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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. May 3 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• May 10: Selwyn Birchwood

• May 17: Big Al & the Heavyweights

• May 24: Chris Alvarado

• May 31: Moon Lagoons

• June 7: Continuum

• June 14: Heritage

• June 21: Stephen Simmons

• June 28: Donnie Sundal

• July 5: Geoff McBride

• July 12: Forrest McBride

• July 19: Lauren St. Jane

• July 26: Heather Gillis Band

Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour

Nashville singer/songwriters bring their country melodies to Destin for a live concert at 8 p.m. May 3 on the main stage at HarborWalk Village. Hear the hits enjoyed on the radio performed “acoustically live in concert” by the songwriters who wrote them. The songwriters will also provide the “story behind the songs,” life experiences, and a peek behind the scenes in Nashville. Fan meet-and-greets and other special guest amenities follow each performance.

Bourbon Blending Party

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin will host a bourbon blending party with Timber Creek Distillery from 6-8 p.m. May 4. Guests can taste, tweak, and perfect a customized bourbon blend according to their palate using different amounts of single grain whiskeys made from corn, rye, wheat, and barley. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served in the courtyard as musician Tom Devoursney plays. Tickets for the bourbon blending party are priced at $75 per person. Call 837-7884 to make reservation.

Burning Up The Beaches

The Arc of the Emerald Coast’s car weekend Burning Up The Beaches is from May 4-7 with the free to the public car show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 at Destin Commons. All proceeds benefit The Arc. Register cars and get full schedule of events at or call 376-1037. Also register from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at the registration tent in front of Uncle Bucks.

Concerts in the Village

Enjoy the music of Emerald Gold at the 22nd annual Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15/adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• May 11: Flow Tribe

• May 18: Fountain city Players

• May 25: Alter Eagles

• June 1: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

• June 8: The Maxx

• June 15: Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces

• June 22: Triggerproof

• June 29: The Joe Band — Joe Cocker Tribute

• Sept. 3: Make Me Smile — Chicago Tribute Band

• Sept. 14: Heritage

• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South

• Sept. 28: Déjà vu

• Oct. 5: Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band

Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

Gather all your amigos for the annual HarborWalk Village Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl from 6-11:59 p.m. May 5. With a $10 pub crawl pass enjoy exclusive drink specials all night long at each of the festive stops. Pick up passes at the HarborWalk Village tent behind Jackacudas. Proceeds will benefit a local charity. At midnight, visit Crab Island Cantina for a chance to win prizes.

On the Menu

The Arts and Design Society is hosting its “On the Menu” Show, featuring works in any medium, inspired by what’s on the menu or restaurant happenings in general through June 2 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. May 5. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public.

Cajun Crawfish Bash

The Rotary Club of Destin will host its 5th Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash with a twist of Cinco de Crawdaddy from 5:30-9 p.m. May 5 at Warren Averett CPA & Advisors, 36474C Emerald Coast Parkway, #3301 in Destin. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast and education support for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s outreach and The Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Funds. Tickets are on sale for $30/person and $10/children under 12 or free to kids age three and under. Day of event, tickets are $35/person. Tickets can be purchased at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties or call 837-1071 or from a Destin Rotarian.

ADSO window display

During May, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Kimberly Heartsong, an Abstract Realism artist working in acrylics, watercolor and digital medium, striving to evoke emotion through the strong use of color blocking and shape. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.


“Run for the Roses” with The Friends Guild of the Destin Library when they host their annual May luncheon at 11 a.m. May 5 at Tuscany Italian Bistro Restaurant, 36178 Emerald Coast Parkway. Advance tickets are $20/person which includes a choice of entree, beverage, tax, and tip. Tickets may be purchased until May 2 by check at the Destin Library or at 654-5476.

Latin Spring Festival

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with drink specials and live entertainment at El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant in Destin Commons May 5. A Block Party begins at 11 a.m. May 6 at Destin Commons with arts and crafts and face painting for the kids, live dance performances, DJ entertainment, contest giveaways and more.

Seaside Dance Festival

The Merchants of Seaside will host the Seaside Dance Festival at 6 p.m. May 5, 6:30 p.m. May 6 and 7:45 p.m. May 7 in the Amphitheater. This annual dance festival, featuring professional performances, demonstrations and open discussion under the stars, continues the tradition of hosting world-class talent in Seaside to showcase the latest dance trends as well as the beloved classics. Admission is free.

Mother of All Burger Battles

The grills will be hot, the beer will be cold, and you'll be the judge at the Okaloosa Gas Mother of All Burger Battles from 3-7 p.m. May 6 in the amphitheater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Area’s restaurants will compete to be crowned as creator of the "The Mother of All Burgers.” Entertainment provided by live bands on the amphitheater stage. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of event. Entry for children 12 and under is free; however, a food ticket must be presented for all food samples. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or

Wine Dinner

The E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center will host its first Birds of Prey Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. May 6 at Roux 30A, 114 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Discover the beauty of some of the most impressive birds of prey from our area during a live show and enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by Chef Nikhil. Evening ends with silent auction. Cost is $200/person and proceeds go to the Biophilia Center. Make reservations at https:/

Spamma Pajamma

A free Pajamma Party and Spam Sculpting contest will be held from 5-9 p.m. May 6 at LuLu’s Destin to help ward off hurricanes and benefit Trees on the Coast. Wear your pajamas and LuLu's will donate 10 percent of your tab to Trees on the Coast. Also, a silent auction, raffle and live music.

Tea Fore Her

The 3rd Annual Tea Fore Her, raising funds for local women with breast cancer who are in financial need, will take place from 1-3 p.m. May 7 at Vue on 30-A. There will be tea, scones, petit fours and quiche, along with fabulous views, raffle prizes and wonderful company. Presenting sponsor will be Pizza By the Sea, and Jessica Jarosz, with Support Emerald Coast, will be the guest speaker. A donation of $40/adult and $35/child 12 and under for tickets. Reserve ticket and make donations at

Crawfish and Blues Cruise

SunQuest Cruises Annual Crawfish and Blues Cruise with Cadillac Willy will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 7 on the Solaris, docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, Indulge in freshly boiled, perfectly seasoned crawfish, shrimp or Jambalaya while cruising the waters and listening and dancing to blues music by Cadillac Willy. Cost is $48/person; $25/kids 10 and under and includes chicken tenders and chips. Reservations required at or call 650-2519.

Pop & Shop Concert Series

Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide from 5-7 p.m. May 9 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

May 16: Boukou Groove

May 23: Continuum

May 30: Kyle LaMonica

June 6: Casey Kearney

June 13: Kyle LaMonica

June 20: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide

June 27: Luke Langford

July 4: The Graytones

July 11: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide

July 18: Boukou Groove

July 25: Casey Kearney

Aug. 15: Boukou Groove

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Poker Run

Legendary Marine presents the family friendly poker run, open to any and all boats, even jet skis and pontoons, May 12-13. All profits, including Silent Auction, benefit Emerald Coast Autism Center and the William Augustus Bowles Museum & Historical Foundation. Event schedule includes Captain’s Party, 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Legendary Yacht Club and Poker Run, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 with After Party from 2-5 p.m. at LuLu’s Destin. Prizes for Best Pirate Costumes, Best Pirate Boat and Best Patriotic Boat. For tickets and more information, visit

Coming Home

The Calling Dance Company presents "Coming Home,” a story of hope, at 6 p.m. May 13 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children ages 4 and younger are free. See more information and order tickets at


The 29th Artsquest Fine Arts Festival benefiting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 at Grand Boulevard. The annual South Walton Mother’s Day tradition provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 200 artists in over a dozen mediums from around the country, while also enjoying live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and student exhibits.

Butler Does Broadway

Students from Butler Elementary School perform an evening on Broadway at 6 p.m. May 15 on the Events Plaza stage at Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free.

Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the crime/drama "The Judge," at 3 p.m. May 16 at the Destin Library. The program is free, and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.

Bubbly Baytowne

An evening of champagne, live music from Scott Rockwood, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. May 18 at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. The event is free and for 21 and up only. The Village will be open to the public during this event.

Club LA

Cowboy Mouth, veteran NOLA rockers, will perform at 7 p.m. May 19 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Tickets are $15/advance and $20/door. Purchases tickets at

Digital Graffiti Festival 2017

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, a projection art festival on Scenic Highway 30A, will be held from May 19-21. Twenty finalists along with three artist-in-residence participants from four countries will gather to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Purchase tickets at

Piano Recital

The final Guest Artist Piano Recital of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 30th season features Larry Weng of New York at 7:30 p.m. May 20 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $20 and available at 729-6000, online or in-person from the Arts Center Box Office.

Sunday Cinema

Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie, “Moana,” at 8 p.m. May 21 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

• June 4: Frozen

• June 11: Secret Life of Pets

ࡥ June 18: The BFG

• June 25: The Angry Birds Movie

• July 2: Sing

• July 16: Finding Dory

• July 23: Inside Out

• July 30: Wall-E

• Aug. 6: The Incredibles

Art presentation

“The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue will be at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Rodrigue will also sign copies of her book, The Other Side of the Painting. Books will be available for purchase at the free event. A cash bar will be provided by Edward’s Fine Food And Wine until 6:15 p.m.

Sculpture Exhibition

Opening, Wine Reception and Unveiling takes place at 4 p.m. May 26 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard. Reception provided by Restaurant Paradis. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition.

The Coasters concert

Enjoy a blast from the past at 7 p.m. May 27 with the Cornell Gunter Coasters in a concert under the stars at the Northwest Florida State College amphitheater at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Call 729-6000 or purchase tickets at

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

Kick off your summer during a free Memorial Day Celebration May 27-29 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. with kids’ activities, live music, and a patriotic fireworks show on Sunday evening. Monday the Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans.

Sinfonia Goes Pops

The orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast can be heard under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

The Stoked Show

Hypnotic comedy, hilarious impersonations and toe-tapping sing-along hits with audience participation can be seen at 2 and 8 p.m. through May 28, Wednesdays through Saturdays, at the Bart Rockett Theater at HarborWalk Village. Show is free.

Art exhibit

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present a national touring exhibition, Tales and Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace, from May 30 to July 22 in both the McIlroy and the Holzhauer Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The exhibition of works Ace takes familiar and not-so-familiar fairy tales and retells them in large-scale mixed-media paintings. The exhibition is free of charge and open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage Theater performances.

Theatre Thursdays

At 8 p.m. on Thursday nights from June 1-Aug. 3, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a free fun-for-all-ages adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities from 7-8 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.

Ballet at Twilight

The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free evening of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring international guest artists at 7:30 p.m. June 25 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Bring a chair or blanket.

Hairspray, Jr.

The summer musical theater workshop for youth at Northwest Florida State College will present the mini-musical comedy "Hairspray, Jr." in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 1 p.m. June 28 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 29. Tickets are $5 each and available starting June 14. The show will be the culmination of concentrated training in voice, acting, and dance offered through a musical theatre workshop for youth ages 8th grade.

‘Sister Act’ at college

The Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College presents the hit musical comedy “Sister Act” at 7:30 p.m. July 19-22 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville Campus. Tickets for the musical comedy are $25 adult and $20 youth age 18 and younger and can be purchased at from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at729-6000 Advance purchase is recommended.

Paddle at the Porch

The 6th Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board race, will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 19, in the Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Packet Pick Up Party at The Back Porch Aug. 18. Register at

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.