Upcoming Events and Entertainment (beginning Sept. 4)
All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and head to the Seaside Amphitheater for "Newsies" under the stars at 8 p.m. Sept. 4.
• Sept. 11: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
• Sept. 18: Cinderella
• Sept. 25: Little Big League
Baytowne Art Walk: Stroll the streets, enjoy live music and browse a variety of local art from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 4-6 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Entertainment includes Kyle Lamonica, 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4; Ben Loftin, 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 4; Chris Alvarado, 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5; Robby Walton, 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 5; and a live auction and Matt McCarty Quintet featuring Gina Walker Sept. 6.
Seaside Merchants Sidewalk Sale: Come out for a fun day of shopping in Seaside on Labor Day Weekend. Merchants will have a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 6. Seaside offers an eclectic collection of boutiques, galleries and markets.
Sandestin Shops Labor Day Sidewalk Sale: The Labor Day Sidewalk Sale at the Sandestin Family Retail Shops will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 4-7 in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The Shops offer colorful choices, local treasures and unique gifts for all ages. You'll find everything from resort apparel and children's clothing to toys and Sandestin logo products and more.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert featuring the Natalie Reynolds Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
Kristy's Paint Party: An interactive paint class for kids to seniors using acrylics on wood will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Artists at Gulfplace. Come anytime. Call 200-3142.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Listen to a free concert with the music of The Josh Garrett Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• Sept. 16: Chris Alvarado
• Sept. 23: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
• Sept. 30: Boukou Groove
Bible Study: The Women's Ecumenical Bible Study of South Walton will begin a new Priscilla Shirer Bible Study on The Armor of God from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 at Good News United Methodist Church, 4747 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. Childcare provided for preschool children. Register at 622-9191 or email Lynnethomason@cox.net.
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Friction Farm at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 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. 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
A Latin Affair: A 5-course dinner with drink pairings will be prepared by guest chef Nelson Millan, executive chef of the San Antonio Country Club, and Heath Porter, sommelier from Uvaggio Wine Bar in Miami, at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 in Havana Beach at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $125/person with limited seating. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Food For Thought Outreach Inc. Reservations required at 588-2882.
Fall Flair: Destin United Methodist Women will hold their Seventh Annual Fall Flair Arts & Crafts show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Proceeds go to church missions.
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.
September Saturdays: Watch football games, play outside in great weather, listen to music, and enjoy specials from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Coconut Radio performs from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Baytowne LIVE Stage and Ben Loftin performs from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Events Plaza Stage.
• Sept. 19: Chris Alvarado, 5-7 p.m. and Coconut Radio, 7-9 p.m.
• Sept. 26: Coconut Radio from 5-7 p.m. and Robby Walton, 7-9 p.m.
Women's Conference: A one day conference will be held Sept. 12 at Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach. Guest leader will be Neysa Wilkins, news anchor at WJHG Channel 7 in Panama City. Registration and refreshments will be followed by the program and lunch. Cost is $10 or $15 after Sept. 6. Register online at www.goodnewsumc.net or call 622-9191.
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.
Audubon Society: Local birder Lenny Fenimore will lead a bird walk at Swift Creek and Niceville Sprayfields. Meet at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 19 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.
Book sale: The Friends of the Walton County/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. Thousands of books, fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback, covering every possible subject will be available. Customers are encouraged to pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for $2. Bags will be provided.
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, "Back to the Future," 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.
Vettes at the Village: Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26.
Family 5K Nature Hike: The Biophilia Center Family Fun 5K Nature Hike begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 26. Gates open and registration starts at 7 a.m. Hikers must be 5 and up to participate. Parent or guardian required for all children 15 and under. Cost is $5/person or $20/family. Educational health programs and interactive exhibit area open for all those not joining in or for after the hike. Sturdy shoes suggested.
Beer Festival: The Fifth Annual Destin Beer Festival features 100+ beers, spirits, food in the culinary tent and live music with The Rips Sept. 26 at Destin Wine World in the Paradise Key Shopping Center. All proceeds from the Beer Fest benefit local charities Children in Crisis and Emerald Coast Autism Center. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP are $50 at www.destinbeerfestival.com.
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 Oct. 8 and Nov. 4 at Butler Elementary in Santa Rosa Beach and 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.