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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Geoff McBride at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
Oct. 30: Selwyn Birchwood
Savor the Season
The 10th Annual Savor the Season 2019 fundraising event benefiting the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Emerald Grande, 10 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Enjoy decadent food tastings with savory wine pairings at the annual fundraiser to build and recognize youth leaders and promote youth sport safety to honor the legacy of T. Entertainment provided by two time #1 Billboard Charting Artist Michael J Thomas and his band. Purchase tickets at https://thfsavortheseason.org/events/savor-the-season-2019/.
Locals Night Out
Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar in Inlet Beach is calling all locals from Destin to Panama City to swing by from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at 13625 US Hwy. 98 East, Suite 5, to enjoy live music, a complimentary saké cocktail tasting, sushi samples and 50% off select new menu items. Shaka is a part of Last Call restaurant Group and is located in the all new Shoppes @ Inlet. For more information, visit Shaka30a.com.
Dress in a Howl-o-ween outfit for the Barktoberfest doggie social that includes canine trick-or-treat, light bites, drinks and chance drawings from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Judging for best "Pet & Parent Matching Costume" begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Money raised will support the Santa Rosa Beach-based nonprofit’s pups and programs.
Topsail After Dark
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park kicks off the "Topsail After Dark" series from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 with a campfire to enjoy seasonal and historical stories about Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Monthly campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. Free with paid park admission. Call 267-8330 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park.
The inaugural Alys Beach Firkin Fête will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 on Kelly Green in Alys Beach with participating breweries showcasing their special brews in a distinctive cask ale, called a firkin. An eclectic and unique tasting experience in an elegantly rustic setting, Firkin Fête will surely become a great tradition for ushering in cooler, crisper weather along the Gulf Coast beaches. There will also be live music, craft cocktails, bourbon and wine tastings to compliment the evening’s activities. The event will feature a Thursday, Oct. 24, mix-and-mingle at the Grayton Beer Taproom from 6:30-9 p.m. with live music and food by the Grayton Beer Brewpub. Guests will meet the brewers from the participating breweries and get to learn first hand the excitement around tapping a firkin. The all-inclusive Firkin Fête tickets are $100 in advance at big tickets.com and $150 at door.
Watch the Destin Fishing Rodeo catches hit the docks with daily weigh-ins from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. then rock out to a free concert with Tyler Livingston at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 on the HarborWalk Village main stage.
Jeff Black continues to solidify his reputation as a creative force in the roots genres.at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at The REP in Seaside. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP members. Purchase tickets at http://lovetherep.com/tickets/
Nov. 7: Ryanhood, named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market.
College Football Saturdays
Watch games all day every Saturday through November at HarborWalk Village and score great food and drink specials.
Window Gallery Display
To provide a convenient Art Gallery for the community, the Arts and Design Society presents month-long free exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach. In October the display features the art of instructor and award-winning artist, Pat Z Roberts. The Art Center Gallery is at 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Golf Cart Drive-In
Join in a nostalgic tradition with a modern twist, a classic drive-in movie for golf carts, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in October at North Park in Grand Boulevard. Popcorn will be provided. Bring your own beverages. Don’t have a cart? Just bring a blanket or chair.
Every Wednesday morning in the month of October. Grand Fitness will host a complimentary 50 minute group fitness class at 9 a.m. in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard.
Christ the King Concert Series
Conductor Dr. David Ott will present a series of four concerts through February 2020. Christ the King Episcopal Church kicks off its fifth concert season Oct. 27 with Moller-Fraticello Guitar Duo, dynamic twosome that won first prize in the Concert Arts Competition Foundation of America in 2010. This led to a worldwide tour that brought rave reviews. All concerts at Christ the King are free of charge and open to the public thanks to the support from patrons and church offerings. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and concerts will begin at 3 p.m. The church is at 480 North County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
• Dec. 1, Handel's "Messiah": Handel's most famous work, it premiered in Dublin, Ireland, to an enthusiastic audience in 1742. A year later, King George rose to his feet at the singing of "Hallelujah." Soloists, chorus and orchestra will come together under Ott's direction on the first day of Advent.
• Feb. 2, David Ott and Friends: Enjoy an afternoon of chamber music featuring some of the best musicians in Northwest Florida.
• Feb. 16, Beethoven's 4th Symphony: This is a work of boundless energy and excitement with surges and restless underpinnings that mark the demanding piece.
Village Door Music Hall
Destin's Michael J Thomas will have a full band with him when he opens for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, an American contemporary swing revival and jazz band, on Nov. 2 at The Village Door Music Hall in Seascape Towne Centre in Miramar Beach. Purchase tickets at https://michaeljthomas.net/shows.
Bloody Mary Festival
The Market Shops Fifth Annual Bloody Mary Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Enjoy unlimited tastes of the areas most creative and innovative Bloody Mary's made with Cathead Vodka, served by the finest restaurants and bars in the Panhandle and free food. Purchase tickets at www.themarketshops.com with proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity - Walton County.
Top Hat Jazz Brunch fundraiser
Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant opens its beach front doors to Emerald Coast Theatre Company for a jazzy brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at 2236 E. W County Hwy. 30A in Seaside. Savor a buffet of brunch fare by Bud & Alley’s award-winning Chef Dave Bishop, refreshing mimosas, a spectacular Gulf view, raffle prizes, live jazz music and … support Emerald Coast Theatre Company, formed in 2012 to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. Live entertainment will be provided by The Top Hat Jazz Trio. Proceeds will benefit ECTC’s $125,000 capital campaign. Tickets are $50/person and available at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 684-0323.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents "Bobcats & Coyotes" by Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Nov. 5; "Bears" by FWC on Dec. 20; and "Mosquitoes" by South Walton Mosquito Control Jan. 17.
Wine social with master sommelier
Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar will host its second wine social this year from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 6 in Rosemary Beach. This exclusive event will feature one of only 112 master sommeliers in the United States — John Blazon with The Spire Collection. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting presented by Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, facilitated by Blazon and hosted by Pescado. Tasters will enjoy complimentary wine as well as cheese and charcuterie. The walk around event will be open to 50 guests only. Wines tasted during the social can be purchased by the bottle at the end of the event. Reservations can be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 368-7952.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Village’s 12th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from 12-4 p.m. Nov. 8. This barbecue block party will fill the docks with the aroma of smoky ribs and pulled pork as more than 15 of the area’s finest restaurants compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition, offering samples of creative BBQ styles and specialty. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category. Live music from John Hart and Tyler Mac on the main stage.Advance tickets $30 at https://www.eventliveus.com; $35 the day of the event; $20 BBQ only, under 21; and $25 for military tickets.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is bringing back free Tribute Weekend Nov. 8-10 on the Events Plaza lawn. Rock out the weekend and enjoy live music from The Shadow of the King (Elvis Tribute) from 6-8 p.m. Friday; Pandora's Box (Aerosmith Tribute) from 7-9 p.m. Saturday; and Not Quite Fab (Beatles Tribute) from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for a jam-packed weekend of incredible talent.
The Pajama Game
Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents "The Pajama Game" Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 109 Miracle Strip Parkway. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available online at www.StageCraftersFWB.com or at the door before the performance. Children and student tickets are $15 and available at the door only. Group ticket rates are available by calling 678-7754.
It’s 1955 and the workers at the Sleep-Time Pajama Factory are demanding a raise of seven and a half cents an hour, but the union’s demands are falling on deaf ears. Meanwhile, a romance is budding between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. Intrigue, romance, jealousy, misunderstandings, and workplace shenanigans all add up to laughs, surprises, and a lot of dancing.
Local company Wine World will once again team up with The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa to host an exclusive craft beer and bourbon tasting event raising funds for Children in Crisis from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 on the scenic pool deck and lawn at The Henderson. Featured will be hundreds of samples from over 40 renowned small-production breweries and distilleries alongside food from Destin’s favorite eateries with live music entertainment and more. Guests will also have the option to enter a raffle for a grand prize, raising additional funds for the charity. For details and tickets, visit destincrafted.com and follow @ChansWineWorld on Facebook.
The REP Film Club
See FREE SOLO at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at The REP Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tickets are $12.50 and $10 for REP members.
Dec. 17: The Secret Life of Bees
MKAF Wine Walkabout
The Seventh Annual Ruth’s Chris Fall Wine Walkabout, benefiting Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the East Bar and Courtyard at Ruth’s Chris in Destin. The wine walkabout features Chef Ruston Johnson’s culinary cuisine with heavy hors’ doeuvres paired with select fine wines. Patrons may enter a charity raffle and the MKAF Wine Pull features a mystery collection of fine wines donated from wine enthusiasts, private wine cellars, distributors and restaurants. Bubbles & Baubles allow patrons to enter to win a variety of eclectic to fine jewelry from local artists and jewelers, including a complimentary champagne tasting. Purchase tickets at https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/.
Evening of Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
Begin the season aboard the Solaris from 6:45-10 p.m. Nov. 15 with a dockside reception at the Sandestin Baytowne Resort with passed hors d’ouevres. Once the cruise begins, guests will have three other fine dining courses. The Dinner Cruise is exclusively 21+ and $95/guest and includes the dinner cruise, four fine dining courses, wine pairings, and live entertainment. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Season
The annual gala at The Henderson Nov. 15 brings the Northwest Florida debut of Vanessa Williams, one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $295 per person, which includes valet parking, VIP reception, dinner, cash bar, gratuities, and performance. Purchase tickets at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Nov. 23: Sinfonia is "Mad for Mozart" for its first Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections of the season at Grace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. with young Concert Artists Award winner, violinist SooBeen Lee. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person.
Dec. 13: Sinfonia's festive holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. features singer/actor of stage and screen Matthew Morrison, who performs cherished and festive holiday medleys, plus many of the songs that he has performed throughout his career. Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person.
Feb. 1: The second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series will be at 7:30 p.m. at Village Baptist Church and features 2017 Bronze Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and two icons of Russian orchestral music, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
May 16: The main season will come to a cinematic finale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center with "Jurassic Park in Concert." Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises
Wondering where to eat for Thanksgiving? The Solaris yacht offers a buffet on the water for lunch from 121-2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and for dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. After exploring all three decks of the yacht, families will enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet on the water. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850-650-2519.
Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
Start the holiday season with a special sparkling event during the Seventh Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. This sparkling event will feature more than 30 champagnes and delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers and a sneak peek of the first tree lighting of the season.
Brunch with Santa
Food For Thought Outreach will hold its first Brunch with Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Food for Thought Outreach Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach. 100% of the proceeds will support FFT's work fighting child hunger in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Brunch with Santa will include a special holiday craft area for children, along with holiday decor, music and photos with Santa. Tickets will also include brunch, provided by Maple Street Biscuit Company, along with bottomless mimosas, beer or cocktails. Tickets are $30/adults and $5/children and can be purchased at https://fftfl.org/collections/brunch-with-santa.
Holiday Pops Concert
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents its Holiday Pops Concert from 7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 13 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated singer/actor of the stage and screen Matthew Morrison will be featured. He joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished holiday medleys, plus many of the songs that he has performed throughout his career including his role as Mr. Schuester on Fox’s musical comedy series, "Glee." Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person, with student tickets $20. Guests can purchase tickets at sinfoniagulfcoast.org or call 460-8800.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Ring in the New Year aboard SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris yacht from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dine. Dance. Cruise into 2020. The New Year’s Eve Cruise is exclusively for guests 21+ and includes five chef-inspired courses, a midnight champagne toast, live entertainment, party favors, and the best view of the fireworks show at midnight. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Shard & Chardonnay
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Chardonnay while you create a ShardWorx masterpiece at 4:30 p.m. every Friday at The Shard Shop, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway #114 in Destin and at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Fridays in Grayton Beach at 26 Logan Lane. You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.
Family Fun Fest
Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
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 Memorial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.