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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Boukou Groove at 7 p.m. March 20 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
March 27: Forrest Williams Band
April 3: The Emerald Coast Blues Brothers
April 10: Rumors
April 17: Boogie Fever/Big 80's
April 24: American Floyd
May 1: Casey Kearney
May 8: The Modern Eldorados
May 15: Forrest Williams Band
May 22: Lauren Saint Jane
May 29: Chris Alvarado
June 5: The Blenders
June 12: Gold & Motion
June 19: Stephen Simmons
June 26: Boukou Groove
Children can have an unforgettable experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park during Sunset Camp from 4-9 p.m. March 21. Meet a trainer and see the dolphins dockside, explore the Emerald Coast beach at dusk, and enjoy ocean themed activities, a scavenger hunt, and dinner at Seal Harbor. Purchase tickets at https://www.gulfarium.com/.
The first production of Stage Crafters Community Theatre Inc.’s 47th season is “Mamma Mia!” and will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and 2 p.m. March 24 at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $25/adults at www.stagecraftersfwb.com/buy-tickets or $15/students with valid ID at the door only. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.
Enjoy the musical stylings of Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. March 21, 22, 23, 26 and 28 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Concerts are free and open to the public.
Bourbon Dinner Cruise
SunQuest Cruises is partnering with the Buffalo Trace Distillery for a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Dinner Cruise from 6:45-10 p.m. March 22 on the Solaris Yacht docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. The culinary adventure begins with an opening reception. This event is for ages 21+ and costs $100/person including a three hour cruise, live music and four-course meal, each course expertly paired with Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 650-2519.
Vettes at the Village
Vroom, vroom Vettes at the Village returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza, and will be shined to the max as they zoom into the Village streets. Vote for your favorite style and model.
The Arts and Design Society will hold its Third Annual Cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 in the ADSO courtyard, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Price of $12 includes hamburger or hotdog, a beverage, chips, and cookies. Live music will be featured. In case of rain, seating will be in the Gallery. A special art project will be offered for $10, supplies included.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up at 7:15 p.m. March 24 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for a free film, “Trolls.”
• March 31: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Taste & Business Showcase
The Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce will present a new event, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Taste & Business Showcase, from 4-7 p.m. March 28 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. This event will highlight the best of the area’s businesses, from restaurants and breweries to retail, home, and personal and professional services. Guests will enjoy samples of foods and drinks, promotional items, discounts, and goodies from local businesses. No charge. Local businesses that would like to participate may contact Bryana Bahmer at the Destin Chamber at 837-6241 or bryana@DestinChamber.com.
Sip and Paint Class
The Arts and Design Society offers a Sip and Paint Class with Linda Kernick from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 28 on Thursday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 pm. Cost is $35/members and $40/non-members and includes supplies. The theme of this session is “Marina Village.” Students may bring beverage of choice to enjoy while learning to paint with acrylics. To sign up, visit www.artsdesignsociety.org or call 244-1271.
The Arts and Design Society presents the pottery and mosaics of Charlotte Snyder during the month of March in their studio windows in Fort Walton Beach. Window art is available for viewing 24/7, office and gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday at 17 First Street, SE.
ECTC Around the World in 80 days
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Around the World in 80 Days” March 28 through April 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing the artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase tickets at emerald-coastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
Bay Breeze Anniversary
Bay Breeze Patio, 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach, is celebrating its 15th year serving the Emerald Coast with an Anniversary Event & Grilling Expo, March 29-30. The celebration of outdoor living will feature grill demonstrations and samples, outdoor living experts from premium furniture brands, fireplace and fire pit demonstrations, and more. At noon March 30, grill professionals along with representatives with Alpha Oven premium pizza ovens will compete in a “Pizza Throwdown” vying for the judge's vote and a trophy for “Best Pizza” creation.
19th Annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration
Learn about seagrasses, the marine creatures that live there and how to protect them at the 19th annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration from 10 a.mm. to 2 p.m. March 30 at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze. Family-focused activities include live marine life in touch tanks, "eat a seagrass bed," seining, games, fishing, marine creatures, marine debris, arts and crafts including making shark tooth necklaces, boating and water safety, kayaking and food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, hat, water shoes and lawn chairs.
BoJamz Music and Arts Festival
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House on the Destin harbor announces its Sixth Annual BoJamz Music and Arts Festival benefitting The Wright Fight for Cystic Fibrosis from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 31. A silent auction and huge crawfish boil is aimed at bringing the community together to raise money for a great cause. Funds will be raised by collecting a $10 suggested donation at the door as well as a large silent auction.
Live music lineup for BoJamz:
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tyler Livingston and the Absolutes
12:30-1:45 p.m. Blake Brock Band
1:45-3 p.m. Ben Loftin and the Family
3-4:15 p.m. The Good Lookings
4:15-5:30 p.m. Sway Jah Vu
5:30-7 p.m. Blackwater Brass Band
7-8:30 p.m. I'MAGENE
8:30-10 p.m. Gravity A performs The Talking Heads: featuring Cliff Hines
Spring Kite Festival
What do a 100-foot octopus, 80-foot panda and a 50-foot gator have in common? They’ll all be flying high over the Fort Walton Beach Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island April 6 and 7. Join in for free kite flying fun including larger-than-life show kites, professional stunt kite flying demonstrations, free stunt kite flying lessons and special activities at the Kitty Hawk Kites store on The Boardwalk. Also scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22.
Fairy Tale Reinterpreted
Through April 5, the Arts and Design Society hosts its “Fairy Tale Revisited” Show featuring art, in any medium, that features a fairy tale character, reinvented. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. March 15 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. 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. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public. Call 244-1271.
Jazz on the Lawn
In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Destin Library will host an afternoon of jazz on the lawn with Destin’s “Music Diva,” Dr. Cheryl Jones, at noon April 16. Bring a lawn chair and a sack lunch, and relax in the shade of live oaks. In case of inclement weather, event will be moved into the library. For further information, call 837-8572.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a showing of the drama/romance “Chocolat” at
2 p.m. April 16 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop across from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' desires and satisfy them with the perfect confection coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation just as Lent begins.
South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival takes place April 25–28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. From 5-7 p.m., Winemakers & Shakers will be held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting takes place from 4-6 p.m. Friday, followed by the Friday Craft Beer & Spirits Jam from 6–9 p.m. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The VIP Tasting can be attended only by purchasing the VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package that includes most festival events as well. Tickets can be purchased at www.SoWalWine.com. The Festival is a fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
Down & Derby Fest
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast hosts The Down & Derby Fest at the Lyceum Lawn in Seaside from 3-6 p.m. May 4 in honor of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. The festival will feature “Derby Fare” from local restaurants and will offer everything from a mint julep to an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown. A live viewing of Kentucky Derby will be seen at 5 p.m. The Luke Langford Band will serenade guests. Dress to impress in Derby attire to win prizes. Early bird general admission tickets are $40 and will increase to $50 the week of the event. VIP tickets are $100 and are limited to 100 guests.
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.