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Wednesday Night Concert Series

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Boukou Groove at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.


Dog-Harmony and Grand Boulevard will host Barktoberfest from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Grand Park to celebrate all things fall. Enjoy people and puppy treats, live entertainment and a raffle drawing. Open to the public at no charge.

Throwback Thursday

The Village of Baytowne Wharf will present the classic family friendly film “Hocus Pocus” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Events Plaza Lawn. The free movie is open to the public.

Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation presents the second annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival Oct. 25-27 at WaterColor. Sip more than 400 wines and pair them with local Gulf Coast cuisine. The team at (DCWAF) is breaking from tradition to raise funds in support of the Florida Disaster Fund via a virtual paddle raise during Harvest Wine & Food Festival. he paddle raise will be available throughout the festival through DCWAF's official mobile bidding platform, Give Smart. Bidders do not need to have a ticket to the festival to participate in the virtual paddle raise or the silent auction. Registration is available at The festival proceeds and silent auctions benefit more than 15 local chari-ties whose aim is to meet the needs of at-risk youth in the Northwest Florida area. For more information about events, times and tickets, visit

Classical Connections Series

Sinfonia Gulf Coast kicks off the 2018 Classical Connections series with a concert featuring accordionist Hanzhi Wang from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person or compose your own ticket package online and save 10 percent when you purchase three or more concerts. Both options are available at

Savor the Season

The Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Ninth Annual Savor the Season will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin. Food tastings, wine pairings, live entertainment with saxophonist Michael J Thomas, silent and live auctions plus a fine wine pull highlight the event. Tickets are $100/person and can be purchased at The funds go to the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Youth Equipment for Sports Safety (YESS) program and also provides scholarships for outstanding local student athletes.

Collaborative Efforts

The Arts and Design Society hosts its Collaborative Efforts Show, featuring art, in any medium, inspired by Alexander Calder and created by two artists working together through Oct. 25 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. A free reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19.

Halloween Haunt

Destin Commons is ready with its free Halloween Haunt, a spook-tacular tradition, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Get creative and bring the children, ages 2 to 12, and dogs, dressed in their be-witching best for the costume contest and maybe win a prize. Children can trick-or-treat in a safe and friendly environment.

Fish the Days, Rock the Nights

Watch the winning catches of the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo hit the docks for daily weigh-ins then Rock the Docks all night long with Tyler Livingston on the main stage at HarborWalk Village at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Fireworks begin over the Destin harbor at 9. Free admission.

Curious George

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents “Curious George: The Golden Meatball,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in ECTC’s performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boule-vard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Running time is 60 minutes, and the production is intended for ages three and up. Tickets are $10/person and proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs. Children 2 and under are free.

The Allman Goldflies Band Goes Pops

Southern rock and blues meets classical and jazz in a free concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 (new date) at Founders Pavilion, 1980 Discovery Loop in Panama City. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this mix of music, with the Allman Goldflies Band backed by the POPS Orchestra, conducted by Destin’s Dr. David Ott.

The Track

The Track in Destin will host its Eighth Annual Fight the Fight, Find a Cure fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. Guests can enjoy Track activities while supporting the Women’s Health Services Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Cost is $15/person for an unlimited park pass and $10/person for unlimited Kids Country and golf-only pass. Passes are cash-only. Hot dogs, drinks and homemade baked goods available for purchase. Call 654-4668.

Baytowne On Ice

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. Ice rink is open Oct. 27 through Feb. 2. Hours vary daily.

Pumpkinpalooza Pub Crawl

Dress up for a night of fantasy and fun at HarborWalk’s scariest pub-crawl beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 with the Monster Mash pub crawl throughout the village. At 7 p.m., Tyler Livingston takes over the main stage to rock the night away, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m. The adult costume contest is on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.

2018 Harvest Market

The lawns of Rosemary Beach will be filled with artists from across the southeast in the media of fine art, folk art, handmade jewelry and furniture, natural skin care products, pottery, and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Throughout the day, there will be activities including the Boo Kid Block Party from 2-5 p.m., pumpkin carving contest, best costume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a commu-nity-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.

Splash or Treat

Family and friends are invited to visit “GulfScarium” on Oka-loosa Island from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 for trick-or-treating, bouncehouse, skeleton scavenger hunt and more. Admission free for children in costume, ages 3-12. From 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 enjoy trick-or-treating, a special dolphin show, and a sea lion show. Admission is free for adults and $5/child in cos-tume, age 3-12.

Where the Wild Things Run

Run wild through the woods on Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre piece of privately owned conservation land, as the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport hosts Where the Wild Things Trail Run: 5k and 1-mile Fun Run from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 27. Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and is $20. 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. and is $40. To register, visit or call 835-1824 for information.

Nightmare on First Street

The Arts and Design Society invites the public to a “scary” evening of Halloween fundraising fun, “Nightmare on First Street,” from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. The night will include a costume contest, Halloween food contest, already-decorated pumpkin contest, and a dance contest. There will also be games throughout the evening and a photo booth. This FUNdraiser will help to raise funds for facility repairs and improvements, so bring cash to play. Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased at the ADSO Gallery from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call 244-1271.

Festival of the Arts

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons in Destin. Art exhibits, live music, local food, kids arts and crafts, meet-the-artist and, of course, art for sale will be featured. Enjoy the beer garden and Cuisine on the Green. Admission is $5/adults with MKAF members and children 12 and under free. Free park-ing at Grace Lutheran Church or take the art shuttle from Emerald Coast Centre. MKAF will be accepting new student art supplies (non-toxic supplies or cash donations) to benefit the Bay Arts Alliance in Panama City.

Music Saturday

9:30 a.m. Jones & Company

12 p.m. Roman Street

2:30 p.m. Jeff Glickman & the Panhandle Allstars

Music Sunday

10 a.m. Then & Now

11:30 a.m. Drew Tillman

2 p.m. Mari Gleason

Pumpkinpalooza Candy Crawl and Mutt Strut

Fun for the whole family, including four-legged members, happens when HarborWalk Village celebrates Halloween from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28 with the annual Pumpkinpalooza costume contest for children (2 p.m.) and pets (3:15 p.m.). Trick-or-treat on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at all restaurants and shops. Admission is free.

Fall Festival

The City of Destin’s 18th Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Destin Community Center from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Please bring one non-perishable food item for admission. There will be booths with fun games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, a jack-o-lantern contest, and food for sale. Tickets for games and food will be on sale for 4/$1 or 20/$5, with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is 5-6 p.m. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 3 p.m. for judging at 5. Call 654-5184.

Jack-O-Lantern Contest

The City of Destin’s 18th Annual Fall Festival Jack-O-Lantern Contest will be held Oct. 29 at the Destin Community Center. ALL carved pumpkins are to be dropped off before 3 p.m. First through third place prizes will be awarded in these categories: scariest, funniest, and most original. The pumpkins will be lit and on display at the Community Center on Monday night at the City of Destin’s Fall Festival. All pumpkins not picked up by 8 p.m. Oct. 30 will be dis-carded. Call 654-5184.

Halloween On the Boolevard

Families and kids are invited to trick or treat throughout the Town Cen-ter at Grand Boulevard from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Trick or Treat Street

Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a spooktacular extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Steve Hall will play frightenly good tunes on the main stage, enjoy crafts and balloon animals and end the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8 p.m.

Halloween on the Harbor

Wear your costume Oct. 31 and join Rodeo captains, anglers, judges, Miss Destin and staff to be part of the largest Halloween Party in Des-tin. The night ends with a bang as A.J.’s sponsors the Rodeo/Halloween Fire-works Finale.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Vil-lage’s 11th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 3. More than 15 restaurants will compete in a fun BBQ competition, offering sam-ples of creative BBQ styles and signature coastal cuisines. Bring the family for day of food, fun and music with John Hart and Tyler Mac. Advance tickets are $25; $30 day of event. Visit


A community-wide amateur BBQ cook-off, HolySmokes! will be held from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, on the back lawn at Immanuel Anglican Church. BBQ tastings, live music, kids’ games and good food will be available for all. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. To enter your team or sponsor the event, forms are available at or at Immanuel’s church office, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Sunday mornings.

ADSO window display

During November, The Arts and Design Society presents the watercolor art of Pat Farwell, who divides her time between Miramar Beach and Minnesota. Window art is available for viewing 24/7 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. Office and gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery, which is free to the public, is open also from 1-4 p.m. Satur-day.

Fall Into Dance

The Northwest Florida Ballet’s Fall Into Dance four-course wine dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Vin’tij Food & Wine at 500 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100/person (excluding gratuity) and seating for the event is limited. The event supports live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2018-2019 season production of The Nutcracker. NFB Music Director David Ott and soprano Kara Bishop provide en-tertainment. Purchase tickets at

Destin Crafted

Wine World presents Destin's premiere craft beer, bourbon, and food festival, formerly Destin Beer Festival, benefitting local charity Children on Crisis from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale at General Admission tickets are $50/person (21 and over) and include the grand tasting on Saturday and live music per-formances. For more information, visit or @DestinCrafted on Face-book.

Cooking with the Chef

Spend a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus as he prepares Stuffed Back Wrapped Turkey Tenderloins from 12-1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande in Destin. Cost is $32 all-inclusive. Reservations required at 424-0622.

• Dec. 4: Brown Sugar and Vanilla Lacquered Duck

Dining for a Cause

Ruth's Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its sixth Annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's community outreach programs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the East Bar and Courtyard. Chef Ruston Johnson will create a special menu featuring multiple culinary stations of heavy hors' oeuvres paired with select fine wines. Tickets are $51/non-MKAF member and $41/MKAF member. Purchase tickets at

Stake & Burger Dinner

The Fifth Annual Stake & Burger Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Hilton San-destin with keynote speaker Hulk Hogan. General admission tickets are $125 and include admission to this retro-themed event, a build your own burger bar, a drink ticket, the opportunity to win and bid on incredible raffle, and silent auction items. VIP tickets are $175 and also include VIP reception from 5-6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, visit

Kite Film Fest

The third annual Kite Film Fest, supporting filmmakers in the Gulf Coast region and beyond, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10 at Club LA in Destin. The event is free and open to the public.

Florida Ballet

The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) presents The Nutcracker Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and fea-tures live musical accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Or-chestra, led by music director and conductor David Ott. Box office prices for adults are $38 and $18/hildren 12 and under.

Lightwire Theater returns with A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Destin United Methodist Church's Life Center. Box office priced tickets for are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.

Last event of the season is New Moves at 7:30 p.m. March 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 9; and 2:30 p.m. March 10 performed in a specially designed black box theater at NFB's downtown studios, 310 Perry Ave. in Fort Walton Beach. Box office priced tickets for New Moves are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.

Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Remem-ber,” drama, mystery, thriller, at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp.

Thanksgiving Cuisine

Celebrate Thanksgiving on the water during SunQuest Cruises’ Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises on the SOLARIS yacht with a lunch cruise from 12-2:30 p.m. and dinner cruise from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22. The SOLARIS leaves from the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prices range from $20 - $65/person. Reserva-tions are required at or 650.2519.

College Football Saturday

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 24, come down to HarborWalk Village and unleash your inner fan. Have great food and drink specials at any of the restaurants in the Village. Complete event details at

It’s A Wonderful Life

NWFSC presents Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Sprint Theater. This live dramatic and musical performance will take audiences back in time to the 1940’s, when radio shows brought families together for story time and good, old-fashioned fun. Tickets are $25 and include an intermission reception in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries with holiday treats. Call 729-6000 or visit to purchase tickets.

ECTC Season 6

Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” Dec. 6-23. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boule-vard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at or call 684-0323.

• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”

• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele

• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”

Sinfonia Gala

Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s annual gala, “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort in Destin and will feature singer/actress Jane Lynch. The evening includes VIP pre-concert reception, dinner and the performance. Tickets range from $275-$500 per person and can be purchased at

Lynch is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winner for her portrayal of Sue Syl-vester on “Glee” and is currently the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's “Hollywood Game Night.” For “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” Lynch brings along Kate Flannery (NBC’s “The Office”), Tim Davis (“Glee”), and The Tony Guerrero Quintet for the jazziest musical holiday concert ever.

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.

30A Farmers’ Market

Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobble-stone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.