All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
‒ Sept. 19: Modern Eldorados
‒ Sept. 26: The Courtyard Saints
‒ Oct. 3: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
‒ Oct. 10: Brandon Santini
‒ Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
‒ Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
Audubon Society: Birding at Okaloosa County Holding Ponds. Join Malcolm Swam in a walk exploring the arrival of migrating ducks and waders at the species rich county holding ponds Sept. 8. Meet at the Pepito’s restaurant parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Call 210-343-9082.
Bring Your Own Coin: McCaskill & Company will showcase renowned jewelry designs from Michael Bondanza for a Bring Your Own Coin (BYOC) event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at 13390 Hwy. 98 West in Destin. Guests may bring their own personal coin or heirloom to create a piece of customized jewelry. There will also be a large selection of rare, vintage coins for purchase. Light refreshments will be served at the free event.
Tribute Dinner/Fundraiser: To honor the life of Mike Mosley, the late lead singer and drummer for the Fish House Band, a tribute diner and fundraiser will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at 33 Heron’s Watch Way in Santa Rosa Beach. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Mosley’s family. There will be a buffet and an open bar of select liquors while supplies last. Live music will be performed in honor of Mosley with musicians Zack Rosicka, Sol Morgan, The Wildlife Specials, and Qwerty. Tickets are $35 at door. at the door for $35, and all proceeds will benefit the Mosely family. To learn more about the fundraiser, visit http://bit.ly/2ohr14p.
Nash Next: Four local finalists will compete at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The local winner has a shot to go to Nashville and be the NASH Next 2018 Superstar. Event is free.
FunPoker Run: The Fifth Annual FunPoker Run to benefit Children in Crisis will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 8. Stops include Lulu’s, Giovanni’s One89, The Gulf, LJ Schooners, Island Time, Two Georges Marina, and AJs on the Bayou. Prize for the best poker hand is a trip for two to Hawaii. All proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Pre- registration parties are at LuLu’s (Destin) and Giovanni’s One89 from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7. or register at Lulu’s at 8 a.m. Sept. 8.
Book Sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Fiction, non-fiction, paperback, hardback and children’s books will be priced at $3/bag with bags provided. A special pre-sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 with a $5 donation. Bags of book are $3.
September Saturdays: Enjoy live and local music with Nash Next from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Events Plaza lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Village merchants will have game day specials and more than 90 TV’s will cheer on teams.
‒ Sept. 15: Donnie Sundal
‒ Sept. 22: Rust & Golf
‒ Sept. 29: Coconut Radio
30A Brew Tours: Gulf Coast Go provides South Walton’s only beer tour. The 30A Brew Tour will now make three stops over three hours at Grayton Beer Tap Room, Idyll Hounds Tap Room, and Grayton Beer Brewpub, beginning at 1:45 p.m. every Saturday at the public parking on 283 South in Grayton Beach. The cost of the tour is $55 at https://gulfcoastgofl.com/30abrewtours.Bird Walk: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will hold a guided bird walk from 8:15-10:15 a.m. Sept. 12. Learn about the birds along the trails. There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed. Bird walks continue on Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. This program is free with regular park admission. To learn more about the park, call the Ranger Station at 267-8330 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill.
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: Award winning songwriter/vocalist Season Ammons Band crossing over from blues and country to jazz and Americana.
Central Square Cinema: Grab a blanket for the free family movie “Breakfast at Tiffany's” at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 under the stars on the Seaside Amphitheater lawn.
‒ Sept. 21: Forrest Gump
‒ Sept. 28: E.T.Beach Cleanup: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will hold a beach cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 15, from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Help keep the beach safe for the threatened and endangered species that call the beach home. To register as a volunteer, call 267-8330 and provide your name, email address, phone number and number of people coming. Volunteer check in is at Tram Stop #3. Volunteers need to bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves, trash bags and buckets will be provided.
Guided Plant Strolls: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler will host a guided plant stroll from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17. Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. It will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17. This program is free with regular park admission.
Bubbly Baytowne: Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20 and Oct. 18 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf and sip champagne and shop. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Autumn Harvest Champagne Cruise: Sip, savor and sail during SunQuest Cruise’s Autumn Harvest Champagne Dinner Cruise from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 21 aboard the Solaris. Patrons will embark on a culinary voyage of four courses all paired with premium champagnes from around the world as well as live music. Boarding begins at 6:40 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $80/person and includes meal, champagne, entertainment and cruise for those 21 and older. For reservations and information, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Sinfonia Swings on the Boulevard: Members of Sinfonia Gulf Coast team up for an outdoor musical concert and dancing exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Seating will be provided, but you may bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the free per-formance. A VIP pre-concert reception, reserved seating on the patio or garden room at Tommy Bahama Cafe during the performance, and a 3-course prix fixe meal. Contact the Sinfonia office at 460-8800 with seating-related questions.
ECTC Season 6: Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” from Sept. 20 through Oct. 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
‒ Dec. 6-23: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,”
‒ Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
‒ March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
‒ March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Microplastics and Plastic Pollution by Dr. Laura Tiu, a Florida Sea Grant agent, Sept. 21 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
‒ Oct. 19: Coastal Dune Lakes by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
Throwback Thursday: The Village of Baytowne Wharf will present the classic family friendly film “The Lion” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Events Plaza Lawn. The free movie is open to the public.
‒ Oct. 25: Hocus Pocus
Bloody Mary Festival: The fourth annual event benefiting Habitat for Humanity — Walton County will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 6. at The Market Shops. Enjoy up to 25 Blood Marys and vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be food and drinks, a lounge area, cornhole games and a large screen streaming SEC football. Tickets are currently on sale through 850Tix for the pre-sale price of $40 or can be purchased the day of the event at the door for $50.
Duck Regatta: The eighth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is on Oct. 6 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and benefits Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. Activities, including face painters, a scavenger hunt, Hula-Hoop contest, and access to the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under, are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The race begins at 1 p.m. Purchase one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or at Baytowne Wharf day of the event.
NICU Reunion: The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart invites former patients and families of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the annual NICU reunion from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital, 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. Guests are advised to use the Ninth Avenue parking garage. NICU reunion guests are invited to dress up in fairy-tale-themed costumes and enjoy games, story time, crafts and snacks, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. The reunion is free, but families are invited to bring a blanket or book to donate to babies currently in our NICU. Call (850) 416-1600.
The Spitfire Grill: Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill.” The performance runs Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 7, and will be staged at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $35/adults; $32/seniors (55 years old and up) students, and military. Purchase tickets at emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
Where the Wild Things Run: Run wild through the woods on Nokuse Plantation, a 54,000 acre piece of privately owned conservation land, as the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport hosts Where the Wild Things Trail Run: 5k and 1-mile Fun Run from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. abd is $20. 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. and is $40. To register, visit eowilsoncenter.org or call 835-1824 for information.
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 3-9 p.m. Oct. 13 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.
2018 Harvest Market: The lawns of Rosemary Beach will be filled with artists from across the southeast in the media of fine art, folk art, handmade jewelry and furniture, natural skin care products, pottery, and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Throughout the day, there will be activities including the Boo Kid Block Party from 2-5 p.m., pumpkin carving contest, best costume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a community-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.
Stake & Burger Dinner: The Fifth Annual Stake & Burger Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Hilton Sandestin with keynote speaker Hulk Hogan. General admission tickets are $125 and include admission to this retro-themed event, a build your own burger bar, a drink ticket, the opportunity to win and bid on incredible raffle, and silent auction items. VIP tickets are $175 and also include VIP reception from 5-6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, visit www.emeraldcoastbgc.org.
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.
Turtle Talk Tuesdays: While enjoying coffee, tea, and sweet treats, a South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer will talk about sea turtles from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Ask questions and get information, stickers, and sometimes see preserved specimens.
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 and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.
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 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Vintage Market: New in Santa Rosa Beach is the Vintage Market at Elmore’s Landing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Check out various artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.