UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning May 25)
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Hailey Whitters from 7-9 p.m. May 25 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• June 1: The Rips
• 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 folk, blues, jazz and more at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays 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.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy the music of Supernatural at the 21st annual Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 26 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.
• 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
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.
Act4Murder presents "Redneck Rivalry" at 7 p.m. May 26 at The Dinner Table, 385 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Seating 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. Call 862-2885.
• June 1: Murder Without a Clue at 7:30 p.m. at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Price is $40/person. Make reservations at www.act4murder.com or call 862-2995.
• June 8: A Vacation to Die For
• June 15: Bedlam in Cabin B
• June 22: Bebopped at the Sock Hop
• June 29: Murder by Merlot
Concerts at The Landing
Bring a picnic basket and blanket and enjoy a free concert with Continuum at 6 p.m. May 27 at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach.
• June 10 Jones & Company
• June 17 Bouku Groove
• June 24 Three Bean Soup
• July 1 Shades of Blue
• July 8 3HG
• July 15 New Earth Army
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.
Northwest Florida Ballet
Join students from the Northwest Florida Ballet evening school as they perform at 3 p.m. May 28 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Tickets are $12/adults and $6/children. They may be purchased at the NFB Studios 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Tickets will also be available at the Arts Center before the concert begins.
Memorial Day Concerts
Kick-off summer with live music at HarborWalk Village at 7 p.m. May 28 with Rumours ATL and 5 p.m. May 29 with Flash Flood and 7 p.m. May 29 with Departure. Fireworks follow.
Memorial Day Celebration
Patriotic festivities at The Village of Baytowne Wharf include the music of The Modern Eldorados from 7-9 p.m. May 28 on the Events Plaza Stage. From 6-9 p.m. May 29, there will be kids ativities, music of Coconut Radio and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. over the lagoon. On May 30 at 7 p.m. Sandestin Veterans will present a Memorial Day program.
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.
Fat Tuesday Parade Kick-Off
Who wants some beads?! Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy” on Tuesdays at 7 beginning May 31. It’s one Pardi in Paradise where you can enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during a free parade through HarborWalk Village.
Red, White and Blue Celebration
Welcome back heroes from the past for a reunion at 6 p.m. June 2 at HarborWalk Village. The celebration highlights the efforts of those who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts, face painting, a vintage WWII flyover and a fireworks show over the harbor at 9 p.m.
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.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with the Zack Rosicka Band from 7-9 p.m. June 4 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
Watch the free movie "Big Hero 6" at 8 p.m. June 5 under the stars on the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf.
• June 12: Inside Out
• June 19: Minions
• June 26: Rango
• July 3: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
• July 10: Paddington
• July 17: Frozen
• July 24: Brave
• July 31: The Incredibles
• Aug. 7: Cars
• Aug. 14: Wall-E
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show "Just Say It!,” the ADSO Members' Calendar Show, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. June 10 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The show begins June 7 and runs through July 1. Gallery hours are 12-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and 1-4 pm, Saturday. Admission is free
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.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, "A Most Wanted Man," crime, drama, thriller, at 3 p.m. June 21 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Directed toward a mature audience.
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.