All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Seeing Red Wine Festival: The Grand Tasting is an afternoon of wine, food and music from 1-4 p.m. in Seaside. Visit the “Savor South Walton Culinary Demo Stage” in the Herb Garden at Bud & Alley’s. Tickets, $120.
Newbill Collection: Local jewelry artist Jill White will be the guest artist from 1-4 p.m. at Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place in Ruskin Place Artist Colony, during the Seaside Wine Festival. Call 231-4500.
Plein Air Paint-Out: The Second Annual Plein Air Paint-Out will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring art materials of choice and create images of pristine beaches, lakes, gulf coast dunes and wildlife. Also bring sunscreen, water, insect repellent and a hat. Park entrance fee is $4. Meet at pavilion to sign in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Rain date is Nov 9.
Biophilia Fall Festival: Biophilia Center hosts its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a haunted trick or treat trail, hay ride, the Science Brothers, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, petting zoo, live music by Mike Whitty, carnival games, harvest produce, bounce house, Abrakadoodle arts and crafts, face painting, Tucker Dukes food truck, Biophilia exhibits, local organizations and more. Admission is$8/adults and $5/children. Ages 2 and under free.
Mountain Film Festival On Tour: Celebrate the 13th Annual Mountain Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Marina Park Amphitheater at WaterColor Inn & Resort. Gates open at 6 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Festival fare and beverages will be available for purchase.For tickets visit https://www.xorbia.com/e/stjoe/mtfilm2013.
Explore the Outdoors Festival: The annual Explore the Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport. The event includes fishing, boating, kayaking, and animal encounters and hands on nature-based activities. The first 180 children will receive a free rod/reel combo. Water activities are for children six-years-old and up. The event is $1.
Bacon Fest 2013: Several Blue Mountain Beach restaurants will hold a new food festival with 30a Bacon Fest. The kick off will be at Redd’s Fueling Station when amateur chefs are invited to bring their favorite bacon dish for judging as “King and Queen of Bacon Fest.” The list of participating restaurants, locations and live music is available at www.30abaconfest.com.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Yard sale: The WaterColor Community Yard Sale, sponsored by the WaterColor Homeowners and Merchants, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park behind Camp WaterColor.
Artist Bazaar: Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase.
Saturday Pool Party: 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.
Art exhibition: Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach will host an opening night reception for Joan Vienot’s debut exhibition, “The Present Moment,” from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2. Exhibit runs through Nov. 17.
AAA Member Appreciation: Silver Sands Premium Outlets invite AAA members to “Show their Card and Save” at the Information Center Nov. 2 and 3. Members will receive a one-day saving flyer and a chance to win prizes.
History walk: 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.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Celebration of Bubbles: Seeing Red’s Grand Finale is a celebration of bubbles featuring sparkling wines from around the world, music and paired eats at 11 a.m. at Great Southern Café in Seaside. Tickets are $50. Call 231-7327 for reservations.
Taste of The Beach: A silent auction to benefit local children’s charities from 2-5 p.m. at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Enjoy wine, cocktails and appetizers. Tickets $35, at tasteofthebeachfl.com.
30A Farmers’ Market: Community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more.
Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Monday, Nov. 4
Holiday Extravaganza: The Volunteer Guild at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s annual holiday sale begins today from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 20. Call 278-3032.
Rudy Applewhite: 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, Nov. 5
Restore Act: The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will hold a special workshop at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Readers can practice reading and enjoy the company of a trained, certified canine friend during “Tail Waggin’ Tutors,” from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 376-4190.
Support group: A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Ike’s Fun Tuesday: Enjoy 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Savor the Season: The fourth annual benefit for the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. .at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. Enjoy a wine tasting, silent and live auctions, and gourmet cuisine made by local chefs from Panama City to Destin. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.SavorTheSeason2013.org.
Financial seminars: Arbor Wealth Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm will host “Strategies for the Intelligent Investor” seminars at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room at 8955 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 104 in Miramar Beach. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.
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.
Lecture series: The Walton County Master Gardeners lecture series designed with local home gardeners in mind will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Walton County Coastal Extension Branch, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Horticulture Agent Eddie Powell will give a presentation on designing containers with flowers and vegetables. Call 892-8172 to reserve a seat.
Autumn Harvest Cruise: Cruise with a 5-course gourmet dinner and a selection of six wines from the Hook & Ladder Winery in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley in California from 6:15-10 p.m. on board the Solaris. Cost of $95 includes dinner, wine and cruise, with boarding beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. To make reservations, call 650-2519 or visit www.SunQuestCruises.com.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Rep concert: The Seaside Repertory Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, welcomes Jeff Black, writer, performer, and recording artist, to the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.seasiderep.org, Amavida Coffee locations, or call 231-0733.
Board of Commissioners: The Walton County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. in the South Walton Courthouse Annex, 31 Costal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach.
ECMS: John Voss, a retired air force officer who has been studying longevity for the last several years, will speak on “How to Live to 100” at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. For information, email email@example.com.
Story hour: Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host a special story hour at 10 a.m. for children four and under. Call 267-2809.
Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Jeff Talbert, biologist and wildlife photographer, presents “Resource Management at Topsail Hill State Park.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 582-7064.
Americana Under The Stars: Lucky Mud performs 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.
Friday, Nov. 8
Beach Bonfires: Enjoy the outdoors with bonfires from 6-9:30 p.m. on the beach at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Call 267-7778.
Rosalina: Pianist plays classic standards and show tunes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Christiano’s Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Coastal Holiday Market: The art and craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 173 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. More than 25 artisans and crafters will be on display. Cinnamon rolls and coffee available, and Boy Scouts will serve lunch.
Miles of Memories: The inaugural 5k Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services begins at 8 a.m. at 2300 N. Partin Drive. All proceeds from the event remain in Okaloosa and Walton Counties to serve families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Early registration is $20 for the 5k run/walk or $10 for the 1-mile walk, with day-of registration going up to $25 and $15. Participants and teams can sign up and get more information at www.milesofmemoriesniceville.kintera.org.
Breakfast with a Ranger: Join the Rangers for brekfast and ask questions about the park, its wildlife and everything in between from 9-10:30 a.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast. Admission to the park is free.
Story Time with Clara: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free special reading of The Nutcracker in the courtyard in front of Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Bring a camera for photos with the characters after the performance.
Book signing: Author Laura Abbott will sign copies of her book, “I Love You Infinity,” from 1-3 p.m. at The Hidden Lantern Bookstore, 84 N Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Call 727-0697.
Flutterby Arts Festival: The arts and entertainment festival for all ages takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy dance performances, storytelling by The Rep Theatre, arts and crafts, a butterfly garden exhibit, Walton County student butterfly art exhibit, live music, games and activities. Admission is free, with some activities requiring a $1 ticket which can be purchased at entrance tent.