Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Sept. 24)
Celebrity Server Luncheon
Be a champion of children’s art education and support the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s “All Kinds of Art” children’s programming Sept. 24 at Bonefish Grill during the 4th annual Celebrity Server Luncheon. Seatings at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/person. Purchase from a celebrity server, list at mattiekellyartsfoundation, or call 655-2226.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Enjoy a free concert with Maggie Chapman from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
Act4Murder and Crab Island Cantina present “Horsin’ Around with Murder” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 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.
• Oct. 10: Decked Out for Death
• Oct. 24: Redneck Rivalry (new show)
Central Square Cinema
Grab your blankets for a free movie, “Miracle,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 under the stars at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Karaoke by Marquette from 7:30-11 p.m. Sept. 26 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.
During September, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the art of multi-faceted Helen Blair in the studio windows facing First Street.
The 20th annual Oktoberfest takes place from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at Market Place near Winn-Dixie on Highway 20 in Bluewater Bay. Enjoy live music, entertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, bratwurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer. All proceeds go to local charities. Admission is free.
Play That Funky Music
The Arts and Design Society’s “Play That Funky Music” show will be held through Oct. 3 at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibition features works in any medium, reflecting the influence of the artists’ favorite music. Call 244-1271.
The Fourth Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf with kid activities including a scavenger hunt and face painting. Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters will be on site from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ride free on the Baytowne Carousel from 11 a.m. to noon. The race of 5,000 rubber ducks begins at 1 p.m. across the Lagoon. Proceeds will help fund new and/or improved hospital services at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Adopt ducks at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com.
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Purchase tickets at nfballet.org.
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.
Circus of the Stars
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will appear at Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Advance tickets start at $16/adult and free for children under 13 at gotothecircus.com or call 800-796-5672.
Destin Beer Festival
The Fifth Annual Destin Beer Festival, benefitting the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Wine World Destin in Paradise Key Shopping Center. The event will feature high-end craft and microbrews, music by Boukou Groove, and food from Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House, The Craft Bar, La Paz Restaurant & Candina and Longleaf Food Truck. Tickets are $35/$45 (day of) general admission and $50/$60 1-5 p.m. VIP. Purchase at www.dcwaf.org/events.
The 31st Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show is scheduled from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 3 and 2-10 p.m. Oct. 4 at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Opening reception is from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 28. Artworks in every medium will be on display; high school and middle school art will be a special feature.
A+ Art show/sale
An artist reception for the A+ Art “One Size Fits All” show and sale will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Center, 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. This second annual show, set to run from Oct. 3 through Dec. 8, is comprised of more than a hundred 10-inch by 10-inch wood panels, featuring the fine and funky work of more than 50 local artists.
Baytowne Beer Fest
The Seventh Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest festival features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 200 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music Oct. 17 and 18. Pick up your cards at the Events Plaza Stage for the first ever Beer Bingo from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Visit merchants to complete a BINGO and a chance to win prizes. The Craft Beer Tasting takes place from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Events Plaza with music by The Owsley Brothers from 2-4 p.m. and Native Run from 4-6 p.m. Visit www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com for tickets.
The enduring formula of top notch entertainment, great seafood, and superior arts and crafts offers all-around family fun at the 38th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival Oct. 17-19 at the intersection of Hwy. 85 N and College Road in Niceville. Ticket prices (including concerts) for ages 12 and over are $10 per day, except for Friday and Saturday after 5 p.m. when the price is $15. Advance tickets at the rate of $9 per day are available and kids age 11 and under are free. For tickets, visit www.boggybayoumulletfestival.info.
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. Oct.19 from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s. The event is free.
Wine tastings, gourmet appetizers, live music, a charity raffle and more highlight the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Wine Walkabout Nov. 6 in the East Bar and Courtyard at Ruth’s Christ Steak House in Destin.
Naval Air Station Pensacola will host the annual Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show Nov. 7-9 with the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, performing on Saturday and Sunday, along with aerobatics by performers. Friday night’s show features a Fire & Lights night pyro show. Admission and parking is free. Food and memorabilia will be available. Pets and coolers are not permitted.
Bourbon at the Bay
Sip on bourbon and scotch, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and start holiday shopping early during the second Bourbon at the Bay from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club, 465 Regatta Bay Blvd. in Destin. A champagne tasting and silent auction complete the evening. This event is open to the public.
Sounds of the Season
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th annual holiday music spectacular will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Village Baptist Church in Destin.