CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Jan. 9
Please send your events, meetings, etc., to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks in advance.
View the "Pinta," a replica of one of Columbus’ famous ships, from Jan. 8 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach.Visit the ship for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $6.50/adults and $5/students (5 - 17). Children 4 and under are free.
Café Thirty-A's rescheduled annual Christmas Charity Ball benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton is from 7-11 p.m. Jan. 9 in Santa Rosa Beach. All event details of the rescheduled event will remain the same as the originally planned event. Attendees will be greeted upon arrival with a glass of champagne and enjoy passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and a cash bar. There will be music by DJ 30A and a commemorative photo booth provided by Epic Photo Co. Guests are encouraged to dress in evening attire, black tie optional. Purchase tickets at www.cafethirtya.com.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Event Plaza is turning into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9. Slide down the ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to the public.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 850-496-3466 with any questions
Brunch, Rhythm, & Brews
Enjoy brunch and brews at HarborWalk Village and a concert with Bobby D Duo on the main stage starting at 2 p.m.Jan. 10.
• Jan. 17: Flash Flood Duo
• Jan. 24: TJ & Brad
• Jan. 31: Paradise Bayou
• Feb. 7: Jeff on Sax featuring Mia
• Feb. 14: Joe Fingaz
• Feb. 21: TBD
• Feb. 28: TBD
Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch
Kick off Crescendo! 2021 in style at Bijou at The Market Shops at 11 a.m. Jan. 14. Enjoy lunch prepared by award-winning chef/co-owner Jack McGuckin, sip wines, indulge in desserts, shop all of the must-have accessories of the season from The Jewel, view the latest fashions modeled by Today's Boutique, door prizes and raffle items, plus much more. Tickets are $100/person and include lunch, wine and gratuities. Tickets for all Crescendo! 2021 events are on sale at www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org or call 850-460-8800.
ECTC storyteller Series
Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s The Storyteller Series returns with three new offerings on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 through March 2. Tickets are $32/adults, $30/seniors/military and $28/students. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.or call 684-0323..The series begins with the world premier staging of Three Places at Yalta, Jan. 12 and Feb. 9, a one-man show written by and starring Bruce Collier. In this power-packed political piece, Collier deftly portrays World War II's "big three" — Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Alan Tuttle stars in Carl Eugene Bolt’s “docudrama” play Give ‘em Hell Harry! on Jan. 26. This faithful and often humorous piece is a portrayal of the life and presidency of President Harry S. Truman.
Katharine Hepburn Feb. 23 and March 2, is a one-woman show written and performed by Shirley Simpson.
Flow Tribe Concert
Flow Tribe, straight out of New Orleans, will be in concert at AJ’s Grayton Beach Jan. 15. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is a 21 years and older show, with a $10 cover at door. Flow Tribe will play two one hour concert sets. AJ’s will have a shuttle available to transport customers for the show from public parking on Hwy. 283.
Alys Beach Blood Drive
Consider donating blood during the Jan. 15 Oneblood Blood Drive at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The need for blood donations is very high, and safety protocols have been appropriately increased to protect donors. The Big Red Bus will be parked north of the Amphitheatre, donor temperatures checked prior, only two donors at a time permitted, and full sanitation between each use. All donors will receive a $10 eGift Card, long sleeve T-shirt, a free appetizer coupon courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and a wellness checkup including COVID-19 antibody test. Appointments are encouraged. Visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #3968.
Nick's on the Bay Annual Bonfire
Nick's on the Bay's Annual Bonfire will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at 7585 Hwy. 20 in Freeport on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Enjoy food, drinks and sunset with no cover charge. Live music with The Band U.S. All ages and pets welcome.
ECTC: Florida Girls
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents Florida Girls at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 21-23, 28-30 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Purchase tickets at https://tickets.vendini.com.
Florida Girls takes place in Crestview circa 1965 and focuses on the upheaval in a middle-class family when two sisters compete in a high-school beauty pageant. Written by celebrated local playwright Nancy Hasty, this comedy is sure to deliver on laughs, heart and lots of local charm.
Camp Helen Virtual Americana Music at the Lodge
American Music at the Lodge is the 2021 series of unique concerts featuring American roots musicians performing in the lodge at Camp Helen State Park from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 16 with Rupert Wates. With this new year comes new rules, but still great music in the safest environment.. Camp Helen State Park will provide, free of charge, music videos of their performers this season. Sit back in the comfort of your home and listen to some of the finest music in America today. Concerts will be available online at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark. For more information, call 850-233-5059, visit www.friendsofcamphelen.org, like on Facebook, or email email@example.com.
• Jan 30: Tom Kimmel
• Feb 13: Lucky Mud
• Feb 27: Wyatt Espalin
• March 13: Nikki Talley
Baytowne Wharf presents an evening full of free champagne (for 21 and up only) and shopping during Bubbly Baytowne from 5-6 p.m. Jan. 21. Sip and Shop through the village streets, and stop in various retail merchants to enjoy a selection of premium champagnes.
Mardi Gras Parade
The Krewe de Yak’s 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will be held Jan. 23 on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Spring. The Street fair and Car Show will begin at 11 a.m. and GrasFest will once again be the place to be for food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment celebrating the Carnival season. The Grand Parade will roll at 3 p.m. For more information, call 850-419-5977 or emailt firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baytowne On Ice
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice thru Jan. 31. Hours vary daily.
Experience God’s blessings in your life during “Opening the Windows of Blessing,” a 14-week Bible study of minor prophets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 at Enclave Condominium Clubhouse, 3655 Scenic Hwy. 98 in Destin near Capt. Dave's Restaurant. Remote studies can be done by email. To register, text or email with name and email address to Mary Ann Roberts, email@example.com or 850-217-8766.
Palate & Palette
The Fifth Annual Palate & Palette, a four-course wine dinner and live painting will be held from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at five locations across Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tickets are $150/person and can be purchased at 850tix.com. All proceeds benefit Shelter House.
Mardi Gras Parade
Laissez les bons temps rouler or Let the Good Times Roll and join Destin Commons for their annual Mardi Gras Masquerade from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12. Enjoy live music, free face painting, photo booth, and more. Mardi Gras parade will kick off at 7 p.m. If interested in having your business or organization participate in the parade, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mardi Gras Parade
The streets at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.
Bluegrass Wednesday @ Grayton Seafood Co.
Grayton Seafood Co. invites you to join them from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays for live music and outdoor dining under the stars featuring Longleaf Drive. The Santa Rosa Beach boys play acoustic folk, rock, and bluegrass.
Hump Day Market:
Hump Day Market @ Monet Monet, 100 E. County Hwy. 30A in Grayton Beach, will be held each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop with local vendors, everything from fresh local produce, fine art, funky art, handmade jewelry, coastal clothing, arts and craft for the kids, as well as, PoBoys and specialty foods by Grayton Beach Catering.
Mac & Cheese Festival
The Mac & Cheese Festival has announced its third annual celebration benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. March 7 at Destin Commons. The family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. For the first time ever, the event will offer special V.I.C. (Very Important Cheese) tickets for $45 that include an all-access pass to the Beer Garden and air-conditioned seating. Adult tickets are $25 and children $15.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
Tickets are on sale at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com for the 2021 Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 21-25. 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach. Or charge by phone at 855-233-6714.
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
The eighth annual Country On The Coast festival in Panama City Beach will be March 26-28, 2021. Tickets for the three-day event are available at www.GulfCoastJam.com.
Redd's Fueling Station
Redd The Singing Bartender is back on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a live band Fridays at Redds Restaurant on 30-A. It is located in Blue Mountain Beach behind Sallys By The Sea Store gas station convenience store, 2320 W County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Dinner table reservations suggested. Call or text 850-325-0252. Check out the menu at www.reddsbar.com.
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking.
Rosemary Beach Farmers Market
Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A.