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September Saturdays: Enjoy music from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 30 with Donnie Sundal on the Events Plaza lawn at Baytowne Wharf. Village merchants will also feature game day specials and more than 90 TV's to cheer on teams and enjoy great deals all weekend. Event is free.
Eggs on the Beach: The fourth Annual Eggs on the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Seascape Resort. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach will benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food For Thought. Taster tickets are $32/adult, $18/child (ages 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. To purchase a taster ticket, visit EggsontheBeach.com or call 269-4666.
South Walton RUN/SUP: The Third Annual South Walton RUN/SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Series will be held Sept. 30 at Grayton Beach State Park from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. After Party and Awards Ceremony occurrs at The Craft Bar 30A. Registrant Packet Pick up will take place at The Craft Bar 30A in Grayton Beach from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23 and the RUN/SUP Seagrove Store 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year the South Walton RUN/SUP will also team up with the Destin Chamber’s Sixth Annual Paddle at the Porch by awarding both the male and female winners in the 12’6 Elite Division complimentary entries into the Competitive Division at the RUN/SUP race. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/yajrm4nm.
Seminar: Forward DeFuniak will host “Effective Decision Making for Organizational Leadership from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at the Civic Center, 361 N. Tenth St. in DeFuniak Springs. Guest speaker will be Lee Wright, a professional registered parliamentarian. The $20 fee includes refreshments. Registration forms are available at Nook and Cranny, Art Co-Op, Bogey’s, Local Churches, Library, Heritage Museum, City Hall, Walton County Health Department, Walton County Teachers Credit Union, from firstname.lastname@example.org or call 830-7663.
Audubon Society: Join local birders in a walk through Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville led by expert, Lenny Fenimore Sept. 30. Meet at the Oak Creek Shopping Center parking lot by CVS in Niceville on Hwy. 20 at 7:40 a.m. Pay $5 Park entrance fee. Wear closed toed shoes and bring bug spray, binoculars and water. Call 863-2039.
Sunset Paddle: Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Sunset Paddle on Campbell Lake from 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 years old. Program is $40/person and includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks tram ride, and donation to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Advance online registration required at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
Geocache: Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on National Public Lands Day for a “Cache In, Trash Out” Adventure from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Explore the park by foot or by bike while looking for 13 geocache locations. At each location, participants will learn more about the area of the park and help maintain it by picking up trash as they go. Check in at Park Store. Participants will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS, water, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. Event is free with regular park admission.
Musical Comedy: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 1 upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.
Mommy & Me: Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98, is starting a new faith based ministry for moms and their children. It will meet on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. Moms and their children can learn and grow together through music, Bible stories, crafts, snacks, and more. Each class is $5. Call 267-0322, email email@example.com, or visit Facebook page Mommy & Me Faith Based Program.
Kid's Yoga: Yoga instructor Galina Wells will host free Kid’s Yoga from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 and 24, Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5 and 19 at Walton County Coastal Library in Santa Rose Beach. All ages welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 267-2809.
Bonfire on the Beach: Enjoy Bonfire on the Beach from 6–9 p.m. Oct. 4 with the Forrest Williams Band at The Bay, 24215 S. Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach.
• Oct. 11: Pickled Pickers
• Oct. 18: Josh Fox
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Chris Alvarado from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 11: The Moon Lagoons
• Oct. 18: Continuum
• Oct. 25: Heritage
Lecture Series: The Walton County Master Gardeners present “Turfgrass Alternatives for Coastal Northwest Florida” with Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Coastal Branch Office, 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. The cost is $5, payable at the door, cash or checks only. Reservations are required at 892-8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
Saddle Club: Promoting bonding of horse owners with their horses and promoting that harmony at parades and events in Okaloosa and Walton counties is the mission of the Saddle Club. It will meet from 6-6:45 p.m. for social and dinner and 6:45-7:45 p.m. for meeting the first Wednesday of each month at David’s Catfish House, 1296 N. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview. Call 682-5399 or email email@example.com.
ECMS: Pat Carlyle will present “What is Freedom” when the Emerald Coast Meditation Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Carlyle will be joined by Loung Ly, a Buddhist monk and Santa Rosa Beach business owner.
Fall Concerts in the Village: Listen to the music of the Steve Miller Tribute Band from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic and wine or purchase soft drinks and dinner prepared by a featured restaurant or food trucks on site. Tickets are $10 at the door with age 12 and under free.
Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Room 130 of Bldg 400 at NWFSC, Niceville campus. “Water and Air Quality: A Challenge in Florida” will be presented by Eric Prince. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 225-252-2760 for more information.
• Oct. 7: Join local birders in a walk through Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island led by Malcolm Swan, videographer and expert birder, to see herons, raptors and migrants. Meet at the NE corner of the Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Wear long pants, closed toe shoes and a hat. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
• Oct. 14: Event. Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport. Teach children how to identify birds using matching games, binoculars and spotting scopes. Bring water, bug spray and a lawn chair. Call 267-2064 or email liveoaklanding.rvoutdoors.com for additional information.
• Oct. 21: See owls, warblers, herons and rails in a walk through the Bluewater Bay Marina marshes and oak forest. Meet at Oak Creek Shopping Center by CVS on Hwy. 20 in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water and bug spray. Call 368-3680 for additional information.
• Oct. 28: See ducks, herons, raptors and migrants in a walk through the FWB landfill and holding ponds led by Malcolm Swan. Meet at Pepitos, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes, a hat and long pants. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
The REP: Gretchen Peters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Seaside Repertory Theater, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25 and available at 231-0733 or www.lovetherep.org.
• Oct. 15: Michael McDermott
• Oct. 20 and 21: Charlie Mars
• Oct. 28 and 29: Griffin House
Fall Festival/Pumpkin Sales: The second annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 with fun, food and games. Camp Helen State Park entrance fee is $2 per person for anyone age 7 and above. The event is free; however donations are accepted for Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park's resource management projects and interpretive programs. For more information, call 233-5059 or email CampHelenFriends@gmail.com. They will sell pumpkins from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31.
Bloody Mary Festival: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host its Third Annual Bloody Mary Festival to benefit Habitat for Humanity — Walton County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. The event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s innovative Bloody Marys served at restaurants and bars in the Panhandle and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door or $100 for VIP tickets and include three hours of unlimited tastes of up to 25 Bloody Marys. Visit http://bit.ly/TMSBloodyMaryFest2017 for tickets.
Teen Driver Challenge: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 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 of-fered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce chances of being involved in a crash. Visit http://waltonso.org/teen-driver-challenge/ to register and email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition: An exhibition of 12 outdoor sculptures is on view in various greens, parks and gardens throughout Rosemary Beach until Oct. 7.
Duck Regatta: The seventh annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Adopt a duck for your chance to win $5,000. This family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, face painting, kids’ activities, free carousel rides, and the duck race at 1 p.m. Adopt ducks at emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast Gift Shop. Proceeds support healthcare services.
Vintage and Antique RV Show: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents “Rollin’ Through the Decades,” a Vintage and Antique RV Show, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in Santa Rosa Beach. Visit with performer Tim Jackson, explore a 1953 New Moon Trailer made famous by the popular couple Lucy and Ricky, and view other vintage and antique RVs and campers. Event is free with regular park admission.
NFB ballet: The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) will stage a free, outdoor performance of excerpts from Giselle and The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Seaside Amphitheater. The program begins with a lecture demonstration on the history of ballet and the method of training at NFB featuring both company dancers and school students. Visit the NFB website and Facebook page to purchase tickets or for additional information.
2017 Fall Bocce Tournament: Be a part of the Fall Bocce Tournament at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 on the East Long Green of Rosemary Beach. Enjoy friendly competition, food, drinks and fun. Bring your own bocce balls. Court assignments begin at 9 a.m. for tickets and more information, visit www.bocce30a.com.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold stitch-ins from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Garden Club: The Seagrove Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin. The guest speaker will be Kirby Holt, a floral designer from Chipley, who will demonstrate his expertise and designing arrangements that will be raffled to the audience. Guests are always welcome. The cost for guests is $30 which includes lunch. Reservations are required and must be made by 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at email@example.com.
Health Living Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Senior Spirit program will host a free seminar, “Cancer Treatment and Prevention, at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 in the Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 877-416-1620 to register.
Coastal Branch Library: The artist of the month for October is Joan Vienot. Meet her Oct. 13 during the “Books and Arts” sale and show. Numerous local artists will choose a favorite book and create an art piece that they feel expresses that book and their love for the subject.
Baytowne Beer Festival: The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts its 10th Annual Baytowne Beer Fest Oct. 13 and 14. More than 200 beers will be featured and live music will be heard throughout the festival. Visit http://www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com/ for more information and tickets.
Art in the Park: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a watercolor class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Fee is $25 and includes materials. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station. Register seven days before class in the park store or at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
30A Blue Crab Festival: Celebrate the 30A lifestyle Oct. 13-15 at the second annual 30A Blue Crab Festival hosted at Trebeache in Blue Mountain. Proceeds will benefit The South Walton Artificial Reef Association. Visit https://www.30acrabfest.com/ for information and tickets.
Sale on the Circle: The 10th Annual Sale on the Circle, sponsored by St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in DeFuniak Springs. Find bargains among the furniture, antiques, knick-knacks, crafts and yard sale items that are offered by vendors. Lunch will also be available. To make item donations or for questions, call 830-7663.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked: The seventh annual Rosemary Beach Uncorked featuring wine, food and more will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Proceeds will go to the Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. Advance tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.rosemarybeachuncorked.com.
Explore the Outdoors: Walton Outdoors will host its eighth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport. This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase from Black Creek Café. For more information, visit http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/explorefest
Where the Wild Things Run: Race through the woods for a wild adventure through parts of Nokuse Plantation from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the E.O Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. The Second Annual Where the Wild Things Run 5K and 1 mile fun run benefits the Biophilia Nature Center. Register at http://www.eowilsoncenter.org/. Celebrate with food, music and interactive museum and exhibits after the race.
Community Clean-Up Day: Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Choctaw Beach Park on State Road 20 in the Choctaw Beach Community. A crew and equip-ment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum. Do not bring poisons, pesticides, paints, thinners, gasoline, and other flammables.
Butler Does Halloween: Join in a night of frighteningly good tunes from Van R Butler Elementary Chorus as they present Butler Does Hal-loween at 6 p.m. Oct. o4 in the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf.
Camp for adult cancer patients: Adults who have been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to register now for an upcoming Sacred Heart Health System program that offers support, encouragement and renewal. Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp in Escambia County. Activities include arts and crafts, pampering, education, optional sharing sessions, entertainment and more. Visit www.campbluebirdfl.com or call 698-2202.
Throwback Thursday Cinema: Enjoy the free family friendly movie "Hocus Pocus" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Halloween Celebration/Trick-or-Treating: Bring the little ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treating throughout North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach and the Harvest Market Artist’s booths from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Enjoy a pumpkin carving and costume contest with prizes, hayrides, a moonwalk, games, airbrush tattoos, spin art, music and more. Tour the haunted cemetery and see Ohana Institute’s annual Scarecrow Lane and gobble up some goodies from their bake sale.
Lady Antebellum: GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will headline the inaugural 30A Sessions concert series Oct. 28 at WaterColor LakeHouse. For tickets and concert info, visit 30Asessions.com.
Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival will showcase the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle drawing and more. Convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are available. Admission is $5 for adults; MKAF members and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach programs. Call 650-2226.
Trick or Treat Street: Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a free spooktacular extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick or Treat through the Village streets, listen to the DJ’s frighteningly good tunes on the main stage, and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and a fly-board show by Ben Merrell. End the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Meet and Greet: View art work of Jeanie Posey from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at the South Walton Coastal Branch Library. Her works will be on display during November.
Foundation for Kids: Dress up for Gameday at the annual Sandestin Foundation for Kids Gameday 5K at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. The race includes a 5K for all ages and 1 mile fun run for kids 12 and under throughout Sandestin. Cost is $35/5K and $20/fun run. Post-race tailgate fun will be at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina with cornhole, bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, silent auction and the college football game of the day live on the jumbo screen. Proceeds benefit Sandestin Foundation for Kids organization that allows for funds to be gifted to needy children and families quickly in the event of a tragedy.
Charity Soiree: Café Thirty-A will presents its annual Charity Christmas Soiree from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1 with a buffet and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by DJ 30A, a silent auction and a raffle. Dress is evening attire with black tie optional. Proceeds will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. General admission tickets will be $75/person and will be available for purchase on cafethirtya.com.
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.
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.
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.
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. Thursdays 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.
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.