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Wizard of Oz: The Florida Chautauqua presents The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. May 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 Theatre 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.
Poker Paddle: Anyone with a paddle board, kayak, canoe, or non-motorized vessel in invited to the inaugural Poker Paddle, a charity poker run hosted by Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Health benefiting Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Shelter House. Instead of “running” participants will paddle to each designated stop and draw a card at random from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 during Lakefest. Registration is $20.
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
Hub Movies: Enjoy Music Movie Night with Grateful Dead: Fare the Well under the stars at 6 p.m. May 20 at The Hub, 7000 East County Hwy. 30A in Watersound Beach. Retro Movie Monday features “National Lampoon’s Vacation” May 21 and Family Movie Night shows “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.
Spring it On: Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of free music with Oceans 9 (Yacht Rock) from 7-9 p.m. May 21 on East Long Green in Rosemary Beach. If raining, moved to Town Hall.
• May 28: Sun, Surf & Sand (Music of The Beach Boys)
•June 4: British Invasion
•June 11: Rosemary Beach Big Band of Misfits
• 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
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: Enjoy shows over the lagoon by fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
• Boomin’ Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 7-9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks over the Lagoon beginning
• Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs at 7 and 8 p.m. on the Events Plaza Stage
Kids’ Rock the Block Party: Bring the family for a rockin’ night of fun from 6-8 p.m. May 22 and 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.
Pittman Magic: A night of action-packed fun with Pittman Magic, Juggling, and Comedy from 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 22 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, escapes, and family-friendly magic.
Wednesday Night Bonfire: Enjoy music, food and a bonfire on the beach, sponsored by The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, with The Graytones from 6-9 p.m. May 23. Call 622-2291.
• May 30: Strung Out
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Chris Alvarado at 7 p.m. May 23 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
Women’s Health Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a free Women’s Health seminar, “Meet the Gynecologist,” at 5 p.m. May 23 in the 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.
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.
Concerts in the Village: Velcro Pygmies will deliver a nonstop high energy metal rock show you won’t soon forget from 7-9 p.m. May 24 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 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.
30Avenue Concert Series: Enjoy games, food and the music of I’magene from 6-9 p.m. May 24 on the Green at 30Avenue, 12805 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Inlet Beach.
• May 25: The Scratchtones
• May 31: New Earth Army
• June 1: Purple Monkey
Moonlight Movies/Facepainting: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch the free movie “Despicable Me 3,” (PG) under the stars at 8:15 p.m. May 24 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.
• May 31: Coco
• June 7: Beauty & the Beast
• June 14: Wonder
• 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
Strength and Balance Class: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a class on the benefits of strength and balance training at 11 a.m. May 25 at Somerby Assisted Living in Santa Rosa Beach. To register for the free seminar, call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.
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 Weekend: Festivities begin at 7 p.m. May 26 as Farewell Angelina takes the events plaza stage in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Then, on Sunday, May 27, Baytowne Wharf will host free children activities, including face painting, balloon animals, and lawn games from 6-9 p.m. May 27. Local favorites Coconut Radio will perform their signature Americana, Bluegrass and Blues tunes from 7-9 p.m. and Bay-towne Wharf will light up the sky above the lagoon with a patriotic fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Veterans from the Sandestin Owners Association will present a special Memorial Day ceremony at 7 p.m. 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.
Gulf Cemetery Ceremony: Historic Gulf Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 28 at 1466 S County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The Girl Scouts of South Walton will post the colors, a student from Seaside Middle School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Cloud 9 Orchestra will play patriotic music. There will also be a military jet flyover and the Walton County Sheriff’s Honor Guard will provide a ceremonial volley salute to the fallen. The ceremony will conclude with a "missing man" flyover formation performed with WWII aircraft by the Destin Warbirds.
Shades Celebration: In honor of those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom, Shades Bar and Grill in Inlet Beach will host a celebration with bouncy houses, BBQ and more beginning at 11 a.m. May 28. Both active and prior military per-sonnel will receive 15% off.
Summer Reels: Bring blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy “The LEGO Batman Movie” under the stars at 8 p.m. May 29 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
• June 5: Wonder
• June 12: Deep at
• 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.
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.
• June 6: Rob Pate & The Rib Bones
• June 13: Cadillac Willy
• 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 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 Preserve 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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.