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The Destin Library is showcasing the work of local artists Linda Kernick and Anne Johnston in April. The exhibit will feature over 20 pieces of oil and acrylic works. Call 837-8572.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Rumors at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
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
The Steel Woods will perform at Club LA in Destin April 11. They just released their new album Old News earlier this year. It touches on themes of perseverance, unity, hope and resilience, showcasing The Steel Woods’ thoughtful songwriting and classic dark, atmospheric sound. Purchase tickets at ticketweb.com.
Easter Keg Hunt
Search for Jello shot-filled plastic eggs around the Boathouse Oyster Bar, 288 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13. Wear your running shoes, as the person who retrieves the most eggs wins a prize. Also hidden are three kegs that participants must find, pour and drink an 8 oz. beer from each to win. First slacker to find and drink from all three kegs wins. Costumes are always encouraged and may also win a separate prize. All proceeds will benefit PAWS. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of. And as always slacker friends, drink responsibly.Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.
Monday Movie Night
Bring the family to the harbor to enjoy the free movie "Scooby Doo" at 8 p.m. April 15 on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village.
• 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 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.
Million Dollar Quartet
On Dec. 4, 1956, four young musicians — Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins — gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever. The Tony Award-winning smash-hit musical Million Dollar Quartet brings that unbelievable musical moment to life, featuring timeless and enduring hits. Experience this red-hot moment in rock ‘n’ roll history from 7:30-10:30 p.m. April 17 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $47 and available at https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase.
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.
Grab your fur-baby and join a doggie social and Easter egg hunt in Grand Park April 18 to enjoy live music, raffle prizes and plenty of people and puppy treats. The party is free to attend. A $10 donation is accepted to receive a special basket to participate in the hunt. Prizes will be hidden in the eggs and scattered throughout the lawn. Please no children, this egg hunt is for four-legged friends only. And please, no prong collars. Event benefits Dog-Harmony.
Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. April 20. Enjoy a day filled with free family friendly entertainment, lawn games, face-painting, inflatables and more. And don't forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
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.
Blues Masters Tribute
Warehouse 360 hosts a special night of Blues music in a benefit for The Foye Belle Foundation and St Jude's from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 27 at Warehouse 360 Music Hall, 360 WRM Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Three groups including Cat Rhodes & The Truth, Lucky Strike and Fingas Faya pay homage to greats like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and BB King. All seats are general admission, doors open at 5:30. Cafe Rico will have Cuban inspired food to purchase and adult beverages will be available.
Earth Day Festival
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park's annual Earth Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. Celebrate the earth and Earth Day with the park and environmental organizations and agencies. There will be nature activities, games, animals, face painting and booths as well as music and fun. Park admission is free during the event.
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.
Burning Up the Beaches
The classic car show is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 at Destin Commons. After the Car Show, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.there will be a street party with dancing, cash games and prizes, and the return of Emerald Gold. Tastings will be provided by the restaurants of Destin Commons. All Burning Up The Beaches net funds go to The Arc of the Emerald Coast the local ARC Agency serving those with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other developmental disabilities.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration with Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo presents its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and festivities from 4-10 p.m. May 4 at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard. Enjoy live music by John Hart Project, dancing, lawn games and authentic Mexican food and drinks. The Vineyard Vines Miramar whale mascot will join the festivities. Bring the kids out early for family-friendly activities such as free face painting and arts and crafts by Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties- NWF.
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.
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
HarborWalk Village is throwing a free fiesta from 2-4 p.m. May 5. At 3 p.m. help break the harbor’s largest piñata filled with candy and treats for kids of all ages. Kids crafts, face painting, and more.
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.