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Chamber Singers Concert

St. Simon's on the Sound will host a free concert of the Central Michigan University Chamber Singers at 7 p.m. May 8 at 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW. This concert is open to the community and non-denominational. The Central Michigan University Chamber Singers is the premier ensemble from within the choral department of the CMU School of Music.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Modern Eldorados at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.

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 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 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

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.

Sweet Sunday

The Henderson in Destin will host its second Sweet Sunday, “A Mother’s Day Market,” from 1-4 p.m. May 12. This elevated Farmers Market, anchored by The Honey Hutch, will celebrate mothers while also raising money for The Sonder Project. Guests can shop from a variety of merchandise, enjoy a mimosa bar and music by Chip Lyons and more. For the kids, there will be face painting and crafts as well as balloon sculpting and magic. For the gentlemen, Luke Bryan’s cigar shop on 30A, Shore Thing Cigars, will offer premium cigars for purchase. Guests can also bid on silent auction items with 100 percent of proceeds going to The Sonder Project. The event is family and dog friendly, and complimentary to attend.

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 or call 650-2519.

Concerts in the Village

Az-IzZ will perform at 7 p.m. May 16 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive W in Destin. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some snacks and a blanket or chair. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door with general admission $15 per adult and free to MKAF members and kids under 12.

• May 23: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute — On The Border, treats the audience to an authentic concert experience while journeying through The Eagles' songbook.

• May 30: Blackberry Breeze, a pop reggae trio entertaining audiences to the max with high-energy, get on your feet music.

• June 6: Triggerproof, with a style that puts pop, rock and hip-hop through the musical blender to recreate both popular and classic radio friendly hits that appeal to everyone.

• June 13: Back to Avalon, Nashville's premier Heart tribute band, gives a highly energetic, power-packed, amazing show.

• June 20: Monsters of Yacht, a Yacht Rock Tribute Band, delivers rocking recreations of songs from the 70's & 80's by artists like Steely Dan, Toto, Hall & Oates, the Doobie Brothers and others.

• June 27: The Maxx "We Were Funky" is back by popular demand with energetic choreography and Eclectic sound with classic oldies and today's pop music.

• Sept. 12: Rust & Gold, the most authentic sounding tribute band to Neil Young and Crazy Horse capturing the essence of Neil Young's vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and electric sound.

• Sept. 19: Casey Kearney is a fresh take on the country music scene with low heart-felt ballads to upbeat crowd favorites and playful melodies.

• Sept. 26: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers enjoy making people smile and having a good time and will arrive in their movie authentic Bluesmobile.

• Oct. 3: Déjà vu delivers a wide range of music from Motown, R&B and classic rock though today's best hits with finesse and energy that leave audiences wanting more.

• Oct. 10: Forrest Williams Band will cover a variety of music, blending an acoustic guitar and harmonica as they take the stage for the concert series finale.

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.

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

This is an open, non-juried event for regional involvement and includes a variety of genres. For more information, visit

Eden to exhibit at Destin Library

The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Dorothy Eden 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.

Window Art

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.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.

Rock United Music Fest

Rock United Music Fest presented by Gulf Power is a family-friendly music festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 on the lawn at the Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Dr W. in Destin. Learn about the mission of United Way while enjoying local bands, food vendors, local artists, a VIP area, and a fun kids’ zone. The United Way Board of Directors will announce the 2018-2019 Community Impact Grant recipients and provide “Big Check” presentations onstage.

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 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.

Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

Family Moonwatching Night

Explore the wonders of the night sky from 7:30-9 p.m. June 11 at Clement Taylor Park on Calhoun Avenue. The Destin Library is joining forces with the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association and 501st Legion Parjai Squad to bring you an evening of moonlit fun. This is an all-ages family event. No registration is required. In the event of inclement weather activities will be held in the library Calhoun Room. Costumed Stormtroopers and/or other Star Wars Galactic Empire performers will be present.

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.