CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Jan. 29
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The Walton County Master Gardener Volunteers present their February Lecture, Lowlifes of the Plant Kingdom– Mosses, Ferns and Their Kin, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the UF/IFAS – Walton Extension, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Due to space limitations, reservations are required at email@example.com. Light refreshments will be served.
ECTC’s 2021-2022 Professional production “Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard. through Feb. 6.
• “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Cabaret Stage: Musical Revue is Feb. 10-13, March 3-6
The Courtyard at Pescado in Rosemary Beach will host a wine dinner with Jeff Papa of Rombauer Vineyards Thursday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will include a welcome wine as well as four wine pairings from the Rombauer selections. Cash bar available from 5 p.m. for guests of the dinner. Tickets are $155 plus 7% tax and 22% gratuity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space. The dinner is in affiliation with Winebow Fine Wines and Spirits.
Palate & Palette Dinner
Tickets are on sale for the Shelter House Sixth Annual Palate & Palette Dinner to be held Feb. 5 at Legendary Marine's showroom in Destin. Attendees will experience a five-course seated dinner featuring the area's most respected chefs. Each chef will create a dish for their course, and Elite Worldwide Imports will hand-select fine wines to pair with each dish. Additionally, a local distillery, Timber Creek, will offer craft cocktails throughout the night and Destin Brewery will provide craft beers.
ECTC Storyteller Series
Give ‘em Helll Harry! performed by Alan Tuttle, a faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency from his childhood to his momentous two terms as president, will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Purchase tickets online at emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 850-684-0323.
• March 1, 7:30 p.m. — Katharine Hepburn by Shirley Simpson. An unforgettable one-time event, Simpson embodies wit, charm, and fierce grit as Katherine Hepburn.
• April 1, 7:30 p.m. — Comedy on the Boulevard Hosted by resident funny guy Jason Hedden and featuring headliner Jenn Weeks.
Riedel Wine Glass Tasting
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation kicks off the new year with Riedel Wine Glass Tasting Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Henderson Beach Resort and Spa. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.bigtickets.com/events/riedel/2022 and include a Riedel glass tasting set for guests to utilize during the seminar and take home for further enjoyment.
The Emerald Coast Council #11893 of the Knights of Columbus will hold its “2022 It’s Fish Fry Friday” in a different location. They will be held at Resurrection Catholic Church in the Parish Hall at 259 Miramar Beach Drive in Miramar Beach Feb. 11 and 25.
Music on Main
The 2022 Music on Main concert series takes place at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre. Performing Feb. 11 will be Will Thompson Music. Along with the concert experience, guests can enjoy dinner from area food trucks, as the event takes place alongside Main Street’s Food Truck Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and are available at http://mainstreetdfs.org. Ticket prices increase $5 on the day of the show.
March 11: Gilleran's Island Band
April 8: Shane Owens
May 13: Catalyst
June 10: Cadillac Willy
July 8: Boukou Groove
Aug.12: Levee Road
Sept. 9: Dion Jones & The Neon Tears
Oct. 14: Logan Pilcher Music
Nov. 11: Cosmic Rascals
Dec. 9: Daniel Pratt Trio
Love and Football
Dog-Harmony’s “Love and Football” takes place from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at Grand Boulevard. To kick off Super Bowl LVI weekend, dress up your dog in a favorite football team’s uniform. For a $10 entry fee, you’ll be the “receiver” of a photograph and have a chance to score prizes in two weight categories for Best Dressed, Most Creative and Most Enthusiastic. Plus, Dog-Harmony Ale from Destin Brewery will be available and JC’s Gourmet will be serving Somethin' Snappy smoked snapper dip, Poppin' Pimento cheese and Jommin’ Jalapeños candied jalapeño garnish. Proceeds benefit Dog-Harmony.
2022 Home Show
The Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties' 43rd Annual Home Show takes place Feb. 12 and 13 at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. If you are interested in being an exhibitor for the 2022 Home Show, call the BIA office at 850-863-5107.
Brunch bites, Bloody Mary's, and bubbles galore will fill the Destin harbor for the first Brunch Fest from 12-3 p.m. Feb. 12. Be welcomed by a mimosa in hand as you make your way through the Village to taste and try all of the brunch foods.
Blue Dog + Bourbon at Bijoux
Step in to the magical and colorful world of George Rodrigue's "Loup-garou" or Blue Dog featuring original artwork from Wendy Rodrigue Magnus's private collection at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Bijoux Restaurant, 9375 US Highway 98 W. Ste 22 in Miramar Beach. Enjoy a palette of bourbon tastings and a multi-course meal featuring the culinary masterpieces of Chef Jack McGuckin to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Tickets are $175/MKAF members and $195/not yet members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1. Laissez le bontemps roulez!
Shrimp & Grits Festival
The Third Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival, a food competition benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, will be held from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Destin Boardwalk, behind Brotula’s. The fun afternoon will feature "tasting stations,” live entertainment, and cold beverages. Purchase tickets at https://www.shrimpandgritsfest.com/tickets.
Sandestin Gumbo Festival
This winter festival favorite is back for the 33rd Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as the "People's Choice" winner. Celebrity judges will name the "Area's Best." Gulf Coast restaurants will be featured along with live music and children's activities. The Bloody Mary component is back again this year, featuring the Best Bloody Mary's at The Beach. Tickets available at https://www.bigtickets.com/events/gumbo/2022festival/.
Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K: Taste of the Race
The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K will be back in-person for the 20th anniversary running on Sunday, Feb. 20, in Seaside. The three-day charity race weekend kicks off with the coastal cuisine event Taste of the Race on Friday night, then proceeds to a fun-for-all-ages Race Expo on Saturday, and culminates on Sunday morning with the running of the half marathon + 5K along the iconic Highway 30A starting and finishing in Seaside. Registration cost for the 5K is $95 and the half marathon is $125. For information, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Seaside/SeasideSchoolHalfMarathonand5K.
Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon
Caring & Sharing of South Walton hosts its Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon Feb. 20 from 12:30-3 p.m. at Vue on 30a. Guests will enjoy a fashion show, lunch, silent auction, photobooth and DJ. Doors open at noon with music, mingling and boutique shopping. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Caring and Sharing Thrift Store, 112 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.
A number of talented artists, top-notch local growers, and bakers are featured at Destin Commons Artisan Market in Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the last Sunday of every month.
Children will learn that reading is doggone fun at Dog-Harmony’s upcoming free children’s program at Walton County’s Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail. The next program, which includes a therapy dog for kids to pet, will be from 3 - 4 p.m. on Feb. 24. Space is limited. Register in advance at the library or call 267-2809.
An evening full of free champagne and shopping will be held during The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Bubbly Baytowne. Sip and Shop through the village streets at 5 p.m. Feb. 24. This event is free and for 21 and up only.
Mardi Gras Masquerade
"Laissez les bons temps rouler" or "let the good times roll" when Destin Commons holds its annual Mardi Gras Masquerade from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with entertainment for the entire family.
Mardi Gras Celebration
Celebrate Mardi Gras with HarborWalk Village from 2-5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 with live music by Fais Do-Do at 2 p.m., followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers when the parade rolls through the Village at 4 p.m.
Mardi Gras Parade
The Village of Baytowne Wharf streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pickup trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.
Enter your pup in a festive Pawdi Gras Pet Costume Contest at HarborWalk Village from 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 27. Registration begins at 3 p.m.
Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi
Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (letthe good times roll) with the Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi from 6-8 p.m. March 1. The Village Street party includes music, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-pardi celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments.
Mac & Cheese Festival
Presented by Cox Media, the Fourth Annual Mac & Cheese Festival is a family-friendly event that will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food from 12-3 p.m. March 6 at Destin Commons. All proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. Tickets are $45 for VIC (Very Important Cheese tickets); $25 for adults; and $15 for kids (5-16 years old). V.I.C. (Very Important Cheese) tickets include one beverage ticket and a T-shirt. Purchase at eventbrite.com.
Classical Connections Concert
The second Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series will be March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Destin High School and features Sinfonia’s Assistant Conductor, Aaron King Vaughn. This concert includes Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier's Tale,” complete with theatrical narration and W.A. Mozart’s “Symphony No. 29 in A Major.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
Beauty & The Beast
Northwest Florida Ballet will return to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center again in the spring with the NFB company premiere of Beauty & The Beast at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12. A VIP party exclusively for season subscribers, cast, staff and special guests will also occur immediately following the March 11 performance. Tickets are $37/adults and $17.50/child at https://nfballet.org/.
St. Paddy’s Family Day
Enjoy an Irish dance performance, kids’ activities, a leprechaun treasure hunt, and fun surprises for lucky adults from 2-4 p.m. March 19 at HarborWalk Village. Performance by The Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance at 2:30 p.m.
Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction
It's time to dust off your paddles because patron package registration is now open for the 17th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family. Simply click the button below to register. Register at https://e.givesmart.com/s/:g9kJd4s_Qxv/e/nM5/#page. Join DCWAF April 22 - 23 for a fully in-person, live auction experience under the tent in Grand Boulevard. More information can be found on dcwaf.org.
Upcoming productions include Comedy on the Boulevard hosted by resident funny guy Jason Hedden and featuring headliner Jenn Weeks at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard.
• April 12/14, 7:30 p.m. — Spring Cabaret on the Boulevard with local and regional actors performing
• May 21, 2:30 p.m. — Jr. Thespian/Company Showcase featuring group and solo works by ECTC teens. Evening will include classic and contemporary musical theatre pieces, improv, and comedic and dramatic selections.
Best of the West
HarborWalk Village has announced a new date for the previously postponed Best of the West Jazz Competition. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MKAF Spring Concerts in the Village
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks off the 2022 Spring Concerts in the Village series April 21 with the showstopping Michael Jackson LIVE, direct from Las Vegas featuring Santana Jackson, one of the top Michael Jackson tribute artists in the world. Gates open at 6 p.m. with concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at MKAF.org/events.
• April 28: Naturally 7
• May 5: Shania Twin (Shania Twain Tribute)
• May 12: Yacht Rock Revue
• May 19: Six Piece Suits
• May 26: Taylor Dayne
• June 2: Alter Eagles
• June 9: Sister Hazel
• June 16: Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing the music of Led Zeppelin
• June 23: Boogie Wonder Band
The main season will come to a cinematic finale April 30, 2022, at Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center as you relive the magic on the silver screen with the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Tickets are $29.50 - $55 per person at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or 460-8800.
Bluegrass Wednesday @ Grayton Seafood Co.
Grayton Seafood Co. invites you to join them from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays for live music and outdoor dining under the stars featuring Longleaf Drive. The Santa Rosa Beach boys play acoustic folk, rock, and bluegrass.
Live Music @ 30Avenue
Take a break and head to 30Avenue for lunch and live music Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an array of talented local musicians and the laid back atmosphere on the 30Avenue Green.
Hump Day Market
Hump Day Market @ Monet Monet, 100 E. County Hwy. 30A in Grayton Beach, will be held each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop with local vendors, everything from fresh local produce, fine art, funky art, handmade jewelry, coastal clothing, arts and craft for the kids, as well as PoBoys and specialty foods by Grayton Beach Catering.
Redd's Fueling Station
Redd The Singing Bartender is back on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a live band Fridays at Redds Restaurant on 30-A. It is located in Blue Mountain Beach behind Sallys By The Sea Store gas station convenience store, 2320 W County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Dinner table reservations suggested. Call or text 850-325-0252. Check out the menu at www.reddsbar.com.
Fitness Field Day
Get a workout for mind and body at WaterColor Inn’s Fitness Field Day at 8 a.m. first Friday of each month at Marina Park, 238 Watercolor Blvd. W. in Santa Rosa Beach. This one-hour program offers a High Intensity Training workout, followed by a cooldown with Yoga. Open to the public for ages 9 and up. $15++ per person. Register by emailing email@example.com or call 534-5950.25Grand Boulevard Farmers Market
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking.
Rosemary Beach Farmers Market
Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A.