All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Coastal Holiday Market: An art and craft show, the Coastal Holiday Market 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.
Cottages for Kids: The annual “fun-raising” event Cottages for Kids takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach. Gates will be open during weekends in November. Admission is free and donations for CVHN are accepted. CVHN will offer two ways to win a Cottage: raffle and online auction. Visit www.CottagesForKids.org for information.
Miles of Memories: The inaugural “Miles of Memories,” a 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.
Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Roosevelt Franklin, Nov. 9; Forrest Williams Band, Nov. 13; Hotel Oscar, Nov. 14; Lyon Limosine, Nov. 15; and Lee Yankee @ the Hellz Yeah, Nov. 16. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
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. Join Clara and other characters as they pantomime scenes as the story is read. Bring a camera for photos with the characters after the performance.
Breakfast with a Ranger: Join the Rangers for breakfast 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.
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: An arts and entertainment festival for all ages, the Flutterby Arts Festival 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.
SeasideFarmers 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.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Brunch with Matt Hall: At 10 a.m., Matt Hall takes the stage during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Beach Service: 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.
30A Farmers’ Market: This 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.
Monday, Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day Ceremony: The county will come together to recognize its veterans at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery at 222 North Park Street in DeFuniak Springs. As part of the ceremony, there will be a military plane flyover, a presentation of a wreath, and a 21-gun salute. Guest speaker is retired veteran Ron Hargrove, founder of the World War II Military Vehicle Federation Museum in Florala.
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.
Sushi Class: A culinary adventure at “Roux’s Foodie U,” Hands-on Sushi with Andy Miyamoto of Sushimoto will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Roux 30a, 114 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Everyone eats what they make. Call 225-1615 to reserve your seat or visit www.Roux30a.com. Price is $75.
Free State Parks for Vets: To honor our country’s veterans, admission is free to all state parks including Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Eden Gardens State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, Deer Lake State Park, Camp Helen State Park, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, Rocky Bayou State Park, and Henderson Beach State Park.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Bob Dylan Tribute concert: The Seaside Repertory Theatre will host its third annual tribute concert and fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. on the mainstage, 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tribute will be dedicated to Bob Dylan. Local favorites performing include Chris Alvarado, Duke Bardwell, Ben Friedman, Billy Garrett, Bryan Kennedy, Kyle LaMonica, Kenny Oliverio, Scott Rockwood, Balder Saunders, Brad “Shank” Shankwiler, Bobby and Lisa Steeno, Mike Whitty, and Forrest Williams.Tickets are $50 and available at www.seasiderep.org, Amavida Coffee locations, or call 231-0733.
The Addams Family: The national tour of the musical comedy The Addams Family brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch, to spooky and spectacular life at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Tickets are $49 with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more tickets. Call 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org to purchase.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Dinner and a Movie: A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Goldfinger, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main Street in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
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.
Seagrove Garden Club: Florida State Designer of the Year, Russ Barley, owner of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts, presents “Holiday Pizzazz” at 10 a.m. at Shark’s Tooth Golf Course Club House at Wild Heron on U.S. Hwy. 98 toward Panama City. The cost to members will be approximately $20 + $5 for guests. Make reservations at 907-2052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Americana Under The Stars: Belmont and Jones 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.
Restore Act: The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will meet at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach, to dsscuss the Restore Act.
Ribbon Cutting: A ribbon cutting at the Workforce Development Board/JobsPlus Freeport Facility, 842 Hwy. 30E, Suite 126, will be held at noon. All are invited.
Walton County Patriots: The Walton County Patriots, a non-political affiliated organization, will meet at 6 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Special guest speaker will be Karen Schoen, co-founder of AgEnders (Americans Ending Agenda 21). All meetings are free and open to the public.
Dinner and Song: An Evening of Dinner and Song with Amber Rubarth takes place at 6 p.m. at Grayton Bar & Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Grayton Beach. The evening begins with a three-course dinner with complimentary Pinot Noir and Chardonnary followed by a concert with singer-songwriter Amber Rubarth. Cost is $50 and reservations may be made at 213-0891.
Story hour: Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host a special story hour at 10 a.m. for children four and under. Story hour themes are “Friends and Fun,” “Animals, Animals, Frogs,” “Animals of the Wild,” “Families” and “Thanksgiving.” Call 267-2809.
Holiday Cooking Class: Chef David Cunningham’s Holiday Cooking Class Series will be held from 6-9 p.m. at V Seagrove, 2743 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Enjoy a three-course meal accompanied by instruction and conversation. Cost is $70/person. Reservation required at 468-0973.
Artists for Animals: Local artists will create individual works of art in each their specific medium for an art auction benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Alaqua Animal Refuge from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, 100 County Hwy. 30A E in Santa Rosa Beach.
Fall Wine Walkabout: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the Fall Wine Walkabout from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the East Bar and Courtyard at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Music will be provided by jazz artists Michael J Thomas and Cheryl and Denny Jones. Tickets are $40/MKAF members and $50/not yet members. Purchase tickets at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/ or call 850-650-2226.
Art Workshops: Mary Hong’s upcoming workshops feature holiday-themed designs, including angels and Christmas trees, from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14-15 at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $75/CAA members and $85/not-yet members with all supplies included. To register, call 622-5970 or email Lee@CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Friday, Nov. 15
Topsail tours: Learn about bats in detail from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.Learn to surf fish from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 22. Fishing gear is furnished, or bring your own.
Photography exhibition: An opening reception for Kathmandu: A Photography Exhibition by Evan Carter will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Amavida Coffee & Tea, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. The evening includes a silent auction for selected photography of which the proceeds will benefit an orphanage in Kathmandu, as well as live music with Mike Whitty and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Flow Tribe: Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, 109 Cannery Lanein Baytowne Wharf presents the music of Flow Tribe at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights: The Sandestin Wine Festival presents the second annual Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights from 4-7 p.m. at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.Stroll streets lined in twinkling lights and greenery as you sip a variety of champagnes and taste featured menu items from various Village restaurants. For information and tickets visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.
American Impressions: Guest artist Jeff Midkiff performs the regional premiere of his Concerto for Mandolin “From the Blue Ridge” for the Northwest Florida Symphony’s American Impressions concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $22.50 at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
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.
Artist Bazaar: 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.
Oyster reef restoration: Volunteers are needed to place bagged oyster shell in the water at an oyster reef restoration site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. RSVP to Gwinr@nwfsc.edu or Mcdowel2@nwfsc.edu. Wear gloves, clothes and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet. Bring a towel, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water and snacks.