Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Oct. 7)
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Listen to a free concert with the music of Forrest Williams Band from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• Oct. 14: Kristin Diable
• Oct. 21: Continuum
• Oct. 28: Brandon Santini
Americana Under The Stars
Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Belmont and Jones at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 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.
• Oct. 15: Lucky Mud
• Oct. 22: Lis and Lon Williamson
• Nov. 5: Too Many Smiths
• Nov. 12: Michael Jordan
• Nov. 19: Lucky Mud
ADSO window display
During October, The Arts and Design Society presents in studio windows that face First Street in Fort Walton Beach the works of Lucy Foote, who works in oils, acrylic, and digital art.
Play Rock'n Bingo from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Landshark's Pizza or from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Mama Sherry's Pizza & Wings.
The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Liza Jackson Park in Fort Walton Beach with the same combination of fun games, contests, dog-centered vendors, weiner races and more.
The fifth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta benefiting the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild will be held Oct. 10 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. The event features fun activities for the whole family, including Abrakadoodle face painters, crafts, scavenger hunts, and the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under from 11 a.m. to noon. All family events begin at 10 a.m. and the duck race will begin at 1 p.m. at the lagoon. Make a donation of $10 or more to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck at the Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, online at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com, or at Baytowne Wharf the day of the event. Adopt one duck/$10, three ducks/$27, six ducks/$50 or 12 ducks/$100. You need not be present to win.
The Eighth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival takes place from 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 with Beer Bingo and 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 17 with a VIP event and 2-6 p.m. craft tasting.
The annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival will be held Oct. 16-18 at the Mullet Festival Grounds in Niceville with country music, fine art and home hand-crafts, numerous exhibits, and a staggering array of food concessions. Tickets are $15/Friday and Saturday and $10/Sunday. Advance tickets $10 each and children 11 and under are free.
The Seventh Annual Fort Walton Beach Zombie Walk and Can Food Drive begins by delivering your food at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the corner of Ferry Road and U.S. 98 or The Landing. To play the games, zombies must register by 5:30 p.m. Make-up artists will be on hand to zombify for an additional donation of canned goods. Also games, prizes, music for all ages, and trick or treating for the kids. Zombie Walk will conclude with a meandering of Zombies through downtown to the destination for Thriller Dance.
The Pastel Society of North Florida will have their Members' Exhibition Award Ceremony and Reception from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the lobby of Goetsch Gallery inside of the Costa Leadership Institute on the third floor of the Student Services Center, Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. A $500 framed pastel by nationally known artist, Marilyn Simpson, PSA will be given as a door prize. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view Oct. 18-Dec. 4. Cameron Hampton, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and an International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Recipient, will be the juror and judge of awards.
Act4Murder presents "Pirates, Lies, and Mail-Order Brides Oct. 22 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.
• Oct. 30: La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. $45 - Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Watch a favorite classic, "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 on the Events Plaza lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
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.