages are along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.destinseafoodfestival.com.
The eighth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is on Oct. 6 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and benefits Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. Activities, including face painters, a scavenger hunt, Hula-Hoop contest, and access to the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under, are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The race begins at 1 p.m. Purchase one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or at Baytowne Wharf day of the event.
Bloody Mary Festival
The fourth annual event benefiting Habitat for Humanity — Walton County will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Market Shops. Enjoy up to 25 Blood Mary’s and vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be food and drinks, a lounge area, cornhole games and a large screen streaming SEC football. Tickets are currently on sale through 850Tix for the pre-sale price of $40 or can be pur-chased the day of the event at the door for $50.
Baytowne Beer Festival
Roll out the barrel and discover unique suds and ales at the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Beer From Around Here showcases local beer tastings and samplings of appetizers from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 with music by the Forrest Williams Band.
The VIP event will feature exclusive beer tastings and food from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Marlin Grill. Ticket is all inclusive for Saturday events.
The main event, the Craft Beer Tasting is from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf. All ticket holders will receive a Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest tasting glass for samplings. Live music provided by The Modern Eldorados from 2-4 p.m. and Gold & Motion from 4-6 p.m.
Purchase tickets for events at https://baytowne.xorbia.com/
Fish the Days, Rock the Nights
Watch the winning catches of the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo hit the docks for daily weigh-ins Oct. 13, 20 and 27 then Rock the Docks all night long with free live music on the main stage at 7 p.m. and fireworks over the Destin harbor at 9. Free admission and parking. Oct. 13: Luke Langford, Oct. 20: Ben Loftin & Family and Oct. 27: Tyler Livingston.
Northwest Florida Ballet
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) programming for its 49th season opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a free outdoor performance in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park, at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
The Nutcracker will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and features live musical accompani-ment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director and conductor David Ott. Box office prices for adults are $38 and $18/hildren 12 and under.
Lightwire Theater returns with A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center. Box office priced tickets for are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
Last event of the season is New Moves at 7:30 p.m. March 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 9; and 2:30 p.m. March 10 performed in a specially designed black box theater at NFB’s downtown studios, 310 Perry Ave. in Fort Walton Beach. Box office priced tickets for New Moves are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
Enjoy spirited nightlife on the Destin harbor 6 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Monster Mash Pub Crawl. At 7 p.m. Tyler Livingston takes over HarborWalk Village’s main stage with live music, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m. The adult costume contest concludes the night on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Pub Crawl passes are $10/adult, 21 and over.
Spook-tacular family fun begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 with a kids costume contest and a 4-legged pet costume contest on Har-borWalk Village’s main stage at 3:15 p.m. Trick-or-treat on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at all res-taurants and shops at HarborWalk Village. Admission is free. Complete event details at: http://bit.ly/2PeKi2M
2018 Harvest Market
The lawns of Rosemary Beach will be filled with artists from across the southeast in the media of fine art, folk art, handmade jewelry and furniture, natural skin care products, pottery, and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Throughout the day, there will be activities including the Boo Kid Block Party from 2-5 p.m., pumpkin carving contest, best cos-tume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a com-munity-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Village’s 11th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 3. More than 15 restaurants will compete in a fun BBQ competition, offering samples of creative BBQ styles and signature coastal cuisines. Bring the family for day of food, fun and music with John Hart and Tyler Mac. Advance tickets are $25; $30 day of event. Visit http://bit.ly/2MrWPBy
Wine World presents Destin’s premiere craft beer, bourbon, and food festival, formerly Destin Beer Festival, benefitting local charity Children on Crisis from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale at destin-crafted.com. General Admission tickets are $50/person (21 and over) and include the grand tasting on Saturday and live music performances. For more information, visit destincrafted.com or @DestinCrafted on Facebook.
Stake & Burger Dinner
The Fifth Annual Stake & Burger Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Hilton Sandestin with keynote speaker Hulk Hogan. General admission tickets are $125 and in-clude admission to this retro-themed event, a build your own burger bar, a drink ticket, the opportunity to win and bid on incredible raffle, and silent auction items. VIP tickets are $175 and also include VIP reception from 5-6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, visit www.emeraldcoastbgc.org.
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 Memo-rial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobble-stone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.