Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Aug. 12)
Listen to a free concert with the music of Stephen Simmons from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• Aug. 19: Betty Fox Band
• Aug. 26: JP Soars & The Red Hots
Seaside Summer Concerts
Celebrate the summer season at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 with Forrest Williams in the Seaside Amphitheater.
• Aug. 19: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
• Aug. 26: MamaDear
Red, White and Blue Celebration
Alison McDowell, director and marine scientist for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, will be honored for her goals for CBA and expansion of its mission and objectives at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy music, free kid’s activities, a WWII vintage air show and a fireworks finale over the harbor at 9 p.m.
• Aug. 20: Staci Berryman of the Emerald Coast Autism Center will be honored.
• Aug. 27:
• Sept. 3:Local service dogs are honored.
Americana Under The Stars
Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music Lucky Mud at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Aug. 20: Jigtoamilestone
• Aug. 27: Pierce Pettis
• Sept. 3: O'Don Piano
• Sept. 10: Friction Farm
• Sept. 17: Lucky Mud
• Sept. 24: David Drew Russell
• Oct. 1: Frank Julian
• Oct. 8: Belmont and Jones
• Oct. 15: Lucky Mud
• Oct. 22: Lis and Lon Williamson
• Nov. 5: Too Many Smiths
• Nov. 12: Michael Jordan
• Nov. 19: Lucky Mud
Enjoy free music with Chris Alvarado Aug. 13 and Stevie Hall Aug. 14 and 18 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Adventure Lane, across from Blast Arcade and Laser Maze.
• Aug. 20, 27: Chris Alvarado
• Aug. 25: Stevie Hall
Play Rock 'n Bingo from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at Landshark's Pizza or from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Mama Sherry's Pizza & Wings.
Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents the musical comedy "Nunsense" Aug. 14-16 and 21-23 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at www.stagecrafters.com or at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach or Bayou Books in Niceville. Discounted student tickets are $10 at the door only.
Movies at the Landing
Enjoy movie trivia from 7-8 p.m. and the free movie, "Jumanji," at 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach. Bring chairs or a blanket. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
• Aug. 21: Superman
• Aug. 28 Mary Poppins
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with The Deja Vu Band from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 15 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• Aug. 22: Flash Flood
• Aug. 29: Hotel Oscar
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. Aug. 16 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.
ADSO window display
During August, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Anne Johnston, with the theme of "Streams and Things," including water and large flowers, in studio windows that face First Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Civilized Natives from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
• Aug. 24: Sonic Boom
•Aug. 30: The Rowdies
Tacos & Tequilas
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Tacos & Tequilas fundraiser will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Rockin Tacos on the Boardwalk at Okaloosa Island. Proceeds will benefit MKAF's cultural arts and K-12 education programs in schools in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tickets are $50/person or $40/MKAF members. For credit card payments, visit http://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsart.html or mail check payable to MKAF to 4323 Commons Drive West, Destin FL 32541.
ADSO's 16th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Exhibition runs through Aug. 29 at The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street SE in fort Walton Beach.
Labor Day Concert Celebration
Summer 2015 will end with a weekend of family activities and free concerts from 4-10 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6 at HarborWalk Village. The Springs perform Saturday and The Village Belles and LongReef take the stage Sunday, followed by fireworks.
Labor Day Weekend Concert
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Seventh Annual Labor Day Weekend Concert will feature Heather Hayes Experience from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Entrance opens at 6:15 p.m. tickets are $26/general admission, $21/MKAF members and children under 12 free. VIP tables available for sale at 650-2226.
Bluegrass at the Beach
Blue Highway (headliner),The Hillbenders, Willie Sugarcapps, Run Boy Run, Moore Brothers Band, Dread Clampitt, and Dismal Creek perform during a one day event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Dr. West in Destin. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $55/general admission, $45/MKAF members and children under 12 are free. Ticket prices increase day of event.
Celebrity Server Luncheon
MKAF's Fifth Annual Celebrity Service Luncheon will be held Sept. 24 at Bonefish Grill. Seatings are 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's All Kinds of Art K-12 children's art programs. Call 650-2226/
Bud & Alley’s will host the 11th Annual Hurricane Party from 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 25 with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. (CVHN). Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, heavy Creole hors d'oeuvres and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $75/advance and $100/door. Purchase at http://www.cvhnkids.org/hurricane/ or call 622-3200, ext. 101.
Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation hosts the 20th annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The festival showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Tickets are $5/adults and children under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.
HarborWalk Village transforms into the "Big Easy" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays with a Mardi Gras parade through the harbor. Street Party starts at 7 p.m. and parade rolls after sunset.Enjoy floats, colorful costumes, sky-high stilt walkers, street performers, jazz bands, beads, Moonpies and more during this free parade. Join the fun with your own float. Call 797-7024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and to send application.
Nighttime Educational Beach Walks
Learn about sea turtles, their nesting habits and other wildlife along the beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays through November. Limited to 20 people (ages 6 and older) per walk. The walks are free and include a 30-minute orientation. Reservations are required and may be made at 865-0868 or ECTurtleWatch@gmail.com.
Okaloosa Island Fireworks
Visit the Boardwalk to view the fireworks display from the Okaloosa Island Pier at 9 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer.
Teen Night At Fud's
Every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. teens 14-17 are welcome to Teen Night at Fudpucker's in Destin until Aug. 12. The fun, safe, smoke-free and alcohol-free night includes dancing to the hottest DJ's tunes, free water and soft drinks. A staff of trained adults as well as off-duty Sheriffs deputies will patrol the area inside and outside the club.
Locals Night Out
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Destin presents Locals Night Out with the music of Jones & Company from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Courtyard Bar.