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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Emerald Coast Blues Brothers at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
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
Glass Mansions at Green Door
Glass Mansions, led by the charismatic and sultry voice of Jayna Doyle, is an Electropop Duo from South Carolina, influenced by modern and 90s pop, heavy synths and tight, dance-friendly rhythms. They will perform at 10 p.m. April 5 at the Green Door Music Hall in Fort Walton Beach. Cover is $10.
Little Pirates Parade
Enjoy a day for the littlest pirates from 2-4 p.m. April 6 at HarborWalk Village. Tour the Billy Bowlegs Pirate ship, enjoy face painting, a photo op with crew and more. Parade and costume contest will be judged on best float and best costume. Register at https://form.jotform.com/90774849256169.
ECTC ‘Around the World in 80 Days’
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Around the World in 80 Days” 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.
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.
Outdoor Adventure Expo
Explore the outdoors by wheels or water or at home. To get you ready, visit the Outdoor Adventure Expo at Destin Commons from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7. Paddleboards to pontoons, golf carts to yachts and everything in between will be featured at this free event as well as advice for safety on the water and tips for those who want to hone their outdoor adventure skills. Find out more at DestinOutdoorExpo.com.
Monday Movie Night
Bring the family to the harbor to enjoy the free movie "Inside Out" at 8 p.m. April 8 on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village.
• April 15: Scooby Doo
• April 22: Madagascar
• April 29: Snow White
• May 27: Lilo & Stitch
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.
ADSO's Annual Photography Show
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's 20th Annual Photography Show will be from 6-8 p.m. April 12 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach. The show begins April 9 and runs through May 3. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, call 244-1271 or visit http://artsdesignsociety.
The Arts and Design Society features the recent clay works, life drawing sketches, and abstract paintings of award-winning artist Marcy Eady during the month of April 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.
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.
The inaugural year of Arts Alive will be from 5-8:30 p.m. April 16 at the Destin Bay House on Calhoun Avenue. Enjoy the sunset, live music, treats, and celebrate the arts in our community. Join in an evening of art and music benefiting Destin School of the Arts.
Cash for Comedy fundraiser
You bring the money, and Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will bring the funny at 7 p.m. April 17 at 560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $95. Purchase at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call the Box Office at 684-0323. Proceeds will benefit ECTC’s $125,000 capital campaign.
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.
ADSO’s All in Good Taste Event
The Arts and Design Society hosts a Tasting Event from 6-8 p.m. April 26 at The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For $5, participants may taste their way through the offerings that ADSO cooks are submitting for inclusion in the upcoming ADSO cookbook. Call 244-1271.
Cajun Crawfish Bash
The Rotary Club of Destin’s Seventh Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash will be hosted by The Towne Centre at Seascape and Mezcal Mexican Grill from 5:30-9 p.m. May 3. Proceeds benefit young families in need. Back by popular demand is the band Fais Do-Do. For those who don’t crave crawfish, there will be grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and rotisserie chicken. Adult tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Youth tickets (Age 4-11) are available at the gate for $10, and children 3 and under are free.
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.
Food For Thought will host a crawfish boil from 12-3 p.m. May 5 at 132 Market St. in Santa Rosa Beach with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Summer Program. The event will feature the culinary talents of Michael McIntosh and David Cunningham, plus live music from Scott Rockwood & Friends. Tickets are $@0/adults and $10/kids and available at https://fftfl.org/search?q=tickets.
Mac & Cheese Festival
The first Mac & Cheese Festival in our area benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will be held from 1-3 p.m. May 19 at Destin Commons. This family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants will be competing for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote. Purchase samples for $1 each the day of the event, or pre-pay at https://850tix.com/events/mac-cheese-festival. Tickets will be for sale at the event starting at noon.
The Veterans Tribute Tower Committee will host Dr. David Ott and the David Ott Singers in a free concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach at 3:30 p.m. May 19. The program will feature the Faure’ Requiem in recognition of Memorial Day observances a week later. The Philharmonic Orchestra and David Ott Singers will also present patriotic offerings including the service medleys in honor of our service members. As in previous concerts there will be a love offering taken to benefit several local charities including the Air Force Enlisted Village, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a showing of the musical comedy/romance “Singin’ in the Rain” at 2 p.m. May 21 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
There is no movie musical more fun than Singin’ in the Rain and few that remain as fresh over the years. In 1989, it was among the first 25 films chosen by the National Film Registry for films that are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation.
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.