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Summer Concert Series: Grab blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic items for the music of Great Peacock at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Baytowne Art Walk: The Annual Baytowne Art Walk will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 2-3 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Stroll the Village streets and browse a variety of artwork from both regional and local artists. Enjoy live music throughout the festival from local musicians.
Greek Festival: The 26th Annual Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Admission is $2 with free parking. Taste various Greek foods, desserts, and enjoy the sounds provided by the Kosta Kastanis Band. Local Greek dancers will perform and there will be multiple vendors selling their crafts and goods. Lamb will be served at the new outside Taverna/Greek Sports Bar.
Sunday Night Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A at Santa Rosa Beach presents a free summer concert series with Kickstand Jenny from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Amphitheater, Scenic Hwy. 30-A and Hwy. 393. Bring chairs and blankets. Call 267-8458 or visit www.gulfplacefl.com.
Groovin' On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 3 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
Labor Day Concert in the Village: Make Me Smile, a 10-piece ensemble performing a tribute to the legendary band Chicago, performs from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 3 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 $25/general admission and $20/MKAF members. Ages 12 and under free. Buy tickets at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or at the door.
Alys Beach 5K: The Sixth Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run to be held Sept. 3 is now open for registration. The certified course winds through the town of Alys Beach and Nature Trail and ends with an oversized bounce house for kids of all ages, music, food, and beverages. Advance registration is recommended. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. 5K begins at 7 a.m. and 1 Miler at 8:15 a.m. Register athttp://www.active.com/.
Outdoor Magic: Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance's Visual Arts Committee will host an art exhibit Outdoor Magic now through Sept. 4 at Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard. The exhibit features 26 pieces of artwork by 17 artists created by painting outdoors, also called en plein air.
End of Summer Throw Down: Say goodbye to summer with the Bay2Borago Paddle at noon Sept. 5 on the North Beach of South Walton. The Bay will have food stations, live music on the sand, beach games and more. The event continues at 4:30 p.m. with paddle board race to Borago and the party continues. Music lineup at the Bay includes Mose and The Delta Twang at noon and The Graytones at 2:30 p.m. At Borago Pickles Peppers play at 5 p.m. followed by Dread Clampitt at 7:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Gardeners: The Walton County Master Gardeners monthly lecture series will feature Calvin Chester at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. He will present Edible Landscape — growing beautiful food plants instead of lawn. The cost is $5, payable at the door, cash or checks only. Reservations required by Monday befor.at 982-8172 or email@example.com by the Monday before. Light refreshments will be served.
Movie Night at The Hub: It’s double movie night with free movies “Toy Story” at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 followed by “Toy Story 2” at 7:15 on The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. Shown on the Jumbotron on the events stage.
• Sept. 13: Shrek at 6 p.m. followed by Shrek 2 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 20: Monster Inc. at 6 p.m. followed by Monster Inc. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 27: Frozen at 6 p.m. followed by Tangled at 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Luke Langford & the 331 Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Sept. 13: Forrest Williams
• Sept. 20: Mose Wilson and the Delta Twang
• Sept. 27: Courtyard Saints
• Oct. 4: Chris Alvarado
• Oct. 11: The Moon Lagoons
• Oct. 18: Continuum
• Oct. 25: Heritage
Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Room 130 of Bldg 400 at NWFSC, Niceville campus. “Southeastern Hummingbirds — A lot more than you might thin,” will be presented by Fred Bassett, founder of Hummingbird Research, Inc and federally certified bird bander. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 225-252-2760 for more information.
• Sept. 30: Join local birders in a walk through Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville led by expert, Lenny Fenimore. 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.
Wiggin’ Out For A Cause: The Third Annual Wiggin’ Out For A Cause will take place from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Grand Boulevard in the Emerald Coast Theatre. The 80’s psychedelic rock ‘n roll theme will be filled with wine, food, fun, live DJ music and happenings, including wig transformations and make up. Ladies can partake in karaoke, dancing, photo booth, and more, with a silent auction. Tickets are $75 each; at the door are $100. VIP tickets that include a designer wig are $125 if pre-purchased, and $150 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eccac.org, or call 850-833-9237, Ext. 283.
Central Square Cinema: Grab a blanket for the free movie “The Truman Show” at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 under the stars in the Seaside Amphitheater.
• Sept. 15: Back to the Future
• Sept. 22: Cool Runnings
• Sept. 29: Jumanji
Art in the Park: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a basket weaving class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 with artist Carol Dickson. Fee is $35 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.
• Oct. 13: Watercolor $25
Benefit for ECCAC: The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will host a Team Up & Tailgate Party at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 on the top floor of the office building adjacent to the parking garage in Destin Commons. A football theme décor will prevail with many activities, including a cornhole competition, wine pong, live and silent auctions and plenty of music, food and drinks. Purchase a table for 10 for $1,000 and it will be decorated in your choice of team colors. Individual tickets are also available at $125 per person.
The next day, at 11 a.m. Sept. 10, is the annual Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic at the Kelly Plantation Golf Club. For more information and tickets, visit www.eccac.org or call 833-9237, ext. 283.
September Saturdays: Enjoy live and local music from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 9 with Coconut Radio 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.
• Sept. 16: Chris Alvarado
• Sept. 23: Scott Rockwood
• Sept. 30: Donnie Sundal
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will present a series of meditation trainings conducted by Pat Carlyle at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Art of Giving: Tickets are on sale for Food For Thought Outreach’s Fifth Annual Art of Giving to be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Churchill Oaks in Santa Rosa Beach. Lite bites will be provided. Past artists will return and Melisa Mercer Brown will join the event as newest artist. To reserve your tickets, visit fftfl.org/products/art-of-giving-ticket-1
Fall Concerts in the Village: Listen to the music of Heritage from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14 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.
• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South
• Sept. 28: Déjà vu
• Oct. 5: The Steve Miller Tribute Band
10th Anniversary: The Family Birth Place at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a birthday celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 across from the entrance of the Family Birth Place. Special guests will include hospital leadership and the first child born at the FBP, who is now 10 years old. Guests will enjoy a hot dog lunch, crafts, face painting and activities for the whole family. Call 278-3600.
SHRM: The Society for Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 20 at CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, 409 Racetrack Road NE in Fort Walton Beach. Guest speaker will be Martha Bryson, HR practitioner for 20+ years. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members. Register by Sept. 18 at www.SHRM-EmeraldCoast.org.
Steak & Stake Dinner: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Fourth Annual Steak & Stake Dinner featuring Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be held Sept. 21 at the South Walton Boys & Girls Club, 427 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. VIP enters at 5 p.m. with general admission at 6:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $150/person and include reception with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. General admission are $100/guest. Tickets may be purchased at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2017-steak-and-stake-dinner/ or call 344-7763.
Bubbly Baytowne: Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21 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.
Hurricane Party: Children’s Volunteer Health Network presents the 13th Annual Hurricane Party from 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 22 at Bud and Alley’s in Santa Rosa Beach to benefit kids in Walton and Okaloosa Counties who do not have access to a doctor, dentist or specialist. Following a Caribbean theme, the Heritage Band will perform and tropical food will be served. Also a live and silent auction. Tickets are $100/advance and $125/door. Purchase at https://childrensvolunteerhealthnetwork.salsalabs.org/13thannualhurricaneparty/index.html.
Baytowne LIVE: Stevie Hall performs from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 23 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa.
The REP: Dan Navarro will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at The Seaside Repertory Theater, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25 and available at 231-0733 or www.lovetherep.org.
Vocal Pop Concert: The students of Alissa Steffens Vocal Academy present a free vocal performance at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 on the Events Plaza Stage at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Throwback Thursday Cinema: Enjoy the free family friendly movie "Mary Poppins" at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 26: Hocus Pocus
Seminar: Forward DeFuniak will host “Effective Decision Making for Organizational Leadership from 9a.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.
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 Eggs on the Beach or call 850-269-4666.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.