UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning Sept. 14)
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Biscuit Miller from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Sept. 21: Courtyard Saints
• Sept. 28: Lauren St. Jane
• Oct. 5: Forrest Williams
• Oct. 12: Geoff McBride
• Oct. 19: Shades of Blue
• Oct. 26: Heritage
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 spe-cials.
ADSO window display
During September, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Ann Tucker in the studio windows at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, that face First Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Marla Armstrong exhibit
The Destin Library will showcase the work of Niceville artist Marla Armstrong through Sept. 30. The exhibit will highlight the artist’s range of work in the media of watercolor and acrylics. As a mem-ber of the Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, her paintings and photography have won ADSO awards and have been on display at various shows in the southeast.
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 Tal-lahassee's Theater with a Mission, and kids activities in the Happy World Kids' Zone, high-light the day. Proceeds benefit the 12th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Chil-dren’s Fiesta.
3-D gallery show
The Arts and Design Society's “3-D” Show runs through Sept. 23 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. Admission is free and open to the pub-lic. Call 244-1271 or visit http://artsdesignsociety.
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, Sea-breeze.fm or call 729-6000.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, "Arbitrage," drama, thriller, at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Directed toward a mature audience.
• Oct. 18: The Straight Story, Drama, biography, chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower.
Bud & Alley’s will host the 12th Annual Hurricane Party from 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 23 with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. (CVHN). Entertainment will be provided by 4 Barrel Funk. Along with the views, food, beverages, dancing and fun there will be live and silent auctions. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with heavy Creole hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are limited and will be $100 in advance and $125 day of the party. Guests can now purchase tickets online or call 622-3200, ext. 101.
Oktoberfest Bluewater Bay
The 22nd annual Oktoberfest in Bluewater Bay will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 23 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 at Market Place near Winn-Dixie on Highway 20, Bluewater Bay, Niceville. Enjoy live music, entertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, brat-wurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer. All proceeds go to local charities. Free admission.
NFB season opening
The 2016-2017 season opens with Lightwire Theater's newest adventure, Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under and can be purchased at nfballet.org.
Friends of Fresh Start Gala
The Mulligans classic rock band will perform live at the fifth Annual Friends of Fresh Start Gala, Unmasking the Face of Homelessness, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 23 on the entire sixth floor of The Ramada on Okaloosa Island. The event will include both live and silent auctions, party masks, heavy appe-tizers, gourmet cupcakes, cash bar, and a chance to win the famous “Wagon of Wine.” Tickets begin at $40. and can be purchased at http://freshstartforchildrenandfamiliesfwb.com/.
Flying High on the Harbor Kite Festival
Join Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kite Fliers Club for larger-than-life show kites, professional stunt kite flying demonstrations, free kite flying lessons, a family fun fly perfect for any age, and special activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25 over the har-bor at Destin’s Norriego Point. Attendees will receive free shuttle boat service from the docks of HarborWalk Village to Norriego Point. For more informa-tion, visit http://www.kittyhawk.com/event/destin-florida-kite-festival/.
Taste of FWB
The Downtown FWB Orgnization will hold its first Taste of FWB Food & Wine Festival from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Enjoy tastes from local restaurants and food trucks paired with wine selections and live entertainment.
The 33rd Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, is from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 27-30 and 2-10 p.m. Oct. 1 at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex in Fort Walton Beach. The Opening Reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 25. Artwork in every medium will be on display; high school and middle school art will be a special feature. Event is free.
Destin Seafood Festival
The 38th annual Destin Seafood Festival, a tribute to the rich history of the Destin har-bor, takes place from 4-10 p.m. Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. No admission charge. Activities taking place at the fes-tival include fire-works, art and crafts, fresh local food, kids activities and live music.
Friday, Sept. 30
3 p.m.: The Village Brass Band throughout HarborWalk Village
4 p.m.: Roman Street
6:30 p.m.: 8 Second Ride
8:30 p.m. Heritage Band
Saturday, Oct. 1
12 p.m.: The Village Belles
1 p.m.: Modern Eldorados
4 p.m.: The Deja Vu Band
6 p.m.: Flash Flood
8 p.m.: January Noise
9 p.m.: Fireworks
9:15 p.m.: Just Add Fire
9:30 p.m: January Noise
Sunday, Oct. 2
12 p.m.: Kickstand Jenny
2 p.m.: Simply D'Vyne
3 p.m.: Village Brass Band throughout Harbor-Walk Village
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's “Autumn” Show is from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibition features works in any medium that celebrate the glories of Autumn. The show runs from Sept. 27-Oct. 21. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free. For more information, call 244-1271.
Anthrax, one of The Big Four with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth that pioneered the thrash/metal genre, and Death Angel will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Club LA. Get tickets at http://www.ticketweb.com/.
The Fort Walton Beach Art Walk is held the 1st Friday of every month until November. It fea-tures local arts in all sorts of mediums. There is something for everyone from an array of local art, jewelry and many other handmade crea-tions.
The sixth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta, benefiting the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Em-erald Coast Guild, will be held Oct. 8 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 Carou-sel 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.
Jerry Seinfield on stage
America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will perform his signature stand-up routine at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Aug. 26 at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or at 729-6000. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences every-where.
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.
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 Wednes-days 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 ECTurtle-Watch@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.