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September Saturdays: Enjoy live and local music with Rust & Gold from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22 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. 29: Coconut Radio
YOLO Paddle Palooza: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Bay, 24215 S. Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach, YOLO Board Paddle Palooza celebrates community, and says thanks to the YOLO Tribe. One mile and four mile races (BYOBoard) start at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m., followed by a kids race (13 and under) and a 5- or 6-man team Grande race. Participants receive an event T-shirt, hat, as well as lunch and beverages.
Moonlight Paddle: Join the Rangers at Camp Helen State Park for a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20. Participants must be experienced paddlers and 12 years or older. Cost is $35/person, cash only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle, glow sticks, park admission fee, and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Watercraft and gear from outside are not permitted. Advance reservations required at 233-5059.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville.
Sunday Fall Concert Series: Clinch 46 will perform from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Gulley Amphitheater, 45 Laura Hamilton Blvd. in Gulf Place. Bring lawn chairs and beach blankets.
• Sept. 30: The Good Lookings
• Oct. 7: The Graytones
• Oct. 14: Longstrap
• Oct. 21: Ron Pate & The Rib Bones
Wurst Mondays Ever: The Bay restaurant in South Walton will celebrate German culture and cuisine and offer traditional German fare, live German music and German beer from 5-9 p.m. every Monday through Oct. 22. Dress up in German garb and come by for an Oktoberfest party on the beach by the bay.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Courtyard Saints at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 3: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
• Oct. 10: Brandon Santini
• Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
• Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
Concerts in the Village: Pickled Pickers play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass ... feel good to the soul kind of tunes and will perform from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27 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.
• 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 “E.T.” at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 under the stars on the Seaside Amphitheater lawn.
• Oct. 26: Hocus Pocus
ECTC Season 6: Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” 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”
Beer Dinner: Back Beach Barbecue and Idyll Hounds Brewing Company will host a Beer Dinner, featuring a collaboration of craft brews and various barbecue options, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are $75 and can be reserved at 249-0822. To learn more about the event, visit http://bit.ly/BackBeachIdyllHounds.
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
Focus on Election Cybersecurity: Are you worried about hackers compromising the security of your vote and our election process? To help set your mind at ease, the League of Women Voters invites you to join them for lunch with the supervisors of elections to discuss how election equipment and your franchise are being protected. The meetings are free and open to the public, but attendees are responsible for purchasing their own lunches.
In Walton County, lunch with Bobby Beasley at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Bogey’s Restaurant, 660 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. RSVP by Sept. 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org with your menu selection (from http://lwvowc.org/documents/bogeys-lunchmenu.pdf)
ECTC Auditions: Season 6 Auditions for dancing lessons and Theater for Young Audiences, The Snowy Day and Other Stories, will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Emerald Coast Theatre Company at Grand Boulevard. Call backs will be from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 30, if needed. Bring a recent headshot and updated resume and be prepared to do a 45-60 second comedic monologue. Actors can audition for one or both shows. All positions are paid. Housing possible. For questions or audition conflicts, email Bridgett@emeraldcoasttheatre.org,Eggs on the Beach: Bay Breeze Patio will host the fifth annual Eggs on the Beach Big Green Egg Grilling Competition from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. All proceeds benefit The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food For Thought. Taster tickets are on sale now at www.eventbrite.com with advance pricing of $32.50/adult, $14/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under free.
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.
Thoughtful Dinner Series: Don an apron, toss some flour, and make your own pasta with amici 30A Italian Kitchen Chef Lock at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Food for Thought Full Circle Kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach. The dinner series is back with food, wine and cocktails, and live music. Tickets are $300 per couple and seating is limited to 20 guests. To reserve your spot call 290-4056 or email email@example.com.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Walter Spence and Douglas Buck will present “Beautiful Birds and Bugs of Boggy,” a slideshow of their unique and award-winning photos, at the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at NWFSC. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701.
• Oct. 13: Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing in Freeport. Meet at 9 a.m. at the festival grounds, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport, and teach children how to identify birds using card games. Bring a lawn chair and lunch. Call 267-2064.
• Oct. 20: Join experienced Birder Malcolm Swan and identify migrants, herons and marsh birds at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Meet at the NE corner of the Okaloosa Island Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars, cameras and wear long pants and close toed shoes. Call 210-343-9082.
• Oct. 27: Join Malcolm Swan and Alan Knothe, along with members of the Bay County Audubon Society, in a visit to the Wright Landfill. Meet at Pepito’s parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 8:15 a.m. See ducks, waders, hawks and migrants at the very productive landfill site. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Call 210-343-9082 or 208-1789.
Fall Festival/Pumpkin Sales: The third annual Fall Festival at Camp Helen State Park will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 with fun, food, music, and games. New activities include pony and hay rides. State Park entrance fee is $2/person for anyone seven and above. Kids six and under are free. The event is free with donations to benefit the park’s projects. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Pumpkins will be sold from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week from Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Call 233-5059.
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.
Fall at Grayton Beer Brewpub: All events are family friendly and free to attend. The Grayton Beer Brewpub is at 170 E. County Highway 30A, Grayton Beach.
• Trivia Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday to test your knowledge on a variety of topics against competing teams. Prizes are awarded.
• College Football: Outfitted with 10 big-screen TVs, the Brewpub is ideal for large watch parties for fans and alumni of all collegiate teams.
• NFL Football: Brewpub is streaming weekly NFL games throughout the restaurant.
• Cornhole Tournaments: Every second Saturday with two-member team signup beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament at 11. Competition is limited to the first eight teams. Prizes are awarded.
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.
Find Your Greatness: Resurrection Catholic Church, 259 Miramar Beach Drive in Miramar Beach, will host Dynamic Catholic’s Find Your Greatness event at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Dr. Allen Hunt, nationally renowned speaker and bestselling author, will lead this event that will help you develop the habits to become the best version of yourself. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door, by phone at 859-980-7900 or online at DynamicCatholic.com.
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.
Ballet at Seaside: The Northwest Florida Ballet will stage a free outdoor performance sponsored by the Merchants of Seaside at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Seaside Amphitheater. The program includes a lecture demonstration on ballet and excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker.
Garden Club: Seagrove Garden Club has begun their 55th year with Suzanne Smart and Judy Brock as co-presidents. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Trebeache Restaurant, 2052 County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Lunch is $28/person including beverage and tip. Reservations required by Oct. 7 at Seagrovegardenclub@gmail.com. The speaker will be Kirby Holt of Blossoms Florist in Chipley and she will demonstrate the upcoming trends for this year with table and wreath arrangements. Members will showcase their own crafts and small businesses to be available for purchase.
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. Oct. 10. 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 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.
Baytowne Beer Festival: Roll out the barrel and discover unique suds and ales at the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Beer From Around Here showcases local beer tastings and samplings of appetizers from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 with music by the Forrest Williams Band.
The VIP event will feature exclusive beer tastings and food from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Marlin Grill. Ticket is all inclusive for Saturday events.
The main event, the Craft Beer Tasting is from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf. All ticket holders will receive a Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest tasting glass for samplings. Live music provided by The Modern Eldorados from 2-4 p.m. and Gold & Motion from 4-6 p.m.
Purchase tickets for events at https://baytowne.xorbia.com/
Rockin' on the Lawn: The Charity Music Festival Rockin’ on the Lawn will be held from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive W in Destin. The event, benefitting South Walton Academy, a non-profit inclusion school, will feature the Luke Langford Band, Atlas Lost, Catalyst, and more. Enjoy music, bounce houses, face painting, food and beverages. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and pack a cooler. No pets or drones allowed. Tickets are $12.24 - $22.49 at www.eventbrite.com.
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. and 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.
Guided Plant Strolls: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler will host a guided plant stroll from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 15. 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, 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. 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.
Haunted House: Stephen King Rules at this year’s “Your Worst Nightmare” Haunted House from 7 p.m. until midnight Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 at the Fairgrounds, 790 N. 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Horrors, madness and psychological mind games play out with plenty of special effects and scary characters for $10/cash entry at the door to benefit Art Co-Op. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage. Call 585-6315.
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Coastal Dune Lakes by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Oct. 19 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
Fair Decision Making: Forward DeFuniak, Inc. will sponsor a workshop on Parliamentary Procedure from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at the Civic Center in DeFuniak Springs. Lee Wright, registered parliamentarian, will be the speaker. Call 830-7663 for more information or for telephone registration.
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.
Fall Into Dance
The Northwest Florida Ballet’s Fall Into Dance four-course wine dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Vin’tij Food & Wine at 500 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100/person (excluding gratuity) and seating for the event is limited. The event supports live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2018-2019 production of The Nutcracker. NFB Music Director David Ott and soprano Kara Bishop provide entertainment. Purchase tickets at https://nfballet.org.
Pink Walk Fundraiser: Fore Her will hold a fundraiser, The Pink Walk, from 12-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Destin Commons for its mission of assisting local breast cancer patients. The half-mile walk and after party will feature a DJ and photo booth, sweet treats, activities for children, an aerobics class and inspirational words from local news channel WJHG’s Jessica Foster. Cost is $35/adults and $20/ages five to 12. For more information visit www.foreher.org/pinkwalk.
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.
Ranger Program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Ranger program, Sunday Funday, at 9 a.m. every Sunday in September, October, November and December. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs include exploring the park. Program is free with regular park admission.
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 infor-mation.
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.