All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Friday, May 9
ArtsQuest: ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, in its 26th year, takes place May 9-11 at Grand Boulevard with national, regional and local artist exhibits, live art demonstrations, gourmet food, beach cocktails, live music and kids’ entertainment. Food trucks spice up the weekend and a new After Hours Bacardi Beach Bash takes place from 8-11 p.m. May 9 on the grand park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin with a cash bar featuring tropical Bacardi cocktails and Grayton Beer along with live music by Cadillac Willy.
UF/IFAS celebration: To celebrate 100 years, workshops/seminars, displays and an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 732 N. 9th Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Call 892-8172.
Topsail tour: Paddle Campbell Lake from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the heart of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. No outside canoes or kayaks are allowed on the lake so space is limited to 10 people for each trip. Sign up in the ranger station.
Emerald Warrior: Air Force Special Operations Command will host Emerald Warrior through May 9 for training purposes. Residents may see an increase in military activity in their area.
Saturday, May 10
Topsail tour: Breakfast with a Ranger from 9-10:30 a.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Susan Leveille of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will be guest speaker. Breakfast is provided for $5, or you may bring your own. All proceeds go to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Call 267-8330.
Food drive: The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive will help local food banks restock their pantries. The carriers will collect non-perishable and non-expired food items from local residents. Place your donations in a bag next to your mailbox for letter carrier to pick up while on their regular routes.
West Indies Markets: Artists in the areas of jewelry, wood and metal sculptures, watercolor, oil, photography, pottery and more can be seen at the West Indies Markets May 10 and 11 in Rosemary Beach. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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.
Sunday, May 11
Brunch: Fish Out of Water hosts a Mother’s Day Brunch from 8 a.m. to noon at 34 Goldenrod Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $40/adults and $15/children 12 and under. Reservations recommended at 534-5050.
Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise: A special day of cruising and cuisine, three-course meal with a special Mother’s Day dessert, at 1 p.m. leaving from Baytowne Wharf.Children’s main course is flat bread pizzas. Price is $55/adults, ages 11 and up; $25/children ages 3-10; and $15/infants under 3. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 650.2519.
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, May 12
Writer’s Conference: A Sunset Reception for Matt Bondurant and Seth Brady Tucker will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Seaside Assembly Hall, 168 Smolian Circle in Santa Rosa Beach in the Seaside Academic Village Courtyard. Tickets are $10 at http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/events--dates.html.
Stroke support: A free stroke support group will meet at 3 p.m. in the Suite 3 conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members. Sharon Abele and “The Art Lady” will provide a special presentation on the Arts in Medicine program including hands on activities.
Joint replacement: Education class at 9 a.m. in Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Resource Center Suite 3 conference room. To attend, call Linda Ledford at 278-3646.
Tuesday, May 13
Salsa Party: UF/IFAS Extension office will have a program on the basics of salsa and how to safely preserve food through the water bath method from 5:30-8 p.m. at 732 N. 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $15/person and includes samples, materials and recipes. Pre-registration required at 892-8172.
Birthday Celebration: Celebrate 20 years and counting from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. Free food, BYOB, performance by Bryan Kennedy, and treats by Sweet Henriettas.
Arts and Carafes Night: Art event will have multiple artists on display with one featured artist as well as featured wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.
Wednesday, May 14
Seagrove Garden Club: The Seagrove Garden Club will complete the celebration of its 50th year as an organization with the program “Cooler Specials with Sally O,” presented by Sally Orlosky, SGGC member and flower shuttle participate, at 10 a.m. at the Vue on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. The Annual Book and Plant Exchange by the members will be held. Cost is $20/members and $25/guests. Make reservations at 866-6691 or email diannie168@yahoo.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert features Grady Champion from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.
UF/IFAS celebration: To celebrate 100 years, workshops/seminars, displays and an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Call 892-8172.
Thursday, May 15
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins the evening. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Food available for purchase.
Walton Patriots: The Walton County Patriots will hold a presentation at 6 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Special guest speaker will be Russ Barley, mayor of Freeport
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Claude AnShin Thomas, a Zen Buddhist monk, Vietnam War veteran, author and international advocate for nonviolence, will speak on “A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace.” For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerts in the Village: MKAF presents The Downbeat Classic Brass, a Rock ‘n Roll Horn Band Review, at 7 p.m. at the Dugas Pavilion at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Bring a picnic and wine or beverage of choice, or purchase meal from local restaurant prepared on-site. Admission is $10/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.
Friday, May 16
Topsail tour: Learn the history of the alligator from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6/vehicle. Call 267-8330.
Writers Conference: A movie screening of “Lawless,” based on the best-selling book, “The Wettest County in the World,” will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Seaside Assembly Hall followed by a reception and Q and A with the author, Matt Bondurant, in the Seaside Academic Village Courtyard. Tickets are $20 at http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/events--dates.html. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult.
Wine tasting: 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.