Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Feb. 15)
Learn about non-native plant visitors from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 15 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
• Feb. 22: Learn the basics about the Florida Black Bear from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
• March 1: Learn about campfires from 3-4 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
BEach My Valentine
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present “BEach My Valentine,” an evening of food and music under the stars, from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15, hosted by Bud & Alley’s Restaurant in Seaside. Tickets are $50 per person or $40 for MKAF members and are available at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or call 650-2226.
Musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Village Baptist Church in Destin. The Van Deusen Trio, with Bobby Van Deusen on the piano, and guest artist Amanda Holmes will also perform. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Children in Crisis, Lifeway Bookstore in Destin, and at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach. Call 864-4242.
Classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in a free recital in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Seating is limited. Donations will be accepted at the door.
ARTwalk on the Harbor
Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at ARTwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ's Seafood, and is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 within the Destin Boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s. The event is free.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville will be your destination to take a bite out of paradise on opening day Feb. 17 at HarborWalk Village. Entertainment nightly and private events available.
American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin, will host the following events. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.
• Feb. 17: Smoke free bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot, $250.
• Feb. 21: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a documentary/biography/music, “Searching for Sugar Man,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 18. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The film series replaces Foreign Film Night, although occasionally foreign films will be shown, and its goal is to provide area residents with the opportunity to view films that are in limited release and/or unlikely to be shown in local theaters.
Dinner and a Movie
A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Godfather II, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
Americana Under The Stars
Lis and Lon Williamson perform from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Feb. 27: Achilles Wheel
Coffee on the Coast
Winter visitors and locals are invited to warm up with Coffee on the Coast from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island. With paid admission, enjoy free coffee and muffins. A special program at 9:30 a.m. includes:
• Feb. 20: The Stingray Shuffle — Discover common misconceptions about these graceful creatures of the sea.
• Feb. 27: Animal Husbandry — See how the training staff provides daily care for the dolphins and other animals.
The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club hosts its 11th annual Chili Cook-Off from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at HarborWalk Village at Destin harbor. Live music by Continuum furnishes the music. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. To enter the chili contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Prizes will be awarded. Tasting armbands are $15/gate.
A Symphony of Taste
The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s food and wine tasting festival, “A Symphony of Taste,” will be held from1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 on the Niceville campus of NWFSC in the Student Services Center. The annual event raises funds for the regional orchestra and youth musical endeavors in Okaloosa and Walton County. A silent auction will be held with entertainment by jazz pianist Sean Dietrich. Tickets are $35/advance and $40/door and are on sale in Niceville at Bayou Books, in Fort Walton Beach at Playground Music, Vandergriff Jewelers, and the Magnolia Grill, and in Destin/South Walton at the Groovy Grouper Grill in Destin Commons and at Chan’s Wine World in Grand Boulevard and Destin. Call 729-6000.
Sherlock Holmes Society
The “Beach Hounds,” whose members never tire of anything that Holmes or Dr. Watson is involved in, will have their yearly meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (The Vue Restaurant)at 4801 West County Road 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is open to the public. It is an “adult” affair due to the nature of real life criminal events. Call the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club at 850-267-1240 for reservations as there is limited seating. The cost is $20 per person which includes a full dinner with a cash bar.
Award-winning cellist Boyan Bonev, a music instructor at the University of West Florida and a member of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
New national and touring events on the 2014 schedule for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College begin at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater.
• Feb. 28: “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music,” a regionally produced production, will be held during Black History Month.
• March 21: The national tour of the phenomenal “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF.
National touring Broadway shows include the Tony Award winning “Memphis: The Musical” on Feb. 22, as well as the Las Vegas concert event “The Rat Pack Is Back” on March 8 to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and join the Destin Nights for an exciting Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on Feb. 28. Purchase an armband for $10 to support a local charity and receive drink and food specials at each stop.
Mardi Gras Parade
Floats with riders tossing beads, colorful costumes, street performers and more highlight the Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. March 1 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music on the Main Stage in the evening. Entry fee for parade $50 benefits the 33rd Fighter Wing Booster Club.
Tequila and Taco Fest
Tequila tastings, contests, live music and tacos of all kinds on March 8 at the Crab Island Cantina on March 8.
The Arts & Design Society’s 22nd Juried Southeast Regional and Heather Mitchell, the 2013 Best-in-Show winner, will be honored with a solo exhibition in the Holzhauer Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
Irish Street Fest
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance and games all day March 15 at the Sixth Annual Irish Street Fest at HarborWak Village. After dark, visit each venue for live music and games at the Grogg March. Get Pub Passport stamped at all venues and enter for a grande giveaway.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 269-7129.
Sunday Brunch at Harry T's
Harry T’s serves brunch on the harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in January and February. Items served include fresh fruit, a fresh bakery basket, and your choice of fried potato hash browns or cheese grits. Bottomless champagne with entrée purchase.
Brunch on the harbor
Crab Island Cantina serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in January and February with bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, $12 with an entrée purchase.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Every Saturday night in January and February is Latin Night with DJ Vasco from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crab Island Cantina at HarborWalk Village. Dance to Bachata, Merenque, Salsa, Reggae and Top 40.
Michael J Thomas
Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.
During January, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Julia Allen, who works in pen and ink and in acrylics, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.