UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning May 11)
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Josh Garrett from 7-9 p.m. May 11 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 18: Forrest Williams
• May 19: "Light it Up" Vocal Pop Concert | Alissa Steffens Vocal Academy
• May 25: Hailey Whitters
• June 1: The Ripps
• June 8: Big Al and the Heavyweights
• June 15: Stephen Simmons
• June 22: Bucktown Allstars
• June 29: Boukou Groove
Americana Under The Stars
Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Brian Smalley at 7 p.m. May 12 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.
• May 19: Lucky Mud
• May 26: Elaine Mahon
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy the music of the Moos Bros. at the 21st annual Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic and wine or purchase soft drinks and dinner prepared by a featured restaurant or food trucks on site. Admission is $12/adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free.
ە May 19: Emerald Gold
• May 26: Supernatural
• June 2: Lava Lamp
• June 9: Faithfully: Journey Tribute Band
• June 16: The Joe Band
• June 23: The Maxx
• June 30: Todd Allen Herendeen: Legends in Concert
Act4Murder preents "Peace, Love ... and Murder" at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Twisted Grape, 1193 Eglin Parkway in Shalimar. Seating at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45. Call 862-2885.
• May 26: Redneck Rivalry at 7 p.m. at The Dinner Table, 385 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Seating 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.
Pirate Dinner & Movie
Have a swashbucklin' evening of fun beginning at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Sandestin Pirate Dinner at Baytowne Marina. Enjoy pirate inspired cuisine, a pirate show, live music, a bonfire and much more for the little buccaneers. After enjoying the music, food and fun, enjoy a family friendly showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean” on the big screen under the stars. For tickets and reservations, visit https://eventgrid.com/Events/19167.
ADSO window display
During May, The Arts and Design Society pre-sents the works Art Orr, who will display oil and acrylic paintings, colored pencil drawings, and birdhouse sculptures, the latter including mixed media involving wood, sand, and oil paint. Display will be in the studio windows at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, that face First Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Whole Foods celebrates mothers
Whole Foods Market is celebrating Mother’s Day one day early with an in-store celebration for the whole family, but especially for the special ladies of the weekend, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7. Shoppers can decorate a heart-shaped cookie cake ($11) and create hand-drawn Mother’s Day cards. Activities recommended for children ages 5 and up. Ladies will also be treated to complimentary mimosas and the store is also offering complimentary floral wrapping.
Northwest Florida State College and the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce present a new event, Northwest Fest, at 6 p.m. May 12. Featured are locally-based bands Heritage, The Rips and The Okaloosa Sound performing under the stars at the college’s 2,500 capacity outdoor amphitheater on the Niceville Campus. Tickets are $10 at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
Chris Janson Concert
The evening begins with Beer and BBQ at 4 p.m. May 12 in Bayview Plaza at Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=eccc.
Pirates on the Bay Poker Run
The family friendly Poker Run is open to any and all boats, even jet skis and pontoons, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14. The Captain's Party will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 13 at Legendary Yacht Club, with an After Party from 2-5 p.m. at LuLu's Destin. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Best Pirates Costumes and Themed Boats. Entry fee per boat is $100 and includes both parties and Poker Run. All profits including silent auction benefit Emerald Coast Autism Center. Call 337-8300.
Exhibit at Destin Library
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Kristina Montvidas Kutkus through May 13. The exhibit, A Retrospective of Art, will highlight the artist’s range of work from oil on canvas to photo-linen paintings.
HH Arts will feature the award winning artist Jim Eustace and his photography and paintings during the month of May. A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 13 at 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach.
Stars of Tomorrow
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra concludes its 29th year at 7:30 p.m. May 13 with its popular family-friendly "Stars of Tomorrow" concert in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The 2016 "Stars of Tomorrow-Meet Beethoven" concert features the winners of the NFSO Guild sponsored Concerto Competition along with Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” Tickets are $25/dult, $18/youth ages 18 and younger, and $18/active Duty Military. Call 729-6000 or visit www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
Starving Artists Sale
The Arts and Design Society’s Second Annual Starving Artists Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. ADSO artists will sell their art and/or new or gently-used artists materials or books that they no longer need.
Bart Rockett Magic Show
Appearing (and disappearing) at HarborWalk Village, Bart Rockett has world class magic, illusions, comedy and more in a state-of-the art theater in the heart of the Emerald Grande. Visit DestinMagic.com for tickets and show times.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, "Locke," a drama, at 3 p.m. May 17 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Directed toward a mature audience.
• June 21: A Most Wanted Man, crime, drama, thriller
Little Black Dress Party
The Seventh Annual Little Black Dress Party, A Night at the Opera, will be May 21 at the Sandestin Beach Resort. The event will feature dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. Tickets and sponsorships are available.
Destin Harbor Hop
For a $5 donation to Food For Thought, guests will hop May 22 to three of the harbor’s most esteemed restaurants on a complimentary shuttle provided by Sunshine Shuttle and Limousine. Each stop will include live music, food and drink specials.
Sinfonia Goes Pops
The Alys Foundation welcomes back Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the sixth annual concert under the palms at 7:30 p.m. May 29 in the Amphitheatre. The concert is family friendly and free to the community and will feature patriotic medleys, movie soundtracks, light classics, and more. The concert ends with a “Stars & Stripes” fireworks finale. Food vendors and cash bar will be available. Bring low back chairs for comfortable seating.
The Fort Walton Beach Art Walk is held the 1st Friday of every month until November. It features local arts in all sorts of mediums. There is something for everyone from an array of local art, jewelry and many other handmade creations.
Anna Moo concert
The Destin Library will present a free concert with Anna Moo at 3 p.m. June 14 in the library’s Calhoun Room. The concert is in conjunction with this summers’ Reading Program: On Your Mark, Get Set … READ! Pre-registrations are required and will be available beginning May 27. Call at 837-8572.
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.