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Wednesday Night Concert Series

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams Band at 7 p.m. May 15 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.

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

July 3: Luke Langford Band

July 10: Forrest Williams Band

July 17: The Shakedown

July 24: Geoff McBride

July 31: Donovan Keith

Aug. 7: Boukou Groove

Aug. 14: Big Al & The Heavyweights

Aug. 21: Rust & Gold

Aug. 28: Chris Alvarado

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 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

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.

Fly Fishing 101

Learn fly-fishing basics in one of Orvis’ free Fly Fishing 101 classes at 9:50 a.m. May 18 and 25. Free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging are perfect for beginners of all ages. Visit the Orvis website for more information.

Wind in the Willows

Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “The Wind in the Willows" at 7 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19 in ECTC’s performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $10/person and proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs.

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.

Sunday Cinema

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf for the free film "Coco" at 8 p.m. May 19.

June 2: Incredibles 2

June 9: Moana

June 16: Sharktale

June 23: Mary Poppins Returns

June 30: Sing

July 7: Paddington 2

July 14: Monsters Inc.

July 21: Madagascar

July 28: Inside Out

Aug. 4: Beauty and the Beast

Auditions for Rumors

Stage Crafters will hold auditions for the second production of the season, Neil Simon’s "Rumors" from 2-6 p.m. May 19 with scripts available at 1:30 and from 6:30-10 p.m. May 20 with scripts available at 6 at Stage Crafters Rehearsal Hall, 40 Robinwood Dr. SW in Fort Walton Beach. Cast of five men and five women, 18 or older. Rumors is intended for adult audiences and contains adult language and situations. No pre-prepared audition material is required. Show dates are Aug. 2-4 and 9-11. For info, call 243-1101 or email

In 1988, Neil Simon needed to cheer himself up. The solution was a farce in two acts …

Lawyer Ken Gorman and his wife, Chris, were the first to arrive at the10th wedding anniversary party for Deputy Mayor of New York Charley Brock and his wife, Myra. Unfortunately, things are not going quite to plan. All the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing, and Charley has shot himself in the head. With laughs galore, “Rumors” is Neil Simon at his comedic best.

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.

Wag the Flag

Grab your patriotic fur-baby and join in a doggie social benefiting Dog-Harmony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 23 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Enjoy live music, raffle prizes and plenty of people and puppy treats. Please, no prong collars. No charge.

Memorial Day Celebration

Kick off summer with a free Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf beginning with Forrest Williams Band in the Events Plaza from 7-9 p.m. May 25. Free children activities will be from 6-9 p.m. May 26 with Coconut Radioplaying from 7-9 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. The Sandestin Owners Association presents a special Memorial Day ceremony at 7 p.m. May 27.

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.

Theatre Thursdays

Bring your own chair or blanket and join the Emerald Coast Theatre Company at 8 p.m. Thursdays May 30-Aug. 1 in Grand Park for a free family-friendly theatre performance. A themed kid’s craft pre-show will be held from 7-8 p.m. In the event of rain, event will move upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard.

Call to Artists: Phobia Show

The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Phobia” Show, open to all interested artists. All art, in any medium, must depict a phobia, their own or otherwise. Cash awards. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. June 1 or 9 a.m. to noon June 3. A copy of the entry form with details is available at and in the Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.

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.