Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning March 25)
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Listen to a free concert with the music of Boukou Groove from 7-9 p.m. March 25 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• April 1: Hotel California
• April 8: Blues Brothers
• April 15: The Return
• April 22: Walt Wise
• April 29: Folsom Prison Gang
Laura Destin and Tony Akers, co-owners of A Ceramic Studio and Hobby Shop in Valparaiso, will be the speakers at the ADSO Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 25 at the Art Center Gallery 17 First St. in Fort Walton Beach. The couple works in their shop with adults and children, creating fun and practical works of art with poured clay and paint. They also conduct Fused Glass workshops and hold after school classes for children. Cost of the luncheon, open to the public, is $12. Reservations must be made by March 23 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 376-3901.
Spring Break Concert
HarborWalk Village presents its annual spring break concerts at 7 p.m. March 28 with the Gable Bradley Band. Concerts are free. Call 424-0600.
Wine World’s Second Annual Fort Walton Beach Beer Festival benefitting the Special Forces Association, Chapter 7, will be held from 1-4 p.m. March 28 in Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. The event will include 90+ unique craft beers, live music from Continuum and culinary stations from Buffalo Wild Wings, Burrito Del Sol, Mary’s Kitchen, Wine World and Winn Dixie. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Tickets can be purchased now for $5 each or five tickets for $20 at Wine World in Uptown Station. Admission is $30/advance and $45/day of at any Wine World location or chanswineworld.com.
The second annual Easter Extravaganzoo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 at the ECWR Zoological Park, 5262 Deer Springs Road in Crestview. Celebrate the season with arts and crafts, flower planting, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and more. Guests will be able to decorate eggs for some of the zoo animals, and Easter egg hunts will be held at 11 a.m. for ages 8-12; 11:15 for ages 0-3; and 11:40 for ages 4-7. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own baskets and cameras. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children, and free for guests ages 2 and younger. Call 682-3949.
Starving Artists Sale
The Arts and Design Society hosts its first Starving Artists Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 at The Art Center, 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. Artists will sell their art and/or new or gently-used artist’s materials or books that they no longer need, and may include jewelry, ceramics, paintings, or whatever art the multi-talented group produces.
Now appearing (and disappearing) at Emerald Grande’s HarborWalk Village, come and enjoy world-class magic, illusions, ventriloquism and comedy presented by variety performer Bart Rockett at 7:30 p.m. through April 11 and on April 17-18 in the theater. Purchase tickets at www.DestinMagic.com.
Student Art Show
The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show March 31-April 10 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibit showcases outstanding 8th grade and 12th grade art work. A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. April 9. Admission to the reception and Gallery is free. Call 244-1271 or visit http://artsdesignsociety.
Easter Egg Hunt
The City of Destin’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 9:15 a.m. April 4 at Morgan Sports Center for all children 12 and under. There will be a special egg hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers. Call 650-1241.
Visit Easter Bunny
Hop down to HarborWalk Village from 2-4 p.m. April 5 for a festive afternoon complete with free kid’s activities photos with the Easter Bunny.
Finest on the Emerald Coast
Celebrate with more than 90 local businesses as they showcase why they were voted “Finest” from 6-9:30 p.m. April 9 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy food, entertainment, and fireworks over the harbor at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30/advance, $35/door or $50/VIP.
December ‘63, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band, celebrates the sounds of the ‘60s at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Dugas Pavilion in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Tickets are $25/adult; $20/MKAF members; and free for children under 12. Purchase tickets at www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 650-2226.
Disney Pixar in Concert
Watch your favorite Pixar moments come to life on a giant screen while Sinfonia Gulf Coast performs the film scores from 7-10 p.m. April 11 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Selections from all 14 Pixar films, including “Toy Story,” “A Bug's Life,” “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” plus more, will be a feast for your eyes and ears. Round up the entire family for this once in a lifetime concert opportunity. For ticket pricing and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
A Real Gem Show
ADSO will host The Playground Gem and Mineral Society’s “A Real Gem Show” April 11-17. The reception will be from 6-8 p.m. April 11 at 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach. The show will highlight the activities of the club, as well as some of the wonders of nature. For information, call 244-1271 or visit http://artsdesignsociety.
Southern Drawl Band
Defined in categories like Country, Southern Rock, Trop Rock and Bluegrass, Southern Drawl Band will perform April 12 at Crab Island Cantina at HarborWalk Village. Call 424-7417.
Star Gazing by the Shore
Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing the sun and star clusters, planets, and galaxies and answer questions about the night sky from 4:15-10 p.m. April 17 at Henderson Beach State Park.The park will close at sunset which is 7:14 p.m. Come early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy the sunset. If bringing a flashlight it is recommended that it is covered with a red lens.Program included in the park admission fee.Call837-7550.
Okaloosa Arts Fest
This free family-friendly event features artists and artwork from around the Emerald Coast April 18 at Destin Commons. In addition, there will be live entertainment on the stage and free family hands-on activities.
ArtWalk on the Harbor
HarborWalk Village becomes a mini art district as dozens of artists showcase their creative artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary art, jewelry, paintings, handcrafted items and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.
The Merchants of Seaside will host the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group for a debut performance at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the Seaside Amphitheater. There is no admission to attend the performance.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 24 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
•June 1: Latitude 29
•June 8: Ebb Tyed
•June 15: Legacy
•June 22nd Civilized Natives
•June 29: The Jeff Carter Group
•July 4: Sonic Boom
•July 6: Jones & Company
•July 13: In Tune
•July 20: The Mighty Hurricanes
•July 27: Reasonable Doubt
•Aug. 3: Confederate Smoke
•Aug. 10: Luke Pinegar & Friends
•Aug. 17: Civilized Natives
•Aug. 24: Sonic Boom
•Aug. 30: The Rowdies