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Saturday, Aug. 31
Join in a treasure hunt using GPS or Smart Phone technology and an indoor scavenger hunt for little ones from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $8/adults over 13 and $5/children 3-12. Call 835-1824.
Destin Dr. Lisa Clark, voted 2012 Emerald Coast Best Physician, will sign copies of her book, “Lighten Up, America,” from 9-11 a.m. at Sundog Books in Seaside.
Baytowne Art Walk
Stroll the streets, enjoy live music from local musicians and browse a variety of art from regional artists from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. A variety of different mediums includes folk art, jewelry, frames and fine art.
Dine 4 Danny
A dine-out fundraiser to support Danny Margagliano, former South Walton Fire District fireman and paramedic who was paralyzed in a diving accident, will be held at Another Broken Egg - Grayton Beach, Barefoot BBQ, Bud & Alley’s, Café Thirty-A, Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, Grayton Bar & Grill, Marie’s Bistro, Pandora’s Grayton Beach, Redd’s Fueling Station, Restaurant Paradis, Stinky’s Fish Camp, The Red Bar and V Seagrove. Dine at one of these restaurants and a percentage of all sales go to Donations 4 Danny.
Seaside Pops Concert
The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra takes the stage for a Labor Day Weekend pops concert under the stars at 7 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater. Bring a blanket and enjoy patriotic songs and familiar melodies from some of the biggest films in history. A fireworks display closes the evening at 9 p.m. Rain date Sept. 1.
Movie at Marina Park
Bring a chair or blanket for a free movie, “Muppets Treasure Island,” beginning at sunset at Marina Park in WaterColor in Santa Rosa Beach.
Kids' Rock the Block
Bring the family for a free night of fun at the Kids’ Rock the Block party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Moonwalks, face painting, airbrush tattoos, arts and crafts, hula hoops, bubble machine and more top the list of fun.
Kick off fall this Labor Day with a weekend of family fun, concerts and finger-licking good food at HarborWalk Village in Destin. See performances from award-winning songwriters, who have written for such music icons as George Strait, Jason Aldeen, Willie Nelson, Rascal Flats, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Vince Gill. Scheduled activities include:
• Aug. 31: Songwriter performances 6:15-10 p.m. Headlined by the Andy Velo Band.
• Sept. 1: Songwriter performances 6:15-8:30 p.m. Fireworks over the harbor at 8:30 p.m., followed by more performances until 10 p.m.
The annual Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Celebrate Greece and sample a variety of authentic Greek foods, pastries, wine, and enjoy live music and Greek dance performances. A silent auction will be held and vendors will sell Greek items.
Art Exhibition/ Reception Party
A free reception party for the Michael J. Zavison art exhibit takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Amavida Coffee & Tea, 104 North Barrett Square, Unit 1A, in Rosemary Beach. Exhibit runs through Oct. 1.
Patriot Day Golf
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has announced $20 rounds of golf to active or retired members of the U.S military Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31- Sept. 2, at The Links Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club, Raven Golf Club, and Burnt Pine Golf Club. The golf cart fee is included. Golfers can call 267-8155 to book their tee times.
Labor Day at WaterColor
Kids activities will run from 12-5 p.m. Aug. 31 on the WaterColor Beach Club Pool Deck. A free Labor Day Weekend Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in Marina Park in WaterColor in Santa Rosa Beach. A free concert with the Flip Flop Boys takes place from 5-8 p.m. with a Beach Bonfire from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with marshmallows for roasting. Fireworks end the day at 8:30 p.m.
Labor Day Weekend Concert Series
Arnett’s Gulfside Trails, 613 S County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, hosts a Labor Day Weekend Concert Series Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 with Kaci Bolls, the Myers Brothers, Joanna Cotton and Ray Scott at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 per person, $40 for a VIP ticket or $60 for an all-weekend pass. Tickets are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Sept. 1
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Flip Flop Boys at 9 p.m. Sept. 1; an End of Summer Customer Appreciation Party Sept. 3 with Scott Boyer and the Decoys and Mark Harris; Mike Dillon Sept. 4; Treehouse Sept. 5; Call the Law Sept. 6; and Stiff Neck Fools Sept. 7. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
Concert in the Village
Lava Lamp performs top hits from the ‘70s as The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundations’s Autumn Concert Series begins at 7 p.m. at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
Groovin’ On The Green
Rowdies perform a free concert, sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute, from 7-9 p.m. in Carillon Beach.
Labor Day concert
Sturgill Simpson performs at the Labor Day Weekend Concert at 7 p.m. in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. On-lawn seating at the free event.
Lakeyard Labor Day in DeFuniak
The DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association hosts the 24th annual Labor Day Celebration beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a parade starting at Walton Middle School. Other events include rocking entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and more. Opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Fireworks after dark. Call 830-1661. No personal fireworks allowed in the lake yard. This event replaces rained out Fourth of July event.
Labor Day at Carillon Beach
Enjoy gumbo, arts and crafts, a farmers market, and live music from The Rowdies from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carillon Beach Resort. Market opens at 8 a.m. with gumbo judging at 2 p.m. Winners announced at 7 p.m. by surprise celebrity judge. Entry fee is $50. Email email@example.com or call 530-440-5883.
Concert and Fireworks at Alys Beach
Bring the family for a night of fun from 6-9 p.m. at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre on Somerset Street in Alys Beach. The Atlanta Allstars will perform followed by a fireworks display at 8:45 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 2
Enter your team of two online or just show up for a $100 bar tab Grand Prize at The Great American Pub Quiz from 7-8:30 p.m. at Redd's Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Dueling Piano Show
The main attraction at Rum Runners is the interactive, world famous dueling piano show at 8 p.m. at 130 Fisherman’s Cover in Baytowne Wharf.
Open Mic Night, hosted by Scott Rockwood, will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, 109 Cannery Lane in Baytowne Wharf.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.
Enjoy the music of Tim Veazey at 6 p.m. at Bentley’s & Maddog’s 30A, 10343 East County Hwy. 30A in Seacrest Beach.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a classical guitar recital featuring Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Ala., at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Manderville has appeared in major cities and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Donations are accepted at the door to support the NWF State College music programs. Call 729-5382.
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.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Americana Under the Stars
Gail Carson Trio performs at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars. Bring a chair and beverage. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
The South Walton Republican Club will meet at 6 p.m. at Bayou Bill's Crab House, 4748 US Hwy. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. Rep. Marti Coley, speaker pro tempore of the Florida House, will speak about the past legislative session, as well as the next. Cost is $20/person all inclusive. Call 830-1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and menu details before Sept 4.
Concert in the Village
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Autumn Concert Series presents The Fountain City Players, Motown, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Jazz, at 7 p.m. at the Dugas Pavilion and expanded Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
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, Sept. 6
Classic Films on the Lawn
Grab a blanket and head to Classic Films on the Lawn’s free movie, “Ghostbusters,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Rosh Hashanah Ingathering 5774
Join in from 6-8 p.m. at Destiny Worship Center Fellowship Hall, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Miramar Beach, for a Biblical celebration for the entire family. There will be lots of shofar blowing, dancing, and great teachings on the biblical feast of Rosh Hashanah and the reflection of Jesus as revealed in the Feast of God. Traditional apples and honey reception follows the teaching.
Paddle Campbell Lake at 1:15 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330. Sign up required at ranger station. No outside canoes or kayaks are allowed on the lake.
First Friday Artwalk
Enjoy live music and view beautiful works of art at the galleries and shops of Ruskin Place and select merchants from 5-8 p.m. on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seaside.
Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Thrivent Financial will hold a free educational workshop, “Social Security: Strategize To Maximize,” at 9 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 Hwy. 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, to help people understand that Social Security is just part of their overall retirement picture. To register, call 420-7321 or email Tara.Hearn@thrivent.com by Sept. 6. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Evening with James Farmer
Rosemary Beach Foundation presents an evening with James Farmer at 6 p.m. at Rosemary Beach Town Hall. The reception features drinks from Farmer’s Sip & Savor followed by presentation and conversation. Farmer is a Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, cook and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. Tickets are available for $25 www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.
30A Artist Bazaar
Handmade crafts and jewelry by local artists, live and interactive art, and artisan food vendors are part of the 30A Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place, 40 Town Loop Center in Gulf Place.
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.