Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning April 26)
Continuum performs at 6:30 p.m. April 26 on the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.
American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin, sells pizza and hotdogs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.
• April 26: Pulled pork sandwiches and Karaoke, 1-8 p.m.
During April, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Vonnie Peters, who works in clay and watercolors, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Last Waltz Ensemble, a Band Tribute, perform a free concert from 7-9 p.m. April 30 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The 16th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival returns April 26-27 at the Pier Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach. Tickets are $80/single day and $200/Four Day Pass. See schedule of performers or purchase tickets at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 800-595-4849. Tickets may also be purchased at Vacuum Center on U.S. 98 for cash only.
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music Carly Bak at 7 p.m. May 1 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic is from 6-7 p.m. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Food available for purchase.
• May 8: Aerial Melvin & The Boys
The Northwest Florida State College dance students and faculty showcase their talents in jazz, ballet, modern and classical dance during Dance Facets at &:30 p.m. April 26 in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and program support through the Frances Smith Herron Dance Studio Endowment. Tickets are on sale for $20/adults and $15/youth at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
The Native American Flute Festival will be held April 26-27 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Interact with the artists and craftsmen as they demonstrate their art and sell their wares, and listen as they perform to share their timeless music. Call 243-9807 or visit http://www.MusicalEchoes.org.
Rock Destin/Club LA
Rehab performs at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and Hellz Yeah on April 29 at Rock Destin at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.
Cajun Crawfish Bash
The Rotary Club of Destin will present a “Cajun Crawfish Bash” at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Event proceeds will benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House and the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. Crawfish cuisine, plus hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque chicken, will be served and the Season Ammons Band will perform. Destin Rotarians will serve as “Private Peelers” and “Bucket Barmaids” to earn tips and compete for the title of “Top Crawdad.” Tickets are on sale for $25/person, $10/children under 12, and $30/day of event. Call 837-1071 for tickets or purchase from any Destin Rotarian.
Resurrecting van Gogh
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Resurrecting van Gogh,” a new solo performance piece based on the life, work and writings of Andy Martin, at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tickets are $15/adults and $8/students. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine Program. Call 231-0733.
Cinco de Meow-Yo
SOCKS will host Cinco de Meow-Yo from 6-8:30 p.m. May 3 at SOCKS Thrift Store, 498 Carmel Drive in Fort Walton Beach. There will be Mexican-themed food and drinks as well as store specials. Tickets are $5 per person, available at the door or in advance, which give you a raffle ticket and two drink tickets. Silent auction items will also be available.
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.
My Secret Garden
Award winning artist Michael Cheney presents an exhibit of his collection of botanical paintings, “My Secret Garden,” through May 17 at Full Circle Gallery, 29 B Eglin Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach. Call 362-8041.
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, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 within the Destin boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s. The event is free.
The Big Mac Classic Poker Run, sponsored by Emerald Coast McDonald’s, owner Mike Wright, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 18 starting and finishing at AJ’s in Destin. Entry fee is $10 and motorcycles, Vintage and Classic cars are welcome. Raffles and prizes. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of NW FL in Pensacola. Call 217-8661.
Apex Broadcasting, comprised of Highway 98 Country, 103.1 The Blaze, 102.1 The Wave, and Q92, along with the City of Niceville, Eglin AFB, and all participating sponsors, will host BlazeFest 2014 on May 24 at Twin Oaks Park in Niceville. General admission is $40/advance and $50/day. For ticket information and line up, visit blazefestrocks.com.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman brings his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound to the Green @ Gulf Place May 28. Tickets are available at select local retail stores along 30A including Central Square Records in Seaside or at GulfPlaceEvents.com.
Dancing with Desire
Dance champions seen on the hit series “Dancing with the Stars” will perform at a star-studded event at 7 p.m. June 19 on stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The performance is presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio-Fort Walton Beach. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission, and $100 for VIP, which includes preferred seating, access to the stars at the cast post party, and more. Active Duty military and senior citizens are offered a reduced rate of $35 for a balcony seat. Visit www.dancingwithdesire.com or call 864-4242.
All proceeds benefit Horizons-The Arc of The Emerald Coast, to help provide services to children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents Monty Python's Spamalot with performances at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 17, 18 and 19. Tickets go on sale May 1 at 729-6000 or at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org and are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
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.
Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.