Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Sept. 2)
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Listen to a free concert with the music of Caitlyn Smith from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• Sept. 9: The Josh Garrett Band
• Sept. 16: Chris Alvarado
• Sept. 23: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
• Sept. 30: Boukou Groove
Red, White and Blue Celebration
Local service dogs will be honored at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 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.
Americana Under The Stars
Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of O'Don Piano at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 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.
• 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
Baytowne Art Walk
Stroll the streets, enjoy live music and browse a variety of local art from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 4-6 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Entertainment includes Kyle Lamonica, 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4; Ben Loftin, 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 4; Chris Alvarado, 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5; Robby Walton, 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 5; and a live auction and Matt McCarty Quintet featuring Gina Walker Sept. 6.
The 24th Annual Greek Festival will be held from 4-9 p.m. Sept. 4; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on Okaloosa Island. Taste the various Greek foods, desserts, and drinks being served up throughout the festival. Enjoy music by the Kosta Kastanis Band and local Greek dancers as they perform. Local and national vendors will sell crafts and goods.
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.
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.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with the Natalie Reynolds Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
Act4Murder presents "A Vacation to Die For" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Dinner Table, 385 Harbor Blvd in Destin. Price is $45/person. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Call 862-2885 or visit http://act4murder.com for tickets.
• Sept. 24: Bebopped at the Sock Hop at 7:30 p.m. at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Price is $45/person. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Call 862-2885 or visit http://act4murder.com for tickets.
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.
Watch football games, play outside in great weather, listen to music, and enjoy specials from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Coconut Radio performs from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Baytowne LIVE Stage and Ben Loftin performs from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Events Plaza Stage.
• Sept. 19: Chris Alvarado, 5-7 p.m. and Coconut Radio, 7-9 p.m.
• Sept. 26: Coconut Radio from 5-7 p.m. and Robby Walton, 7-9 p.m.
Art of Giving
Food For Thought Outreach announces its 3rd Annual Art of Giving benefit from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at v. lala Gallery at 30Avenue, Inlet Beach. South Walton artists Velia Lala, Matt Lyons, and Marisol Gullo come together to auction off their pieces to help fight child hunger in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
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. Sept. 20 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.
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/
Throwback Thursdays begin with a favorite classic, "Back to the Future," from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 24 on the Events Plaza lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
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.
The Fifth Annual Destin Beer Festival features 100+ beers, spirits, food in the culinary tent and live music with The Rips Sept. 26 at Destin Wine World in the Paradise Key Shopping Center. All proceeds from the Beer Fest benefit local charities Children in Crisis and Emerald Coast Autism Center. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP are $50 at www.destinbeerfestival.com.
Hispanic Fest 2015
Live bands, singers, top DJs, delicious food, vendors, folkloric groups, and more will be found at Hispanic Fest 2015 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Proceeds from the event will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc's 11th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children's Fiesta.
Vettes at the Village
Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26.
An octopus, a panda, a parrot and more will fly high above the harbor at Destin’s Norriego Point from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26-27 as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts its Seventh Annual Flying High on the Harbor Kite Festival. Free shuttle boat service availabale from the HarborWalk Village docks behind Pirates Alley across to Norriego Point. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes. The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village will also host a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Saturday.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.