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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.
Support FFT at The Yoga Haus: Calm and clear your mind and build strength and stamina with The Yoga Haus from 9-10 a.m. June 30 at 3906 U.S. Hwy. 98 W, Unit #1, in Santa Rosa Beach with 100% of proceeds going to Food For Thought. Members, new students, and drop-ins are welcome
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.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Despicable Me 3” at 8 p.m. July 1 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• July 8: Paddington
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
• Aug. 5: Cars 3
Here Comes the Sun Summer Concerts: Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of free music with Rosemary Beach Rock & Soul Revue from 7-9 p.m. July 2 on East Long Green in Rosemary Beach. If raining, will be held in Town Hall.
• 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 “Max 2: White House Hero” under the stars at 8 p.m. July 3 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
• July 10: Beauty and the Beast
• July 17: Cars 3 at 8 p.m.
• July 24: Paddington 2
• July 31: Early Man
Baytowne LIVE: Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. July 3, 10, 17, 224 and 31 and Howling Jack Lowe July 5, 12, 19 and 26 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
• Stevie Hall, Aug. 7
• Howling Jack Lowe, Aug. 9
Summer on The Lawn: Celebrate summer with live music and theater at Watersound Origins, 530 Pathways Drive in WaterSound. ECTC will present Snow White at 6 p.m. July 3. All events are free and open to the public. Chairs and blankets welcome.
• July 10: ECTC presents Snow White at 6 p.m.
• July 17: ECTC presents Snow White at 6 p.m.
• July 24: ECTC presents Snow White at 6 p.m.
• July 31: ECTC presents Snow White at 6 p.m.
• Aug. 7: ECTC presents Snow White at 6 p.m.
• Aug. 14: ECTC presents Snow White at 6 p.m.
• Aug. 21: ECTC presents Snow White
Pops Concert: The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra presents its Patriot Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. July 3 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Easy on 30A Benefit Concert: The Seventh Annual Easy on 30A Benefit Concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. July 3 at WaterColor’s Marina Park, just off scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission is free and open to the public. A Craft Market, Silent Auction, Concert and Raffles will be held. will go to local charities.
Smoke on the Coast: Seventeen area charities will take part in this year’s Destin Commons’ Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival from 5-10 p.m. July 3. The charities will team up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados hoping to win the People’s Choice title or be a Judge’s Pick winner. Music includes I’magene and The Wide Open, along with festive street performers, kids’ activities and firework extravaganza.
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 in Rosemary Beach 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.
Grayton Beach Parade: Decorate cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, etc., and join in the annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in Grayton Beach. Line up at The Red Bar at 8 a.m. and the parade starts at 8:30 a.m. No registration needed. Enjoy popsicles, watermelon and lemonade at the end of the parade.
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.
4th of July Celebration: The annual 4th of July Parade begins at 8 a.m. in Seagrove Beach and travels along Scenic Hwy. 30A, ending in Seaside. Enjoy the day with special offers from Seaside Merchants and commemorative photos. The Independence Day Concert, featuring The Victory Belles, begins at 7 p.m. in the Seaside amphitheater, followed by fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Sonic Boom from 7-9 p.m. July 4 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
• 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
Moonlight Movies/Facepainting: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch the free movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” under the stars at 8:15 p.m. July 5 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Popcorn and hot dogs are available from DogManDu. Face painting begins at 5 p.m. If raining, movie moves to Town Hall.
• July 12: The Nut Job 2
• July 19: Coco
• July 26: The Lego Ninjago Movie
• Aug. 2: Coco
• Aug. 9: Cars 3
Central Square Cinema: Grab a blanket for the free family movie “The Secret Life of Pets” at 8 p.m. July 6 under the stars on the Seaside Amphitheater lawn.
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 Under the Stars: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will host a viewing of the sun, moon and stars from 4:30-9:30 p.m. July 6 at the Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Solar telescopes will be out until the sun sets, then the astronomy association will switch telescopes and assist you in viewing constellations, planets and other celestial objects. Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission. Future date is from 3-9 p.m. Oct. 13.
Mid-Summer Beach Clean Ups: Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles Volunteer Beach Ambassador Team and Friends will join forces for a Beach Clean Up from 8:30-11 a.m. July 7 at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access, 4447 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach and at Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access, 2375 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. Registration begins at 8:30. Garbage bags provided. Bring your own personal sun protection items and lots of water.
Summer Sunday Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A presents a free concert with Rust & Gold from 6-8 p.m. July 8 on the corner of 30A and 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn.
• July 15: I’MAGINE
• July 22: JP Soars & The Red Hots
• July 29: Flash Flood
• Aug. 5: Emerald Gold Band
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams at 7 p.m. July 11 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• July 18: The Rib Bones
• July 25: Geoff McBride
• Aug. 1: Big Al & The Heavy Weights
• Aug. 8: Boukou Groove
• Aug. 15: Gold and Motion
• Aug. 22: The Graytones
• Aug. 29: Chris Alvarado
Seaside Summer Concerts: Grab your blankets and low back chairs and head to the Amphitheater in Seaside for free musical entertainment by The Georgia Flood at 7 p.m. July 11.
• 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
Movies and More: The fifth annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park presents “Madagascar” (Rated PG) and Gulf World interpretive program using an animal ambassador July 11. 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.
• July 25: FernGully …The Last Rainforest (Rated G). Camp Helen’s Park Ranger will present the interpretive program on the Florida Black Bear.
Alys Beach Summer Concerts: Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the music of Local Honey from 7-9 p.m. July 11 at the Alys Beach amphitheatre. Food and drinks available for purchase at Henry’s Pizza Truck.
• 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.
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.
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.
Guided Bird Walks: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Audubon Society host a guided bird walk from 8:15-10:15 a.m. 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.
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.
YPWC: The Young Professionals of Walton County will host “Rise & Grind” Breakfast Series at 8 a.m. July 12 at The Market Shops of Sandestin, 9375 U.S. Hwy. Learn “How You Can Profit from Investing in Local Charities We Love a ‘Latte.’” Cost is $5/members and $10/non-members and includes coffee and light breakfast fare. Space limited. Register in advance at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events
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
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Prescribed Fires and the Forest by Florida Forest Service Living from 10-11 a.m. July 20 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.
• 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
Brews, Bites, & Bingo: Join Food For Thought from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 27 at Rosemary Beach Town Hall, 62-98 S Barrett Square, for Brews, Bites & Bingo. The proceeds will benefit FFT and the Rosemary Beach Foundation.
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.
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.
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, escapes, 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.
Stock the Pantry: The fifth annual Stock the Pantry Party will kick off Food For Thought’s Back to School efforts from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the pantry, 132 Marker Street in Santa Rosa Beach. Watch local teams compete to collect the most food items to fill the pantry shelves for Back to School.
Concerts in the Village: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 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.
• 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.
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.
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 invited 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.