Pam Griffin
The Destin Log
Community events, entertainment

Please send your events, meetings, etc., to pgriffin@thedestinlog.com at least 2 weeks in advance. For a complete list, visit thedestinlog.com.

Destin City Hall

All city meetings are being held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, until further notice. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation. To virtually view the meeting, https://www.cityofdestin.com/. To view/stream is www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.

Parks & Recreation, 4 p.m. May 25

Harbor Capacity Steering Committee, 5:30 p.m. May 26

Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. May 27

Vintus Wine Dinner 

Pescado and Breakthru Beverage are hosting a New World Vs. Old World four course Vintus Wine Dinner at The Courtyard at Pescado with Brian Bergeon of Vintus Wines on May 26 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $150 per person plus 7% tax and 22% gratuity. There are limited spaces available. Contact Events@thelcrg.com to book your space now.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Enjoy classic rock music from a local band at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Amphitheater for Goldilocks & the Dancing Bears May 26. Doors open 6 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m.  Food trucks and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10, kids under 12 are free. Call the Box Office for tickets at 729-6000 or visit https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.

• Highway 98 Country welcomes live country music at Hot Country Night featuring Parmalee June 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Amphitheater in Niceville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Duchess performs prior to Parmalee taking the stage. Tickets are $20.  

• Jesus Christ Superstar is the 2021 Summer Musical. This year's show will be Jesus Christ Superstar at 7:30 p.m. July 21-24 and 2 p.m. July 25 on Mainstage.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Enjoy free live entertainment with Flash Flood from 7-9 p.m. May 26 on the Events Plaza stage at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

• June 2: Cadillac Willy

• June 9: Biscuit Miller and The Mix

• June 16: Will Thompson Band

• June 23: Luke Langford

• June 30: Dion Jones & The Neon Tears

• July 7: Boukou Groove

• July 14: Forrest Williams Band

• July 21: Six Piece Suits

• July 28: Rust & Gold

Concerts in the Village

Deana Carter performs at 7 p.m. May 27 at Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Dugas Stage. Admission is $15/adults, $10/active-duty military, and children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite. Gates open at 6 p.m.

• June 3: The Tams

• June 10: Kara Grainger

• June 17: Petty Hearts, Tom Petty Tribute

• June 24: Air National Guard Band of the South

Storytime at Destin Library

Cuddlers and Toddlers Storytime is live on the lawn at the Destin Library 10:30 a.m. May 27 as weather permits. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on the grass while Miss Laura reads picture books and leads the group in songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. For more information, call 837-8572 or email library@cityofdestin.com.

Art at Destin Library

During the month of May, the expressive pastel work of artist Melody Bogle is on display at the Destin Library. Take a tour through her land and seascapes as you browse the stacks.

Music on Main

The Wortheys perfor from 7-9 p.m. May 28 at “Music on Main'' concert series in DeFuniak Springs. Guests are invited to enjoy a listening room experience at the historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktail hour. Guests can grab a bite to eat before the concert at one of the downtown restaurants or from the food truck setup in front of the theatre. Tickets purchased in advance are $15/adults and $5/children and are available at fcweb.org/musiconmain. Ticket prices increase $5 on the day of the show.

Hydroflight Monday

Enjoy shows from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 2.

Boomin' Tuesday

Turn your eyes on the sky at Baytowne Wharf and watch as the sky lights up with a fireworks show over the Lagoon at 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 3. Also, a DJ Dance Party with DJ Mike Whitty begins at 7 p.m. in the Events Plaza.

Magical Thursday

Magic, music, and mayhem with Baytowne Wharf’s featured pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with two magic shows at 7 and 8 p.m. Thursdays May 20-Aug. 5.

Crochet Class

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida presents the art of Crochet from 1-4 p.m. May 29 in Valparaiso. Kelly Rodriguez is the instructor and will show you how to make your own Silver Dollar skinny scarf. This is a beginner friendly pattern and all supplies will be provided. The cost of registration for the class is $35/non-members and $30/members. Visit heritage-museum.org for more details or call 678-2615 to register.

Sunday Cinema

Grab a lawn chair or blanket for the free movie “Incredibles 2,” a featured film on the big screen. at 8 p.m. May 30 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.: 

June 6: Maleficent

June 13:  Croods A New Age

June 20: Secret Life of Pets 2

June 27: Moana

July 11: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

July 18: Pete's Dragon

July 25: Sing

CAA Art Exhibit

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announced a special exhibition, “Con-scious Expressions: An Insider’s Perspective,” is now on display at Perla Baking Co. in downtown DeFuniak Springs through May 31. The public is invited to a closing reception celebrating the exhibit on May 28 from 4-7 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend 

Kick-off the summer season with live music, fireworks and  a silent disco party at HarborWalk Village. Events include Flash Flood at 7 p.m. May 29; Cadillac Willy and fireworks at 7 p.m. May 30; and a silent disco party with DJ Chubby and DJ D Funk at 7 p.m. May 31. Parking on-site is $10. All guests are encouraged to social distance and wear masks while visiting HarborWalk Village.

Memorial Day Celebration

Kick off your summer with a free Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 7-9 p.m. May 29 and 6-9 p.m. May 30.  Enjoy music with Forrest Williams Band on Saturday and TBD on Sunday. Enjoy kids activities and a patriotic fireworks show on Sunday evening.

Destin Blues Fest

A Memorial Day Weekend Blues Fest that features Award Winning Ana Popovic will be held from 3:30-8:30 p.m. May 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in Destin. Also performing are Laura Vida and Mike Zito. Purchase tickets at https://top-shelf-blues.ticketleap.com/destin-blues-fest/

Memorial Day Program

The Village of Baytowne Wharf will hold a free Memorial Day Program at 5 p.m. May 31. The Sandestin Veterans present a program in honor of veterans.

Gallery Celebration

J. Leon Gallery and Studio, 13370 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach, will celebrate one year in business from 5-8 p.m. June 4. Enjoy a night of art, champagne, and hors d'oeuvres. There will be live artist paintings throughout the night and a very special giveaway.

Summer Pop

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Hot-Work, a Coldplay Cover Band, June 4 at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in the Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Tickets to each event fundraiser are $30/person. Purchase a Summer Pop pass including all four events for $100. Purchase tickets and packages at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

• June 18 – Comedy Night! Side-splitting comedy by a line-up of regional comedians during an evening hosted by Northwest Florida’s funniest, Jason Hedden.

• July 17 – Jordan and Michelle’s “Back to Broadway” show, a fun-filled, high-energy tribute to the Broadway music of today and yesterday.

• July 24 – Frank & Friends with Peter Lake. Enjoy tunes from Frank Sinatra, Giacomo Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more favorites.

Young Frankenstein

Stage Crafters presents the Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein, June 4-6 and 11-13 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 109 Miracle Strip Parkway SW. For Friday and Saturday performances, doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For Sunday matinee performances,  doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the show starts at 2 p.m. General Admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.StageCraftersFWB.com or at the door.

Chef Presentation

Chef Warren Caterson shares all the tips and hints you’ll need to elevate your grilling from “ho-hum” to “oh, my” at 1 p.m. June 8 at the Niceville Community Center. 

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Highway 98 Country welcomes live country music at Hot Country Night featuring Parmalee June 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Amphitheater in Niceville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Duchess performs prior to Parmalee taking the stage. Tickets are $20. Call the Box Office for tickets at 729-6000 or visit https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.

• Jesus Christ Superstar is the 2021 Summer Musical. This year's show will be Jesus Christ Superstar at 7:30 p.m. July 21-24 and 2 p.m. July 25 on Mainstage.

Tailgates Down Concerts

The Emerald Coast Parrothead Club will host "Tailgates Down" Phriends All Around on June 12 at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive W in Destin. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. for tailgating and music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The concert series benefits Fresh Start for Children & Families. Local musicians Jeff and the Camaros, Brent Burns, trop rock artist Mike Nash and nationally renowned Buffett tribute band Gary Roland and the Landsharks will play. Tickets available through Eventbrite are $25 in advance, $30 day of show at the gate.

Food Truck Fest Destin

Orange Beach Breeze brings the Food Truck Fest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 20 at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The fest will feature many food trucks in the Panhandle, vendors exhibiting and selling gifts, crafts, jewelry, personal care products and more. This is a family-friendly event. Entry fee is $5 with 12 and under free. Visit www.foodtruckfestdestin.com for more information.

Smoke on the Coast

Destin Commons will host 15 local non-profit organizations at the 10th annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival from 5-10 p. m. July 3. Each non-profit organization teams up with a restaurant or BBQ aficionado. Cast your vote for $1 for your favorite BBQ team, support their mission, and enjoy a day of family fun.

Destin Woman's Club

The Annual Fashion Show held by the Destin Woman's Club has been cancelled this year due to the Covid virus. The Fashion Show for 2021 has been scheduled for Nov. 5.  As their major fundraiser, net proceeds go toward the Club's Family Assistance Fund designed to help local families and a local charity.


Destin Community Center

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.comfor information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes.

Table Tennis: Play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

Senior Programs

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance. 

— Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.

— Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.

— Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.

— Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck.

— Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.

Book Club

The Destin Library’s Novel Idea Book Club is open to adults and meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Club members can submit book recommendations – primarily fiction with the occasional non-fiction title – and the club will vote on which ones to read. Membership is open to everyone; however, you will need an Okaloosa County Public Library card to check-out materials. Members will need an email address and internet access to join the discussion.

City of Destin Annual Passes

Full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joe’s Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both City Hall and the Destin Community Center. For questions, call 837-4242.


The City of Destin’s Adopt-A-Street Program allows local families, businesses and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris. Groups who participate in this program will have their name listed on the City’s website and signage installed on their adopted street. For more information, call 837-6869 or email adoptastreet@cityofdestin.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.