CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Sept. 11
Please send your events, meetings, etc., to PGriffin1@gannett.com at least 2 weeks in advance.
Alys Beach Crafted
Alys Beach Crafted events in full are suspended until 2022 due to COVID. Purchased tickets will be fully refunded.
30Avenue Concert Series
Come out to 30Avenue from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 11 and 15 on the green to enjoy live music with Bo Adams Trio under the stars in Inlet Beach. Bring a blanket or low back lawn chairs.
Sept 16: Casey Kearney
Sept 17: Mat Hall Trio
Sept 18: Sand Ole Opry
Sept 22: Daniel Pratt
Sept 23: Bo Adams Trio
Sept 24: Bo Adams Trio
Sept 25: Jim Couch
Sept 29: The Shakedown
Sept 30: Sand Ole Opry
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. The September Program Meeting is Sept. 26. Visitors are welcome. Call 850-496-3466 with any questions.
Groovin on the Green
Enjoy an evening of free live music with Will Thompson Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Carillon Beach Village Green. Bring beverage of choice, chairs, blankets and coolers. Town restaurants will be open.
• Oct. 10: Sugarcane Jane
• Nov. 14: Chris Alvarado Trio
• Dec. 12: Kyle LaMonica
Hops for Hounds
The Fourth Annual Hops for Hounds will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Destin Commons. Sample beers from nine breweries at each of the murals while strolling through the Commons with your pup. The $35 ticket includes beer, light bites, a doggy swag bag for first 100 people to register, and festivities. Funds raised will help Dog-Harmony launch new 2021 local area shelter enrichment programs. Please no prong, shock or choke collars.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa and Walton County high schools who will take the Oct. 23 ACT and Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 28, 29 and Oct. 19 and 20 at Niceville high School. Another workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 25, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 17. Registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 13. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
The Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 for their monthly lunch and learn meeting at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 34 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. September speaker, Stacey Young, is Community + Media Relations Strategist for Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism. Lunch is $15/members and first-time guests, $20/associates of members, $25/non-members and $10/students and program only. Call 850-974-3662.
To honor the reopening of Broadway, Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents award-winning singer and actress Shoshana Bean at Seagar’s Cabaret: A Tribute to Broadway, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, 4000 S Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $295 per person, all inclusive, and are available at https://bit.ly/SinfoniaCabaret21.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Enjoy free live entertainment with Will Thompson Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15 on the Events Plaza stage at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• Sept. 22: Cadillac Willy
• Sept. 29: Jessie Ritter
• Oct. 6: Boukou Groove
• Oct. 13: The Pickled Pickers
• Oct. 20: Modern Eldorados
• Oct. 27: Forrest Williams Band
The Walton County Redistricting Committee will meeet at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Walton County BCC Board Room, 842 Hwy. 20 East, Unit 118, in Freeport. This meeting is open to the public. For additional information, call 892-8155.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy music of Rust & Gold Desolation Road, ultimate Neil Young/Bob Dylan Tribute Band at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious snacks and a blanket or chair. Food and drinks available for purchase. General Admission is $15 per adult, free to MKAF members and kids under 12. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.
• Sept. 23: Kickstand Jenny
• Sept. 30: Chasin' Jaymie
• Oct. 7: The Heather Hayes Experience
Third Thursday Wine Walkabout
Gulf Place Merchants host the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout each month from 5-6:45 p.m. For $25, attendees can enjoy samplings of hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music and giveaways while venturing to all of the unique Gulf Place shops. Check with the Artists at Gulf Place to receive your complimentary glass and your walkabout map. Visit each participating merchant to be entered for a chance to win giveaways at the end of the night! Join Gulf Place Merchants for the monthly Wine Walkabout for an exciting local South Walton tradition.
January and February, 4 – 6 p.m.
March – December, 5 - 7 p.m.
Retired Officers' Wives' Club
NWFL Retired Officers' Wives' Club is kicking off the start of the Membership Season with a luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Two Trees Restaurant at FWB Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. Lunch ($17) and Bunco at 11 a.m. New members, wives of retired officers from all services, always welcome. RSVP for lunch or more information email NWFloridaROWC@gmail.com.
Baytowne Wharf hosts an evening full of free champagne and shopping during Bubbly Baytowne at 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Check in by the fountain to receive a complimentary Baytowne Wharf glass and a map outlining specific merchants to visit starting at 5 p.m. This event is free and for 21 and up only.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy Matey! Join the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 for a free evening full of adventure with special guest Captain Davy. Come dressed in your best pirate costume and get ready for a scavenger hunt, magic show, costume contests, and more.
ECTC’s professional 2021-2022 Professional productions begin with “Nunsense” Sept. 17-Oct. 3. All professional productions are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard.
• Dec. 9-19: “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” Two shows on Sunday, Dec 19 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec.16, at 10 a.m., Educational Matinee.
• Jan. 21-23, Feb. 10-13, March 3-6: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Cabaret Stage: Musical Revue
• Jan. 28-Feb. 6: “Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage”
Burgers, Bourbon & Beer Festival
A new culinary experience in coming to the Destin harbor from 12-4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Destin Boardwalk behind Brotula's. The Burgers, Bourban & Beer Festival invites burger-lovers to enjoy an afternoon full of gourmet burgers from local restaurants, paired with local craft beers, bourbons, live music and more. This friendly food competition benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. Tickets on sale at www.eatsomeburgers.com.
International Coastal Cleanup
Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles will host the International Coastal Cleanup from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 18 on the beaches of South Walton. If you would like to join in a clean up at a Regional Access, you will find host Volunteer Beach Ambassadors at Inlet Beach Regional Access, Santa Clara Regional Access, Van Ness Butler Regional Access, Ed Walline Regional Access, Dune Allen Regional Access, Miramar Beach Regional Access
Supper Club Series Three: Alice in Wonderland
The third dinner in the Alys Beach Supper Club series features an Alice in Wonderland themed cocktail dinner from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 20 at 23 Nonesuch Way in Rosemary Beach. Journey into a topsy-turvy world that gets "curiouser and curiouser" as Chef Kevin Cavanaugh prepares a three-course dinner paired with unique cocktail creations from Austin Doiron and wine pairings from Hugues Le Berre. Purchase tickets at bigtickets.com.
Throwback Thursday Cinema
Enjoy a free movie on the big-screen during Baytowne Wharf's Throwback Thursday Cinema at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and Oct. 28. All movies are family-friendly and open to the public. Grab you blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this week's featured film.
Purses with a Purpose
A signature Shelter House event, Purses with a Purpose kicks off with a VIP event at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23, at Destin Commons next to Steve Madden and Express. The 10th-anniversary event also has light bites along with wine and specialty cocktails by Timber Creek Distillery. If unable to attend, shoppers will have access to virtually bid on handbags in the silent auction. VIP tickets are $25 before Sept. 23 and $30 at the door. Bargain shopping is from 12-8 p.m. Sept. 24 and 12-4 p.m. Sept. 25 with deep discounts on remaining merchandise, plus muffins, mimosas, and free admission. Both Friday and Saturday are free to attend and open to the public. Visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org and http://bidpal.net/purseswithapurpose for tickets and information.
Artful Dining Series: Wine Dinner Benefiting MKAF
Join Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at Vin'tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 for the next ArtFul Dining series of wine dinners benefiting MKAF’s arts education and community engagement initiatives. Vin’tij Executive Chef Iganacio Bernal will orchestrate a culinary palette to pair with the incredible wines. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com. Tickets are $195/non-members and $175/members and includes all food and wine.
Sip N’ Stroll
Enjoy an evening of art at J.Leon Gallery and Studio with wine, champagne, and light snacks from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 1 at 13370 US Highway 98 in Miramar Beach. Meet local artists and view work from the Okaloosa/Walton area, including painters, mixed media artists, ceramics artists, sculptors, and illustrators.
ArtsQuest Fine Art Festival
ArtsQuest, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, will be held Oct. 8-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grand Boulevard.
Business After Hours
The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Walton County for a combined Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21.The event is free for Chamber and YPWC members and is $10 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit http://www.waltonareachamber.com.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast plays Bernard Hermann’s spine-tingling score to Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho” with the original screenplay projected above the orchestra Oct. 23 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Reserved table seating as well as general lawn seating where guests may bring chairs and blankets. Bar and food items will be available for purchase on site. Tickets are $20 - $45 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
Festival of the Arts
Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 26th annual event is set for Oct. 30-31 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin and is free for attendees.
Watersound Origins will host a Blood Drive Nov. 1 and Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The OneBlood Big Red Bus® will be parked at the Watersound Origins Community Center. All donors will receive a free wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. ID is required. In addition to a few other goodies, each donor will have access to their antibody test within 48 to 72 hours.
Sinfonia Classical Mystery Tour
The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra when “Classical Mystery Tour” performs live with Sinfonia Gulf Coast Nov. 13 at Village Church in Destin. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
Sinfonia Holiday Concert
This seasonal concert features singer/actor Nicholas Rodriguez in a performance of
holiday favorites with the Sinfonia orchestra Dec. 10 at Village Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
Classical Connections Concert
Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s first Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections concert Jan.8, 2022, defies convention and boundaries with the return of Chris Brubeck and Time For Three (TF3). This performance will be held at Village Church in Destin and tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
• The second Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series will
be March 12, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at Destin High School and features Sinfonia’s
Assistant Conductor, Aaron King Vaughn. This concert includes Igor
Stravinsky’s “The Soldier's Tale,” complete with theatrical narration and W.A. Mozart’s “Symphony No. 29 in A Major.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
April 30, 2022, the main season will come to a cinematic finale at Destin Fort
Walton Beach Convention Center as you relive the magic on the silver screen with the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Tickets are $29.50 - $55 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
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.
Live Music @ 30Avenue
Take a break and head to 30Avenue for lunch and live music Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an array of talented local musicians and the laid back atmosphere on the 30Avenue Green.
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.
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.
Fitness Field Day
Get a workout for mind and body at WaterColor Inn’s Fitness Field Day at 8 a.m. first Friday of each month at Marina Park, 238 Watercolor Blvd. W. in Santa Rosa Beach. This one-hour program offers a High Intensity Training workout, followed by a cooldown with Yoga. Open to the public for ages 9 and up. $15++ per person. Register by emailing email@example.com or call 534-5950.
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.