Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning March 8)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Rock Destin/Club LA

Glowrage performs at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Destin Rocks at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.

• March 27: Blacklite District Plus Stone Glory

• April 9: Soil Plus Tantric

• April 11: Fuel

• April 18: Monster Truck

• April 27: Rehab

Spring Break Concert Series

HarborWalk Village hosts the Spring Break Concert Series from 2-5 p.m. March 8 with live music on the Village Stage with Gypsy Riot. Concerts are free and open to the public.

• March 14: Continuum

• March 22: Gypsy Riot

• March 29: Gypsy Riot

TexasHold’ em

The third annual Texas Hold’ em Poker Shoot Out begins at 5 p.m. March 8 at Elks Lodge #1795 on Okaloosa Island. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast. Top 10 finishers will be awarded prizes. Food provided and beverages available for purchase. Suggested donation is $30. Contact your favorite relay team for tickets.

Rat Pack

“The Rat Pack is Back” presents a special performance at 7:30 p.m. March 8 on the mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $35 and available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Tequila and Taco Fest

Purchase a tasting armband for $10 and enjoy tequilas and specialty tacos from all participating restaurants at HarborWalk Village from 1-5 p.m. March 8. After party at Crab Island Cantina will have reserve tequilas, live entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army.

Harbor Docks concerts

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Ladies’ Nite, followed by the main act at 9 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.

• March 8: Stereo Reform

• March 13: Chris Alvarado and Boukou Groove

• March 14: Mojo Rising

• March 15: El Dub

• March 20: Austin Jennings and Sundy Best

• March 21: Slack Tide

• March 22: Who is BC?

• March 27: Drew Tillman and Dread Clampitt

• March 28: TreeHouse

• March 29: Dismal Creek

• April 3: Chri9s Alvarado and Heritage

• April 4: Remedy Krewe

• April 5: Remedy Krewe

• April 10: Billy Gant and Connor Christian & Southern Gothic

• April 11: Billy Gant and Connor Christian & Southern Gothic

• April 12: Cadillac Willy

• April 17: Drew Tillman and Boukou Groove

• April 18: Dread Clampitt

• April 19: Continuum

• April 24: Austin Jennings and Hotel Oscar

• April 25: Strung Like a Horse

• April 26: Dismal Creek

American Legion

American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin, sells pizza and hotdogs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Call 837-3818. Events include:

• March 8: Sons of the American Legion Fish Fry, 2-5 p.m. Bone Dry in the Ballroom, 4-7 p.m. $3/cover. Doors open 3:30 p.m.

• March 10, 17, 24: Smoke free bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot, $250.

• March 14, 21. 28: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

• March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Corn Beef Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Comedy competition

Final night for Crab Island Cantina’s “So You Think You’re Funny,” a comedy competition, at 6 p.m. March 9. Call 321-230-0487.

Window display

During March, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Pat Federinko, who works in paint, pottery and glass, in the studio windows facing First Street.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Biscuit Miller & The Mix performs at a free concert from 6-8 p.m. March 12 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.

• March 19: Chris Alvarado Trio

• March 26. Heritage

Art show/reception

The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show through March 14 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibit showcases outstanding eighth grade and 12th grade art work.

Art exhibit

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.

Cattle Barons’ Ball

Guests donned in casual Western wear will “Lasso A Cure at the ACS Ranch” at 6 p.m. March 15 at Linkside at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball. Entertainment includes The Modern Eldorados, live and silent auctions, complimentary drinks and fancy vittles. The Ball will benefit the American Cancer Society. A limited number of Baron and Rancher table sponsorships (for 10) are available and individual tickets at $175. Call 376-1551, or email kayphelan@earthlink.net

Irish StreetFest

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.

PAWS on the Throttle

The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society hosts a Poker Run March 16. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at 752 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. $15 hand.

Raisin’ of the Green fundraiser

The Second Annual “Raisin’ of the Green” fundraiser for Catholic Charities will take place from 12-3 p.m. March 16 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks St. in Fort Walton Beach, and will feature the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, Irish music and a 50/50 “Irish-American Sweepstakes” donation drawing. The cost is $8/person in advance, and $10 at the door. Sweepstakes tickets may be purchased in advance or at the event, and you need not be present to win. To purchase tickets call 737-0864 or 244-2825.

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. March 16, April 20 and May 18 within the Destin Boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s.  The event is free.

MattieKelly Arts Center

The national tour of “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC.

Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a free movie night at 4 p.m. March 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.     


Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s show “Inspired by Seurat” will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 21 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Show runs March 18-April 11.

SinfoniaGulf 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.

Lightwire: The Show 

From the creators of Corbian the Dinosaur and The Ugly Duckling comes Lightwire: The Show at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Visit a fascinating place where good and evil struggle to be a dominant force.  It’s a place where birds grow 16 feet tall, aliens exist and cats fight with light sabers.  The show follows the story of an outcast young bird as he tries to come to terms with the strange power he has been given, which has resulted in banishment from his tribe. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/children, 12 and under. Purchase tickets at nfballet.org.

Visit with Easter Bunny

Hop down to HarborWalk Village from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 for a day of kids’ activities and family fun with the Easter Bunny.

Sandestin Wine Festival

The 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will take place April 10-13 at Baytowne Wharf. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

The 16th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival returns April 23-27 at the Pier Park Amphitheater (Aaron Beasant Park) in Panama City Beach. Some of the performers are Michael J Thomas, Jones and Company, Lebron, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns featuring Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available for purchase at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 800-595-4849. Tickets may also be purchased at Vacuum Center on U.S. 98 across from Regatta Bay for cash only.

Additional events include a Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise and Jazzy Lunch Cruise aboard The Solaris Dinner Yacht departing from the Lighthouse Marina in Panama City Beach, along with All-Star After Party Jam events at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Pompano Joe's at Pier Park. For a complete list of all events, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Enjoy a celebration of Latin music, food, dance and more from 5-11 p.m. May 4 at HarborWalk Village. Children’s activities, crafts and a fireworks show over the Destin harbor.


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.

Chronic Jester

Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.

Latin Night

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.

Window display

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.

Ashley Rose

Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.