UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning Aug. 10)
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Nashville-based country music songwriters Shane Minor and Phil “Philbilly” O’Donnell will perform at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin Aug. 10 and The Bay Restaurant, 24215 Hwy. 331 South in Santa Rosa Beach Aug. 11. At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, the performers will be at the Hub, 7000 East County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. The tour is free and open to the public.
Act4Murder presents "Pirates, Lies, and Mail-Order Brides" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 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 862-2885.
• Aug. 17: Murder Without a Clue
• Aug. 24: A Vacation to Die For
• Aug. 31: A Condo to Kill For
• Sept. 2: Murder by Merlot
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Aug. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
• Aug. 24: Boukou Grrove
• Aug. 31: Chris Alvarado
• Sept. 7: The Blenders
• Sept. 14: Biscuit Miller
• Sept. 21: Courtyard Saints
• Sept. 28: Lauren St. Jane
LuLu's Bay Bash Concerts
Come by boat, float, paddle or car and enjoy LuLu’s Bay Bash Weekend Concert Series featuring live entertainment from atop the Bay Bar. Lively music will spill out over LuLu’s white sandy beach and the Choctawhatchee Bay from 12-4 p.m. Aug. 12 with Hundred Dollar Car; Aug. 13 with Albert Simpson; and Aug. 14 with Boukou Groove.
• Aug. 19, 20, 21: Lamont Landers
Red, White and Blue Celebration
The celebration at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at HarborWalk Village highlights the efforts of those who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment with The Deja Vu Band, face painting, WWII vintage North American T-6 Texan airshow, free kid's crafts a fireworks show over the harbor and fire dancing with Just Add Fire at 9 p.m. Held every Thursday.
Fish Tales and Scales
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host Fish Tales and Scales at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Library. The program is free and open to the public. Get ready to hear some exciting fish tales and experience the excitement and history of the Destin Fishing rodeo held every October on the Destin docks. Bruce Cheves, a Destin legend and the renowned weighmaster of the Rodeo, will explain how he is the judge, jury and sometimes the executioner.
Arts in Medicine
An exhibition of plein air paintings by Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters will be on display through Aug. 31 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach.
Movies at the Landing
Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy a fun night under the stars at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park for fun trivia and prizes. "Annie" starts at dark with concessions available for purchase. This is a free family event — bring the kids and your furry friends.
• Aug. 19: E.T.
• Aug. 26: Karate Kid
• Sept. 2: Grease
• Sept. 9: Star Wars
Stage Crafters presents the wacky and hilarious Southern fried farce Lakebottom Proper Aug. 12-14 at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at PS Gifts in Fort Walton Beach, Bayou Books in Niceville, or www.stagecrafterstickets.com. Students pay $10 at the door.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with The Wide Open from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 13 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• Aug. 20: The Rips
• Aug. 27: The Springs
Watch the free movie "Wall-E" at 8 p.m. Aug. 14 under the stars on the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, "The Impossible," drama, thriller, at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Directed toward a mature audience.
• Sept. 20: Arbitrage, drama, thriller
Family Movie Night
Watch "Goosebumps" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in Central Park in Uptown station in Fort Walton Beach. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs and cuddle up for a family friendly flick. Movies are always dependent on weather Check the Uptown Station Facebook page for the most current updates
Stock the Pantry Party
The Third Annual Stock the Pantry Party will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Food For Thought Santa Rosa Beach Pantry, 132 Market Street. The event will feature the Mellow Mushroom Bake Bus, treats from Pop Stop, drinks from Grayton Beer Company, new Food For Thought T-shirts, a raffle with great prizes, and fun activities for the entire family. Guests are asked to bring five food items (suggested items include plastic jars of peanut butter, plastic jars of jelly, granola bars, fruit cups, snack crackers, and/or breakfast bars) or $5 for entry into the event.
Tacos & Tequila
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila ... MORE! The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's second annual Tacos & Tequila will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rockin Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Enjoy food, libations, a sports-themed charity raffle, and Latin, Salsa and Mariachi music from the Rockin Tacos DJ. Tickets are $40/ MKAF members and $50/non-members at http://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org. Proceeds benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's cultural and educational initiatives in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
Shades of Blue
The Arts and Design Society's "Shades of Blue” at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach runs through Aug. 26. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 244-1271 or visit http://artsdesignsociety.
An Evening with Lindsay Wagner
"More than a Bionic Woman": An Evening with Lindsay Wagner at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center promises to be a night of heart-warming and hilarious anecdotes from a career spanning more than four decades by one of the world's most popular actresses. This entertaining and candid multi-media self-portrait includes Q&A with audience. Tickets are $40 General Admission and $90 Premium Tickets which includes meet and greet with Lindsay. Visit www.apexshowsandevents.com.
Smooth Jazz and Jingle Bells
Tickets are on sale for "A Peter White Christmas," the annual smooth jazz holiday show set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. All seats are reserved, with front section seating at $80 and general admission $40. Order online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org, Seabreeze.fm or call 729-6000.
Baytowne Art Walk
Stroll the Village streets, browse a variety of local art and enjoy live music from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 2-4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Artwork includes traditional acrylic to recycled and repurposed, and Chris Alvarado and Kyle LaMonica provide music throughout the evening. Admission is free.
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.
Destin Harbor Hop
For a $5 donation to Food For Thought, guests will hop to three of the harbor’s most esteemed restaurants on a complimentary shuttle provided by Sunshine Shuttle and Limousine from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Each stop will include live music, food and drink specials.
A family-oriented, cultural and educational festival that showcases the best of Hispanic folklore, music and food, Hispanic Fest 2016 will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The Fashion Show, a presentation of Tallahassee's Theater with a Mission, and kids activities in the Happy World Kids' Zone, highlight the day. Proceeds benefit the 12th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children’s Fiesta.
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.
ADSO window display
During August, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Anne Johnston, featuring her newest oils collection Beach Dreams, in the studio windows at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, that face First Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Summer at Baytowne
In addition to free concerts and movies, Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin also offers free events on three other nights in the Events Plaza.
• Hydro Flight Monday: Enjoy three shows over the lagoon by fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. through Aug. 13.
• Boomin' Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games, inflatables, and kids activities from 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 11 with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
• Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs from 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 13.
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.
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.
Comedy Improv Show
The audience gives suggestions and the Emerald Coast Theatre Company makes up the plot, scenes, and characters at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays through Aug. 12 in the Bart Rockett Theater in HarborWalk Village. Adults/$20 and children/$15. Purchase tickets at www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or 684-0323.
Say aloha at the Sandestin Luau from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in August at the Baytowne Marina. Enjoy Hawaiian cuisine, live music, a bonfire, limbo, magic show, face painting, bounce house, parrot meet and greet, other kids activities and much more. Cap off the evening with a fireworks display over the Choctawhatchee Bay. For tickets and reservations, visit https://eventgrid.com/Events/19011/2016-sandestin-luau.
Fat Tuesday Parade
Who wants some beads?! Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy” on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. It’s one Pardi in Paradise where you can enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during a free parade through HarborWalk Village beginning at 8:30 p.m.