Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Aug. 20)
Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert with Soul Track Mind from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.
• Aug. 27: Big Al & The Heavyweights
• Sept. 3: Big Easy Playboys
• Sept. 10: Delta Reign
• Sept. 17: Donnie Sundal
• Sept. 24: Maggie Chapman
Red, White and Blue Celebration
The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village, a weekly honoring of a local hero, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid’s crafts and face painting, a WWII replica flyover and fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m.
Santa Rosa Beach artist and cartoonist, Mark Douglass, shows off his “serious side” in an exhibition of colorful acrylic paintings on display in the Calhoun Room at the Destin Library during the month of August.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy an open air free concert with the Jacob Mohr Bandfrom 7-9 p.m. Aug. 23 on the main stage at HarborWalk Village, with live music at seven venues, clubs and restaurants during the evening.
Act4Murder and Crab Island Cantina present “Decked Out for Death” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at 2 Harbor Blvd. #100. Seating at 7 p.m. Price is $49.95/adults and $24.95/kids 10 and under, all inclusive. Call 862-2885 for reservations.
• Aug. 31: Podunk Pandemonium
During August, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the art of the students in Thalia Newton's Crash Glass Mosaics classes in the studio windows facing First Street.
Enjoy Karaoke by Marquette from 7:30-11 p.m. Aug. 22 and 29 at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.
Fat Tuesday Parade
HarborWalk Village becomes “The Big Easy” at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 with floats, beads and lots of swag, a performance by the Village Brass Band on the main stage, and a fire dancing show. Event is free.
Tuesday Night Movies
The Lighthouse Amphitheater at Shoreline Village in Destin hosts free family movies on Tuesday nights. Bring blankets and chairs. Food, drinks and snacks, even hamburgers wine and beer, can be bought before and during the movie just like any other theater. No outside food or drink allowed. For movie information and showtimes call 275-9609.
Henderson Beach State Park will host a star gazing program for all ages from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 22. Telescopes will be available for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies. Prior to sunset, telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Call 837-7550 for sunset time.
Cruise up and anchor your boat Aug. 23 at Crab Island for the movie “Jaws” at sunset for Shark Month.
Baytowne Art Walk
Stroll the streets and enjoy live music from local musicians and browse a variety of art from regional artists at the Baytowne Art Walk from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 29-31. The event is free. An intimate, evening art experience, the Baytowne Art Walk strives to create an event that appeals to all ages and demographics.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
A festival of all things pirate includes live entertainment, kids’ interactive pirate shows and games plus fireworks over the harbor from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 19 at HarborWalk Village.
Healing with Art
A local art show and sale begins Sept. 19 in the second floor atrium at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for three months.
ArtWalk on the Harbor
Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at ArtWalk on the Harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 and Oct.19 from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s. The event is free.
Hispanic Fest, a family-oriented, cultural and educational festival, will showcase Hispanic music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, exhibits, and the flavors and aromas of the cuisine from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Special appearances by non-Hispanic performers and dance groups will also take place. Proceeds from the event will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc.
Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts Oct. 25-26 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Admission is $3/adult; children 12 and under are free.