All area codes are 850 unless specified. 

 

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/

 

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.

 

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.

 

Hub Movies: Enjoy “Back to the Future” under the stars on Retro Movie Monday at 6 p.m. May 14 at The Hub, 7000 East County Hwy. 30A in Watersound Beach.

• May 16: Family Movie Night with Monster’s Inc.

• May 20: Music Movie Night with Grateful Dead: Fare the Well

• May 21: Retro Movie Monday with National Lampoon’s Vacation

• May 23: Family Movie Night with Minions

• May 28: Retro Movie Monday with Endless Summer Viewing Party + Specialty Cocktail at 7 p.m.

• May 30: Family Movie Night with Aladdin at 7 p.m.

 

Free Fitness on the Lawn: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host free fitness classes on the lawn from 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through July 30. Classes include Slow Flow Yoga with Dannica Marie, Buti Yoga with Katie Truax, and Bootcamp with Cayce Collins of Encore Fitness.

 

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.

 

Wednesday Night Bonfire: Enjoy music, food and a bonfire on the beach, sponsored by The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, with Sugarcane Jane from 6-9 p.m. May 16. Call 622-2291.

• May 23: The Graytones

• May 30: Strung Out

 

WRWF: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. May 16 at Cantina Laredo, 585 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin. The program will feature candidates for Florida’s cabinet seat, Commissioner of Agriculture. Candidates in attendance will be Denise Grimsley, Matt Caldwell and Baxter Troutwell. Cost to attend is $20/members and $25/non-members. Make reservations at bhbrooke@mchsi.com.

 

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with J.P. Soars & The Red Hots at 7 p.m. May 16 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• 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

 

Concerts in the Village: The Return is a Beatles Tribute that captures the very essence of the Beatles themselves from 7-9 p.m. May 17 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 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.

 

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.

 

30Avenue Concert Series: Enjoy games, food and the music of Gold & Motion from 6-9 p.m. May 18 on the Green at 30Avenue, 12805 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Inlet Beach.

• May 24: I’magene

• May 25: The Scratchtones

• May 31: New Earth Army

• June 1: Purple Monkey

 

Wizard of Oz: The Florida Chautauqua presents The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. May 18 and 19 and 2:30 p.m. May 20 at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. This was the first show ever performed by The Florida Chautauqua Children's Thea-tre almost 30 years ago. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students 18 and under. They are available at the door or call 892-9494.

 

LakeFest: an annual festival in DeFuniak Springs LakeFest celebrates sports and exercise on the water from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 in Chipley Park on the banks (and on the water) of Lake DeFuniak. Visit https://www.defuniaksprings.net/1101/LakeFest for schedule.

 

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: Paddington

• July 15: Finding Dory

• July 22: Inside Out

• July 29: Brave

• Aug. 5: Cars 3

 

Baytowne Wharf: In addition to free concerts and movies, Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin also offers free events on other nights in the Events Plaza.

• Hydro Flight Monday: Enjoy shows over the lagoon by fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. May 21

• Boomin’ Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 7-9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks over the Lagoon beginning May 22

• Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs at 7 and 8 p.m. beginning May 24 on the Events Plaza Stage

 

Women’s Health Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a free Women’s Health seminar, “Meet the Gynocologist,” at 5 p.m. May 23 in Sacred Heart Hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Dinner and refreshments will be served. To register, call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Sinfonia Goes Pops: Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the palm trees at 7:30 p.m. May 27 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Fireworks follow the free concert. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Summer Reels: Bring blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy “The LEGO Batman Movie” under the stars at 7 p.m. May 29 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.

 

Alys Beach Summer Concerts: Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the music of The Currys from 7-9 p.m. May 30 at the Alys Beach amphitheatre. Food and drinks available for purchase at Henry’s Pizza Truck.

 

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.

 

Food For Thought: Food For Thought Outreach is rolling out its seventh annual summer program the first week of June. Providing hungry children and families with easy-to-prepare foods is a year round responsibility.

Students in our community will miss an average of 110 meals over the summer break from school and help is needed to feed more than 350 families this summer. Sponsor a family for $35/week, $125/month or $375/summer. To make donation, visit fftfl.org.

 

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 bourbon 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.

 

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 stories, 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.

 

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 jstein@hopeonthebeach.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.