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State of the County: The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa & Walton Counties hosts its 19th Annual State of the County (SOTC) Report from 10 a.m. to noon June 9 at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 34 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. County residents can meet with their elected officials, learn about how county business is being conducted, and ask questions about important issues. The meeting is free and the public is welcome. For more info, call 621-4088, or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Emoji Movie” at 7:15 p.m. June 10 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Bay-towne Wharf.
• 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
Sunday Markets: Gulf Place on 30A will host Sunday Markets from 4-8 p.m. through Aug. 5 in tandem with the Gulf Place free Summer Concert Series. Located on the green, the Gulf Place Sunday Market will feature artwork, candles, food, and more from local artisans around the Emerald Coast.
Summer Sunday Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A presents a free concert with Casey Kearney from 6-8 p.m. June 10 on the corner of 30A and 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn.
• 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
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Nitefire from 7-9 p.m. June 11 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
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
Here Comes the Sun Summer Concerts: Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of free music with Rosemary Beach Big Band of Misfits from 7-9 p.m. June 11 on East Long Green in Rosemary Beach. If raining will be held in Town Hall.
• June 18: Coastal Groove
• June 25: Kool Kats (50’s & 60’s)
July 2: Rosemary Beach Rock & Soul Revue
• July 9: Ocean’s 9 (Yacht Rock)
• July 16: Forrest Williams
•July 23: Sun, Surf & Sand (Music of The Beach Boys)
• July 30: Fais Do-Do (Cajun/Zydeco)
• Aug. 6: Rosemary Beach Rock & Soul Revue
Summer Reels: Bring blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy “Deep” under the stars at 8 p.m. June 12 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
• June 19: Spark: A Space Tale
• June 26: Despicable Me 3
• July 3: Max 2: White House Hero
• July 10: Beauty and the Beast
• July 17: Cars 3 at 8 p.m.
• July 24: Paddington 2
• July 31: Early Man
Movies and More: The fifth annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park begins June 13 with “Little Mermaid.” The interpretive program will be about sea life in the area. Evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with interpretive program followed by a campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted.
• June 27: A Bug’s Life (Rated G). The interpretive program facilitated by Bay County Mosquito Control will be about bugs.
• July 11: Madagascar (Rated PG). Gulf World will present the interpretive program using an animal ambassador.
• July 25: FernGully …The Last Rainforest (Rated G). Camp Helen’s Park Ranger will present the interpretive program on the Florida Black Bear.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Stephen Simmons at 7 p.m. June 13 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
Guided Bird Walks: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Audubon Society host a guided bird walk from 8:15-10:15 a.m. June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8 at the park in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn about the birds in the park. If time permits, explore the beach. Program is free with regular park admission.
Seaside Summer Concerts: Grab your blankets and low back chairs and head to the Amphitheater in Seaside for free musical enter-tainment by Wake at 7 p.m. June 13.
• June 20: Alvarez Kings
• June 27: Stop Light Observations
• July 11: The Georgia Flood
• July 18: Ryan Kinder
• July 25: The Brook & The Bluff
• Aug. 1: Forrest Williams Band
• Aug. 8: The Courtyard Saints
• Sept 1: The High Divers
Alys Beach Summer Concerts: Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the music of Cadillac Willy from 7-9 p.m. June 13 at the Alys Beach amphitheatre. Food and drinks available for purchase at Henry’s Pizza Truck.
• June 20: I’MAGENE
• June 27: The Boiled Peanuts
• July 11: Local Honey
• July 18: The Krickets
• July 25: Adventures of Annabelle Lynn
• Aug. 1: Lucky Strike Blues
Theatre Thursdays: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a fun-for-all-ages adaptation of a William Shakespeare play, “Romeo and Juliet,” from 8-9 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 2 in Grand Park in Sandestin. Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Ranger Program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Ranger program at 9 a.m. every Thursday in June, July and August. Learn about park plants, animals and cultural history. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs include exploring the park. Program is free with regular park admission.
Concerts in the Village: 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 from 7-9 p.m. June 14 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.
• 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.
Moonlight Movies/Facepainting: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch the free movie “Wonder” (PG) under the stars at 8:15 p.m. June 14 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Popcorn and hot dogs available from DogManDu. Face painting begins at 5 p.m. If raining, movie moves to Town Hall.
• June 21: The Emoji Movie
• June 28: Spider Man: Homecoming
• July 5: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• July 12: The Nut Job 2
• July 19: Coco
• July 26: The Lego Ninjago Movie
• Aug. 2: Coco
• Aug. 9: Cars 3
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.
Baytowne Wharf: In addition to free concerts and movies, Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin offers free events on other nights in the Events Plaza. Hydro Flight Monday features fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Boomin’ Tuesday has lawn games and inflatables from 7-9:15 p.m. followed by fireworks over the Lagoon. Magical Thursday with pirate Captain Davy begins at 7 and 8 p.m.
Central Square Cinema: Grab a blanket for the free family movie “Dolphin Tale” at 8 p.m. June 15 under the stars on the Seaside Amphi-theater lawn.
• June 22: Paddington 2
• June 29: Beauty and the Beast
• July 6: The Secret Life of Pets
July 13: WALL-E
• July 20: Sing
• July 27: Despicable Me 3
• Aug. 3: The Jungle Book
Aug. 10: Hairspray
• Aug. 17: Finding Nemo
• Aug. 24: Coco
• Aug. 31: A Wrinkle In Time
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
Baytowne LIVE: Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays through July 31 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
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
Father’s Day Cruise: Dad is the guest of honor on the Solaris Father’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 17. The Solaris chefs prepare a three-course menu featuring coastal cuisines as Dad enjoys the fresh breezes and sunset views from a 125 foot yacht. The price, including a three-hour cruise and three-course meal, is $76.50 per adult, $38 per child and $18 for children under 3. Boarding begins at 4:45 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Guided Plant Stroll: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler will lead a guided plant stroll from 9-11 a.m. June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20. Explore the plants to see what is in bloom. Program is free with regular park admission.
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. A mixed repertoire of classic and modern works will be featured. Bring a chair or blanket.
Cops on Top Summit for Heroes: WCSO will set out to summit their state's highest point, Britton Hill in Lakewood Park at 11 a.m. June 30 in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Public is invited to join in.
Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt: Visit The Hidden Lantern Bookstore or the front desk at the Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company July 1-31 to pick up your scavenger map, and then wander around the Town Center to participating merchants to find Waldo in each location. Weekly winners announced every Thursday before the start of the movie.
Fourth of July Celebration: Start bright and early with the Bike Decorating Contest and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Bike Parade throughout the Town Center at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned family field day on Western Green with sack races, water balloon toss, games, prizes and more at 9 a.m. Rock to the sounds of the different decades with the band, the Totally Hep Cats, at 6 p.m. on Western Green. A star spangled fireworks display from the beach begins at 8:45 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
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. with Donovan Keith. A fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music begins at 9:15 p.m.
Kids’ Rock the Block Party: Bring the family for a rockin’ night of fun from 6-8 p.m. July 10 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. DJ, moonwalks, face painting, color hairspray, tattoos, arts and crafts, Gigi’s hula hoop contest, games, prizes and more highlight the evening.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Northwest Florida State College’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts will present The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. July 11-14 and 2 p.m. July 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is made up of local community members. Tickets are $25/adults and $10/youth 18 and under. NWFSC students can enter for free with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000.
From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
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. July 13 with artist Carol Dickson. 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.
• Aug. 10: Basket Weaving, $35/class
SoWal Craft Beer and Spirits Festival: The inaugural event will be held from 12-4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach and includes more than 60 craft beers, ciders, Florida distilled craft spirits, and rosé wine and mimosas. Beer and spirit experts will be on-site and food samplings will be provided. Tickets are available at Shades30a.com or directly at www.xorbia.com/e/shades30a/shades-fest, with reduced prices in June.
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.
Pittman Magic: A night of action-packed fun with Pittman Magic, Juggling, and Comedy from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 7 at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Witness a husband-and-wife duo perform Las Vegas-style grand stage illusions, juggling, balancing, es-capes, and family-friendly magic.
Havana Hat Bar/Got Ink: A fun-filled afternoon of creative delights as you decorate your own fedora hat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 10 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Also, airbrush tattoos and kids karaoke available.
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 email@example.com, 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. The new market is at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 5.
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.