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The Destin Log

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Snowbird Movie Matinee

Enjoy the movie "Three Identical Strangers" as the Destin Library hosts a Snowbird Movie Matinee at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Admission is free with first-come, first-served seating. Event continues through Feb. 27.

• Jan. 23: Hearts Beat Loud

• Jan. 30: Chappaquiddick

• Feb. 6: Bookshop

• Feb. 13: A Star is Born

• Feb. 20: Old Man & The Gun

• Feb. 27: First Man

Downbeat Jazz Concert

Enjoy an evening of big band and contemporary jazz with The Downbeat Jazz Orchestra-DJO at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Fudpucker’s in Destin. The diverse group of entertainers ranges from professional musicians to music educators and jazz enthusiasts. The 18 piece orchestra plays classic favorites like Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Tom Kubis and Sammy Nestico. A cash bar, entrees, appetizer and dessert options will be available during the show. Call to RSVP at 654-1544. Admission is free.

Winter Guest Fest

The 14th Winter Guest Fest, formerly known as the Snowbirds Festival, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 17 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Admission is $2. Winter guests will be reintroduced to their favorite businesses, along with a few new vendors, in the categories of dining, resorts, shopping, hotels, entertainment and more. Discounted and free items will be available.

Mutts Gone Nuts

Expect the unexpected as canines and comedy collide at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage Theater in Niceville. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4-legged performers. Mutts Gone Nuts benefits Alaqua Animal Refuge. Tickets are $20/adults and $10/youth ages 18 and under and available at

ECTC ‘Dancing Lessons’

Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Dancing Lessons” Jan. 17 through Feb. 3. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing the artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase tickets at or call 684-0323.

‒ March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele

‒ March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”

Art Gala Night

The Destin Pearl Gallery located in Destin Commons will host Art Gala Night from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18. The exhibition will showcase a selection of 40+ local artists and their work with the opportunity to network. This event is free and refreshments will be provided, and live music will be performed by Dream World The Band.

30A Songwriters Festival

The 10th annual 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-21, will feature performances by more than 175 songwriters in venues along coastal Florida's scenic Hwy 30A. Net proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Purchase tickets at

Winter Concert Series

Spend Sunday Funday at HarborWalk Village and enjoy the sounds of the Tate High School Jazz Band from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 20 on the HarborWalk Village main stage.

• Jan. 27: Northwest Florida State College Jazz Band

• Feb. 3: Joe Fingas

• Feb. 10: Choctaw High School Jazz Band

• Feb. 17: Bobby D Duo

• Feb. 24: Paradise Bayou

Winter Concerts

The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort presents the free 2019 Winter Concerts from 1-3 p.m. with David Seering on Jan. 19 and Ron Adams on Feb. 16 on the main lawn. Bring chairs and blankets.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

A Wine Tasting to benefit Okaloosa Arts Alliance will be held from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Twisted Grape, 1193 B Eglin Parkway in Shalimar, with wine, food by The Twisted Grape, live entertainment and drawings for tickets to upcoming events. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance will present grants to local non-profits at this event. Reservations can be made at or by contacting Amy at or 499-8335; tickets are one for $25 or two for $45.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

An immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/children 18 and under.

Gumbo Contest

The 13th Annual Gumbo Contest & Silent Auction benefiting the Destin History & Fishing Museum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Destin Community Center. Donation items will be accepted for the Silent Auction until Jan. 19, and entries for the Gumbo Contest are open until Jan. 22 for individuals and restaurants. Advance tickets are at the museum for $12 or $15 day of event. Live music with Flash Flood.

Hurricane Relief Wine Dinner

Join winemaker Michael Fay and the team at Bijoux for a multi-course wine dinner benefiting The Sonder Project's Hurricane Michael relief efforts hosted in partnership with Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are available at

Call to artists: Small Show

The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Small” Show. All work must be in the stated dimensions: 2D, 8”x8”; 3D, 8”x8”x8”. Cash awards. Turn in work from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 1 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 at 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach. A copy of the entry form with details is available at

Island Dance Party

Dance and party to Classic Rock (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s), play video bowling, and sample free food from several restaurants from 6-11 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Proceeds benefit special Operations Warrior Foundation. Tickets on sale for $15/person at Beach Community Bank or Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce or $25 at door.

Classical Connections

Sinfonia Gulf Coast hosts the second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd., in Destin. Violinist Alexi Kenney, the 2016 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, will be featured. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kenney at the post concert reception at The Henderson in Destin. Tickets, from $29.50-$55, can be purchased at

Riedel Seminar

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation hosts for a Riedel Wine Glass Tasting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Henderson Beach Resort & Spa. Riedel will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a glass and the perception and enjoyment of wine. Tickets include a Riedel glass tasting set to use during the seminar and then to take home. The tasting set will feature glasses from the new Veritas collection. Tickets are on sale at

Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal

Renew your wedding vows at LuLu’s Fourth Annual Tropical Re-Union Feb. 10. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the complimentary wedding vow renewal ceremony performed by popular officiant, Hurricane Jane Carver, at 2 p.m. on LuLu’s sandy beach. Couples can also pre-register at the restaurant or online. There will be complimentary champagne toasts, a wedding cake and flowers for the “brides,” as well as Certificates of Reunion for each couple. Prizes will be awarded to the couples who were married the longest, shortest, and who are dressed the most festively. For more information, visit or call 710-5858.

Valentine’s Dinner Cruises

SunQuest Cruises Solaris Valentine's dinner cruises will be held from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 as well as 7-10 p.m. Feb. 15 and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 16. The Solaris yacht is docked within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The cost, including a three hour cruise, three-course meal and live entertainment, is $165/couple. Reservations required at or 650-2519.

Call to Artists: Beaux Arts Exhibition

The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists, 18 years of age or older, to submit works for the 60th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, hosted by The Meridian at Westwood and sponsored by the Arts and Design Society. Registration is in the Atrium of The Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 14. Entry fee is $25/members; $35/non-members, for two entries; an additional entry may be made for $5, with a limit of three entries total. Cash awards. The exhibition runs from Feb. 15-Feb. 17 with a reception and silent auction from 2-4 pm. Sunday. For entry form, visit or call 582-1329.

30A Wine Festival

The eighth annual 30A Wine Festival Wednesday benefiting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network will be held Feb. 20-24 in Alys Beach. Enjoy exquisite wines, delectable dishes, and beautiful surroundings. Visit for the schedule and tickets.

Mardi Gras Parade

Let the Good Times Roll with floats, costumes, beads, street performers, and live music as the parade rolls through the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 2 p.m. March 2. Donations accepted.

The Kilted Man

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a free performance by Matthew Gurnsey (AKA “The Kilted Man,” at 2 p.m. March 5 the Destin Library.

Fat Tuesday & Pets Costume Contest

Enjoy free red beans and rice at 5 p.m. and join in the Third Annual Pets Costume Contest at 6 p.m. March 5 where you can show off your pets decked out in purple, green and gold on our main stage. Prizes awarded. Cost is $10 donation to participate.

Northwest Florida Ballet

Last event of the season is New Moves at 7:30 p.m. March 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 9; and 2:30 p.m. March 10 performed in a specially designed black box theater at NFB’s downtown studios, 310 Perry Ave. in Fort Walton Beach. Box office priced tickets for New Moves are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.

Wine/Food Festival

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival takes place April 25–28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. From 5-7 p.m., Winemakers & Shakers will be held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting takes place from 4-6 p.m. Friday, followed by the Friday Craft Beer & Spirits Jam from 6–9 p.m. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. The VIP Tasting can be attended only by purchasing the VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package that includes most festival events as well. Tickets can be purchased at The Festival is a fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

30A Farmers’ Market

Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.