UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning Nov. 4)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Americana Under The Stars

Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Too Many Smiths at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 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.

• Nov. 12: Michael Jordan

• Nov. 19: Lucky Mud

Fall Wine Walkabout

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its Third Annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 20th anniversary season from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the East Bar and Courtyard. Michael J Thomas will perform along with soul stirring artists Cheryl Jones and Company. Tickets are $50/person or $40/MKAF members and available at www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.

Christmas Parade

Bass Pro Shops will kick off its annual Toys for Tots Campaign Nov. 14 with U.S. Marines accompanying Santa Claus in the Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m. in Destin Commons. Parade will end at Bass Pro Shops where Santa will officially open Santa’s Wonderland. Free refreshments and giveaways for kids while supplies last.

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. Nov. 15 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.

Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, "Words & Pictures," a witty romantic drama, at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences.

Bourbon at the Bay

Kick off the holiday season with the Third Annual Bourbon at the Bay sponsored by Coastal Bank and Trust. Sample bourbon, scotch, champagne, and bourbon-infused fudge, try your luck in the wine pull, and bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the silent auction from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club. Tickets are $35/person, which includes a commemorative tasting glass for the first 140 people. Visit www.DestinChamber.com or follow www.Facebook.com/BourbonAtTheBay for updates.

Thanksgiving Sale

Gifts for the upcoming holidays, featuring clay works, paintings in every media, jewelry, candles, and cards can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 at HH Arts, 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach.

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.

Holiday Toast on the Coast

Enjoy Holiday Toast on the Coast: A Taste of South Walton from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at v. lala Galleries at 30Avenue This annual event will help raise funds for FPRA's NWF Coast Chapter as well as its charity of choice this year, Food For Thought Outreach Inc. The evening will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres by South Walton restaurants, a performance by Geoff McBride, wine, champagne, beer and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring a $10 grocery gift card to support Food For Thought. Tickets are $30/pre-event, $25/FPRA members and $35/person and $30/FPRA members day of event. Purchase tickets online or register at nwfcoastfpra.org/registration.

Christmas Market

Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts of art and crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8-24 at HH Arts, 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach.

Rock'n Bingo

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.

ADSO window display

During November, The Arts and Design Society presents in studio windows that face First Street in Fort Walton Beach the works of Regina Halushka, who works in ceramics, acrylics, and mixed media.

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.