All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Sept. 28
30A Seafood Throwdown
Global Fish Aid and Pandora’s present the 30A Seafood Throwdown with SoWal chefs competing in Santa Rosa Beach. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the throwdown from 3-5 p.m. and awards at 6 p.m. Live music by Horizon and Members of the Revivalists with Khris Royal and Eric Vogel. Tickets are $35 and include entry for bands, door prizes and red snapper dinner, plus a chance to be a judge. Call 231-4102.
Help clean the beach at 9 a.m. as Topsail Hill Preserve celebrates National Public Lands Day. Gloves and trash bags provided. Sunscreen and water are recommended, and the park entrance fee will be waived for participants.
Okaloosa and Walton County residents can join the American Heart Association Heart Walk at 7:30 a.m. at NWFSC in Niceville. The non-competitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. For information, call 1-800-257-6941, ext. 6082 or visit www.owheartwalk.org.
Oktoberfest at Peddlers Pavilion
Enjoy German beer at the pub with a German vibe as Daphne Willis from Nashville plays from 6-9 p.m. at Peddlers Pavilion along Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seacrest.
The Friends of the Freeport Public Library will hold a semi-annual book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freeport Community Center, 16040 US Hwy. 331 South. A bag of books is $3 and bags will be provided. Proceeds benefit the Library.
Yard Sale for the Cure
Sacred Heart’s Yard Sale for the Cure takes place from 7 a.m. to noon in the front parking lot of the Medical Office Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. All proceeds from booth rentals and the Sacred Heart table will benefit the Suzy Fund and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Call 278-3980.
9/11 Heroes Run 5k Run/Walk
The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WaterColor Inn & Resort, 34 Goldenrod Circle in WaterColor. Run begins at 8 am on the beach behind Watercolor Resort and finishes at the WaterColor Amphitheater.
An art exhibition reception for Melissa Davis will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square, Unit 1A, in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and free admission. The exhibit runs through Nov. 1.
Jazz on the Lawn
A concert under the sky features Eric Essix and Friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Seaside Amphitheater.
The Fourth Annual Destin Beer Festival takes place from 2-5 p.m. outside Chan’s Wine World in the Paradise Key shopping center. There will be more than 300 beers to sample, culinary stations, VIP Tent and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Tickets can be purchased at destinbeerfestival.com or at any Wine World location. Call 864-4242.
Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase. Visit www.30aArtistBazaar.com to become a vendor.
Harvest America 2013
Enjoy a free public streaming of Harvest America 2013 as well as live stage entertainment with Francesca Battistelli and Shake the City from 6-10 p.m. at HarborWalk Village in Destin. The simulcast features performances by top Christian artists including MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, and Kirk Franklin, and a gospel message by Greg Laurie. The goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation in need of hope. In case of rain, event will move to Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Call 269-0235.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its season opening concert at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. The “Austro-Hungarian Journey” concert features Wideman International Competition Gold Medal winner Korepanova performing Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/active duty military and youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org for tickets.
Mike Coe, author of “Flight Trilogy,” will sign copies of his book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hidden Lantern, 84 N. Barrett St. in Rosemary Beach.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Shop the area’s most unique stores at the Town Center Sidewalk Sale at 10a.m. in Rosemary Beach.
Gigi’s Lemonade Stand
Children volunteer at Gigi’s Lemonade Stand from 3-5 p.m. to raise money for the Alaqua Animal Refuge at Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashions & Toys, 62 Main Street in Rosemary Beach.
Gulf Place Farmer’s Market
Pick up fresh produce from The Produce Gal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place Farmer’s Market, in Gulf Place Town Center by Restaurant Fire.
SEC Sailgate Party
Enjoy an outside “tailgate” party, including the Broadcast of NCAA and NFL evening football games, from 4-9 p.m. at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Regular kitchen menu available or cookout/ grill outside from 4-9 p.m., weather permitting.
Cole Bros. Circus
Classic circus, American-style, complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns, will appear at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. Advance tickets are available at the Customer Service Department at Santa Rosa Mall. Free tickets for children under 13 are available at www.GoToTheCircus.com.
Sunday, Sept. 29
The Emerald Coast Philosophical Society will meet at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Tops’l Tennis Center. Foster Sanders, one of the three founders of the organization, will present “The Short, Sweet Precarious Nature of Life.” Call 585-5666.
Brunch in the Backyard of Love
Hometown Hippie Mike Whitty brings back the old school sounds to the stage and Alaqua pours Mimosas for a donation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak Street in Grayton Beach.
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents 7th Green. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunchers with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Monday, Sept. 30
Sheriff Adkinson and key members of his staff will meet with citizens at 6 p.m. at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office South End Substation, 133 Sheriff’s Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.
Sacred Heart Hospital
Joint replacement education class begins at 1 p.m. in the hospital’s Resource Center Suite 3 conference room. To attend, call Linda Ledford at 278-3646.
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Ike’s Fun Tuesday
An evening of great music, sax, keyboard and dancing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m. at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
An Evening with the Experts
Sacred Heart’s An Evening with the Experts begins at 6 p.m. at Cafe Thirty-A, 3899 E. County Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. The event features orthopedic spine surgeons, Dr. Kornelis Poelstra and Dr. Charles Wingo. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be provided. To register, call 278-3600.
The Seaside REP Theatre presents Romantic Fools, consisting of 12, two-character comedies examining love, lust, dating, and romance, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theater. Pizitz Home & Cottage will host an opening night reception with complementary appetizers and wine at 6:30 p.m. next to the Theater. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.seasiderep.org or Amivida in Seaside or Rosemary Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a free concert from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Open Mic Night
An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
Arbor Wealth Management, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm at 8955 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 104 in Miramar Beach, will host “How To Make Your Portfolio Pay Monthly” seminars at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Firm founder, principal and syndicated economist columnist Margaret R. McDowell will lead the presentation. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Americana Under The Stars
Leigh and Steve Humes perform in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
The Walton County Economic Development Alliance will hold its monthly board meeting at noon in the Walton County Administration Conference room, 76 North 6th St. in DeFuniak Springs.
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society meets at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. by Dr. Mary Konovsky, a former professor and a life coach, will speak on “Searching for Contentment.” Email email@example.com.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
Friday, Oct. 4
Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. Fridays at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.
First Friday Art Walk
New Orleans artist Edith Fernandes Moseley will be the guest artist from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at Newbill Collection By The Sea during the First Friday Art Walk at Seaside’s Ruskin Place. Call 231-4500.
The 35th annual Destin Seafood Festival will take place along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk featuring fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 4; 10a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 6. No admission charge — donations accepted at the door. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 4.
Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from dusk to 9:30 p.m. on the beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Christiano’s Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Fun day in DeFuniak
The day starts with Peddlers Alley from 8 a.m. to noon with three blocks of complete variety in the alleys between Baldwin and Nelson Avenues. Crafts, food, homemade items, live plants, books, musical instruments and more can be found.
The Energy Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Admission is free.Various technologies will be on display including wind power, solar, propane, CNG, and biodiesel, and various vendors are local and will show how to save money on energy costs.There will also be agriculture and horticulture vendors. Several activities are planned to provide family fun and food vendors will also be available. The day ends with a free Gospel Sing in the Lakeyard from 3-7 p.m.
Walton County Master Gardeners will sponsor the Potted Plant Show at the Walton County Fair Oct. 7-12. The following classes of plants may be entered for judging: African violets, flowering, foliage, hanging containers, cactus and succulents, ferns and a mixture of plants in the same pot will fall into the miscellaneous class. Plants will be received from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 1-4p.m. Oct. 6 at the Fairgrounds, 790 N 9th Street (SR83) in DeFuniak Springs. Call 834-3724 or 892-8172.
First Saturday at Biophilia
“Eco-Fun” at Biophilia Center takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with aSea Turtle Talk with South Walton Turtle Watch,
Sea Critter Crafts, games and more. Call 835-1824.
Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suited for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.
Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.
Music, fun and sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elephant Walk pool deck by the beach, 4009 South Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Beverages available for sale at the Tiki hut. Call 267-7778.