All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Easter Explosion: Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. April 15. Enjoy a day filled with free family friendly entertainment, lawn games, face-painting, and an inflatable obstacle course. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
Spring Concerts at Market Shops: Donnie Sundal will perform from 1-3 p.m. April 16 at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Bring a chair and blanket. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux.
• April 23: Chris Alvarado
• April 30: The Wildlife Specials
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers, makers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays year round at 12805 US Hwy. 98 E in Inlet Beach. Find fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, sauces, beef, chicken, ready-to-eat-foods and more at the new location.
Pop & Shop Concert Series: Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Continuum during the concert series from 5-7 p.m. April 18 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
May 2: Casey Kearney
May 9: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
May 16: Boukou Groove
May 23: Continuum
May 30: Kyle LaMonica
June 6: Casey Kearney
June 13: Kyle LaMonica
June 20: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
June 27: Luke Langford
July 4: The Graytones
July 11: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
July 18: Boukou Groove
July 25: Casey Kearney
Aug. 15: Boukou Groove
Coastal Seniors: The Coastal Seniors of South Walton, which focuses on planning activities for seniors age 50+, will host a presentation from 2-3 p.m. April 18 at the Coastal Branch Library, 537 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. The topic for this month is Caring for Seniors and Their Caregivers. Lisa Wainwright will be guest speaker. RSVP at email@example.com or call 460-1995.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Satisfaction, A Rolling Stones Tribute Band, from 7-9 p.m. April 19 in the Events Plaza in Bay-towne Wharf.
•April 26: Shadow of the King, Elvis Tribute
• May 3: Forrest Williams
• May 10: Selwyn Birchwood
• May 17: Big Al & the Heavyweights
• May 24: Chris Alvarado
• May 31: Moon Lagoons
Art exhibit: Students from South Walton High School will continue to exhibit their artwork throughout April at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Fitness on the Lawn: The Market Shops at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host free, fitness classes on the lawn from 9-10 a.m. weekdays through July 31. The classes are free to attend and open to individuals of all fitness levels. Classes include Pilates Stretch with Essential Oils by Susan Authement Dunnam, Pure Barre, Tabata Circuit with Scott Lassiter, Core Pilates with Lisa Turpin and Unique Flow-ing Fitness with Andi. No pre-registration is required; bring a mat.
Seminar: Syndicated economic columnist and firm founder Margaret R. McDowell of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC will lead a presentation, “Income Production and Rising Rates: Constructing a Portfolio Paycheck in a Rising Interest Rate Environment,” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 19 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. April 19 at Cantino Laredo, 585 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of NWFS, will be guest speaker. Cost of lunch is $20/members and $25/guests. Reservations required at 301-518-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Meeting: Walton County Public Works, in conjunction with District 5 Commissioner Tony Anderson, will host a public meeting regarding the upcoming infrastructure project on Driftwood Road and Ellis Road in Miramar Beach at 5 p.m. April 20 at the Seascape Resort and Conference Center, 122 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker Nanette Savage will present “A Rolfer’s Story.”
Music on the Green: 30Avenue in Inlet Beach will have live music from 6-9 p.m. April 20 with Continuum. The event is free and open to the public.
• April 27: Kane and the Saints
• May 4: Ben Loftin Band
• May 11: Yamadeo
• May 18: Continuum
• May 25: Cadillac Willy
Sandestin Wine Festival: The 31st Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will be held April 20-23 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wine. Visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com for events, times and tickets.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Celebrate Earth Day April 21 touring/birding various species rich venues in Gulf County for this 2-day chapter retreat. Call 678-6665 for information.
Trunk show: Jewelry designer Roxy Lentz will be the guest artist at Newbill Collection By The Sea art gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 and 22 at 309 Ruskin Place in Ruskin Place Artist Colony, near the Seaside Chapel. Lentz will discuss her works and techniques. Call 231-4500.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for the free movie “Muppets Most Wanted” under the stars at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Sacred Heart Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host “Bodies In Balance: Home Environmental Fall Risks” featuring Leslie Moskal, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Mary Kay Cattaneo, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Sacred Heart Hospital, at 11 a.m. April 21 in the hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register for free seminar.
Meet the Forester: The Florida Forest Service, in conjunction with the Seaside Farmers Market, will focus on Earth Day as the educational series continues from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at Point Washington State Forest. Call 267-8325.
Teen Driver Challenge: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge at 5 p.m. April 21 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at Freeport High School. Students are required to have a Florida Learner's Permit or valid Florida Operator's License and use the automobile they usually operate. The course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce chances of being in-volved in a crash.
Crawfish Boil: Young Professionals at The Beach will host the Third Annual Crawfish Boil benefiting the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance from 12-5 p.m. April 23 on the lawn at the Market Shops. BYO coolers, chairs, tents and blankets, and enjoy music from Chris Alvarado and all you can eat crawfish and fixings for $30. Tickets go up to $35 on April 16. Visit http://www.ypatthebeach.com/event-2494909.
Bubbly Baytowne: An evening of champagne, live music from Kyle Lamonica, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. April 27 at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. The event is free and for 21 and up only. The Village will be open to the public during this event. Other evenings are May 18 with music of Scott Rockwood.
Winemakers and Shakers: Several world-renowned winemakers, distillers, and other spirits industry celebrities will mix with locals and visitors at "Winemakers and Shakers" beginning at 4 p.m. April 28 at The Craft Bar in Destin. This intimate tasting party will kick-off the annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Guests will sample exceptional libations alongside artisan cheeses and other hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are being sold at xorbia.com.
Advising session: Northwest Florida State College will offer group advising sessions for new students who will begin classes in the upcoming summer or fall semesters at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 1 and 8. Students are encouraged to arrive with high school transcripts to ensure they receive all advising as-sistance needed. Register at https://nwfstatecollege.formstack.com/forms/form_1__fsform2530100
Live @ The Rep: Griffin House, musician/songwriter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Seaside Repertory Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25.
Concerts in the Village: joy the music of Emerald Gold at the 22nd annual Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15/adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• May 11: Flow Tribe
• May 18: Fountain city Players
• May 25: Alter Eagles
• June 1: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
• June 8: The Maxx
• June 15: Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces
• June 22: Triggerproof
• June 29: The Joe Band — Joe Cocker Tribute
• Sept. 3: Make Me Smile — Chicago Tribute Band
• Sept. 14: Heritage
• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South
• Sept. 28: Déjà vu
• Oct. 5: Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band
First Friday Art Walk: From4-7 p.m. May 5 through Oct. 6, the Artists at Gulf Place and Gordie Hinds will host the Gulf Place First Friday Art Walk in conjunction with the Artists of 30A First Friday Art Walk. Participating South Walton art galleries stay open late to display their art the first Friday of every month in Santa Rosa Beach. Enjoy wine and cheese, live music and The Battle of the Brushes — one inspiration, two hours to paint, three artists.
Cooked to Order: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. May 6 in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive, in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Take-out available. Call 830-7663 to make reservations for large groups. Donations benefit the church.
Wine Dinner: The E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center will host its first Birds of Prey Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. May 6 at Roux 30A, 114 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Discover the beauty of some of the most impressive birds of prey from our area during a live show and enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by Chef Nikhil. Evening ends with silent auction. Cost is $200/person and proceeds go to the Biophilia Center. Make reservations at https:/birdsofpreywinedinner.eventbrite.com.
Crawfish and Blues Cruise: SunQuest Cruises Annual Crawfish and Blues Cruise with Cadillac Willy will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 7 on the Solaris, docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, Indulge in freshly boiled, perfectly seasoned crawfish, shrimp or Jambalaya while cruising the waters and listening and dancing to blues music by Cadillac Willy. Cost is $48/person; $25/kids 10 and under and includes chicken tenders and chips. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Butler Does Broadway: Students from Butler Elementary School perform an evening on Broadway at 6 p.m. May 15 on the Events Plaza stage at Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free.
Digital Graffiti Festival 2017: Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, a projection art festival on Scenic High-way 30A, will be held from May 19-21. Twenty finalists along with three artist-in-residence participants from four countries will gather to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Purchase tickets at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/tickets/
Basic Life Support classes: American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Healthcare Provider Initial courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Suite 1, Education Building. Enrollment closes May 18. Cost is $50/person. To enroll, call 278-3019 or email email@example.com.
• July 22: enrollment closes July 20
• Sept. 23: enrollment closes Sept. 21
CVHN race day: Race presented by St. Joe Community Foundation at 8 a.m. May 20 at Watercolor in Santa Rosa Beach. Registration is available before the race at http://www.cvhnkids.org/ and on the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. Online registration is $20/child and $40/adult. Registration after May 1 is $25/child and $45/adult.This run has a Mile and 5K course. All proceeds benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Stay for the post race festivities including the Ohana Institute Bands, food, beverages, photo booth, kids entertainment and prizes and more.
Art presentation: “The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue will be at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Rodrigue will also sign copies of her book, The Other Side of the Painting. Books will be available for purchase at the free event. A cash bar will be provided by Edward’s Fine Food And Wine until 6:15 p.m.
Sculpture Exhibition: Opening, Wine Reception and Unveiling take place at 4 p.m. May 26 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard. Reception provided by Restaurant Paradis. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition.
Memorial Day Weekend Celebration: Kick off your summer during a free Memorial Day Celebration May 27-29 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy kids’ activities, live music, and a patriotic fireworks show on Sunday evening. Monday the San-destin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans.
Sinfonia Goes Pops: Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.
Groovin' On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 28 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 5: The Mighty Hurricanes
June 12: Reasonable Doubt
June 19: Raised on the Radio
June 26: Legacy
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 10: Ebb Tyed
July 17: Tony Vegas Band
July 24: Tropic Sands
July 31: Latitude 29
Aug. 7: Raised on the Radio
Aug. 14: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 21: The Mighty Hurricanes
Aug. 28: Ebb Tyed
Sept. 3: The Rowdies
Family Challenge: Check in at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.
Chef’s Counter: Chef Kevin Korman will offer guests an inventive chef's tasting menu each Friday night at Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar in Inlet Beach. This limited edition dinner will consist of an eight-course menu featuring seasonal farm-to-fork items crafted in Korman’s inventive style for $89 with an additional $45 wine pairing option. Only eight guests will be invited to this special dinner each week, so be sure to make a reservation to reserve a seat. Call 909-0400.
Sunday Pickin' at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin' at The Bay every Sunday while the weather is nice. Local musician Mike Whitty and friends will get together in the garden at The Bay for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m.
Movie Night at The Hub: It's double movie night with free movies at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. Shown on the Jumbotron on the events stage.
Spay/neuter services: Dog-Harmony Inc. and Operation Spay Bay will offer spay/neuter services for pets in the Santa Rosa Beach and Destin community. On the first Monday of each month, Dog-Harmony will transport dogs and cats to Panama City where they may be spayed or neutered at a reduced cost and returned to Dog-Harmony to be reunited with their owners. The transportation is offered at no fee by Dog-Harmony; all you have to do is make an appointment one week in advance and bring your pet to Dog-Harmony in Santa Rosa Beach.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion, return to the camp store for a prize.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.
Emerald Coast Farmers' Market: Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa's, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.