ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT April 25
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Dream Police at 7 p.m. April 25 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 2: The Graytones
• May 9: Forrest Williams Band
• May 16: J.P. Soars & The Red Hots
• May 23: Chris Alvarado
• May 30: Lauren Saint Jane
• June 6: The Blenders
• June 13: Stephen Simmons
• June 20: Boukou Groove
• June 27: Courtyard Saints
• July 11: Forrest Williams
• July 18: The Rib Bones
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
Dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, and entertainers converge in South Walton April 26-29 to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the celebration of wine benefiting Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Throughout the Town Cen-ter of Grand Boulevard, attendees enjoy such attractions as Spirits Row, Savor South Walton Culinary Village, Nosh Pavilions, Tasting Seminars, Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, live entertain-ment and more than 800 wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry insiders. For more information, visit sowalwine.com. For specific events and to purchase tickets visit https://www.xorbia.com/e/sowal-wine/2018/?referral=xt-buy-tix.
2018 Dance Facets
The Northwest Florida State College Dance program, students and faculty, will present Dance Facets at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Proceeds benefit the college's Fran-ces Smith Herron Dance Studio Endowment and student scholarships. Tick-ets are $15/adult and $10/18 and younger and are available from the Box Office, by phone at 729-6000 or visit www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
Photography/Digital Arts Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society's 19th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show runs through April 27. For more information, call 244-1271.
Destin Charity Wine Auction
The Reserve Tasting & Live Auction begins at 1 p.m. April 28 under an air-conditioned tent at Sandestin Town Center’s North Lawn within Grand Boulevard. It will feature distinctive wines from internationally acclaimed vintners, poured and paired with cuisine created by a selection of the area’s top local restaurants. The Reserve Tasting is accompanied by a silent auction as well as an almost live auction featuring wine, autographed large format bottles, art and more. The event ends with a high-energy live auction at 3 p.m., which includes rare and distinctive wines, spectacular trips and other incredible one-of-a-kind items. Attire is Resort Casual.
Veteran rockers Sevendust will perform May 1 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin with Memphis May Fire, Fire From The Gods and Madame Mayhem. Tickets are $27.50 at https://goo.gl/YNVYF2.
• Nonpoint and Butcher Babies with Cane Hill and Sumo Cyco appear at 6:30 p.m. May 3. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the ages 16+ event are $19.99-$32 at www.ticketweb.com.
Mothers, Memories and Imagination, an art exhibit by Kymberly Anne Howell Heartsong, will be on display May 1-30 at the Destin Library. An open house with light re-freshments will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 8 and 29 to meet the artist. Art is also for sale. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 837-8572.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy a night under the stars with Captain Fantastic 52nd Street & Boogie Fever with music from Rocket Man to the Piano Man and 70's Disco from 7-9 p.m. May 3 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a bottle of wine, a craft beer, snacks and a blanket or chair. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $15/adults and free to MKAF members and children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door.
• May 10: The Petty Hearts, a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band celebrates the life and musical legacy of his 40-year career in rock and roll.
• May 17: The Return is a Beatles Tribute that captures the very essence of the Beatles themselves.
• May 24: Velcro Pygmies are known for delivering a nonstop high energy hair metal rock show you won’t soon forget.
• May 31: Purple Masquerade, a Tribute to Prince, brings back the pop/funk sounds of Prince and The Revolution.
• June 7: Walter Wolfman Washington, a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene, brings heartfelt rhythm and blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz to the area.
• June 14: Gloria’s Miami Sound with Nikki Torres is a tribute to Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine with their Rhythm is Gonna Get You on Your Feet in 1, 2, 3.
• June 21: M-80’s present the best music from the 80’s with their high energy and great stage presence.
• June 28: The Maxx, back by popular demand, has energetic choreogra-phy and eclectic sound with classic oldies and today’s pop music.
• Sept. 13: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to.
• Sept. 20: Luke Langford & 331 South is a high energy band delivering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic and modern country.
• Sept. 27: Pickled Pickers play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass ... feel good to the soul kind of tunes.
• Oct. 4: Forrest Williams Band is a singer/songwriter covering a variety of music from soul to blues, a little bit of country and reggae.
• Oct. 11: The Wide Open, a diverse and soulful Americana duo, fuse soul-ful southern blues and folk with modern roots and Delta Rag Time.
Stoked Hypnotic Comedy Show
The interactive, audience participation show where you can be a hypnotic subject or participate in ESP and mental-ism experiments is at 8 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays at the Rockett Theatre at HarborWalk Village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 833-stoked-1 or 386-262-6810 for tickets.
Stars of Tomorrow
The three winners of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 31st Annual Concerto Competition will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 4 on the Mainstage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The program will conclude with a performance of Bach’s Magnificat in D major featuring soprano Bevin Hill, mezzo soprano Jennifer Boudette, alto Thea Lobo, tenor Thomas Rowell and bass Benjamin Clements along with the 60-voice Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and Madrigals of NWF State College. Tickets are $25/adults and $16/18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, call 729-6000 or visit http://bit.ly/MKACtickets.
Destin Rotary Crawfish Bash
The Rotary Club of Destin's Sixth Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. May 4 at the Towne Centre at Seascape, Mezcal Mexi-can Grill, in Miramar Beach. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community outreach initiatives and The Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Fund. Fais Do-Do Band will perform their unique genre of zydeco music. Tickets are now on sale for $30 per person and $10 for children under 12 or free to kids age three and under. Day of event, tickets are $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite or from a Destin Rotarian.
Bayou, Bay & Beach
Destin’s Eighth Annual Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K & 10K will be held May 5. Both the 5K and 10K courses are set along Destin streets with peek-a-boo water views, and the 10K is USA Track & Field-Certified. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. For more information and to register, visit www.bayoubaybeach.com. The start/finish line is at Clement Taylor Park, 131 Calhoun Ave. Please note that no bicycles or pets will be allowed on the course.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Enjoy an afternoon of free family fun from 1-4 p.m. May 5 at HarborWalk Village. There will be kids’ crafts, face painting and a stilt walker plus “Destin Harbor’s Largest Piñata” break at 2:30 p.m.
The Down & Derby Fest
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast hosts The Down & Derby Fest from 4-7 p.m. May 5 at The Market Shops in honor of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, shown live at 5 p.m. The festival will feature “Derby Fare” from local restaurants, with everything from a mint julep to an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown. VIP will open at 3:30 p.m. Get lost in the infield with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang as they serenade guests and dress to im-press in Derby attire to win prizes. VIP experience at Bijoux Destin includes complimentary valet parking, a premium viewing area, a private bourbon presentation and a commemorative 144th Derby glass. Tickets are $40/advance and $50/day of. VIP are $100 in advance. Tickets available at https://850tix.com/events/the-down-derby-fest.
Derby de Mayo
Dress derby-style with a big hat and fancy dress and enjoy a Hot Brown sandwich and Mint Julep OR wear a sombrero for tacos and margaritas on the beach from 12-10 p.m. May 5 at The Bay, at the southern foot of the 331 bridge in Santa Rosa Beach. The Bay chefs will roast a whole pig on the beach and serve up pineapple pork tacos, and at 5:46 p.m. watch the most exciting two minutes in sports. Entertainment includes Sugarcane Jane at 3 p.m. followed by Larry Fleet and Phillip White from Nashville.
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
The annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl begins at 6 p.m. May 5 at Harbor-Walk Village. With your pub crawl pass enjoy drink specials all night long at all the festive stops. Suggested donation $10 to charity.
Cantina Laredo Cinco de Mayo
Enjoy live music, dancing, lawn games and authentic Mexican food and drinks from 2-10 p.m. May 5 at Grand Park, adja-cent to Cantina Laredo, in Grand Boulevard. Open to the public at no charge. Kids can take part in free face painting and arts and crafts. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music from Hunter Dawson of Heritage from 2-5 p.m. and The Graytones from 7-10 p.m.
WPSM radio and Destin's Week of Blessings present a UNIFIED Concert at 6 p.m. May 6 at HarborWalk Village. The concert will honor those who serve in churches, community and country. Music will be provided by Impulse Church Praise Team and soloist Beth White.
Benefit Sunset Cruise
The Taylor Haugen Foundation will host a sunset cruise aboard the Solaris Yacht May 9, boarding at 5:30 p.m. at Baytowne Marina. Cruise around the Choctawhatchee Bay while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and an opportunity to enter to win raffle items. Tickets are $75/person and available at TaylorHaugen.org.
ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival
In its 30th year, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 12 in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at San-destin. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 150 artists from around the country while also experiencing live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule), student exhibits and great food and beverage options.
Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise
Indulge in a three-course, chef prepared meal and celebrate Mom on the water from 12:30-3 p.m. May 13 aboard the Solaris Yacht. Boarding begins at 11:45 a.m. from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Tickets are $58/adult, $38/child and $18/children under 3. Reservations required at www.sunquestcruises.com or call 650-2519.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Maudie,” a biography, drama, romance, 2 p.m. May 15 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Based on a true story, Maudie is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet deter-mined woman named Maudie to be his housekeeper. The movie tells of Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her sur-prising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. May 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music and shopping with the sounds of live music in the Events Plaza. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Pianist Chloe Chuyue Zhang will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in Tyler Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the box of-fice, call 729-6000 or visit http://bit.ly/MKACtickets.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “COCO” at 7:15 p.m. May 20 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• June 3: Minions
• June 10: Emoji Movie
• June 17: Beauty and the Beast
• June 24: Moana
• July 8: Toy Story 3
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
Memorial Day Celebration
Kick off your summer during our Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music from 7-9 p.m. May 26 and 27. Kids activities and a patriotic fireworks show also light up on May 27. The Sandes-tin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans May 28.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club from 7-11:45 p.m. June 15 at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Miramar Beach. Ticket includes big time laughs from national stand up comedians; 1950's all girl musical review and variety show; Swillin' Classic Cocktails and Nostalgic Nosh; Wine and bourbon tastings; Chef's prepared nibbles and bites; and Chocolate Fon-due and Bubbly. For tickets or info visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org
Red, White, and Baytowne
The free Red, White, and Baytowne celebration begins at 6 p.m. July 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. fol-lowed by a fireworks dis-play at 9:15 p.m.
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; home-made pita, hummus, salsa’s, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Sea-scape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Me-morial Day through Labor Day.