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Rockin' on the Lawn (cancelled until later date)
Explore The Outdoors Festival: Get outdoors with the family at Explore the Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Live Oak Landing in Freeport. Children can fish or kayak, enjoy archery, hydrobikes, a marine life touch-tank, educational exhibits and more. Call 267-2064.
The Allman Goldflies Band Goes Pops (postponed to Oct. 27): Southern rock and blues meets classical and jazz in a free concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 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.
Audubon Society: Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing in Freeport Oct. 13. Meet at 9 a.m. at the festival grounds, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport, and teach children how to identify birds using card games. Bring a lawn chair and lunch. Call 267-2064.
• Oct. 20: Join experienced Birder Malcolm Swan and identify migrants, herons and marsh birds at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Meet at the NE corner of the Okaloosa Island Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars, cameras and wear long pants and close toed shoes. Call 210-343-9082.
• Oct. 27: Join Malcolm Swan and Alan Knothe, along with members of the Bay County Audubon Society, in a visit to the Wright Landfill. Meet at Pepito’s parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 8:15 a.m. See ducks, waders, hawks and migrants at the very productive landfill site. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Call 210-343-9082 or 208-1789.
Topsail Under the Stars: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association present an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes from 3-9 p.m. Oct. 13. Event is free with regular park admission.
Where the Wild Things Run (postponed to Oct. 27): 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. 13. Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and is $20. 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. and is $40. To register, visit eowilsoncenter.org or call 835-1824 for information.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and a meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 496-3466.
Fall Concert Series: Longstrap will perform from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at The Gulley Amphitheater, 45 Laura Hamilton Blvd. in Gulf Place. Bring lawn chairs and beach blankets.
• Oct. 21: Ron Pate & The Rib Bones
Wurst Mondays Ever: The Bay restaurant in South Walton will celebrate German culture and cuisine and offer traditional German fare, live German music and German beer from 5-9 p.m. every Monday through Oct. 22. Dress up in German garb and come by for an Oktoberfest party on the beach by the bay.
Guided Plant Strolls: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler will host a guided plant stroll from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 15. Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. It will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17. This program is free with regular park admission.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with the Matt McCarty Quintet at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
Eden's Fall Film Series: Eden’s fifth Annual Fall Film Series presents “Frogs,” filmed at Eden Gardens, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 under the oaks of Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach Films are free with paid park admission ($4 per vehicle). Chairs, blankets and coolers welcome. Some concessions will be available for donation.
• Oct. 25: Goonies
30A Brew Tours: Gulf Coast Go provides South Walton's only beer tour. The 30A Brew Tour will now make three stops over three hours at Grayton Beer Tap Room, Idyll Hounds Tap Room, and Grayton Beer Brewpub, beginning at 1:45 p.m. every Saturday at the public parking on 283 South in Grayton Beach. The cost of the tour is $55 at https://gulfcoastgofl.com/30abrewtours.
Fall at Grayton Beer Brewpub: All events are family friendly and free to attend. The Grayton Beer Brewpub is at 170 E. County Highway 30A, Grayton Beach.
• Trivia Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday to test your knowledge on a variety of topics against competing teams. Prizes are awarded.
• College Football: Outfitted with 10 big-screen TVs, the Brewpub is ideal for large watch parties for fans and alumni of all collegiate teams.
• NFL Football: Brewpub is streaming weekly NFL games throughout the restaurant.
• Cornhole Tournaments: Every second Saturday with two-member team signup beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament at 11. Competition is limited to the first eight teams. Prizes are awarded.
Bubbly Baytowne: Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf and sip champagne and shop. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Family Fall Festival: Kids dress in your favorite Halloween costume and receive 4-count chicken nuggets free from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Chick-fil-A South Walton in Miramar Beach. Crafts and activities also available.
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival: The Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival will be held Oct. 19-21 in Niceville. The festival brings well known national musicians, regional food trucks, unique arts and crafts vendors and more. Visit http://boggybayoumulletfestival.info for tickets and times.
Haunted House: Stephen King Rules at this year’s “Your Worst Nightmare” Haunted House from 7 p.m. until midnight Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 at the Fairgrounds, 790 N. 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Horrors, madness and psychological mind games play out with plenty of special effects and scary characters for $10/cash entry at the door to benefit Art Co-Op. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage. Call 585-6315.
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Coastal Dune Lakes by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Oct. 19 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
Blood Drive: A OneBlood Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. No appointment neces-sary.
Casper’s Campfire Stories: Listen to good ol' family friendly stories around the campfire from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive before the gates close at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
Flutterby Arts Festival: Celebrate the 26th year of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through our area with art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, a butterfly parade and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 in Watersound Origins. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance. Admission is free.
Live @ The REP: Griffin House will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at The REP Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25 at lovetherep.com.
Moonlight Paddle: Join the Rangers at Camp Helen State Park for a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20. Participants must be experienced paddlers and 12 years of age or older. Program is $35/person, cash only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle, glow sticks, park admission fee, and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Advance reservations are required at 233-5059.
TLC’s Lori Allen: Stand Up to Breast Cancer was created to honor local breast cancer survivors and help raise awareness. Star of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and breast cancer survivor Lori Allen will be featured special guest. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. General admission tickets are $50 and include cocktail hour, dinner, and presentation by Lori Allen. Purchase tickets at www.standuptobreastcancer.com
Barktoberfest: 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.
Classical Connections Series: Sinfonia Gulf Coast kicks off the 2018 Classical Connections series with a concert featuring accordionist Han-zhi 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 sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
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 festival proceeds and silent auctions benefit more than 15 local charities 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 www.dwaf.org.
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.
Central Square Cinema: Grab a blanket for the free family movie “Hocus Pocus” at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 under the stars on the Seaside Amphi-theater lawn.
Pumpkin Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Pumpkin Paddle from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 to explore Campbell Lake. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over the age of 12. Program is $40/person. Advanced online registration is required at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
Bayfest: A free fun day the family will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex in Hammock Bay. Events include 5K Race, a cook-off, mullet toss, disc golf tournament, arts/crafts vendors, kid’s activities, music and more.
Parliamentary Procedure: Forward DeFuniak, Inc. will sponsor a seminar, “Effective Decision Making for Organizational Leadership,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Civic Center in DeFuniak Springs. Lee Wright, registered parliamentarian, will be the speaker. Call 830-7663 for information or to register. Registration fee is $20 and includes handouts and snacks.
Jewelry sales: South Walton Jewelry & Pawn, 16735 US Hwy. 331 South in Freeport, will donate 20 percent of jewelry sold to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Call 880-6249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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.
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 community-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.
Maharishi Ayurveda Workshop: Prudence Bruns PhD will conduct a 10-our Maharishi Ayurveda Workshop Oct. 27-28 at Sofitco Studios in Blue Mountain Beach. The cost of the course is $175/person. This course introduces basic concepts, principles and methods used in Ayurveda. Register at www.nwfloridatmprogram.com.
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.
Oktoberfest: Hope on the Beach hosts its Second Annual Oktoberfest from 12-3 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Gulf Place Amphitheatre Lawn. Begin the day in worship at 8 a.m. on the beach at Ed Walline Park or at 11 a.m. on the Amphitheatre Lawn. Prizes for the best Oktoberfest costumes will be awarded at 2 p.m. Free festivities include a live polka band, face painting, costume contest, inflatable slide, photo booth, crafts, and games for the whole family. Buy meal tickets for a German meal for $5/adults and children 10 and under free at https://www.eventbee.com/v/hopeonthebeach/event?eid=100579283#/tickets. Proceeds will benefit Westonwood Ranch in Freeport
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 production of The Nutcracker. NFB Music Director David Ott and soprano Kara Bishop provide entertainment. Purchase tickets at https://nfballet.org.
Pink Walk Fundraiser: Fore Her will hold a fundraiser, The Pink Walk, from 12-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Destin Commons for its mission of assisting local breast cancer patients. The half-mile walk and after party will feature a DJ and photo booth, sweet treats, activities for children, an aerobics class and inspirational words from local news channel WJHG’s Jessica Foster. Cost is $35/adults and $20/ages five to 12. For more information visit www.foreher.org/pinkwalk.
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 https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
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 Sandestin 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 www.emeraldcoastbgc.org.
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Dec. 21 and Jan. 19 and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and March 20. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 years old. Program is $40/person and includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Registration required in advance at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
ECTC: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 6-23. The story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve. For all ages. 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 Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoasthea-tre.org/tickets 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”
Ranger Program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Ranger program, Sunday Funday, at 9 a.m. every Sunday in October, No-vember and December. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs include exploring the park. Program is free with regular park admission.
Tai Chi Tuesday: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host Tai Chi Tuesday the third Tuesday of each month. Seated Tai Chi is 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Standing Tai Chi is 9:30-10:15 a.m. Class fee is $13 and does not include park admission. Call the park store at 267-8333 for more information.
Turtle Talk Tuesdays: While enjoying coffee, tea, and sweet treats, a South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer will talk about sea turtles from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Ask questions and get information, stickers, and sometimes see preserved specimens.
Family Challenge: Check in at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.
Sunday Pickin' at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin' at The Bay every Sunday. Local musician Mike Whitty and Friends will get together in the garden for a jam session. All local musicians are in-vited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 7-9 p.m.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion, return to the camp store for a prize.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.
45 Central Wine Bar: Enjoy live music with Tropic Breeze from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
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.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Vintage Market: New in Santa Rosa Beach is the Vintage Market at Elmore’s Landing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Check out vari-ous artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.