All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Derby de Mayo: Dress derby-style with a big hat and fancy dress and enjoy a Hot Brown sandwich and Mint Julep OR wear a sombrero for tacos and margaritas on the beach from 12-10 p.m. May 5 at The Bay, at the southern foot of the 331 bridge in Santa Rosa Beach. The Bay chefs will roast a whole pig on the beach and serve up pineapple pork tacos, and at 5:46 p.m. watch the most exciting two minutes in sports. Entertain-ment includes Sugarcane Jane at 3 p.m. followed by Larry Fleet and Phillip White from Nashville.
The Down & Derby Fest: The Junior League of the Emerald Coast hosts The Down & Derby Fest from 4-7 p.m. May 5 at The Market Shops in honor of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, shown live at 5 p.m. The festival will feature “Derby Fare” from local restaurants, with everything from a mint julep to an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown. VIP will open at 3:30 p.m. Get lost in the infield with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang as they serenade guests and dress to impress in Derby attire to win prizes. VIP experience at Bijoux Destin includes complimentary valet parking, a premium viewing area, a private bourbon presentation and a commemorative 144th Derby glass. Tickets are $40/advance and $50/day of. VIP are $100 in advance. Tickets available at https://850tix.com/events/the-down-derby-fest.
Cantina Laredo Cinco de Mayo: Enjoy live music, dancing, lawn games and authentic Mexican food and drinks from 2-10 p.m. May 5 at Grand Park, adjacent to Cantina Laredo, in Grand Boulevard. Open to the public at no charge. Kids can take part in free face painting and arts and crafts. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music from Hunter Dawson of Heritage from 2-5 p.m. and The Graytones from 7-10 p.m.
Throw Down on Cinco de Mayo: A Cinco de Mayo party begins at 11 a.m. and continues until the wee hours May 5 at Shades Bar and Grill in Inlet Beach. Kids can play on the bouncy houses and others can enjoy live music by Anne Cline and Mexican inspired food and drink.
Breakfast Cooked to Order: The first Saturday breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. May 5 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. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Birding on Eglin Reservation May 5 in search of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bachman’s Sparrow will be led by Malcolm Swan. Must have an Eglin Jackson Guard pass. Meet at the Eglin AFB Armament Museum parking lot at 7 a.m. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
Tea Fore Her: Enjoy a silent auction, a few giveaways, tea, lunch and good conversation while raising funds for breast cancer patients in financial need at the fourth annual Tea Fore Her from 1-3 p.m. May 6 at Vue on 30a, 4801 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Big hats encouraged. Guest speaker, Teri Fedonczack, is a breast cancer survivor, life coach and curator of powerful women. For tickets, visit fore-her.org.
Benefit Sunset Cruise: The Taylor Haugen Foundation will host a sunset cruise aboard the Solaris Yacht May 9, boarding at 5:30 p.m. at Baytowne Marina. Cruise around the Choctawhatchee Bay while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and an opportunity to enter to win raffle items. Tickets are $75/person and available at TaylorHaugen.org.
Wednesday Night Bonfire: Enjoy music, food and a bonfire on the beach, sponsored by The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, with The Pickled Pickers from 6-9 p.m. May 9. Call 622-2291.
• May 16: Sugarcane Jane
• May 23: The Graytones
• May 30: Strung Out
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams Band at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 16: J.P. Soars & The Red Hots
• May 23: Chris Alvarado
• May 30: Lauren Saint Jane
• June 6: The Blenders
• June 13: Stephen Simmons
• June 20: Boukou Groove
• June 27: Courtyard Saints
• July 11: Forrest Williams
• July 18: The Rib Bones
• July 25: Geoff McBride
• Aug. 1: Big Al & The Heavy Weights
• Aug. 8: Boukou Groove
• Aug. 15: TBD
• Aug. 22: The Graytones
• Aug. 29: Chris Alvarado
Coastal Branch Library: Chess on Mondays is at 4 p.m. for all ages and levels of players; Preschool Story Hour at 10 a.m. Thursdays for sto-ries, crafts and music; Book Lovers Club at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month through May. Call 267-2809 for book titles. The Joy Art Group meets from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays for artists of multiple genres to collaborate and broaden their horizons.
Health Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Senior Spirit’s free program will be “Hearing Loss and Dementia” at 10 a.m. May 9 in the Hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 877-416-1620 or 278-3600 to register.
A Tale of Three Cities: A Better South Walton (ABSW) presents “A Tale of Three Cities ... what it's like to be a city,” a series of three forums with first-hand accounts of the real-life challenges and successes from several incorporated Florida cities. The first forum will be at 5:30 p.m. May 9 at the Rosemary Beach Town Hall, south Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Concerts in the Village: Enjoy a night under the stars with The Petty Hearts, a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band that celebrates the life and musical legacy of his 40-year career in rock and roll, May 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a bottle of wine, a craft beer, snacks and a blanket or chair. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $15/adults and free to MKAF members and children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door.
• May 17: The Return is a Beatles Tribute that captures the very essence of the Beatles themselves.
• May 24: Velcro Pygmies are known for delivering a nonstop high energy hair metal rock show you won’t soon forget.
• May 31: Purple Masquerade, a Tribute to Prince, brings back the pop/funk sounds of Prince and The Revolution.
• June 7: Walter Wolfman Washington, a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene, brings heartfelt rhythm and blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz to the area.
• June 14: Gloria’s Miami Sound with Nikki Torres is a tribute to Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine with their Rhythm is Gonna Get You on Your Feet in 1, 2, 3.
• June 21: M-80’s present the best music from the 80’s with their high energy and great stage presence.
• June 28: The Maxx, back by popular demand, has energetic choreography and eclectic sound with classic oldies and today’s pop music.
• Sept. 13: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to.
• Sept. 20: Luke Langford & 331 South is a high energy band delivering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic and modern country.
• Sept. 27: Pickled Pickers play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass ... feel good to the soul kind of tunes.
• Oct. 4: Forrest Williams Band is a singer/songwriter covering a variety of music from soul to blues, a little bit of country and reggae.
• Oct. 11: The Wide Open, a diverse and soulful Americana duo, fuse soulful southern blues and folk with modern roots and Delta Rag Time.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a luncheon and stitch-in from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 12 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.
Food Drive: Place your food donation(s), non-perishable and non-expired food items, in a bag next to your mailbox early the morning of Saturday, May 12, for the 26th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations as they make their regular mail and then deliver them to our local food banks. Visit www.united-way.org/food-drive/
ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival: In its 30th year, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 12 in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 150 artists from around the country while also experiencing live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule), student exhibits and great food and beverage options.
Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise: Indulge in a three-course, chef prepared meal and celebrate Mom on the water from 12:30-3 p.m. May 13 aboard the Solaris Yacht. Boarding begins at 11:45 a.m. from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Tickets are $58/adult, $38/child and $18/children under 3. Reservations required at www.sunquestcruises.com or call 650-2519.
Garden Club: Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 16 at the Bayside Conference ballroom in Sandestin. They will be presenting the “American Landscape Awards” to four categories of homeowners’ landscapes and one commercial winning landscape. Lunch follows the awards.
Bubbly Baytowne: Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. May 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music and shopping with the sounds of live music in the Events Plaza. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “COCO” at 7:15 p.m. May 20 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• June 3: Minions
• June 10: Emoji Movie
• June 17: Beauty and the Beast
• June 24: Moana
• July 1: Despicable Me 3
• July 8: Toy Story 3
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
• Aug. 5: Cars 3
Magical Thursday: Watch as featured pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with magic during shows at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 24, May 31 and June 7 on the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf.
Wag The Flag: Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with Dog-Harmony and enjoy puppy and people treats, live entertainment and a raffle from 5-7 p.m. May 24 in Grand Park in Sandestin. Proceeds benefit Dog-Harmony.
Memorial Day Celebration: Kick off your summer during our Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music from 7-9 p.m. May 26 and 27. Kids activities and a patriotic fireworks show also light up on May 27. The Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans May 28.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
Theatre Thursdays: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a fun-for-all-ages adaptation of a William Shakespeare play from 8-9 p.m. every Thursday, May 31–Aug. 2, in Grand Park in Sandestin. Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Summer Sunday Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A presents a free concert with Still Standing, A Tribute to Elton John, from 6-8 p.m. June 3 on the corner of 30A and 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn.
• June 10: Casey Kearney
• June 17: Kickstand Jenny
• June 24: New Earth Army
• July 8: Rust & Gold
• July 15: I’MAGINE
• July 22: JP Soars & The Red Hots
• July 29: Flash Flood
• Aug. 5: Emerald Gold Band
Baytowne LIVE: Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays June 5-July 31 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Living Bear-wise by FWCC from 10-11 a.m. June 15 at Topsail Hill Pre-serve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn about the insects and bugs that call the Florida Panhandle home. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
• July 20: Prescribed Fires and the Forest by Florida Forest Service
• Aug. 17: Native American History of the Florida Panhandle b the Indian Temple Mound
• Sept. 21: Microplastics and Plastic Pollution by Dr. Laura Tiu, a Florida Sea Grant agent
• Oct. 19: Coastal Dune Lakes by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club: The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club from 7-11:45 p.m. June 15 at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Miramar Beach. Ticket includes big time laughs from national stand up comedians; 1950's all girl musical review and variety show; Swillin' Classic Cocktails and Nostalgic Nosh; Wine and bour-bon tastings; Chef's prepared nibbles and bites; and Chocolate Fondue and Bubbly. For tickets or info visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org
Ballet at Twilight: Northwest Florida Ballet presents its annual free community performance, Ballet at Twilight, at 7:30 p.m. June 23 under the stars at Grand Park in Sandestin. featuring a mixed repertoire of classic and modern works. Bring a chair or blanket.
Red, White, and Baytowne: The free Red, White, and Baytowne celebration begins at 6 p.m. July 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Tai Chi Tuesday: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host Tai Chi Tuesday the third Tuesday of each month. Seated Tai Chi is 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Standing Tai Chi is 9:30-10:15 a.m. Class fee is $13 and does not include park admission. Call the park store at 267-8333 for more information.
Mommy & Me: Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98, has a faith based ministry for moms and their children 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Facebook page Mommy & Me Faith Based Program.
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. Local musician Mike Whitty and Friends will get together in the garden for a jam session. All local musicians are in-vited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 7-9 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.
45 Central Wine Bar: Enjoy live music with Tropic Breeze from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.