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Autumn in Motion
Visit Grand Boulevard for a month-long celebration in October of all things fall. Snap a photo in one of our harvest-themed vignettes, spend a crisp morning savoring landscaping or enjoy entertainment like our weekly autumn-centric golf cart drive-in movie lineup, free fitness classes in the park, Halloween events for pups and for kids and much more.
Window Gallery Display
To provide a convenient Art Gallery for the community, the Arts and Design Society presents month-long free exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach. In October the display features the art of instructor and award-winning artist, Pat Z Roberts. The Art Center Gallery is at 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Chris Alvarado at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
Oct. 9: Luke Langford Band
Oct. 16: Boukou Groove
Oct. 23: Geoff McBride
Oct. 30: Selwyn Birchwood
Concerts in the Village
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 at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 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.
• 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.
Motionless In White will be playing at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin, with support coming from special guests We Came As Romans, After The Burial, and Twiztid. Doors open at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets at ticketweb.com.
Destin Seafood Festival
The 41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival on the Destin harbor will be held Oct. 4-6 with live music, arts and crafts, and fresh seafood. Entertainment on the Main Stage Friday includes De JaVu, 4-5:30 p.m.; Flash Flood, 6-8 p.m.; and The Manly Hero, 8:15-10 p.m. Saturday music includes The Good Lookings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tyler Livingston from 2-4:30 p.m.; Ben Loftin and the Family from 5-7:30 p.m.; and I'MAGENE from 8-10 p.m. Duende begins the Sunday music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Sway JaVu, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Heritage from 4-6 p.m.
The Talbott Brothers form an alternative sound that balances harmonies with their instrumental ensemble of guitars, mandolin, harmonicas, and percussion. They will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Oct. 5 at The REP in Seaside. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP members. Purchase tickets at http://lovetherep.com/tickets/
Oct. 11: Charlie Mars, a country- and folk-inflected pop artist blessed with a warm vocal croon and a knack for crafting poignant, earthy songs.
Oct. 19: Peter Bradley Adams' brand of Americana nestles his warm burnished melodies with tender vocals that reflect his introspective explorations of the middle ground between hope and heartache and is marked by the calm emotional intensity of his singing.
Oct. 26: Jeff Black continues to solidify his reputation as a creative force in the roots genres.
Nov. 7: Ryanhood, named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market.
College Football Saturdays
Watch games all day every Saturday through November at HarborWalk Village and score great food and drink specials.
Longest-running musical in the world, The Fantasticks will be presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Company through Oct. 6 at 560 Upstairs at Grand Boulevard. The funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart is for ages 12 and over.
Benefit for Junior League
McCaskill & Company will host an exclusive David Yurman Event from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 at their Destin gallery, 13390 US Hwy. 98 W. A portion of the sales made from the event will directly benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast.
The Zodiac Show
The Arts and Design Society is hosting its “The Zodiac” Show, featuring art, in any medium that must contain at least one symbol of the Zodiac, through Oct. 11 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 11. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public. For information, visit http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.
Beer & Ballet
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) begins its 50th anniversary season at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 with Beer & Ballet, a mixed repertory performance at Grayton Beer Company featuring NFB company dancers and guest artists. This casual, limited-seating event allows patrons to experience a variety of contemporary and classical works from guest choreographers and the NFB repertoire. Guests will have the opportunity to sample Grayton Beer Company's extensive beer collection along with light hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.
Watch the Destin Fishing Rodeo catches hit the docks with daily weigh-ins from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. then rock out to a free concert with Scenic Heights at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 on the HarborWalk Village main stage.
• Oct. 19: The HooDoos
• Oct. 26: Tyler Livingston
Enjoy an evening full of free champagne and shopping during The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Bubbly Baytowne from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 17. Sip and Shop through the village streets, and stop in various retail merchants as you enjoy a selection of premium champagnes. This event is free and for 21 and up only.
Bob Dylan & Neil Young Tribute
In honor of this year's musical super show in Hyde Park London, The Backsliders and Rust & Gold will perform the music of Bob Dylan and Neil Young respectively from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at Warehouse 360 Music Hall, 360 WRM Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Dave Clausen, president of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society and nature photographer, present Beauty of Artificial Reefs from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 18 in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn about and see the beauty of the artificial reefs in the Florida Panhandle through Clausen’s photography. Park staff will answer questions about the seahorse shaped artificial reef just off the park’s shoreline. Program is free with paid park admission. Future dates and topics are “Bobcats & Coyotes” by Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Nov. 5; “Bears” by FWC on Dec. 20; and “Mosquitoes” by South Walton Mosquito Control Jan. 17.
Shard & Chardonnay
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Chardonnay while you create a ShardWorx masterpiece at 4:30 p.m. every Friday at The Shard Shop, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway #114 in Destin and at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Fridays in Grayton Beach at 26 Logan Lane. You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.
Family Fun Fest
Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
The Track Fundraiser
The Track Family Fun Park in Destin will host the Ninth Annual Fight the Fight, Find a Cure breast cancer fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Guests are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day of Track activities while supporting the Women’s Health Services Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. All proceeds from the event will help provide screening mammograms for underserved women in our community. The cost is $15/person for an unlimited park pass and $10/person for unlimited Kids Country and golf-only pass. Guests may purchase hot dogs, drinks and homemade baked goods to support the breast cancer fund. Food items will be available while supplies last. Passes must be purchased at the park. Call 654-4668.
Charity Paddle Race
The Tribal Charity Paddle Race will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 on the Choctawhatchee Bay at LuLu’s restaurant in Destin to benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Included in the registration fee of $35 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under is a LuLu’s hamburger or chicken finger meal. Register on-line at PaddleTribeCompany.com, or register day of at 8 a.m.
Emerald Coast Duck Regatta
The ninth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta will be held Oct. 19 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort benefiting Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. Fun activities begin at 10 a.m., including Abrakadoodle face painters, a scavenger hunt, Hula-Hoop contest, duck dance and access to the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The duck race will begin at 1 p.m. Ducks are available for adoption at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, online at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or at Baytowne Wharf the day of the event. Purchase one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100. Proceeds will benefit the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center and the expansion of services to include oncology rehabilitation for children and adults.
Throwback Thursday Cinema
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening with “Hocus Pocus” at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Free.
The REP Film Club
See Revival: The Sam Bush Story at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at The REP Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tickets are $12.50 and $10 for REP members.
Nov. 12: FREE SOLO
Dec. 17: The Secret Life of Bees
Savor the Season
The 10th Annual Savor the Season 2019 fundraising event benefiting the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Emerald Grande, 10 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Enjoy decadent food tastings with savory wine pairings at the annual fundraiser to build and recognize youth leaders and promote youth sport safety to honor the legacy of T. Entertainment provided by two time #1 Billboard Charting Artist Michael J Thomas and his band. Purchase tickets at https://thfsavortheseason.org/events/savor-the-season-2019/.
Locals Night Out
Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar in Inlet Beach is calling all locals from Destin to Panama City to swing by from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at 13625 US Hwy. 98 East, Suite 5, to enjoy live music, a complimentary saké cocktail tasting, sushi samples and 50% off select new menu items. Shaka is a part of Last Call restaurant Group and is located in the all new Shoppes @ Inlet. For more information, visit Shaka30a.com.
Topsail After Dark
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park kicks off the “Topsail After Dark” series from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 with a campfire to enjoy seasonal and historical stories about Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Monthly campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. Free with paid park admission. Call 267-8330 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park.
The inaugural Alys Beach Firkin Fête will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 on Kelly Green in Alys Beach with participating breweries showcasing their special brews in a distinctive cask ale, called a firkin. An eclectic and unique tasting experience in an elegantly rustic setting, Firkin Fête will surely become a great tradition for ushering in cooler, crisper weather along the Gulf Coast beaches. There will also be live music, craft cocktails, bourbon and wine tastings to compliment the evening’s activities. The event will feature a Thursday, Oct. 24, mix-and-mingle at the Grayton Beer Taproom from 6:30-9 p.m. with live music and food by the Grayton Beer Brewpub. Guests will meet the brewers from the participating breweries and get to learn first hand the excitement around tapping a firkin. The all-inclusive Firkin Fête tickets are $100 in advance at big tickets.com and $150 at door.
It's that "spooktacular" time of year and Destin Commons is ready with the highly anticipated free Halloween Haunt from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25 with creepy crafts, fantasy face painting, photo booth, trick-or-treating, and a costume contest. Bring the children (ages 2 to 12) and dogs, dressed in their bewitching best for the costume contest. Children can go trick-or-treating in a safe and friendly environment at participating stores.
Pumpkinpalooza – Friday Night Frights
Join HarborWalk Village for a spooky showing of the Halloween classic The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 on the HarborWalk Main Stage. Donations from the weekend will go to Hurricane Michael Relief.
Blood is thicker than water and there’s nothing like family creating music together to prove it. With contrasting blood-harmonies and left-handed/right-handed guitar playing, singer-songwriter duo The Talbott Brothers combine rock, blues and pop with honest storytelling. They will appear at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the REP Theater in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $30 and REP Members receive a 20 percent discount. Purchase at http://lovetherep.com/tickets/
Pumpkinpalooza – Booze & Boo’s Bingo Pub Crawl
"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween." An evening of revelry, killer drink specials and fun awaits from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy a bingo-style pub crawl featuring craft cocktails and frighteningly good food from Village restaurants, live music by Tyler Livingston and an adult costume contest at Coyote Ugly to end the night. Starting at 7 p.m., 300 free Pub Crawl Bingo Cards will be given to the first ghouls and goblins to arrive. Complete a Bingo Row and turn your completed card in at the HarborWalk Village stage by 9:30 p.m. to win raffle prizes. Registration for the Coyote Ugly costume contest begins at 10 p.m. Donations from the weekend will go to Hurricane Michael Relief.
Golf Cart Drive-In
Join in a nostalgic tradition with a modern twist, a classic drive-in movie for golf carts, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in October at North Park in Grand Boulevard. Popcorn will be provided. Bring your own beverages. Don’t have a cart? Just bring a blanket or chair.
Every Wednesday morning in the month of October. Grand Fitness will host a complimentary 50 minute group fitness class at 9 a.m. in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard.
Pumpkinpalooza – Spook Street
Have a Spooktacular time celebrating Halloween on the Harbor from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at HarborWalk Village. This family-friendly event kicks off with a scavenger hunt and free kid’s activities. The first 200 to arrive will receive scavenger hunt cards. Village merchants will be providing goodies galore. Visit each shop and restaurant for a treat. Costume contest registration begins at 6 p.m. Contest begins at 6:30 p.m. Categories include Kids 0-4, 5-9, 10-12 as well as pets and families. The evening ends with a boo-ming fireworks display over the harbor. Donations from the weekend will go to Hurricane Michael Relief.
The City of Destin’s 19th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Destin Community Center. Please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, a jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5, with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is 5-6 p.m. Call 654-5184.
The City of Destin’s 19th Annual Fall Festival Jack-O-Lantern Contest will be held Oct. 28 at the Destin Community Center. All carved pumpkins are to be dropped off before 3 p.m. and will be judged that same day. First through third place prizes will be awarded in these categories: scariest, funniest, and most original. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the City of Destin’s Fall Festival. All pumpkins not picked up by 8 p.m. Oct. 29 will be discarded. Call 654-5184.
Halloween Dinner Cruise
What better way to celebrate Halloween than on a yacht? There are no tricks, only treats aboard this dinner cruise from 7-10 p.m. on Halloween Night filled with live music, a chef-prepared menu, and a costume contest. Arrive dressed to impress, the costume contest winner will win four tickets for any future Dinner Cruise aboard Solaris. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Northwest Florida. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Annual Witch Ride
The Witches of South Walton will host the 16th Annual Witch Ride Oct. 31 to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Those participating can bring their own bike or rent one from a bike rental partner. Be at Gulf Place Amphitheater by 6 a.m. and the ride begins at 7 a.m. The ride will be followed by brunch, auction and contests for Best Dress, Most Witchy Cackle and Best Broom (bike). Advanced registration is $50 at www.WitchRide.com, or to learn more about the Witches at www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com.
Village Door Music Hall
Destin's Michael J Thomas will have a full band with him when he opens for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, an American contemporary swing revival and jazz band, on Nov. 2 at The Village Door Music Hall in Seascape Towne Centre in Miramar Beach. Purchase tickets at https://michaeljthomas.net/shows.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Village’s 12th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 8. This barbecue block party will fill the docks with the aroma of smoky ribs and pulled pork as more than 15 of the area’s finest restaurants compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition, offering samples of creative BBQ styles and specialty. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category. Live music from John Hart and Tyler Mac on the main stage.Advance tickets $30 at https://www.eventliveus.com; $35 the day of the event; $20 BBQ only, under 21; and $25 for military tickets.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is bringing back free Tribute Weekend Nov. 8-10 on the Events Plaza lawn. Rock out the weekend and enjoy live music from The Shadow of the King (Elvis Tribute) from 6-8 p.m. Friday; Pandora's Box (Aerosmith Tribute) from 7-9 p.m. Saturday; and Not Quite Fab (Beatles Tribute) from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for a jam-packed weekend of incredible talent.
Local company Wine World will once again team up with The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa to host an exclusive craft beer and bourbon tasting event raising funds for Children in Crisis from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 on the scenic pool deck and lawn at The Henderson. Featured will be hundreds of samples from over 40 renowned small-production breweries and distilleries alongside food from Destin’s favorite eateries with live music entertainment and more. Guests will also have the option to enter a raffle for a grand prize, raising additional funds for the charity. For details and tickets, visit destincrafted.com and follow @ChansWineWorld on Facebook.
Evening of Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
Begin the season aboard the Solaris from 6:45-10 p.m. Nov. 15 with a dockside reception at the Sandestin Baytowne Resort with passed hors d’ouevres. Once the cruise begins, guests will have three other fine dining courses. The Dinner Cruise is exclusively 21+ and $95/guest and includes the dinner cruise, four fine dining courses, wine pairings, and live entertainment. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Season
The annual gala at The Henderson Nov. 15 brings the Northwest Florida debut of Vanessa Williams, one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $295 per person, which includes valet parking, VIP reception, dinner, cash bar, gratuities, and performance. Purchase tickets at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Nov. 23: Sinfonia is “Mad for Mozart” for its first Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections of the season at Grace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. with young Concert Artists Award winner, violinist SooBeen Lee. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person.
Dec. 13: Sinfonia's festive holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. features singer/actor of stage and screen Matthew Morrison, who performs cherished and festive holiday medleys, plus many of the songs that he has performed throughout his career. Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person.
Feb. 1: The second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series will be at 7:30 p.m. at Village Baptist Church and features 2017 Bronze Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and two icons of Russian orchestral music, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
May 16: The main season will come to a cinematic finale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center with “Jurassic Park in Concert.” Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises
Wondering where to eat for Thanksgiving? The Solaris yacht offers a buffet on the water for lunch from 121-2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and for dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. After exploring all three decks of the yacht, families will enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet on the water. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850-650-2519.
Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
Start the holiday season with a special sparkling event during the Seventh Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. This sparkling event will feature more than 30 champagnes and delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers and a sneak peek of the first tree lighting of the season.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Ring in the New Year aboard SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris yacht from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dine. Dance. Cruise into 2020. The New Year’s Eve Cruise is exclusively for guests 21+ and includes five chef-inspired courses, a midnight champagne toast, live entertainment, party favors, and the best view of the fireworks show at midnight. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
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.