Upcoming Events and Entertainment (beginning Aug. 28)

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Topsail tour: Watch the sun set on the beach and enjoy a twilight hike through the park from 6:45-9 p.m. Aug. 28 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Wear closed toed shoes, bring some water, and wear some bug spray. Call 267-8330.

Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and head to the Seaside Amphitheater for "Despicable Me" under the stars at 8 p.m. Aug. 28.

• Sept. 4: Newsies

• Sept. 11: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

• Sept. 18: Cinderella

• Sept. 25: Little Big League

Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and head to the Seaside Amphitheater for "Despicable Me" under the stars at 8 p.m. Aug. 28.

30Avenue Stroll: Stroll the streets under the palms, discover the shops and eateries and enjoy live music from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with Kyle Lamonica Aug. 28, Ben Friedman Aug. 29 and Chuck Lawson Aug. 30 on the green at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach.

Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

• Sept. 6: Natalie Reynolds Band

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Listen to a free concert with the music of Caitlyn Smith from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

• Sept. 9: The Josh Garrett Band

• Sept. 16: Chris Alvarado

• Sept. 23: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

• Sept. 30: Boukou Groove

Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of O'Don Piano at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.

• Sept. 10: Friction Farm

• Sept. 17: Lucky Mud

• Sept. 24: David Drew Russell

• Oct. 1: Frank Julian

• Oct. 8: Belmont and Jones

• Oct. 15: Lucky Mud

• Oct. 22: Lis and Lon Williamson

• Nov. 5: Too Many Smiths

• Nov. 12: Michael Jordan

• Nov. 19: Lucky Mud

Free Pre-K Screening: Children ages 3-5 years who are not enrolled in public school or Head Start are invited to participate in a free developmental screening to check speech/communication, learning, social/behavior, motor skills, vision, and hearing. Schedule includes Sept. 2, Oct. 8 and Nov. 4 at Butler Elementary in Santa Rosa Beach and Sept. 3, Oct. 7 and Nov. 5 at Pre-K Center/MS Elementary in DeFuniak Springs. The parent or legal guardian must provide permission for the child to participate in the screening. Screenings are by appointment only at 638-6131, ext. 2310 or email adamsj@paec.org or beth_johnson@paec.org.

Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in Room 130 of the new Student Services Building at NWFSC in Niceville. Nature photographer Jeff Waldorff will present his visions of our beaches, birds and general environs. Admission is free and open to the interested public. Call 582-7064.

• Sept. 19: Local birder Lenny Fenimore will lead a bird walk at Swift Creek and Niceville Sprayfields. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at 304 Piney Creek Cove in Swift Creek, Niceville. Wear good walking/hiking shoes and bring binoculars, water, bugspray, long pants and a hat. Call 863-2039.

• Sept. 26: Malcom Swan will lead a bird walk to the Fort Walton Holding Ponds and Okaloosa Landfill to see shorebirds, ducks, wading birds, raptors, and possibly early fall migrants. Bring binoculars, water, and insect repellent, and wear long pants, good walking shoes, and a hat. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Pepitos Restaurant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Call 210-343-9082.

Smooth & Straighten: Learn more about the facial fillers and teeth straightening options offered at Santa Rosa Beach Dental from Dr. Amber Wiebe, a national instructor for the AAFE and one of the top injectors in the area, during Smooth & Straighten from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 3 at Marlin Grill in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Complimentary light bites, refreshments, giveaways and exclusive savings will be available this day only. Complimentary to attend but space is limited. RSVP to Chelsea@ProffittPR.com.

Seaside Summer Concerts: Celebrate the summer season at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 with Ryan Kinder in the Seaside Amphitheater.

• Sept. 6: Classical Musical Performance, 6 p.m.

Labor Day Concert: Celebrate Labor Day with live music from The Will Tucker Band from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Amphitheatre in Alys Beach. Fireworks follow. Food and beveragse available for purchase from Piper’s.

Labor Day Weekend Concert: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Seventh Annual Labor Day Weekend Concert will feature Heather Hayes Experience from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Entrance opens at 6:15 p.m. tickets are $26/general admission, $21/MKAF members and children under 12 free. VIP tables available for sale at 650-2226.

Bluegrass at the Beach: Blue Highway (headliner), The Hillbenders, Willie Sugarcapps, Run Boy Run, Moore Brothers Band, Dread Clampitt, and Dismal Creek perform during a one day event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Dr. West in Destin. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $55/general admission, $45/MKAF members and children under 12 are free. Ticket prices increase day of event.

Art of Giving: Food For Thought Outreach announces its 3rd Annual Art of Giving benefit from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at v. lala Gallery at 30Avenue, Inlet Beach. South Walton artists Velia Lala, Matt Lyons, and Marisol Gullo come together to auction off their pieces to help fight child hunger in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Community Clean-Up Day: Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Choctaw Fire Station. A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum. Do not bring poisons, pesticides, paints, thinners, gasoline, and other flammables.

ArtWalk on the Harbor: HarborWalk Village becomes a mini art district as dozens of artists showcase their creative artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary art, jewelry, paintings, handcrafted items and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.

Thursday Cinema: Throwback Thursdays begin with a favorite classic from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 24 on the Events Plaza lawn at Baytowne Wharf.

Hurricane Party: Bud & Alley’s will host the 11th Annual Hurricane Party from 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 25 with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. (CVHN). Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, heavy Creole hors d'oeuvres and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $75/advance and $100/door. Purchase at http://www.cvhnkids.org/hurricane/ or call 622-3200, ext. 101.

Explore the Outdoors: Walton Outdoors hosts its sixth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport. This free day is geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience through fishing, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts, giveaways and more. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food vendors will be on hand.

Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation hosts the 20th annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The festival showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Tickets are $5/adults and children under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.

30A Surf Camp: Experienced surfers will run surf camps from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Seagrove Plaza in Seagrove Beach and Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place. Students of all experience levels are welcome.

Mommy and Me: Cultural Arts Alliance will offer children's art classes featuring Abrakadoodle from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Bayou Arts Center. The After School Art Classes run from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at the Bayou Arts Center. Cost is $20/class. Call 622-5970 for reservation.

Dancing in the Streets: Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 5-8 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.

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. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.

Farmers Market: The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday at Cerulean Park. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork.

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.

30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays 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.