Upcoming Arts and Entertainment May 18

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Area codes are 850 unless noted.

Latin Salsa Festival

FORT WALTON BEACH - The sixth-annual Latin Salsa Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 25 at the Fort Walton Landing Park, 139 Brooks St. The event includes ethnic foods, a variety of local and out-of-town vendors, fun activities for kids, and the sounds of live salsa music. The event is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the music in the park. Call 240-4417 or visit www.boricuasausentes.org.

NWF Ballet

NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Ballet School will present its student performance at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. This year’s dance concert will showcase the talents of students ages four through adult in ballet, jazz, modern, character and hip-hop. Tickets are $12/adults and $6/children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the NFB offices.  Call 664-7787.

Dinner theater

FORT WALTON BEACH - A unique dinner theater experience, "The Redneck Riviera" will be presented at 6 p.m. May 26 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks St. SE. Make reservations at 302-0266.

Pardi Gras

DESTIN – Beginning May 28, every Tuesday during the summer from 6-10 p.m. HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy" with floats, beads, the Village Brass Band, stilt walkers, jugglers and lots of excitement during the parade through the Village. Live entertainment follows.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Soul Track Mind from 7-9 p.m. May 29 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

• June 5: Denton Hatcher and the Soapbox Blues

• June 12: Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe

• June 19: Rick Estrin & the Night Cats

• June 26: Cumberland Collective

Concerts in the Village

DESTIN - The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th Annual Concerts in the Village presents Déjà Vu,\ at 7 p.m. May 30 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village Dugas Pavilion. Admission is $8/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.

Scheduled performers include:

• June 6: The Mike Veal Band

• June 13: The Craig Woolard Band

• June 20:  Heritage

• June 27: Alter Eagles, Tribute Band to The Eagles

• July 3: David Seering, American Patriotic Tribute

Americana Under the Stars

SANTA ROSA BEACH - Bob Patterson performs at 6 p.m. May 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.

• June 6: James Hawkins

• June 13: Lucky Mud

• June 20: Kelly Hundley

• June 27: Jackson Creek/ Dunn Deal

• July 4: Lucky Mud

• July 11: Brian Smalley

Red, White and Blue Celebration

DESTIN – Beginning May 30, the Red, White, and Blue Celebration, honoring a local hero who goes above and beyond to better their community, will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at HarborWalk Village. This week’s celebration is a special reunion of heroes honored over the past years. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid’s crafts and face painting, a WWII replica flyover and fireworks over the harbor. Call 424-0600.

American Legion

DESTIN – Karaoke with Brandy from 7:30-11:30 p.m. May 31 at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street. Open to the public. Call 837-3818.


NICEVILLE – The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition through May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College.


Rock the Docks

DESTIN - Rock the Docks with a free public concert at 7 p.m. Saturdays beginning June 1 on the HarborWalk Village.

Star gazing

DESTIN – Henderson Beach State Park on U.S. 98 will host a star gazing program from 6-10 p.m. June 7. The park will close at sunset. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset.  Call park for sunset time.  Program included in the park admission fee. Call 837-7550.

World Oceans Day

DESTIN - Henderson Beach State Park will celebrate World Oceans Day with family-centered activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8.  An informative sea turtle program will be presented by park rangers. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge staff will bring their animal ambassadors to share their rescue stories. Children’s ocean-themed art activities will also be included.  Program included in the park admission fee. Call 837-7550.

Big Kahuna's

DESTIN - Big Kahuna's VIP Day will be held June 9 with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. VIP Tickets are $30 each or 4 for $110 and must be purchased in advance. Big Kahuna's season ticket holders can get tickets to the VIP event for just a $10 donation.  Ticket price includes admission to the water park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Aloha Picnic Buffet from 12-2 p.m.; and an opportunity to meet Ronald McDonald. Only 300 tickets available. For information or tickets, contact Twana Bright at 477-2273 or events@mhc-nwfl.org.

Art Exhibits

NICEVILLE - Michael Aurbach’s Secrecy Series and New Work from Denise Choppin will be on exhibit June 11 through July 19 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to most performances. Call 729-6044.

National Flip Flop Day

DESTIN - The sixth annual event hosted by Tropical Smoothie Café will be held June 14. HarborWalk Village Tropical Smoothie will hand out free Jetty Punch smoothies to guests wearing flip-flops plus families will enjoy games and activities for all ages to raise money for Camp Sunshine, an organization that helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to make magical memories within the unique confines of Camp Sunshine. 

Fish fry

DESTIN – The Destin History & Fishing Museum will host its annual Old Fashioned Fish Fry fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at Harry T's Lighthouse at HarborWalk Village. The proceeds from this event benefit the restoration of the historic Primrose vessel. 

Tickets are available in advance at the museum for $13, and can also be purchased the day of the event for $15. Tickets for children ages 12 or under are $5. Call 837-6611.

Moos Bros.

OKALOOSA ISLAND- The Moos Bros. perform at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Elks Lodge to benefit Horizons. Cash bar. Tickets are $20/adance and $25/door. Call 863-1530, ext. 226.



NICEVILLE - Northwest Florida State College presents Les Misérables July 17-20 and 25-27 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center featuring a cast of talented regional actors. Tickets are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger and may be purchased in-person, by phone at 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.