All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Beer Fest: The Eighth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival takes place from 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 with Beer Bingo and 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 17 with a VIP event and 2-6 p.m. craft tasting.
Food Drive: Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union will hold its Annual Food Drive to benefit local food banks until Oct. 30. Donations of nonperishable food items or paper supplies can be dropped off at any AACFCU location. Please ensure that food donations are not expired. All donations will stay in local communities to help those in need. Call 800-448-4096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
30Avenue Stroll: Enjoy great live music with Chris Alvarado Oct. 16, Indigo Sol Oct. 17, Chuck Lawson Oct. 18, and Matt Lyons Oct. 22 on the green at 30Avenue at Inlet Beach.
• Oct. 23: Scott Rockwood
• Oct. 24: Bobby Van Deusel
• Oct. 25: Chuck Lawson
• Oct. 29: Matt Lyons
• Oct. 30: Bryan Bludworth
• Oct. 31: Donnie Sundal, 4-7 p.m.
Audubon Society: Veteran birder Lenny Fenimore will lead a bird walk Oct. 17 on the shores of various bayous in the Twin Cities area looking for ducks, raptors, and shorebirds. Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat, and bring binoculars or cameras if desired. Call 863-3039 for more information.
Yard sale/arts and crafts fair: The Freeport Community Yard Sale/Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Christ the King Catholic Church Social Center on old Highway 331 just South of Freeport High School and Freeport Elementary. Furniture, appliances, electronics, tools, linens, kitchen equipment, toys, jewelry, books, sports equipment, shoes, home décor, clothing of all sizes and miscellaneous. Refreshments available.
Sunday Concert Series: Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy a free concert with The Rips from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 under the stars on the Gulf Place Amphitheater lawn.
• Oct. 25: Hubba Hubba
Great American Picnic: The Watersound Origins community will host the second annual Great American Picnic from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wind Garden Park. The free, outdoor event will feature live music, family-friendly activities, food trucks, a pumpkin carving contest, a cornhole tournament and lawn games to benefit Food For Thought and Children’s Volunteer Health Network.
ArtWalk on the Harbor: HarborWalk Village becomes a mini art district as dozens of artists showcase their creative artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary art, jewelry, paintings, handcrafted items and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.
FPRA: The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer in Destin. Darren Nelson, owner of Destin Shines and DestinApps.com, will be guest speaker. Cost is $15/students and members and $25/non-members. Register by 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at www.nwfcoastFPRA.org.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 at 7 Pines Nursery in DeFuniak Springs. The program will be on "Pollinations and Plants of Florida." Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Lunch will be at the Hotel DeFuniak. Make reservations at 880-6066.
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at Cantina Laredo, 585 Grand Boulevard. The program will be presented by Alex Alford, Walton County Clerk of Circuit Court, who will discuss changes and updates that have taken place in the Clerk’s Office during the last two years. Lunch is $20/members and $22/guests. Reservations required at 301-518-0316 or email@example.com.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Listen to a free concert with the music of Continuum from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• Oct. 28: Brandon Santini
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Lis and Lon Williamson at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Nov. 5: Too Many Smiths
• Nov. 12: Michael Jordan
• Nov. 19: Lucky Mud
Fall Music Series: 723 Whiskey Bravo has live music with Will & Linda Pleasants from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 on the roof on Scenic 30A in Seagrove Beach. Come early for Happy Hour or select $15 entrees 5-6 p.m. Featuring:
• Oct. 29: Kenny Oliverio
• Nov. 5: Scott Rockwood
• Nov. 12: Chris Alvarado
• Nov. 19 Will & Linda Pleasants
Coastal Living Cottage Tour: The Coastal Living Beach Cottage will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 29, at 46 Forest Street in Old Seagrove. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit Food For Thought Outreach, Alaqua Animal Refuge and Seaside Repertory Theatre.
Wine Dinner: The Northwest Florida Ballet will host a wine dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Vintij Wine Boutique to benefit its Live Music Fund. Wines available for purchase at a discount at the end of the evening. Tickets are $100. Purchase at http://nfballet.org/product/dinner-tickets/.
Lincoln Day Dinner: James E. O’Keefe III, ground-breaking investigative guerrilla journalist and founder and president of Project Veritas, will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the Walton County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner Oct. 22 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Tickets are $75/person and can be purchased by mailing a check made payable to WCREC and mailing it to P.O. Box 2283, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or by credit card at http://lincolndaydinner2015.eventzilla.net.
Best of the Emerald Coast: EC Magazine will host its 16th annual Best of the Emerald Coast from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Grand Boulevard Sandestin. Benefiting the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, this celebration honors top restaurants, services and businesses. Tickets may be purchased in advance at emeraldcoastmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Emerald-Coast for $30. General admission will be $40 at the door. For $75, guests may upgrade to a true VIP experience with a private lounge, additional food and drink and a gift bag filled with deals from around the region.
Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation hosts the 20th annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The festival showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Tickets are $5/adults and children under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.
Classical concert series: From Bach to Shepherd on the Rock at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 with Dr. David Ott at Christ the King Episcopal Church. All concerts are free and open to the public at Christ the King, 480 N. County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
• Dec. 6: Christmas Spectacular with the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
• Jan. 17: Sopranos Supreme
• Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
• March 13: Music by organ masters from Germany and France
Master Gardener Lecture: The Master Gardeners of Walton County announced that Fred Basset will give a lecture, "Southeastern Hummingbirds — A lot more than you might think," at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the DeFuniak Springs Walton County Extension office, 732 N. 9th St. Reservations must be made at 892-8172 by the Monday before event.
Vintage Film Series: Bring your chairs, blankets, bug spray to enjoy the movie, "Frogs," under the stars on the giant blow-up screen at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Second Annual Eden Vintage Film Series. Films will be shown on the main lawn overlooking the bayou. Free with park admission, but donations are welcome and will go directly to the Friends of Eden State Gardens. Grayton Beer donated craft beer to enjoy during the film. As always, costumes are encouraged for each film.
Lip Sync Battle: Emerald Coast Theatre Company will host the first ever Emerald Coast Lip Sync Battle at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach. An evening of music, dance and fun offers the perfect opportunity for local stars to enjoy their “15 minutes of fame” in the spotlight. Prizes will awarded for Best Costume, Best Dance Move, Best Solo, Best Duet, Best Trio and Overall Lip Sync Battle Winner 2015. Find the official guidelines, pay fees and select songs online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 687-1637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throwback Cinema: Watch the favorite classic, "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 on the Events Plaza lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
Act4Murder presents "Pirates, Lies, and Mail Order Brides" at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at 4C BBQ, 1045 U.S. 331 S. in DeFuniak Springs. Price is $39.95/person, $74.95/couple. Costume party has prizes awarded for best costume and best couple costume. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 862-2885 or visit http://act4murder.com for tickets.
Northwest Florida Ballet: The season begins with Dracula, based on Bram Stoker's classic tale, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. Tickets are $32/adults and $15/children 12 and under. Purchase tickets at http://nfballet.org/product-category/tickets/.
Free Pre-K Screening: Children ages 3-5 years who are not enrolled in public school or Head Start are invited to participate in a free developmental screening to check speech/communication, learning, social/behavior, motor skills, vision, and hearing. Schedule includes Nov. 4 at Butler Elementary in Santa Rosa Beach and Nov. 5 at Pre-K Center/MS Elementary in DeFuniak Springs. The parent or legal guardian must provide permission for the child to participate in the screening. Screenings are by appointment only at 638-6131, ext. 2310 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s grief camp: Covenant Hospice along with The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will host its children’s grief support camp, Camp Monarch, Nov. 7 at Baytowne Wharf. The free camp is for children ages 6-15 who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one or have a terminally ill loved one. There will be group sessions, ice skating and Adventure Zone activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 30 at 729-1800 or email@example.com.
Community Walk: The annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be held at noon Nov. 14 at Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island.
Horizon Stars Fashion Show: The Arc of the Emerald Coast hosts its annual fundraising event Horizon Stars Fashion Show from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Linkside Conference Center. Tickets are $65/regular seating, $120/couples, and $100/VIP area(1 person). All proceeds will benefit The Arc of Emerald Coast. With a "Winterland" theme, the show will focus on Fashion, Music, and Stars. Call 376-1037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and information.
Kristy's Paint Party: An interactive paint class for kids to seniors using acrylics on wood will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Artists at Gulfplace. Come anytime. Call 200-3142.
Mommy and Me: Cultural Arts Alliance will offer children's art classes featuring Abrakadoodle from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Bayou Arts Center. The After School Art Classes run from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at the Bayou Arts Center. Cost is $20/class. Call 622-5970 for reservation.
Dancing in the Streets: Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 5-8 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.
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. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
Farmers Market: The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday at Cerulean Park. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork.
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.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays 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.