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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Casey Kearney at 7 p.m. May 1 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
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
Eden to exhibit at Destin Library
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Dorothy Eden beginning May 1 through May 31. Eden was born in Tokyo and grew up in Fort Walton Beach. She graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a major in fine arts. Her works have been exhibited in numerous regional shows. Eden is a multi-talented artist working in watercolor, mixed media and collage.
The Arts and Design Society features the diverse art of Corina Zalace, including black and white stippling or pointillism, watercolors, and four books she has written and illustrated, during the month of May 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.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
A fast-paced and absolutely hilarious ride through 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in only 97 minutes at 7 p.m. May 2-4, 10-11, and 16-18 at The Repertory Theatre in Seaside. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $24 for REP members. Three madcap men in tights using a trunk full of props, wigs, and outrageous costumes are on a mission — to bring you the entirety of the works of William Shakespeare in one fell swoop. Join them as they weave their wicked way through the works of the greatest English playwright in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Purchase tickets at http://lovetherep.com/tickets/.
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.
ADSO's Annual Photography Show
The Arts and Design Society's 20th Annual Photography Show runs through May 3. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, call 244-1271 or visit http://artsdesignsociety.
The Track Anniversary
The Track Family Fun Park in Destin will celebrate 30 years from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 with unlimited rides, excludes SkyFlyer. Cost is $20/person, all ages. Fun for the whole family ranges from thrill rides like the Hurricane 360 to family go-kart tracks, miniature golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, Kids Country rides, and more.
Chautauqua Winery’s Spring Festival
Entertainment, arts and crafts and wine tastings are part of the Spring Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 in DeFuniak Springs.
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
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.
The Destin American Legion Post 296 on Main Street will host a Crawfish Boil from 2-7 p.m. May 5. Cost is $14 a plate. A 50/50 drawing will be held with 50 percent of proceeds going to Special Olympics of Okaloosa County. Tickets are $1 for one; $5 for 6; $10 for 15; and $20 for 35.
Currently on tour promoting their stellar new record, I Hope You're Happy, Blue October will perform at 7 p.m. May 5 at Club L.A. in Destin. Must be 16+ with valid ID to enter.
Enjoy crawfish and live music to support Food For Thought's summer programs from 12-3 p.m. May 5 at 132 Market St. in Santa Rosa Beach. The culinary talents of Michael McIntosh and David Cunningham will be featured, plus live music from Scott Rockwood & Friends. Tickets are $10/kids and $20/adults.
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.
ADSO's Vitruvian Man Show
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's Vitruvian Man Show is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. May 10 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. All art, in any medium, must be inspired by (but not be a copy of) a work of Leonardo da Vinci. The show begins May 7 and runs through May 31. Gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County presents the 31st Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 in the Town Center at Grand Boulevard. A free Mother’s Day tradition, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 120 artists in over a dozen mediums from around the country, while also enjoying live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and student exhibits.
Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise
Celebrate Mom on the water from 1-3:30 p.m. May 12 as you treat her to a two-course, chef prepared meal fit for a queen while cruising the local waters on the Solaris yacht, docked at Baytowne Marina. Reservations required at www.sunquestcruises.com or call 650-2519.
Northwest Florida Theatre Festival
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival with productions beginning at 6 p.m. May 16; 7 p.m. May 17; 3 p.m. May 18; and 2 p.m. May 19 at 560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs, in Miramar Beach.
This year’s Festival includes a group of participants that bring unique and original content to the stage. Come support these performers as they entertain, make you laugh and amaze you in their abilities and talent. It is an experience not to be missed. Tickets are on sale at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
This is an open, non-juried event for regional involvement and includes a variety of genres. For more information, visit www.NWFTheatreFestival.com.
Animaniacs in Concert!
Fans of the Warner Bros. animated series are in for a treat as they get up close and personal with their favorite characters as they perform songs from the hit cartoon series — live on stage with Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Join the zany fun at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.
9th Annual Mob Night
Join the Clemenza's family on May 18 for the ninth annual "Family" Mob Night. Guests are encouraged to arrive fully-donned in Mob attire when doors open at 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to take photos with the elaborate vintage car on display. An evening of drinks, friends and an authentic Italian family-style dinner. Live music will feature local favorite, David Seering, on the keys showcasing his Sinatra-style performance. Tickets are $60 each or two for $100 and include family style dinner and one glass of house wine. Tickets are available 850-243-0707 or stop by Clemenza’s at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Limited space is available. Mob attire, and reservations are required.
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.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra
The local community is invited to see the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra’s spring concert as they perform numerous pieces, ranging from classical to contemporary. Attendance is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. May 19 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive W in Destin.
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.
Monday Movie Night
Bring the family to the harbor to enjoy the free movie "Lilo & Stitch" at 8 p.m. May 27 on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a showing of the drama/comedy "The Old Man & the Gun" at 2 p.m. June 18 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from Sam Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.
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.