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Wednesday Night Concert Series

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Courtyard Saints at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• Oct. 3: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang

• Oct. 10: Brandon Santini

• Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet

• Oct. 24: Boukou Groove

College Football Saturday

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 24, come down to HarborWalk Village and unleash your inner fan. Have great food and drink specials at any of the restaurants in the Village. Complete event details at

Fine Arts Show

The 35th Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept 26-28 and 2-10 p.m. Sept. 29 at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex. An opening reception is from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 23. Artworks in every medium will be on display and high school and middle school art will be a special feature. No charge for events. Call 582-1329.

Throwback Thursday

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

Concerts in the Village

Enjoy a night under the stars with Pickled Pickers as they play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 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.

• Oct. 4: Forrest Williams Band is a singer/songwriter cov-ering 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.

September Saturdays

Enjoy live and local music with Coconut Radio from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 on the Events Plaza lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Village merchants will have game day spe-cials and more than 90 TV's will cheer on teams.

Oktoberfest at Big Kahunas

Grilled bratwurst and German potato salad, local beers, and the chicken dance must mean its time for Oktoberfest. Celebrate the first ever Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park event the weekend of Sept. 29-30 in Destin. Buffet after purchase of a day pass is $9.99 in advance at and $11.99 at the park.

ECTC Auditions

Season 6 Auditions for dancing lessons and Theater for Young Audi-ences, The Snowy Day and Other Stories, will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Emerald Coast Theatre Company at Grand Boulevard. Call backs will be from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 30, if needed. Bring a recent headshot and updated resume and be prepared to do a 45-60 second comedic monologue. Actors can audition for one or both shows. All positions are paid. Housing possible. For questions or audition conflicts, email,

Eggs on the Beach

Bay Breeze Patio will host the fifth annual Eggs on the Beach Big Green Egg Grilling Competition from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. All proceeds benefit The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food For Thought. Taster tickets are on sale now at with advance pricing of $32.50/adult, $14/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under free.

Day for Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Day for Kids will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Activities for adults and children include free food, entertainment and more. Call 344-7587.

Sinfonia Swings on the Boulevard

Members of Sinfonia Gulf Coast team up for an outdoor musical concert and dancing exhibitions at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Seating will be provided, but you may bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the free performance. A VIP pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m., 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.

Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament

Destin Commons will host the third annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament at noon Sept. 30 between H&M and Chipotle. The double elimi-nation tournament is a partnership with Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) and Cumulus Media, with pro-ceeds benefiting ECCAC. Spectators can visit the beer garden by purchasing a wristband for $30. Five sets of unique cornhole boards, custom painted by local artists, will be auctioned off with all pro-ceeds benefiting ECCAC.

ECTC Season 6

Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” through Oct. 7. Per-formances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s per-formance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at San-destin 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), students, and military. Purchase at 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”

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 Fishing Rodeo

The 70th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is held every day in October from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fish will be weighed in at the barge behind AJ’s. Kids FallFest, a free family-friendly event, takes place from 12-2 p.m. Oct. 15 at AJ’s with face painting, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, and more.

Evening with the Spine Expert

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host an Evening with the Spine Expert presenting the newest technology in spine health and robotic-assisted spinal surgery from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Flemings, 600 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach. World renowned orthopedic and neurological spine surgeon, Kornelis Poel-stra, MD, PhD, will lead the presentation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Seating for this free event is limited, and reservations are required at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.

Thoughtful Dinner Series

Don an apron, toss some flour, and make your own pasta with amici 30A Italian Kitchen Chef Lock at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Food for Thought Full Circle Kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach. The dinner series is back with food, wine and cocktails, and live music. Tickets are $300 per cou-ple and seating is limited to 20 guests. To reserve your spot call 290-4056 or email

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 Music will be heard on several stages. Musical performances on the festival main stage in-clude:

Friday, Oct. 5

4 p.m. – Sound Garden

6 p.m. – Group Therapy

8 p.m. – Allman Goldflies Band

Saturday Oct. 6

Noon ; Stone Ball Jackers

2 p.m. Three Bean Soup

4 p.m. Fuzzy Jones

6 p.m. Emerald Gold

8 p.m. Night Tripper

Sunday Oct. 7

Noon – Faus Do Do

2 p.m. Moos Bros

ADSO window display

During October, The Arts and Design Society presents the acrylic and watercolor art of Carolyn Williams. Window art is available for viewing 24/7 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. 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.

ECTC Season 6

Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” through Oct. 7. Per-formances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s per-formance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at San-destin 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), students, and military. Purchase at 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”

College Football Saturdays

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 24, come down to HarborWalk Village and unleash your inner fan. Have great food and drink specials at any of the restaurants in the Village. Complete event details at

Call to Artists

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 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

Duck Regatta

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 or at Baytowne Wharf day of the event.

Ballet in Seaside

The Northwest Florida Ballet will stage a free, outdoor performance sponsored by the Merchants of Seaside at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Seaside Amphitheater. The program includes a lecture demonstration on ballet and excerpts from A Mid-summer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker.

Bloody Mary Festival

The fourth annual event benefiting Habitat for Hu-manity — 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. There will be more than 200 craft beers and visitors can taste, learn and discover new brews along the way. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 with local beer tastings and music by the Forrest Williams Band. VIP event from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Marlin Grill features exclusive beer tastings and food. The main event, the Craft Beer Tasting, is from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf with live music by The Modern Eldorados from 2-4 p.m. and Gold & Motion from 4-6 p.m. Purchase tickets at or visit

The Allman Goldflies Band Goes Pops

Southern rock and blues meets classical and jazz in a free concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Founders Pavilion, 1980 Discovery Loop in Panama City. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this mix of music, with the Allman Goldflies Band backed by the POPS Orchestra, conducted by Destin’s Dr. David Ott.

Explore The Outdoors Festival

Get outdoors with the family at Explore The Out-doors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Live Oak Landing in Freeport. Children can fish or kayak, enjoy archery, hydrobikes, a marine life touch-tank, educational exhibits and more. Call 267-2064.

Where the Wild Things Run

Run wild through the woods on Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre piece of privately owned conservation land, as the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport hosts Where the Wild Things Trail Run: 5k and 1-mile Fun Run from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and is $20. 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. and is $40. To register, visit or call 835-1824 for information.

Rockin' on the Lawn

The Charity Music Festival Rockin’ on the Lawn will be held from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive W in Destin. The event, benefitting South Walton Academy, a non-profit inclusion school, will feature the Luke Langford Band, Atlas Lost, Catalyst, and more. Enjoy music, bounce houses, face paint-ing, food and beverages. Bring lawn chairs, blan-kets and pack a cooler. No pets or drones allowed. Tickets are $12.24 - $22.49 at

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 park-ing. Oct. 13: Luke Lang-ford, 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 accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Or-chestra, 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.

Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival

The Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival will be held Oct. 19-21 in Niceville. The festival brings well known national musicians, re-gional food trucks, unique arts and crafts vendors and more. Visit for tickets and times.

BARKtoberfest at World of Beer

World of Beer will host its first BARKtoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Destin Commons. Enjoy an afternoon with on-site adoptions from PAWS, German beers, Oktoberfest games, like a pretzel eating contest, dog-friendly pupcake eat-ing contest, stein hoisting and more. WOB will spotlight five German beers and will donate a portion of sales from all five of those taplines to PAWS. WOB will also accept tangible donations like dog/cat food, cat litter and toys.


Dog-Harmony and Grand Boulevard will host Barktoberfest from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Grand Park to celebrate all things fall. Enjoy people and puppy treats, live entertainment and a raffle drawing. Open to the public at no charge.

Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation presents the second annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival Oct. 25-27 at WaterColor. Sip more than 400 wines and pair them with local Gulf Coast cuisine. The festival pro-ceeds and silent auctions benefit more than 15 local charities whose aim is to meet the needs of at-risk youth in the Northwest Florida area. For more information about events, times and tickets, visit

Savor the Season

The Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Ninth Annual Savor the Season will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin. Food tastings, wine pairings, live entertainment with saxophonist Michael J Thomas, silent and live auctions plus a fine wine pull highlight the event. Tickets are $100/person and can be purchased at The funds go to the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Youth Equipment for Sports Safety (YESS) pro-gram and also provides scholarships for outstanding local student athletes.

Haunted Haunt

Destin Commons is ready with its free Halloween Haunt, a spook-tacular tradition, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Get creative and bring the children, ages 2 to 12, and dogs, dressed in their bewitch-ing best for the costume contest and maybe win a prize. Children can trick-or-treat in a safe and friendly environment.

Pumpkinpalooza Pub Crawl

Dress up for a night of fantasy and fun at Harbor-Walk’s scariest pub-crawl beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Monster Mash pub crawl throughout the village. At 7 p.m., Tyler Livingston takes over the main stage to rock the night away, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m. The adult cos-tume contest is on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older to at-tend.

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 costume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a com-munity-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.

Nightmare on First Street

The Arts and Design Society invites the public to a “scary” evening of Halloween fundraising fun, “Nightmare on First Street,” from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. The night will include a costume contest, Hal-loween food contest, already-decorated pump-kin contest, and a dance contest. There will also be games throughout the evening and a photo booth. This FUNdraiser will help to raise funds for facility repairs and improve-ments, so bring cash to play. Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased at the ADSO Gallery from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call 244-1271.

Festival of the Arts

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts will be held Oct. 27-28 at the Cultural Arts Village. Art exhibits, live music, local food, kids arts and crafts, meet-the-artist and, of course, art for sale will be featured.

Pumpkinpalooza Candy Crawl and Mutt Strut

Fun for the whole family, including four-legged members, happens when HarborWalk Village celebrates Hal-loween from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 with the annual Pumpkinpalooza costume contest for children (2 p.m.) and pets (3:15 p.m.). Trick-or-treat on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at all restaurants and shops. Admission is free.

Fall Festival

The City of Destin’s 18th Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Destin Community Center from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with fun games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, a jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5, with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is 5-6 p.m. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 3 p.m. for judging at 5. Call 654-5184.

Jack-O-Lantern Contest

The City of Destin’s 18th Annual Fall Festival Jack-O-Lantern Contest will be held Oct. 29 at the Destin Community Center. ALL carved pumpkins are to be dropped off before 3 p.m. First through third place prizes will be awarded in these categories: scariest, funniest, and most original. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the Community Center on Monday night at the City of Destin’s Fall Festival. All pumpkins not picked up by 8 p.m. Oct. 30 will be dis-carded. Call 654-5184.

Halloween On the Boolevard

Families and kids are invited to trick or treat throughout the Town Center at Grand Boulevard from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween on the Harbor

Wear your costume Oct. 31 and join Rodeo captains, anglers, judges, Miss Destin and staff to be part of the largest Halloween Party in Des-tin. The night ends with a bang as A.J.’s sponsors the Rodeo/Halloween Fire-works Finale.

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 competi-tion, 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 tick-ets are $25; $30 day of event. Visit

Fall Into Dance

The Northwest Florida Ballet’s Fall Into Dance four-course wine dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Vin’tij Food & Wine at 500 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100/person (excluding gratuity) and seating for the event is limited. The event supports live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2018-2019 season production of The Nutcracker. NFB Music Director David Ott and soprano Kara Bishop provide entertain-ment. Purchase tickets at

Destin Crafted

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 General Admission tickets are $50/person (21 and over) and include the grand tasting on Saturday and live music perform-ances. For more information, visit or @DestinCrafted on Face-book.

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 San-destin with keynote speaker Hulk Hogan. General admission tickets are $125 and include 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

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.

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.